April 14th, 2010
12:36 PM ET
8 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. sue

    Palin is SUCH an idiot. Can't the republicans see that? It's as plain as the nose on their faces.

    April 14, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    EXACTLY!! Finally, someone has the guts to say it. Obama wants to take all our guns and shoot the Bible.

    April 14, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Rob

    Do the tea parties want Palin to be their leader? If so, all political opinions aside, they really must be dumber than a fencepost.

    April 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Oh how sweet – I've seen a few of these dumb bumper stickers . . . .
    'Nah, we'll keep clinging to our guns and religion and you can keep the change.'"
    Right now I am keeping more of my hard earned money (unlike the ho from Wasilla I earn it without demeaning myself) and my 401k is finally making money.
    Some should fire you like others who have come and gone before you and are less of insignificant fools than you.
    How big was that retired white racist crowd?
    You are not even working anymore. Your husband is pimping you all over the US with the two prop kids. One for sympathy and the other to show everyone you don't want y our child to be educated. Just like her momma! 🙂 🙂

    April 14, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. jane

    I hope they did not forget to supply bendable straws with her tea (ref: article on the msn homepage.)

    April 14, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Independant Thinker

    OK, let me get this straight. The Greater Boston Area has 4.5 million people. This meeting had (by police estimates) 5,000 attendees. How is this relevant to anything? Early season baseball games get a higher attendance!

    This same thing happened here in Southeast Washington this past weekend. "Big News" about the Anniversary Rally for the Tea Party in this area. The turnout represented 1.7% of the registered voters in a two county area and was hailed as a "Success" and a "clear message to the Government" by the promoters. HUH?

    This "Movement" is a sham.

    April 14, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. normajean

    As a Democrat, I find Scott Brown an interesting Republican personality. He seems to have a great deal of common sense, as noted by his absence at the Palin-Tea Party. He seems to take his position seriously enough to know what is the right thing for him to do or say and what is wrong. Appearances at these tea partyaffairs are beneath the direction he is headed. He seriously wants to be a leading and contributing figure within his party and someone of his character could be important in bringing the Republican party back to a position of real contribution to the country.I believe he has an interesting future.

    April 14, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Roger

    Did the 1/2 term GOV thank the crowd for making her 12 million dollars richer, I know this makes her more like all of them. This so called maverick has a way with "leading on" or "lying to" make people just go googles over her. She had better hope that these right wing tea baggers don't figure her out & turn on her..probably won't happen since most of the tea baggers are republican's and they do as they are told & another GOPer can tell them anything & they will believe it.

    April 14, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. ME

    Sarah Palin is great, she would make a great President, Looking forward to 2012 for the Republicans to defeat President Obama and get this country back. Freedom will have to wait until the Republicans are back in charge, now we all know what a very bad President can do to this Country.

    April 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Janet

    Recently read that just 1 in 10 claim to be tea party
    people. The other 9 want to know why cable news constantly airs these demonstrations. We're not interested in hearing people voice their grievances about our Government. The other 9 choose to do so at election time where it really counts. Can't CNN, etal, find more important news to air??

    April 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    this "grass roots" group sure seems to have quite a cash to be going across the nation with their message, a message that they can't seem to get together on one way or another. Plus I'm sure Sarah Palin didn't give them a freebie so perhaps this movement is not really grass roots at all....unless they changed the meaning of the word to mean well funded by right wing corporations.

    April 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. patriot

    Palin can't handle her own PAC finances and we are supposed to take her seriously when it comes to the federal budget?

    April 14, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. IVOTE

    FYI.....Boston residents are too low key for this traveling circus. This morning you could see the count was very low on the Boston Common and I believe the bulk of the crowd of (thousands) were brought into the city by the "tea party express' buses. The crowd left after the star spoke and retreated. What a waste of time, money and energy.

    When a team plays the people/fans camp out overnight to attend these events. This did not happen for the tea party.

    April 14, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Jay

    Palin needs to go home to Al Aska and ice her brain. On the other hand, the more she says the dumber she sounds. It's really a toss up. Maybe the iced brain is the explanation for her propensity for lying and her complete inability to make sense. Whatever... I'd prefer her to be left out of the real political news. Better she be schooled on government by the kids on "Is the Half-Govenor of Al Aska Smarter Than a 3rd Grader."

    April 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Sam

    Palin (hey can I call you Sarah?)

    If anybody knows how to preach deficit while running your own PAC in the red, it is you.

    If anybody knows how to preach small town values and fiscal conservatism while demanding a hefty speaking fee and a chartered flight for yourself to speak in a COLLEGE, it is you.

    April 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Spin-Off

    I don't get the Tea Party. Isn't it just a spin off of the Republican Party? Everytime they have a key note speaker it is a Republican. Too bad a new party could not be forming that included different kinds of Americans.

    April 14, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. The Voice

    I have one question for any TEA Partier who reads this.

    Where were you the last eight years during the Bush tyranny?? Seems he didn't follow your so called principles.

    And please dont be cowards, just answer the questions.

    April 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Hamburgler

    She is the Kate Gosselin of politics.

    April 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. stormeagle

    Please Sarah. Go away. Write it on your hand to remind yourself.

    April 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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."

    What makes the Tea Party think that ALL of the people in the state of MA want to reclaim America??? Also, this is a BLUE-COLLAR state and the Tea Party may not be as welcomed as they think they are!!!

    How BIG was the crowd CNN? You should have mentioned it before FOX got a hold of it!!!

    April 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Bryan

    To ALL who bash on the Tea Party.

    I am a Tea Party Member.
    I am not a Republican, I am not a Democract.

    I am a Libertarian and Constitutionalist PERIOD.
    Both parties are corrupt and we MUST STOP replacing one with the other. Break the Cycle.

    Republicans have jumped on the Tea Party because their reputation is in the crapper thanks to George Crook Bush and they had nothing else to use against Obummer.

    The Tea Parties I have gone to were people from both parties and are sick of both parties and all races and backgrounds.

    I am pretty tired of this being a Republican Tea Party.

    Excuse me. It is a WE THE PEOPLE TEA PARTY.

    RON PAUL 2012

    April 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    This lady is suffering from acute delusions of adaquacy. Her delusions include the following:
    1. That she is somehow qualified to be President (you KNOW she's posturing for a run)
    2. That the Tea Parties are anything more than a loose affiliation of uneducated, paranoid conspiracy-theorists.
    The realities are far less flattering for the would-be quitter-in-chief.

    What I WILL enjoy in fall of 2012 is watching this deluded fruitcake try to face the President in a debate. Lets see how her barely-passed Journalism education and quit-because-it-was-convenient stack up against a professor-of-constitutional-law-at-harvard and has-had-to-stand-up-to-everything-a-boneheaded-congress-has-to-offer-and-keep-on-smiling President. It'll be like sandblasting a soupcracker – she doesnt stand a chance.

    April 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. KLK

    I don't understand how these poor tea partiers who have little education, multiple jobs and low wages allow the likes of millionaires (Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin) to tell them they don't need healthcare.

    April 14, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. larry

    An idiot leading a group of idoits. Hahahahahahahah.....burp

    April 14, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. AEJ

    Unfortunately for Scott Brown who is up for re-election in 2012, he will NOT be re-elected. This is a Democrat strong hold and he should ENJOY his few years in the senate.

    April 14, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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