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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  1. Mr. Smith (MO)

    Did she use her usual one-liner zinger or did she actual say it in a full sentence with the gibberish added to it! Cha ching! As Sara Palin must have felt.... forget this Governor stuff, there is money to be made out there just talking and firing up folks. PALIN-BACHMAN 2012 (In any order, it would be a joke) No doubt about it standards have slipped in the Republican party...and in our politics at large.

    Question: Who is the one-liner Queen going to endorse next for Money?

    April 8, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. L for Legend

    It's all about this joker, nobody else matters. Plus that, Steeley is an "outsider," of the wrong ethnic persuasion, in other words. Go STEELE, keep letting them make a FOOL of you.

    April 8, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Phil Muse

    Why does CNN continue to describe Michael Steele as the "GOP boss"? The GOP is the ultra conservative WASP party, period. Minorities like Steele and Eric Cantor can expect to get crumpled up and thrown away like used Dixie cups once they have served their purpose. It's hard to determine just who is (or are) the enforcer behind today's Republican Party, but it isn't Michael Steele. He is just a token who is becoming increasingl embarassing to the party. The likely controlling powers behind the GOP are people that you or I will never see in public.

    April 8, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Lynda

    Golly Gee, You Betcha, Right back Atcha, Im a Maverick lipstick wearing hocky mom who is a washington outsider who doesnt read anything.

    Have I actually said anything constructive, I'll get back to you on that Charlie.

    When are American going to wake up and realize that inside all that wrapping is an empty box?

    April 8, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. sheppard

    palin at 'odds' w/steele? I'd say she's just plain odd...

    April 8, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Progressive from Georgia

    Caribou Barbie has an ulterior motive here: she is obviously beginning her informal run to become the Republican nominee for President in 2012. By taking a stance in favor of Steele, she can continue to call herself a "Maverick."

    April 8, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Mike

    Why does anyone care what Sarah Palin thinks? The Republicans have so many other people better suited for anything. She's a complete idiot.

    April 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Mark

    Welcome to the world of Sarah "flip-flop" Palin. She was against him before she was for him. How Mavericky of her.

    April 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. AndyBlue

    Good Grief! These republicans are nothing but an obstructionist circus.

    Look at these people and what they have dont to America these past ten years.

    Ill never vote for any of these losers again.

    April 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Boss Limbaugh sent her to say that.

    April 8, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Wow. Quite an accomplishment. I already thought Steele was an idiot. Now an idiot vouches for him and makes him look even worse. Amazing.

    April 8, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. kr

    CNN I do not understand why this woman's opinion matters. She is most of the time coming across with the same old spaghetti on the wall rhetoric that she used in 2008. A lot of Americans remember how crude she can be. Why is she still referred to as Gov. when she quit midterm; quitter is more like it.

    April 8, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Steve in Ct

    My check that would've gone to RNC's war chest went to SarahPAC instead. This Conservative Independent trusts her organization more than the RNC to get my money to candidates with like values to mine.

    April 8, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Steele is not the GOP boss. Roger Ailes is. And since he's the one who signs Palin's paycheck and Palin loves money, there is no way she'd ever be at odds with him.

    April 8, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. CAL

    Okay steele you got the nit wit's support that for sure will cause you not to get re elected. who in the hell wants the support of this brainless idiot. palin is a stupid, evil mouth piece that runs around spreading her ignorance. she knows nothing.

    April 8, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Tim L.

    Do we really care about either of them, just saying

    April 8, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Michael Steele is a good man for the job. The Republican Party has had some significant success in his term so far and I look forward to what is shaping up to be one of the party's greatest election showings 7 months from now. This is the most important thing to be focused on.

    April 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Larry

    A brainless self centered moron supporting another brainless self centered moron ...

    How Original ...

    The Party Of NO ... at it's best ...

    April 8, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. richiedc30

    Man I would like to tell Palin to shut up!! If that were to have been a democrat she would be opening up her mouth all about that. I despise her and all those GOP because they lie and want nothing to do with moving forward with the country. All the GOP wants to do is stand in the Presidents way and Obama is just laughing at the way they try to stand in his way. I was at one time a Republican and then I realized that the GOP wants nothing to do with the middle class or the poor, so why should I support them. Down with Palin and McCain man what a joke that gut is, what happened to Joe the Plummer? So full of it....Obama 2012 and he will win....

    April 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    I watched her speach, and the Hannity show last night interviewing Palin and Bachman. They did not say anything, nor offer anything new. All they did was the same old complaining. How tiring.

    Why don't they offer some ideas, or at least something?

    The healthcare bill is bipartisan! Republican ideas and Democratic ideas are in there. The problem is is that the republicans want to complain and distract and be against their own ideas.

    Obama is doing a wonderful job of making the republicans look foolish for opposing their own ideas. Now they have to oppose drill baby drill.

    April 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Chut Pata

    Ofcourse Steele is an "outsider" because he is not a "Real American" as defined by Sarah Palin.

    To be a "Real American" by Sarah Palin standards, one has to be White Anglo-Saxon Protestant living in rural areas of red states. She should be thankful that the other required i.e. being male, is not applicable any more.

    April 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    The CHAIRMAN of the RNC is an Independent OUTSIDER?? More Oxymoronic statements from the queen of Oxymoronia, the head moron herself. I guess her and Steele do speak the same language...they kind of sound the same.

    And they are both shameless self-promoters.

    April 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. bevans

    "independent outsider", ah yes, the supreme intellect of Failin' Palin rears it's ugly head once again.

    Good thing she reads, "ALL" and "EVERY" newspaper and magazine

    April 8, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    To Palin, anyone other than Sarah Palin is an outsider.

    April 8, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Michael Bindner

    I want to know who's working behind the scenes on message. We've seen it on Steele and on the Tea Party movement. We saw it on health care. Someone please do some reporting on who the Big Kahuna in the GOP really is.

    April 8, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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