April 8th, 2010
01:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin hails Steele as 'independent outsider'

Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity Wednesday that she supports RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity Wednesday that she supports RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

(CNN) - A week after Sarah Palin asked Republican National Committee officials to remove her name from an invitation that suggested she might attend a series of GOP fundraising events, the former Alaska governor made clear she is a strong supporter of the organization's embattled chairman, Michael Steele.

"I support Michael Steele. I am glad he is the leader of the party, administratively," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday. "If those within the party are choosing to go a different direction, his term is up in a number of months and they can vote someone else in. But I think he is doing a great job."

The comments come amid speculation Palin is seeking to distance herself from Steele and the RNC after news surfaced the organization expensed a night out a risqué Los Angeles nightclub for donors earlier this year and ran up large bills for luxury hotel stays and private jet travel.

But a Palin adviser told CNN that Palin's request to be removed from the invitation for the events - timed to coincide with this week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans - was simply because she never planned on attending the events in the first place. Palin is slated to speak Friday at the SRLC, a gathering of top Republican officials and an early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates.

In her comments Wednesday, the former Republican vice presidential nominee also hailed Steele as an "outsider" who is trying to change the Republican Party.

"The machine is tough I think to penetrate," she said. "I think it's been good to have an independent outsider to create some change in the Republican Party. I support him."


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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Lyn Hamilton

    OMG – every time she opens her mouth she just proves more and more what an idiotic bimbo she is.

    April 8, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. dave

    He needs her endorsement like a fish needs a motorcycle.

    April 8, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Somewhereuphere

    This woman speaks with a forked tongue,... she's a compulsive liar and a back stabber,... but then again she's a politician,.. albeit a really dumb one. What gives with the biker leather jacket that she's been donning lately,... is she trying to look tough,.. dressing like a thug,... you're a wimp Palin, a lightweight, a mental midget,... if you had any guts you would make yourself available to the media in general, and answer tough questions, instead of hiding at FOX.

    April 8, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. HELP FOR AMERICANS

    No Sarah, he is a Republican leader that is corrupt.

    C'mon, strip clubs for young republicans, really????

    What happened to the party of morality??

    April 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. A Guy

    Palin "likes" or "supports" whatever her handlers tell her she should "like" or "support"

    April 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. jackson

    Any truth to the rumor that Palin's ego has become so large, it might qualify for one or two representatives in the House?

    April 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. PTO

    Palin is a great leader and unifier, and a hope to all conservatives, independents and republicans as well as tea party members. No one in that political spectrum comes even close to her.

    April 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Rick

    For many folks, Palin is not even a real American, not to mention the fact that she tried to split Alaska from US earlier. She is an outsider too, meddling in American politics.

    April 8, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Old White Virginia Female

    Well, all you need to know now is what Rush's position is on the matter and this case will be closed.

    April 8, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. A disgusted former Republican

    If republicans want to support Palin, Bachmann, and others of their ilk, that is their priviledge. However, they shouldn't complain about being in the minority.

    April 8, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Greg in Texas

    There's been change in the GOP? If so it's not obvious to the average American. To us they are still the same old gun-toting, race-baiting, homo-hating, paranoid schizophrenics that they've always been.

    April 8, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Tired

    The only person Sarah Palin is behind is herself. She has parlayed her brief political career into big bucks. Can't fault her for that. But I would certainly not elect her to any office.

    April 8, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Jim M

    Wasn't she calling for boycotting the RNC just last week?

    April 8, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Tom

    Let's see. Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity her opinion of Michael Steele.

    CNN, why do you continue participating in this circus act?

    How about getting back to reporting News?

    April 8, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Duck Fallas

    I like him. He's credit to his race. He's a good boy.

    April 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Monrob

    This woman is a lost bullet. Republicans will be wise to dudge.

    April 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Captain Crunch

    If "Independent Outsider" is the equivalent of a 'fool', then she is correct. And she would know the definition of the word "FOOL!"

    April 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. LIBERAL FOR LIFE

    That would be a smart move on your part, Sarah Palin, to distance yourself from the RNC. They are nothing but trouble!

    April 8, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Jilli

    One bufoon propping up another. This is the leadership of the republican party? Pathetic.

    April 8, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Bill

    Who knows what Palin thinks? Who cares? In case you hadn't noticed, she is well known for making conflicting statements.

    April 8, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Helen Flynn

    I always want to be on Sarah Palin's team. She is the greatest woman in politics today.

    April 8, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Benn

    It should come as no surprise that Ms. Palin sees Mr. Steele in a favorable light given the excesses that have characterized his time as the 'administrative' head of the party.

    I suppose that they look like virtues to her....

    April 8, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Yawn. Idiot said idiotic things. Shocker. She's as bereft of substantive value as that Jersey Shore show (and if you didn't feel dumber after watching the one episode that was all you should have been able to tolerate, please line up behind Palin so we can issue you your helmets, knee pads and ritalin prescriptions). It's like CNN and the rest of the "news" media think we would be suprised and enthralled by a story about going to the zoo and seeing a monkey eat its own fruity doody. Sorry, not suprising. Stop telling us about everything that comes out of her vapid self-serving face.

    April 8, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Breaking news: Hypocrite spews hypocrisy! Idiot dribbles idiocy!! Greedy, self-serving moron supports Republican party!!! Story at 11.

    April 8, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. sorrie

    S.P. just says whatever suits her at the moment! GO BACK TO ALASKA AND STAY THERE and take care of poor little Sprig...Twig...Tweek..whatever his name.

    April 8, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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