April 8th, 2010
01:18 PM ET
8 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. sifto77

    Good for Palin–she is a genius in public relations and is understanding of the mood of the USA. Steele was not a party to that sleazy event and should not be held responsible. He has done a great job as chairman and has made far less gaffe statements than both Obama and Biden. The problem is liberal media who report only repub gaffes and leave the dems alone.....

    April 8, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Dale

    "Administratively"? Yes for Sarah thinks she actually in charge.

    April 8, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. C from middle GA

    Yet another example of bubblebrains...

    April 8, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. David

    It is a sad state for the GOP if Palin is the leader. She is a hijacker of a grass roots movement that is no longer grass roots. The Tea Party is now just talking points of the GOP. That is not what it started out as before people like Beck and Palin started in to hijack it.

    April 8, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Michael

    palin is an idiot. .....a greedy, amoral, hypocritical idiot.

    April 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. tradewinds

    So, sarah loves steele and yet doesn't want anything to do with him? Could that possibly be a lie? Actually it has to be a lie one way or another.

    April 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. ConservativesAreBrainDead

    In more rationale times, the support of a bush-league demagogue like Sarah Palin would be akin to the support of Ann Coulter - the kiss of death. But these are not rationale times. And Republicans are definitely not rationale people. So this should serve Steele well.

    April 8, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Mitch Eisenman

    Why would anyone care what this woman has to say about anything or anyone. She's a moron.

    April 8, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. jeff jackson, alabama

    Palin made plenty of enemies in the Republican
    party in Alaska when she cleaned house as Governor.
    The irony is that the people who slam her the
    most know the least about her.
    Everybody says," We want a fresh approach to
    politics" , but REAL CHANGE is nothing people
    really want.
    If it was, they would research the real Palin and
    take out their liberal media ear plugs so they could
    think on their own and make intelligent decisions
    about the candidates.
    But, NO....... they listen to the Hollywood corps when
    and if they are out of rehab !!!!!

    April 8, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Brad

    She made these comments directly from her hand.

    April 8, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Larkee

    How and why does she get any press in the first place....

    April 8, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. GOP all the way

    Never thought I would ever defend sarah palin, but here goes, Michael steele needs her @ this point

    April 8, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. ConsiderThis-FL

    Dear CNN:
    Do you have to publish Sarah Palin's EVERY thought or comment on the PoliticalTicker? C'mon guys; she's not THAT relevant to our political discourse. It's like publishing a pimp's thoughts and comments on the occupational choices on women. Enough already.

    April 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    Hello- my name is (just pick one) I have not been born yet, but when I get here, please tell me how I can make millions just running my mouth. It looks like the earlier I get started on this " all talk without any knowledge" gig, the better I can become.

    Political rally speaking and pro-wrestling– stage entertainment at its best.

    April 8, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    Had to shop around to 5 colleges before she could get a degree in Journalism. Cant name a book she's read. Can't name a founding Father that she's proud of (except 'All of them, of course!'). Was Governor, but quit because she thought it was 'distracting'. Was the GOP nominee for VP, then headlines the Tea Party convention (but the two arent tied to each other at all. Really.) Wrote a book that was so full of misinformation and delusions that it can barely be called credible journalism (back to point #1). Now distancing herself from the GOP so she can haul in more TP money for a run in 2012.

    I just gotta say that if there is a chapter of 'Deluded Fruitcakes Anonymous' in Wasilla, AK – this lady has gotta be the Almighty Grand Poobah.

    April 8, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. enviroguy

    "... ran up large bills for luxury hotel stays and private jet travel."

    Sounds like she's upset they didn't spend that money on her.

    April 8, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Jack Fl

    I like the term"cattle call". Poor Steele, what little worth he had just got cheapened with her backing. She hands out attaboys to any GOPer like a cow chewing cud. Moooo

    April 8, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The best "independent outsider" to create change in the Republican Party was Barack Obama! Change as in "You're outta here."

    April 8, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    "I am not so smart and Steele has made some not so smart moves also. That is why I like him. He is being a dumb as I am." - Sarah Palin

    Her support of Steele is questionable. Steele's running of the RNC is questionable also. How much control does he have over his staff? Are they aware of directions and locations that are acceptable to the higher ups? It is looking like he and other high ranking people within the RNC don't have any control.

    April 8, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. AKReport

    Sarah is a team player

    April 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. mo

    The best "independent outsider" who created change in the Republican Party was Barack Obama. Change as in "You're outta here, Repubs!"

    April 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Brad - OH

    Palin changes from day to day. It depends on the $$$$$$$$$$$$$. Sarah Palin doesn't care about anyone – all she cares about is showing of the $$$$...and many have fallen for the facade and clown show. She quit being a gov. b/c she was caught lying that she was running the show but in fact her husband was running the things.

    April 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. fee louis

    she does not like michael steele and michael steele thye want you gone

    April 8, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Preco

    Sister Sarah Palin...what a pity! You really deserve our sympathy.. Some Americans revel in the absurd and you are one!

    April 8, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. D. Tree

    I don't get how these politicians like Palin think they can make up all this stuff – they think just because they say it, that means its true. They are a bunch of fakers, and I wouldn't trust them to run the country!

    April 8, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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