Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day
June 2nd, 2011
12:54 PM ET
3 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. BT

    talk about stabbing in the back!!!

    June 2, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Former Republican, but never again!

    What a complete and total idiot! She doesn't know if she's running, but she criticizes Romney on his announcement day. Palin has absolutely no class or intelligence. Watch her decide to run as a Tea Party candidate against the Dems and Repubs.

    June 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Just keep talking to the mike Snookie. Run Snookie Palin run!

    June 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. RichardR

    “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.”

    I guess that's why she quit as governor of AK before her term was up...

    June 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. nagrom

    Oh Darn! No postings on here. I guess everyone is Palin'd out. Oh Well. I just couldn't let it go. Yah In MASS they call it Obamacare They forget the actual practitioner who designed it was Romneycare. Obama is just a copy cat. So we MA people get a double hit Once from Romney and then once from Obama. Just gotta love what government for the people can do.

    June 2, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. lcasey

    Sister Sarah.........ask those people in MA what they think of their health care system.....I think you may be surprised.

    June 2, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. K3Citizen

    Sarah Palin is the best Democratic campaigner in the country. Single handidly, she will help Obama get a four year extension on his contract.

    June 2, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Al

    This lady can't stand Romney.

    June 2, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. IsThereADog?

    I still feel that Romney's religious faith should be seriously examined. Unfortunately, this is the one topic that seems to be off the table in terms of debate. How can we trust a leader to make rational decisions based on critical thinking when they follow the precepts of a religion that is so obviously a fraud that it insults the intelligence of a third-grader?

    June 2, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Dave

    Go away loser! We are all dumber when we listen to you talk. Go back to AK or AZ wherever it is you're living now and just stop. You cannot win.

    June 2, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. DumbasRocks [R]s

    You gotta love it when vitriolic trolls eat their own.

    June 2, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I never knew that Gov. Romney's hometown is a registered national historic site.

    June 2, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. I just can't wait for the Republican debates

    This is going to be soooo much fun to watch. Who is the purer conservative? Who has more street cred with the way of the nutso map tea partiers? I sure hope Bachmann enters the race because this will really become must see TV. Its early in the election cycle and the long knives are already coming out.

    June 2, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.”
    -------------------------------------------------–
    HUH?????????
    Like the song says: "Where do I begin...".
    Let me just say that I have little faith in businessmen from certain private sectors; their unregulated, greedy little hands almost catapulted us into a second Great Depression. Had it not been for the gorvernment stepping in (at long last) and putting into place some of those pesky MANDATES we would've been screwed.

    June 2, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Russ

    I don't much care for Romney, but boy I hope Palin gets in the race so he can chew her up and spit her into the sewer during the debates. Her experience in Government doesn't qualify her to talk about any kind of mandate. Being elected mandates you serve your people......not quit on them when the going got tough. Come on Palin put up or shut up.

    June 2, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    It sounded like she just declared mandated auto insurance as unconstitutional. There's a problem with her argument. If you extend her reasoning to its' logical conclusion, then any law passed anywhere is unconstitutional, up to and including The Constitution itself.

    June 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Pravaa

    Well let us have a completely free society then. Why should one accept a mandate that you need to have a driving license to drive, an auto insurance for your car or follow speed limits on the freeway? Aren't those "restrictions" placed upon by "big government? Where does this BS argument end? The fact that one would have to pick up the tab for an uninsured person in the ER just because the person did not think it was necessary to buy a health insurance plan is ridiculous. If you are economically capable, you must have your own health insurance. Period. How is one paying for another's health care in the absence of a mandate any different from " socialism" that the right wing is so scared of?

    June 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. The Extreme Makeover of Winky Palin

    Sarah –

    Let me say this in away that might make you get it.

    If Bristol [an "adult" w/child] objects in anyway to me running __ __ her, if she`s offended, I`ll be happy to withdraw. But since she hasn`t I think it is safe to assume she is down.

    This follows the same logic as your comment about Romney.

    June 2, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. modeldon

    The new supersized skunk at the nomination party.

    June 2, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. GwynniesPapa

    It would be a wonderful thing if prhaps Mr. Romney would respond to Mrs.Palin as though she were a canidate and discuss her accomplishments thus far in her career. WHEN is somebody in the G.O.P. going to take her to task. What is more frightening? Sarah Palin as Pres. Or some guy who doesn't have what it takes to take her and her small band of followers on in a fair fight. She jabs at people with their hands tied by the tea party. It is sad and getting very old.

    June 2, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. modeldon

    You don 't have enough enemies if you have a friend like this

    June 2, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. AC

    Note to Quitter: We had faith in the private sector, Insurance and Banking are out to screw the little people, and the Reps want to take away Medicare and Midicaid, ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Tax the RICH, Tax the top 2% RICH.

    June 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. ITALIAN NONNO

    Palin was called in to Fox headquarters yesterday, programmed, and given her script and marching orders,.. what a mindless, robotic cyborg she is. All this woman does is attack and criticize,.. never a positive thought or idea,... she's always right,.. and everyone else is always wrong.

    June 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. ML

    Are all those who don't want the government to mandate buying health insurance also against the law that requires hospitals to treat sick and injured without regard to whether they have insurance or the ability to pay for their care? What about government requirements to have a driver's license to drive a car? That the car has to be licensed to be on the roads?What about the requirement that doctors be licensed to practice medicine?

    June 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Honestuck

    I love Sara Palin. She will destroy the Republican Party from within. How wonderful is that? I hope she stays on top of this Republican Primary cycle and eventually when the Republicans nominate someone other than her I hope she contests the Presidential election as the Tea Party Nominee. I actually think the Republicans are resigned to that eventuality.

    June 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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