Christie says Palin needs to let loose
January 13th, 2011
08:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Christie says Palin needs to let loose

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting some unsolicited advice from another popular Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, who has never expressed particular affection for the former Alaska governor, says Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.

“You have to look at it and see, what are they like when they’re tested, what are they like when they’re not scripted, what are they like when they’re pushed,” Christie told the New York Times Wednesday. He added the former vice presidential nominee “rightfully has been criticized” for her refusal to go less scripted.

Christie - whose no-nonsense and tough-guy governing style has won the hearts of many Republicans - has a communication strategy that differs markedly from that of Palin, often venturing into hostile territories and combating with critics.

“I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she’ll never be president, because people in America won’t countenance that. They just won’t,” Christie added.

Christie’s comments came the same day Palin broke her silence on the Arizona shootings with an eight-minute video posted on her Facebook page that was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for its charged language.

During his 2009 campaign for governor, Christie said point blank he was not interested in having Palin campaign for him, telling reporters that an appearance by her in the traditionally blue state of New Jersey would not “do me, or frankly the state, a whole lot of good.”


Filed under: Chris Christie • Sarah Palin
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Will 18E

    Sorry it over of Palin from the start. Palin attracted voters to her not by being the better choice, but by making a segment of the voting population hate the other guy, McCain Palin were handed the second biggest defeat , vote count, by a Democrat to a Republican in our nation's history.

    January 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Oy Vey Az

    I always get the feeling that watching Sarah is like watching an infomercial ... just waiting to sell you something you really don't want. The outside of this lovely looking woman seems to go out of its way to hide something within her. Maybe she knows that if she reveals her true self we'd all question why we are so drawn to her. I don't think it would take very long before we all got wise and abandoned her ? ... Will the real Sarah Palin please step forward? … Please ?

    January 13, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Jack

    I'm not a big fan of Christie but he has a point here. You can't fight from behind a glass wall. You have to go out and confront the critics and get off script. Palin may be afraid of this because she may not have the intelligence or quickness to handle real political confrontation. We saw how poorly she did in those soft-ball interviews when she was running for VP. Remember how she imploded with Couric's simplest inane questioning?

    January 13, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Duck Fallas

    Sarah Palin clearly mis-spoke. What she meant to say was "Blood Bible", which she uses to smash halibut in the head.

    January 13, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Publius13

    Gov. Christie's style is wearing a bit thin though. His constant baiting and bullying of his constitutents is getting tiresome.

    January 13, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Scott

    The reason Sarah doesn't engage in "un-staged" events is because she would be a mess if she had to think on her own. I mean come on, she's a mess even when she's scripted.

    January 13, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. JC

    Wow, finally a republican that makes sense.

    January 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Byrd

    That's not frank advice. Here's frank advice, Sarah: Go away. Go far away and don't ever come back.

    January 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. The Unsub

    Pailn simply doesn't have "it." She addressed the public on Facebook for Christ's sake!

    January 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Margie

    Oh yeah he knows how to handle the media...he gives them an offer they can't refuse. Just like his family does.

    January 13, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    disagree pal. She does not need to engage the media or the people in anything. We dont like her, we reject her, she is nothing to us.

    January 13, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Name Eric

    Now thats an honest Republican. Palin will never be president, ever! Americans are not that stupid.

    January 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. maine liberal

    OMG Palin having to appear on a real news program not on faux-paux.
    BTW limbaugh, Beck and Hannity are not news Journalists

    Palin meet the PRESS

    January 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. cathstar

    Since Palin sounds like an idiot when "scripted," how dumb must she actually be? If she "let's loose," we'll all find out and then Christie will have eliminated one competitor from a presidential run in 2012. Obviously, he is NOT dumb.

    January 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Let me see if I got this right. Governor Christie is giving advice on how to present one's self? Really?!?!?! And he thinks Palin will listen?!?!?! Really?!?!?!?!

    Really?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    January 13, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. John

    I like this guy. I lean left and he leans right, but he is blunt without being obnoxious and he is smart. I have not yet and don't see how I would ever abandon Obama. Obama is so far right up there with the best in US Presidents. But we could all use a man like Cristie in our government too.

    January 13, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Michael

    Christie (and everyone else) knows that if you take Palin out of a carefully staged and scripted performance with a sympathetic interviewer, things fall apart (a la Couric). Palin is incapable of intelligent discourse, as she proves every time she trots out those tired old talking points. She could not hold her own in a debate with my 12-year-old son, much less a knowledgable and well-educated adult opponent. There is an old proverb from Spain, "You can dress a monkey in silk, but it remains a monkey." I can think of nothing more to the point.

    January 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Madtown

    "...Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.

    “You have to look at it and see, what are they like when they’re tested, what are they like when they’re not scripted, what are they like when they’re pushed,”
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    This is hilariously awesome! Palin would never submit to this, however, because her stunning lack of intellect, worldliness, and sophistication would only be further exposed in a setting such as this. When you need to write basic governmental concepts on your hand so your don't forget, when you can't tell Katie Couric the name of even 1 periodical you read to keep up with current affairs, and when you're unable to recall the name of even 1 founding father to Glenn Beck then you have no business going toe-to-toe with people who actually have something going on upstairs. She'd be massacred. I'll give her credit for being at least smart enough to know that much, and thus controlling each and every media interaction she has.

    January 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. MOHen

    Why does he call her "Governor Palin?" Doesn't he know she left government for her more lucrative career in entertainment?

    January 13, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. opbilly

    she wont be president anyway! she will keep this charadde up for as long as her sheep will keep filling her pockets. even though she is trailer trash, she has people around her that are smart enough to keep her out there so that the other trailer parkers will keep giving to her and keeping them in nice paying jobs.

    January 13, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Tom

    For all of the my Sarah right or wrong folks, take note. Even the right wing Republicans do not want her campaigning for them.

    January 13, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. A female in Wyoming

    Lol! Yes, c'mon out and play Palin! You've succeeded in alienated most of the country and if you come out unscripted you will finally alienate the handful left that still stick by you. Please, please, come out and speak off the cuff. No script, no bendy straws, no notes on your hands. Just come on out and answer questions in a town hall like setting where you don't know what you'll be asked. Let's see what'cha know.

    January 13, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. W.G.

    Palin is a liar just because she comes off as stupid and uninformed ( which she is ) she lashes back at the media .
    All the REAL media do is ask her questions , she´s the one who answers the questions if her answers sound as thougth
    they lack intelligence then that´s her problem not the media´s . She could never represent me as a president because she´s
    to polarizing to paranoid and just to stupid .

    January 13, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Aaron

    Palin has to have scripts so that she can put forth the rhetoric demanded by her bosses and benefactors, the billionaire Koch brothers...this is all about the brothers imposing their will on America with Palin as the avatar. Now that these scripts have contributed to multiple murders and shootings, Palin needs to just go away.

    January 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah Palin needs two things:
    To be able to have a CONVERSATION, based on her personal knowledge and awareness..

    Oh, and she needs some REAL personal knowledge and awareness.

    She is NOT smarter than a fifth grader.

    January 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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