Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day
June 2nd, 2011
12:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day

Boston (CNN) – Less than an hour before Mitt Romney was to announce his second bid for the White House in New Hampshire, Sarah Palin appeared in Romney’s hometown and set about picking apart the health care plan he supported as governor of Massachusetts, suggesting it may be a fatal flaw for his candidacy.

Surrounded by reporters for several minutes while visiting the Bunker Hill monument along Boston’s Freedom Trail, Palin delivered her unvarnished opinions of the Romney heath care plan, which mandated that Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance or else face penalties.

“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, obviously and I am not the only to say so, but obviously there will be more explanation coming from Gov. Romney for his support of government mandates,” said Palin, on day five of her “One Nation” bus tour of historic sites on the East Coast.

Romney has faced almost unceasing criticism from conservatives within his party for the similarities between his legislation and the national health care reform passed by President Obama.

He has wrapped himself in the Constitution to defend himself, insisting that states, not the federal government, should have the right to develop their own laws and regulations.

Palin was not buying it.

“Even on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and in our own families and in our businessmen and women in making decisions for ourselves,” she explained. “Not any level of government telling us what to do.”

She said the health care law will be “a big challenge” for Romney as he embarks on a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Tea Party activists, she said, want a candidate with “a record of living out the principles that Tea Party patriots do embrace, which of course is smaller smarter government, not allowing the growth of government to be as rapid as our nation has allowed it to be.”

Before departing for her next stop on the tour, which will eventually take her to New Hampshire for an evening appearance in the early primary state, Palin insisted that her presence was not timed to upstage Romney’s announcement.

With a television camera from Manchester television station WMUR pointed directly at her, Palin pledged that the Romney announcement “was never a consideration” as she planned out her tour itinerary.

“In fact, if he personally would be offended by me stepping foot in a state he was in, I wouldn’t do it,” Palin said. “But I don’t believe that Governor Romney is offended at all that we happen to have on our schedule a stop to meet some good people and have some good New Hampshire food at this time.”

Romney was asked Thursday what he thought about Palin being in the state: "That's terrific – New Hampshire is action central today."

– CNN Producer Mike Roselli contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Sadie Boyd

    Where does she get the idea that any American has faith in businessmen and women anymore? We are still reeling from the Wall Street disaster, the out sourcing of American jobs and the horrible banksters. America no longer trust corporate America.

    June 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Doubleagent

    I think Palin is really a double-agent for the liberals. She is already attacking the GOP front-runner, intending to damage his chances and she hasn't even officially decided to run. Also, having a great faith in the private sector is naive. Businesses are run to maximize profits at all times and in every possible way. The only reason they usually try to avoid breaking laws is because of the negative PR that follows when they do break laws affects revenue. They certainly don't seem to have ideals that promote the good of the people, so I don't believe in blindly trusting the private sector. And Romney's Health Care is a decent plan. What is the alternative? Just hoping that the Health Insurance companies will suddenly STOP pillaging every penny from us they can?

    June 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Steve in Denver

    Good plan. Attack RomneyCare that has 98% of MA residents insured and is reducing costs. Government plan that reduces costs and improves citizens lives = bad, end medicare and RomneyCare and let the poor slobs who make under $1mil/year fend for themselves = good. Ficticious government death panels = bad, real insurance industry death panels = good.

    What a twisted sense of good policy the tea baggers have . . .

    June 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. SCOTO

    "any mandate coming from government is not a good thing"
    You just don't know where to start with this dope. Its like shooting fish in a barrel

    June 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Dave R.

    ...and her not finishing anything won't be?? Assuming that's her approach to everything, reps should not count on her running. But,`if she does and wins, Obama in '12 is a sure bet. In the mean time, it's fun to watch the reps eat their own.

    June 2, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    The Quitter from Wasilla is in no position to be criticizing anyone. I still hold her responsible for the attack on Rep. Giffords and consider her an enemy of the state!!!!

    June 2, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. val

    Whatever you say or do Palin is irrelevant! Just enjoy making your money while you can. But we know here in Seattle we are smart NOT TO VOTE FOR YOU IF YOU EVER RUN FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THIS PLANNET EARTH. That goes with TRUMP ALSO. NO MORALS, NO INTEGRITY, BANKRUPTCY, MULTIPLE DIVORCE, CHEATED ON OTHER PEOPLE JUST TO SELL REAL STATE.

    June 2, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. mike

    you see how this works: Palin, too lazy to govern, wants the attention, the money and the power. she's never going to run but she's never going to say she isn't running either. this way she gets the best of both worlds without being responsible for anything.
    I'm sorry, it's true!

    June 2, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Steve, New York City

    Hey Palin – at least ROMNEY FINISHED HIS TERM as governor! What about you?
    Palin's stupidity becomes more astonishing every day.

    June 2, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course, when she was a mayor and a governor, she never ceased using connections to obtain earmarks for her own pet projects. She even hired a lobbyist to obtain federal funds for Wasilla when she was mayor ( with very mixed results): I would like to know how a hockey arena in a town of less than 20,000 qualifies as an example of municipalities making responsible decisions. Businesses don't govern countries: thats what we have government for. If Palin had her way, people would have to pay back the feds if they were the unfortunate victims of a natural disaster, in much the same manner as she order rape victims to pay for their own rape kits.

    June 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. XWngLady

    ANY Mandate?....Like pay your taxes? Or selective service? Or ANY Mandate?....Wow...The depth of her ridiculousness, knows no bounds.

    June 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So... Sister Sarah is an anarchist?!?

    June 2, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. mgc florida

    Why is this a surprise, I have never seen a politican be so negative and offer nothing in exhange like her. What a piece of work...and for the record bloggers, I am a republican. All of us have not been hijacked by the tea party or HER!

    June 2, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. smc

    Perhaps CNN should ignore Palin until she has a record on healthcare?

    June 2, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Bob

    Palin, give it up! You don't have a chance.

    June 2, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. SiriusVH

    .... We have a great show for you today ....

    Researchers at Havard University have announced that they have successfully crossed a turkey and a frog. They are not quite sure what the point of that research is.

    Celebrity Sarah Palin has stated that "It is wrong let our friend Col. M. Khaddafi down and that President Obama should defend Libya against Chinese attacks. Enough 'pussy-footing'!" she added.

    June 2, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican

    I am happy we have government help to deal with natural disaters. Where would we be if not for the government helping us.

    June 2, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Tam

    Uh, what about HER record? What there is of it. How is it possible that this incompetent, unintelligent, pompous, and too stupid to know she's stupid individual get to where she is? How can someone support her? Below the lowest common denominator.

    June 2, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. TWP

    I wonder if Ms. Palin was against the "government mandate" that I turn in my draft card to the military before I could legally drink a beer. Is she really against all government mandates, including those that govern our national defense, or just the ones that seem inconvenient to her?

    June 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. DA Man

    How is it a faulted program? 99% of the state are covered by heath insurance. And the premiums have only gone up by 1% in the last five years. I use to be under the Romney plan and loved it. Great coverage, lower premium. I changed jobs and am now under a California PPO that is 34% higher premiums and then customer service and claims support is the pits.

    Sorry Sarah, but the Mass health plan by Roomney was a winner in my book.Mandate or not...I am more concerned about coverage and low premiums.

    June 2, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Wes

    Somewhere – Deep within the Alaskan Wilderness – The animals once again cry out in shame.

    June 2, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin is trying to slip in under the radar without having to talk economy and deficit which she is praying Obama will fix before she enters the race and before the debates that way she can only talk about healthcare or taking America back. Remember she disappear when the GOP and Dems were in heavy debates over the economy and the deficit while Bachmann hung right in there with all the big boys. Palin will run on one condition, if those darn economy and deficit questions would just disappear and she can just talk street thug talk.

    June 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Robert Collins

    What has this women done for our country?

    June 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Expat American

    Palin has no ‘opinions’ on anything apart from empty ‘patriotic’ rhetoric and the tired one- line catch phrases she learned in the Politics 101 class that she failed before she dropped out of her 4th college.
    Sarah Magdalene reads the 3×5 index cards that are handed to her; very little of which she actually understands. Before she speaks, does Palin even have the intent of sounding halfway coherent? She sounds like an excited toddler trying to tell you a story; cute because it’s a toddler; not so cute when Sarah ‘Cross Burner’ Palin can’t even form one complete coherent sentence without sounding like a bumbling backwoods buffoon.

    June 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Robert Collins

    Sorry "woman"

    June 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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