Palin to Congress: Remember your values (and what I said last November)
July 28th, 2011
04:38 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin to Congress: Remember your values (and what I said last November)

(CNN) - Sarah Palin reminded Republican freshmen members of Congress Thursday of the promises they made during their 2010 campaigns and encouraged them to remain true to their fiscally conservative values as Congress debates an increase to the debt ceiling.

On her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor reprinted a letter she sent the then-newly elected members in November 2010 that called on them to tackle the deficit and entitlement programs to "avert a fiscal disaster."

"Republicans campaigned on a promise to rein in out-of-control government spending," Palin wrote in 2010. "These are promises that you must keep."

In her new post, Palin asked the representatives who received backing from the tea party movement to remember those who propelled their candidacies.

"I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us 'little people' who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes," Palin wrote. "This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this."

Palin, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, has said raising the debt ceiling is inevitable, but that Republicans "better get something out of it." She has also been a proponent of the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" pledge passed through the Republican-controlled House and failed in the Senate.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Sarah Palin
soundoff (522 Responses)
  1. fisher51

    I wishh obama would been elected before we wound be in this mess 2 wars for nothing, big debt and this lady from hell.

    July 29, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    The Tea Party movement is a strong force, it is composed of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. It had great influence on the take over of House by the Republicans. It may also turn into making this a 3 Party politically. So be careful, for you may see on the 2012 ballot:::: Democratic Party, Republican Party and the Tea Party candidates. This debt crisis is the icing on the cake . The actions of the Democrats and White House have turned off many independents and democrats.

    July 29, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. TexasNobama

    We know the liberals hate Sarah Palin, but why can we comment on her article and not on any of the President Osama articles.
    The Tea party elected Republicans were elected to vote a certain way. Who cares if she reminds them of that?

    July 29, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. sammieb51

    Sarah, the Queen, reminds folks not of the oath of office they took, to uphold and defend the Constitution, but of what they "owe" her since she supported them and got them elected. Welcome to the new Democracy. Sarah the Queen and her misled and misinformed minions .... dust in 2012

    July 29, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Robert

    I hope all the Palin women know how to place their diaphragm correctly. We don't want to populate the world with Palin waste.

    July 29, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Not her again

    She wants the Republicans "better get something out of it".........?!?
    That sounds like the right approach. Don't consider what's best for the country, just make sure YOU get something out of it. ME first, country second.

    July 29, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. DJ in TX

    She really has no clue of government. Yes, the government is going to have to be cut. But does she also realize that a constitutional amendment is not just up to Congress? Even it passes Congress, it still has to be ratified by the states (at least 38)? There's a reason there's only been 27 amendments passed since the constitution was created. Why are our politicians signing pledges to a only certain element of the public? Aren't they supposed to work for EVERYONE in their state and the U.S.? hmmmm...........

    Anyway, advice from someone who QUIT their position when times got rough. Yes, freshmen, a shining example of what you should be doing.

    July 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. fideauxdon

    Does anyone care what this millionaire nitwit has to say? I don't.

    July 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Moby49

    Did I hear a magpie cackling??

    July 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Ozzie

    What a prophet – I mean profit!!!

    July 29, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Bernard

    When did people in our country get to be so stupid. I guess that is what we deserve when we reward mediocrity and devalue excellence in our people. Increasing the debt ceiling allows the government to pay debts we already owe. We need to cut spending, reduce unnecessary government, get rid of federal and state pension plans for federal and state employees that the private sector does not get, and increase taxes on the very wealthy-and I mean those making more than 1 million a year. In fact, maybe it should not be based on income or capital gains, but on the amount of total assets you own. The tea party candidates and spokespeople are showing how ignorant they are by not voting to increase the debt ceiling. Lets pay CEOs multimillions and scientists that invent important technology nothing even though that is what made this country great.

    July 29, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Billy Davis

    The POTUS offered $4T in cuts while the GOP offered $3T and now even that number is reducing and not even supported by their own party. The GOP and the tea party wants America to fail. Rush gave them their marching orders. I think they are enjoying the crash of the stock market.

    July 29, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. dutspup

    Yeah, thanks to you and your Republican freshman wet behind the ears rich kids our country has already been down graded, the dollar is now in decline and possibly will no longer be the world currency. What goes around, always comes around again.

    July 29, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Michael in Houston

    You think she is obnoxious and grating on the nerves now...wait until this Queen of Swamp Slop announces she is running for office!! She and Bristol will make certain that we are a pumped and crammed with their images, tweets, sound bites, piictures, clips, commercials, talk shows, signs, rallies, and every other method of saturating us with THEM. By the time they are through, we will all be on our knees praying for a rock the size of Montana be hurdling through space on a direct trajectory with earth and slam into us and end this madness of their narcissim.

    July 29, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Stephen

    "Republicans campaigned on a promise to rein in out-of-control government spending," Palin says – yet that has nothing to do with the debt ceiling and the money we already owe. The debt ceiling need to be raised so we can pay our bills. Spending can still be cut. Reforms can happen. Hopefully taxes can be raised. But raising the debt ceiling has nothing to do with those things.

    July 29, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Edwin

    Great, tackle the financial problems. So that means... RAISE THE DEBT CEILING!

    Failure to raise the debt ceiling is NOT financial responsibility. It IS financial disaster. It has NEVER been tied to a bill before.

    Create a bill to balance the budget. I commend that attitude. But don't threaten the country with bankruptcy and also PRETEND to be about financial responsibility! That is the biggest, most transparent lie you could make.

    July 29, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. bluedogboy

    "Cut, Cap and Balance" is not a solution. That is generic tea party rhetoric. Give us some concrete solutions, Sarah. Tell us what you would do to fix the problem.

    July 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Martin

    Why do the media keep pandering to Sarah Palin by saying "who is considering a run for the White House in 2012?"

    If she was serious about a run, she would have announced by now. She is a media hog and after $$$. She wouldn't have missed out on an entire quarter of campaign fundraising.

    She's not gonna run. If she does, God Help Us All. The far right are crazy enough to elect her.

    July 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Brian

    PLEASE shut up, Palin. Why is she getting ANY coverage AT ALL?? Can we PLEASE stop talking about this idiot?!

    July 29, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Snowman

    Also remind them that the TEA Party will not be taking the hit for the fiasco it is steering into: it will be you, young first-year Republican buck, with your eyes squarely affixed to the headlights. The Democrats have shown the ability to compromise. The mainline Republicans have shown the ability to compromise. There is one defined political faction that apparently cannot compromise and that has the driving need to hit the iceberg. Keep steering them, Sarah!

    July 29, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Chris Carson

    Tell the half-term ex-gov of Alaska to GROW A PAIR and run for President if she wants to jump into each and every debate. Let's see if the American people are willing to vote for her and her simple view of the world.

    July 29, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Joe

    Dear God, is she still here? Please, Sarah, you were funny the first time. You were sort of funny even the tenth time you did your imitation of Tina Fey imitating you. But it's really old and stale, now, honey. Do something else.

    July 29, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. steve

    She can say all she wants. She is not responsible for anything other then her own life. If she gets it wrong, oops, sorry.

    July 29, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    Please don't print anymore on her insane idea's for America, I love my country and don't see why CNN is playing any part in this nonsense from this woman.

    July 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Keith in SoJax

    I think its time for the Tea Party to get their way. Clearly this nation has a fascination with "Government Waste" and the Tea Party is the embodiment. Lets see how the Great Tea Party Tax on America flies in the court of Public Opinion when the people realize that their Social Security Checks, Medicare benefits, our Military and our debt service are considered "wasteful spending". I'm pretty sure the trial with Slash And Burn for the middle class while protecting tax breaks and loop holes for the wealthy will be the end of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the other wreckless/overconfident/hubris filled Republicans in that caucus.

    All that said, I hope they succeed in elelvating the idea of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Afterall, do we need any more flagrant example of why we can't trust Politicians with money. We must reign them in with the Balanced Budget Amendment and end their free ride with the paid lobbiests that shower them with power and money. Clearly the system is a disaster for the nation. We're just about to begin feeling the pain.

    July 29, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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