(CNN) - Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who mused with a presidential bid of her own this cycle, suggested Wednesday that Mitt Romney should release records from his time at Bain Capital, as well as his personal tax returns.
Not doing so, she said, could lead to devastating consequences that would injure his candidacy in the weeks before November's general election.
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"Don't be surprised that that's all coming out today, because it would come out as an October surprise had these GOP candidates not brought those out today," Palin said on the Fox News program "Hannity."
She continued, "Barack Obama and his machine and the billion dollars that he's got behind him will bring all of this stuff out anyway."
Candidates need to be prepared, Palin said.
"It's rough and tumble, not beanbag as Romney and others have called it. You've got to be prepared for this."
In the interview, Palin characterized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attacks on Romney's tenure at Bain as questions about his job creation claims.
"This isn't about a politician making huge profits in the private sector," she said. I "think what Governor Perry is getting at is that Governor Romney claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and you know, people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim?"
Republicans, she said, should vet candidates "within our own party."
But Palin's comments do not mean she is closer to choosing a candidate to support.
"I'm still with the majority," Palin said. "Searching."
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I curse you McCain, icurse you over and over again for bringing this woman out in the open.
And what was the reason this knucklehead is being quoted?
My God Sarah have you become a Democrat? Rush Limbaugh ain't gonna invite you over for dinner.
OK palinese translators. You are once again employed.
And here I thought she'd finally disappeared from the radar for good. I wish the media would just leave her to her delusions of grandeur and pay attention to real newsworthy items. You'd think her name was Kardashian or something.
I never thought I'd see the day where I agreed with something Sarah Palin said. But in this instance, she makes a valid point and EVERYBODY should be alarmed that Mitt Romney has refused to release his tax returns. What does this mean for transparency and how would he behave as President, behind a cloak of secrecy?
Those of you above who refer to transcripts, etc., are off base. Thanks to Republican policies, the middle class in this country continues to shrink and we seem to be sliding dangerously close to oligarchy. How anybody who is "middle class" can support a Republican candidate boggles the mind. Wake up, people! The Republican Party doesn't care about the common man.
By the way, I am and always have been a registered Independent......40+ years now.
"Republicans, she said, should vet candidates "within our own party."
Did I just read that?!? Certainly even she realizes the irony of this statement...
Maybe she doesn't realize that if Romney releases his tax returns it will become obvious he makes his money purely through capital gains and pays on 15% in tax. His plan is to lower that rate even more. How many jobs has he created since being Governor? Yeah, we need to tax him less so he can create jobs.
Palin says the Republicans should vet candidates ? It was a teachable moment in the last campaign. Lesson learned.
Instead of wondering who Palin will support, it is more reasonable to want her to just fade away as her opinion lacks any credibility or honest discernment free of self-interests. What she has proven to be just doesn't carry any weight with any rational or objective reasoning.
I was hoping against hope that she would not have ANY opinions on this. I was sooo enjoying NOT hearing from her!
Photo caption contest! My submission for this photo is – “I will go away when I have a pile of money this high.”
Sara Palin – Exhibit A in what passes for acceptable intelligence within the GOP. She is and will always be what John McCain is best remembered for. How sad for him.
Why is a grownup wearing leopard? Why?
If your answer is "whatever," should we "whatever" Iran or tax policy or national healthcare or racism or classism?
This is not a serious person. Please stop reporting her antics. I want to throw a folding chair and have her fall out of the ring from this context.
Yes, yes, republicans fighting republicans with many smitings and bitings.
This is probably the only thing I’ve ever agreed with Palin on although, I wonder what brought her out of the closet. We were so much better off without her meddling. Running out of cash so soon?
She's right. This will be another nail in the coffin of Romney's integrity if he does not handle this now. This does not bode well for his ability to deal with an impending problem or crisis, since he's demonstrating he's in denial about the consequences of his decisions. If he can't handle this, should he ever be anything at the White House other than a visitor?
Why is she even considered quotable? She's such a ninny; she makes women and republicans look bad. If the media would stop quoting her maybe she would go away.
It was so nice without her...Why CNN?
If Romney wins, we can be 47th in job creation again. Just like Mass. In fact, he'll export so many more jobs he'll help the other 46 countries.
Yes, Sarah Palin was always soooo transparent about her dealings and background!
What, Palin can't google? I think what she really means is that she wants someone to explain all those fancy financial words to her. Words like Investment, venture, debits, profits, acquisitions, mergers...
The smartest thing this dummy has ever said. Run Palin run
She's talking about Republican's vetting people in their party... which is amusing, given that its coming from Palin.
Sarah should go rogue and endorse Gov. Perry, the real Tea Party candidate.