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. retchief

    Gosh, I wish she looked like Janet Reno (no offense) and then we'd see who would be listening to her.

    April 14, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. GOP lover boy hater

    Sure was nice seeing many of the Same Tea Party folks again at EVERY single event they have....this is a traveling show with all the ingredients of a circus....of course led by the village idiot.....Palin.

    What this lady knows you could put in a thimble.......and have plenty of room left.

    Who finances these people traveling from city to city........one thing is for sure....some of it is "grassroots"...but there are many "groupies" in this shenanigan

    April 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Liberal and Proud

    Dear Teabaggers:

    I think you are angry at a lot–but not all–the wrong people.

    The GOP and its allies in Wall Street, Corporate America, and Main Street has made a mess of the USoA.

    April 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Wisconsonite - Be Informed; Not Just Opinionated!

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

    Yeah, except for the little teensy-weensy FACT that NO taxes have been raised since President Obama took office. In FACT, a large per centage of Americans got a TAX BREAK!!!!

    April 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Brink

    Memo to Palin and Mike WIlliams: You apparently missed yesterday's mandate of the people as Democrat Ted Deutch won a special election for a Florida congressional seat by beating the party of "No" 62% to 36%. This was a referendum on health care as your candidate ran on the promise to repeal the Health care Reform Law. Sarah, it might be time to quit this gig and start looking for another way to squeeze out some cash.

    April 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Mary Bowden

    What more is there to say? Sarah continues to astound us with her inane comments.

    April 14, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Tim, Wilmington, DE

    Ironic to consider that Scott Brown, who the Teabaggers have been touting as their poster boy, is currently refuting their idiotic, backwards agenda. He didn't show up to their little rally today, he voted with Democrats on a jobs bill, and he's recently voted for cloture on a number of other bills despite vast Republican opposition. It's blowing up in their faces, and I can only hope that it continues.

    April 14, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. tombnny

    the Lipstick on a Pig Tour continues....she should be greatfull for the Obama health care .... she's brain dead and there keeping her alive

    April 14, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Hope

    Sarah Palin is hillbilly trash.

    April 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Brook

    My Boston ancestors are spinning in their graves. What a farce.

    All I know is my retirement accounts are actually going UP in value for the first time since Bush became President, and my taxes have gone DOWN - I even got a REFUND this year! Wow! And I have some hope of not getting raped by my mercenary health insurance company - how awesome is that?


    Meanwhile, these armed, religious extremists called Tea Partiers want to take all that away from me. They are the enemy of America.

    Tea Party... putting the "T" in Treason.

    April 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Ellid

    Based on the pictures, she couldn't even draw enough people to fill half the Common. Why should anyone care?

    April 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Re: Born

    So today's Tea Party is protesting East Indian trading company for not being taxed for Tea provided to colonists? It sounds like today's Tea Party should protest transnational corporations.

    April 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. All the news that is fit to omit

    As a proud working stiff, I took a half day to be there and no matter if CNN or MessNBCs LIES and says only a thousand people showed up, it was more like 7-10 THOUSAND on a Wednesday, a work day for us that work and PAY TAXES.

    You Owebama voters on the other hand, get up at the crack of noon, check your mailbox for an unearned check and wait for Oprah to come on and of course, GIVE stuff away. .

    Paying your fair share doesn't apply to an Owebama sycophant, but it makes for a great liberal talking point.

    No fan of Palin at all, she no more belongs in the WH than Owebama does, but she was awesome today and uh, uh, uh HAD more experience than this fraud in there now.

    I can't wait for November.......

    April 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The People of the Tea parties do not understand what they are supporting, they think they are supporting smaller government and lower taxes, concepts the Neo Conservatives of the GOP have promised for over forty years but never deliver. The tea party people need to learn and understand the difference between Neo conservatives and the true foundation of modern conservatives Libertarianism.
    It's interesting that Neo conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When Neo conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.

    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."
    Libertarians are the closest thing to the centralist policies that this nation desperately needs right now.

    April 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. johnny

    go away sarah. nobody cares.

    April 14, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. James

    She's like a monkey on speed who thinks she has a brain.

    April 14, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Lisa in Ga

    Typical Palin, sprewing hate and nonsense... but what do we expect from someone who don't have common sense... she is not and will not ever be Presidential material...

    April 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare It Will Be His Waterloo

    Did she demand that they fly her to Boston in a Lear 60 or did she sacrifice and agree to fly first class?

    April 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. geecee

    This "Tea Party" event doesn't really count unless the teabaggers get dressed up as Native Americans and throw boxes of tea off boats into Boston Harbor. Oops, Sarah slipped and fell in!!

    April 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. David

    This woman is so stupid as are her flock, the sheep.

    April 14, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. vette gal

    "....the newly elected senator is in Washington doing the job he was elected to do"......and just what is that job? So far, he's been all over the country campaigning for other republicans, writing a book, taking the normal Senate days off while not in session (which by the way is more than they are in session) and doing interviews. If this is the type of politician the Tea Party wants, another politician who's only in it for his own personal gain, then they can have him. I'll be voting every republican out that has followed the party by voting NO on everything, as well as democrats that have been in offce more than 8 years. Time to clean house!

    April 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. dan

    Sara Palin is only interested in making money. She's not giving speeches because she feels the government is not working for ordinary individuals. She's out there to make money. Thats why she through her own state under the Bus. She made 12 million dollars with her book sales, trashing Obama, and now her tv show. Then she accuses Obama for spreading the wealth around. It seems like the Wealth is going right in her back pocket. She doesn't have any ideas or clues how to get out of the situation, all she does is trash Obama just because he beat her in an election. Get a real Job Sara and stop taking money from people that can't afford the type of lifestyle you want to live. Get a job. You fraud.

    April 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. geecee

    This idiot is too stupid to see that the "big government spending" is what is getting us out of the recession. And who would argue with health care for ALL Americans? We will take care of the deficit over the next few years. She is no economist, nor is she an international diplomatic expert on nuclear disarmament, either. What exactly is she an expert in, except stirring up trouble?? What a big mouth, know-nothing dummy she is. And I'm being kind!!

    April 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Independent Supports President Obama

    Scott Brown didn't show up because he does not want to be seen with tea baggers and Palin. Americans spend 100 days working for the government Palin said. Palin works for herself and has made not earned 12 million since she quit being a governor in July 2009. How's that working for you tea baggers that thinks Palin is your average person.

    April 14, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Dano

    Reclaiming it for who, Mr. Williams?? Is it for wealthy, older, white people who have made their money and now want to keep every penny they've amassed for themselves? Many of these so-called "conservatives" collect SSI & Medicare, both socialist programs that these fools rail against. I wonder how many of these folk's children or grandchildren are out of work and collecting unemployment or are receiving public assistance, more socialist programs? Are you against paying school taxes because your kids are grown but had no problem with other people paying them when yours were in school?? From what I've read and seen of the tea baggers, I think most of the folks associated with this movement are greedy hypocrites.

    April 14, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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