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. Robert J

    One loser telling another loser that she supports yet another loser.
    Republican intellegncia – Keep it up- makes being a democrat easy!

    April 8, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Sheri

    WoW – The dingbat said something nice about someone! OH – he's not the President in which she hates with a passion... Her hate rally speeches prove it.... that's all comes out of her dirty little mouth (I hate the president b/c he won and I will never see the WH)!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Mikey

    It is not the Tea Party, it is the Me Party. I got mine and the Heck with yours, You BetCha!

    April 8, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Bob Dog

    Ms. Palin to the rescue – of Democrats!

    Mr. Steel is a complete disaster for republicans. Its just wonderful to see her give him support just when it looked like repubs were going to clean up this mess and get rid of him.

    Sarah is the best thing the Democrats have going, and she is entirely free to them. Its the repubs who are paying for the advertising, the books, the speaking fees, etc.

    Run Sarah, run!!

    April 8, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Who cares...why do we constantly need to be updated 24/7 every time Palin opens up her mouth when she speaks on Fox Lies?

    April 8, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Seth

    Liket the Tea Party, Steel is only being discredited in some media outlets, because he is successful. Conservatism is thriving in America, it is growing strong, and being watered daily by the criticism that rains on us everyday, making us stronger.

    Thank you Sarah!

    April 8, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Once again- who cares what she thinks?
    Why not ask a 5 th grader their opinion and make it a headline

    April 8, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Northwest

    Whats the difference between Palin and the last sled dog ? Nothing she sees the same view and spews hate and lies her whole trip.

    April 8, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    Of course she supports Steele.
    Together with Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox "News" and the rest of the
    sorry clowns.
    When does the GOP realize, that they are on a slippery slope to
    They need a new, young, intelligent, credible leader. Conservative.
    Sounds like an oximoron.

    April 8, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Tom, Michigan

    Historical question, please: Has there ever been a U.S. political party in
    so much turmoil as today's GOP?

    April 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    Code for.....he;s a nice guy, well-meaning.....but he's BLACK..

    Palin just doesn't come off as a person who is open or receptive to diversity , or other cultures. no matter what their race.

    So I feel she'd say the same thing if the RNC head was named Julio, Nguyen, or Yusuf, and not Michael Steele.

    The Irony of it all is, does she really think she has NO flaws that she can 'distance' herself from him ? Mighty uppity and full of ourself Sarah Palin aren't we ?????

    April 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. bkm

    How can you possibly state in your heading on the home page that this story is about Palin possibly being "at odds with GOP boss?" Where is this story does it say anything about that except for your "speculation" that she may seek to distance herself from Steele? Factually, just the opposite is true - she came out in support of the man. Admit it, your heading was written to sensationalize and mislead people who may not take time to click on the link to read what really happened. This isn't reporting...it is flagrant bias on your part.

    April 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. James

    I would listen to Paris Hilton before I'd ever listen to Palin. Palin reminds me of a tv evangelist. The look of insanity in her otherwise empty eyes amazes me. She sounds dumb while delivering her meaningless speeches. Her use of the English language is nothing short of lazy and ignorant..... and I don't think she knows that the people who listen to her are as dumb or dumber than she is. I'm sure she believes that she is smart and well informed. The fact that some people support her and her agenda (whatever that is) is enough to cause be to be embarrassed to be an American for the first time in my life. McCain really did a number on this country when he so thoughtlessly unleashed her on the public. He might have been a war hero once (what for? For being captured?) but now he's just an old fool. The Democrats may not be perfect but at least their thoughts are for the common good and not for their own self interests.

    April 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Brad Darby

    Sarah Palin should just go back to sleep.

    April 8, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Robert J

    I just finsihed ready some more crap about Palin, the Republican party, the Tea Party, and now a Republican Federation. I also read about a closet bigot in Virginia who like all Republicans thinks offending someone can just be wiped clean with some lame apology.
    The south is full of these people. (closet bigots) They make me sick. two faced hypocrites – not enough guts to say what they think because what they tyhink is just plain stupid. Personally I wish the south would seceed from the union so they can fight each other over their stupidity.
    This would effectively eliminate the republican party and let the United States of America grow and prosper once again. What a team of leaders. Bingerich, Barbour, Bush, Delay, the 3 morons from SC. They would have to spend some money to reloacte bonehead Boehner, but everyone is pretty much there. go for it!

    April 8, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Not All Docs Play Golf

    People who are impressed with Palin must have an IQ 5 points below a bologna sandwich. She's all about one-liners, laugh-getting zingers, and applause lines. Her being labeled as a Republican favorite child reflects on that party. With Palin supporters, it's no brain, no gain.

    April 8, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Indy

    Palin will do anything to get every single dollar out of her "Palindrones" and will flip flop whichever way takes her towards her lust for money.Palin is at odds with most everyone, including herself.What is the difference between spending money at nightclub or Palin charging ourageous prices to hear her same old screech speech over and over for two straight years that is filled with factual lies.Lying is as much a sin as the sins of the flesh, and the lust for night clubs is no worse then Palins lust for money through all her lies.If anyone had a clue to the real facts of her 1/4 term as Governor they would be embarrased to support her.

    April 8, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Emma

    Palin is dominating the news and show business. How does such an airhead demand so much press? Oh, it is how the competitors make money. Her omnipresence is sickening!

    April 8, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is a pathetic moron.

    April 8, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. RickM

    Well that should settle it. Now it's time for the press to move on to another Republican target.

    April 8, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Alina

    Hypocrisy ? What hypocrisy? I don't know ask Palin. What a walking lire in the skirt..

    April 8, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. AEK

    Is CNN actually going to host a PAC for Sarah Palin? I don't know of any other news organization, with the exception of the Republican News Network (aka. Fox), that feels as compelled to report EVERY SINGLE STORY related to this faux American "politician" and she works for that channel! Her opinion of Michael Steele is NOT noteworthy on a national level. I would love to hear her take on the idiot governor of Virginia though. But then that would be too much like having to express a real opinion on a real topic.

    April 8, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Behind the Tea-Party

    The majority of Americans are fed-up being kicked-around by the Donkey (Democrats) and stomped-on by the Elephant (Republicans)
    Way to go Sarah Palin support Michael Steele, The good republican.

    Washington is now so broken because neither party is listening to the people in whiich direction they ought to take the Country. And the spending, spending plunged the Nations' debt and deficit out of control.....Perhaps before Pres. Obama need to reform the financal institutions of which Washington was and is part of the problem, we the people need to reform Congress and the White House in how they may handle the Nations finances. When we allow Washington to grow too big to fail then; "Who will bailout the country"?

    ..........It is writtedn in her palm.."You Betcha"..................................

    April 8, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Alina

    How much did they pay her to say that ?

    April 8, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Adalbert

    Why would anyone care what palin the wicked witch of the North would say?

    April 8, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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