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. DIANA

    Keep at it. I love that they're eating each other up. It'll make it so much easier for Obama's win next year. He won't have to spend too much campaigning and be able to do what he's been doing – continue to improve our country.

    Go Sarah, attack everybody and then do what you do best – quit.

    June 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Bill

    "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."

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

    Palin's lying and Romney just doesn't get it.

    June 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Ferret out the B.S.

    Her reference to government mandates seems to only touch upon the ones she doesn't agree with, what about NCLB which is still an unfunded federal mandate that affects all of our schools without ever showing definite improvements in the educational system and drains much needed local funds from districts. Her judgement of a health care mandate is misplaced, if the health care industry never raised rates for care and kept them at a reasonable and affordable level for the majority of citizens then we wouldn't need it.

    June 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. beth

    blah blah blah....shut up sarah.

    June 2, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing,
    -------------------------------------------------–
    So according to Sarah we should disobey ALL laws because laws originate from a body within our government and that cannot possibly be a good thing.
    It is impossible to completely grasp the breadth of this woman's STUPIDITY. At least not in ONE lifetime, you gotta re-incarnate over, and over, and over again to truly get how idiotic this moron is!!!!
    ROFLMAO!!

    June 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Lynne

    She just can't stand it if all the attention is on her....EVERYONE LOOK AT ME!!!!! I HAVE NO SUBSTANCE BUT LOOK AT ME!!!!!! Go back to Alaska and shoot some wild life and leave the rest of us alone

    June 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. TEE

    1 – tea Party 2-Two lying clowns speaking for the same 3 – ring circus....Entertainment tonite & TMZ will have the highest ratings since Oprah during this election cycle.....The media will make Palin the MC, and Mitt will help the other teapublican clowns out of the little car.....WoW

    June 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Tom

    That's right Palin..... their should be no mandates at all. Corporations can pollute the air and water, nobody needs car insurance, anyone can carry any type of weapon they want through the streets, anyone can drink open containers of alcohol anywhere they want....... This woman is a nut job! It's one thing to argue the health care plan of Romney, but to say any government mandate is not a good thing is just nuts!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. hq211acr

    Palin attacks Romney's record? Here is someone who quit half way through her term as governor, has made a living by lying and distotrting any and everything, and she thinks someone else's record may be bad. Best to strike while the iron is hot, she may have to defend her record, especially if she does decide to run. Not that she would win much, but, then of course, she could play the victim card simply by saying that Americans didnt vote for her because she __________ (fill in whatever seems appropriate).

    June 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. beth

    hey where's sarah's principles? oh, that's right...just like the people she slams...she doesn't work, her husband doesn't work, her daughter is a high-school drop out, her son had drug problems, her youngest son is really her daughter's firstborn, yeah, but she rides a harley and all the good ol boys get excited about that...ha ha..

    June 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. help

    Make it stop!!!!

    June 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Mike

    you mean like the record of not completing YOUR ALASKA TERM???? Matt Damon said it best.... Do we really want to give our nuke codes to a 'soccer mom' (no offense soccer moms, unless your Palin ofcourse)

    June 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Mark

    Sarah Palin is laughed at by our allies in foreign countries. And there are idiots who say she is better than what we have. Amybe she will eventually quit the race when things get tough? Why not. It wouldn't be the first time.

    June 2, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Laverne

    Let the games begin! I can't stand either one of them and it will be very interesting to see if other candidates are scared to take Sarah Palin on regarding real issues because of fear of backlash from the tea party. I wish someone would call her out without fear, just do it damnit!

    June 2, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    At least Romney has a record in the private and public sector. Palin doesn't have much of record because she quit half way through her ONLY TERM AS GOVERNOR. We can't fairly compare Romney to Palin because Romney has much more of a record than Palin. This isn't to say that I would want either as president. I don't think either one has enough ideas and willingness to change and learn as the current president.

    June 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. bertha59

    Sarah Palin is supposed to be on vacation...yea right. I would support Mitt Romney enthusiastically over Palin if I was not a proud to be democrat.

    June 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Tes Stone

    It's just occurred to me that Ms. Palin has slid from alarming to maddening to iritating to just plain boring. Her silliness is no more intersting than that if the latest starlet. I'm neither a Republican nor an independant, but I truly think they deserve better then Palin/Trump. How pathetic.

    June 2, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Roland - Illinois

    C'mon CNN – ask some tough questions - Palin grew up on Canadian HealthCARE. Both she and her father have shared the reason for their family taking trips to Canada for GOVT Healthcare. He was a teacher {remember Palin's teacher comments in Wisc?} who could not afford to use USA type healthcare in Alaska. Palin – YOU HYPOCRITE! GOP motto........"do as I say, not as I do or have done" Ask her why she grew up such a healthy person with Canadian Healthcare?

    June 2, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. rdarkchild

    She is not qualified to judge any policy. She is a mouth piece that spews her ideological non sense to people who lack the ability to critically analyze political issues.

    June 2, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Both of them are idiots. I love how she only says what supposed "Teaparty Patriots" want. What about the rest of Americans. I did n't know the Teaparty was a majority or the only ones that counted. She also says they don't want government telling them what to do. Last I checked she use to be in government telling people what to do and will do the same if God forbid she became president. Obama/Biden 2012

    June 2, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. TheProgram

    Oh really? No mandate? No governments telling us what to do? What about a woman's right to choose?

    June 2, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Trump assistant

    at least he finished his term in office.Palin got out for a tv show.

    June 2, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. acura2010

    Sarah Palin will bring destruction to America. The republican party is so divided because of arrogant greedy old men WHO are the disasters who caused the economic meltdown. All the bickering wanting to be the head and not working for American citizens. Wall street still raking millions and none of them gone to jail! We are definitely living in the prophetic times, the "haves vs the have nots". None of these politicians can fix this economic mess but the God of heaven. America, cry out to God so that we can receive his mercy on us. I believe God, not MAN!

    June 2, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Louisiana Man

    How did SP learn all those big words? Must have her vocabulary coach along for the ride.

    As far as MR goes–there's several negatives in his political arsenal.
    Not only Romney care–which he soooo wants to disassociate himself with– and his questionable Christianity–but he and his sons were strong supporters for that useless, horrible, costly Iraq War–BUTTTTT

    neither he nor any of his FIVE SONS ever donned the uniforms of our armed services.
    But are on the front lines of rallying and cheer leading for this horrid travesty of a war and its cost to our kids and treasury.

    HYPOCRITES!!!

    June 2, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Very interesting considering that during her gubernatorial campaign she participated in illegal ads paid for by the RGA that Romney was running at the time and helped coordinate. Is there anyone she won’t turn on?

    June 2, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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