April 14th, 2010
12:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin rallies Tea Partiers in Boston

Sarah Palin praised Tea Party activists in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for 'shaking up' the U.S Senate last January.
Sarah Palin praised Tea Party activists in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for 'shaking up' the U.S Senate last January.

(CNN) - Venturing to a Democratic stronghold, Sarah Palin praised Tea Party activists in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for "shaking up" the U.S Senate last January by helping elect Republican Scott Brown.

"Boston, if anybody knows how to throw a tea party it is you," Palin told a raucous crowd of activists that sprawled across the Boston Common.

Brown, who won the seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was notably absent from the event - a fact that generated snickering from some Tea Party opponents who question how much sway the grass-roots movement actually holds, especially in a Democratic state like Massachusetts.

But Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams told the crowd that he's happy the newly-elected senator is in Washington doing the job he was elected to do. Massachusetts is a "a blue-collar, working-stiff state ... we're reclaiming it for America," he added.

Listen: CNN Radio runs down the Tea Party event in Boston

Meanwhile, Palin's 20-minute speech hit on many of the same themes that she has hammered during several recent appearances before Tea Party and Republican activists: high taxes, government spending, and spiraling deficits.

"We see what is on the horizon; we see what is at stake here," she said. "We are sending a message to Washington that come November, that big government, big debt, Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree … we are voting them out, we are gonna tell them, 'you're fired.'"

"Americans now spend 100 days out of the year working for government before they even start working for ourselves," she also said. "It is time to remind [politicians] that government should be working for us, we should not have to work for the government."

Palin said she is not calling the Obama administration "un-American."

"But the results are un-American," she said of the White House's policies. "If this is what their change is all about, I want to tell them, 'Nah, we'll keep clinging to our guns and religion and you can keep the change.'"

Palin's speech follows a similar appearance last week before the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. She also recently attended a Tea Party event in Searchlight, Nevada, the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat locked in a close re-election fight.

– CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. C from middle GA

    She is such a waste of air...

    April 14, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    I wonder how much she got paid for this gig.

    April 14, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Truth Teller

    Weak minds are easily manipulated.

    April 14, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. KC

    I thought this woman was out of politics and filming a reality show...go away Sarah we are sick of you and your idiototic comments. You are not a leader, you are a quitter.

    April 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Scott D. Clark

    All Palin and the rest of The Far- Right Wackos are going to accomplish is getting the whole country put under Martial Law! It's the same old story, "The few ruin it for all the rest! ( The few being the uninformed ). They are the only ones that would listen to Palin and the rest of her fear and hate spreading Wackos! Annoy a Far-Right Wacko, Think for yourself!!!!!

    April 14, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Julie

    Sarah, GO HOME! GET a life! Take your non working teaparty group with you. We have a brain in Massachusetts and are not gullible; we want nothing to do with your warped, dividing, un-american, no intelligences spew.

    April 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. MacDeezy

    I can't wait until she hits a brick wall, and loses her looks so everybody can quit being enchanted with her sex appeal. Only then will the media (especially CNN) stop ramming her down our throats.

    April 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey Sarah the money you make from this speech you better put it in you PAC fund. Still out their tthrowing out hate and lies. Its a shame your parents didnt bring you up better. I thought your dad was a teacher, and you cant even read a speech right when it is given to you. How many notes did you have on your hands today.

    April 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Scott D. Clark

    GOP Motto: If first you don't deceive, Lie, Lie again!

    April 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    Guns and Religion? Kill and then go pray about it right?.

    Well TP's... I have a little saying of my own;

    You can take your country BACK, but I'm taking my country FORWARD.

    Quote me on that!

    Alex from Texas

    April 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Scott D. Clark

    It sure didn't work in Florida last night!!!

    April 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Grog in Ohio

    What was Palin's "speaking" fee for this one? The old saying about "A fool and his money" comes to mind for some reason.

    April 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I think Sen. Brown used you Tea Bag nutjobs and is now kicking you to the curb. He surely doesn't want to be seen aligned with your RADICAL movement. Then the Quitter from Wasilla says:

    'Nah, we'll keep clinging to our guns and religion and you can keep the change.'"

    Obviously you agree with the President's comment from the campaign trail. Look around stupid! I think he hit the nail right on the head. Your 15 minutes of fame have been up a while ago. This woman has about as much inteligence as Trig does.

    April 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Mikey

    CNN – It would be interesting to know how may teabaggers showed up on the Boston Commons and how many counter-protesters were there.

    April 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Is Ted Turner a relative of Palin's? What other possible excuse could there be for so much coverage of her on CNN.
    The woman is a hack- her message is juvenile and it speaks so much of why this country is in trouble that anyone pays attention to her.
    She is only a pipe wrench above Joe the Plumber in the qualification as a spokesperson for anything except being a hockey mom.

    April 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. lolo

    Please ask these idiots what America are they fighting for? I think that none of them know. None have read the constitution through, so what is it they want. I know that they are yelling taxes, but let's get real. Do they really like paying higher taxes while the rich get off easy?

    April 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    That's fine, she is free to rally the Tea Partiers all she wants. But here is an interesting poll, that I did not see reported on CNN:

    Gallup Poll of March 26-28 2010:

    28% approve of the TP; 26% disapprove; 38% neither approve nor disapprove; 8% no opinion.

    Interesting how really ......... ONLY 28% of those polled approve.

    April 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. hongli

    Sarah Palin is the second coming of "JIM JONES". She will draw out every penny from those around her by saying things they want to hear then she will QUIT. Why is she charging to speak "TRASH" in the first place.

    April 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Anita

    Meanwhile, Palin's 20-minute speech hit on many of the same themes that she has hammered during several recent appearances before Tea Party and Republican activists: high taxes, government spending, and spiraling deficits.

    April 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. MICHAEL

    If this idiot is the face of the movement, then I have no interest what-so-ever in listening to what they have to say. To have credability, they need to have leaders that have some!

    April 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    OK...let the Palin bashing begin..3-2-1...go

    just what part of the Constitution don't you left wing nuts like??

    April 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. mike

    Sound bite sally rides again. To bad there is no substance in her remarks. lol

    April 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. rightsaid

    "Americans now spend 100 days out of the year working for government before they even start working for ourselves,"

    Ignorance being displayed by Palin as usual. 47% of Americans pay no taxes and the rich still get comparatively richer. Just like Sarah herself, just raking it in.

    Wake up people! The interests of "working stiffs", as the Tpartier put it, are not represented by the GOP.

    April 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. CMS

    Sarah Palin does not belong in the Tea Party. No neocon (aka neoliberal) does. Instead, they are co-opting it because the political establishment sees it as a threat to their power and dominance.

    April 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. FM

    " she also said. "It is time to remind [politicians] that government should be working for us, we should not have to work for the government." Oh! Sarah, you want everyone to do what you did in Alaska by quitting and not work for the government!

    April 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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