Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote
February 11th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin issued a warning to Mitt Romney Saturday, calling on the former Massachusetts governor to do a better job explaining his record to conservatives or risk dampening voter turnout in November if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

In an interview with CNN and The New York Times before her speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Palin said she was confused by Romney’s declaration here on Friday that he was a “severely conservative Republican.”

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“I wasn’t quite sure what the word 'severely' meant,” Palin said.

She said Romney and his two main rivals - Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich - should be given time to explain the flaws in their record until the Republican National Convention in August, when she said the nomination fight could ultimately be decided.

But Romney may have the hardest sale to make, she said, asking him to explain his “shifts in ideology” since he left the Massachusetts governorship.

“You have to have the tea party patriots enthused and energized in order to win this nomination, and more importantly in order to defeat Barack Obama,” Palin argued.

If conservatives are “dismissed and they are marginalized” by the Republican establishment, “they are going to be much less enthused and much less willing to put it all on the line for the GOP candidate in the general election.”

“We can’t afford to have low voter turnout in the general election, and that is all the more reason for Romney to really start connecting more with conservatives,” she said.

Though she has spoken warmly about both Gingrich and Santorum, she said she was still making up her mind about which candidate to support.

Her Fox News contract does not prohibit her from weighing in on the presidential race, she said.

Palin said she would not encourage any of the candidates to drop out of the race, saying it’s “not yet” time for Gingrich to step aside and allow Santorum to rally the conservative vote.

She also welcomed the possibility of a brokered convention in Tampa.

“I don’t think that it would be a negative for the party, a brokered convention,” she said. “And people who start screaming that a brokered convention is the worst thing for the GOP, they have an agenda. They have their own personal or political reasons for their own candidate, who they would like to see protected away from a brokered convention. That’s part of the competition, that’s part of the process. And it may happen.”


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soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. ptny

    He's trying to work harder but with all the government handouts he gets (18% less tax to pay) why does he have to work harder? Sarah?

    I hope that Romnibus drove his carcass thru the “Poor” neighborhoods on his way to each caucus today, all of which (poor neighborhoods)have doubled due to our lame congress.
    And I’ll bet 10,000 dollars he was “Clinging to his gun” for that trip.

    February 11, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    You know you're flailing when Palin tells you that you're sounding confusing.

    February 11, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Matt

    Here's your choice, tea party nut jobs: get behind your nominee or sulk and endure another 4 years of the president you hate so much. It's not complex, although apparently it is for Palin

    February 11, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dan J

    Sarah Palin confused? Couldn't be.

    February 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. victorsj

    palin giving advice.lol. from a woman who wrote answers on her hand and just quit here governors job in alaska. she needs to go back to alaska and find a real job

    February 11, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    If I were Willard, I would not take advice from $arah because she was too chicken to put her name in the hat!

    February 11, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Dave

    Can a sista be eyeing the VP spot on the Rick ticket?

    February 11, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Aunti Sara

    Advice. From a woman who quit her job as governor and lost a reality show. Must be time to generate interest so books sales will go up again.

    February 11, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is a severely conservative moderate liberal.

    February 11, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Ericka

    If anyone has a hidden agenda it's Sarah Palin...vote for Newt, but I'm not endorsing anyone?! Give me a break, does anyone take her seriously anymore...if anyone ever did? I don't think she has a leg to stand on when telling conservatives who to vote for to defeat Barrack Obama...um you already were on that ticket Sarah, and thanks in part to you we lost, remember?!

    February 11, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Palin is just another typical Evangelical

    Romney clearly has the best resume when it comes to being able to put this country back on a path of fiscal sanity. Guarantee if he wasn't Mormon... she wouldn't have near as many problems with him. This is the lady that ran with McCain, who was far more "liberal" than Romney.... Hypocrite.

    February 11, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Vet4RonPaul

    Sarah Palin is kind of cute but if she wants to help she should point out how Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are warmongering neocon chickenhawks just like Obama. All four of them are just status quo pre-bought good old boys. Sarah should point out that Ron Paul is the only pro-peace, pro-freedom, pro-life, anti-bailouts candidate. He is also the only candidate that actually served in the military and is truly interested in helping our troops, Youth and veterans. The good old boy neocon chickenhawks just want another war that they and their kids won't serve in. So, vote your conscious people; pro-war or pro-peace.

    February 11, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin "confused"? Say it isn't so!

    February 11, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. JohnRJohnson

    Basically, Sarah Palin is telling Mitt Romney to lie better to the Republican base. Didn't work so well for her.

    February 11, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. snt2

    She's confused about a lot of things... who cares about her? anyone who supports a candidate that proposed to spend billions on a moon colony has lost touch with reality. How can she speak for conservatives? I'm a conservative and she doesn't represent me. I used to like Palin, but now she just makes me hurl.

    February 11, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Namejkane fl

    Romneys toast as well as the rest of the teabag clowns in Nov!!!!

    February 11, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Pat Domingos, Maine

    Oh no, who let her out again!!!

    February 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. nat turner

    In other words "pander so I can mock you".

    February 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. j_doe

    Romney has explained his shifts. It's not his fault if you don't understand them, Sarah. They make perfect sense to me. What I don't understand is how you could support Gingrich who has so much baggage and more "shifts" in ideology than Romney. I get why you would support Santorum, even though he will never beat Obama.

    February 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Mauri

    I wish I knew exactly why Sarah Palin thinks she has the authority to be "warning" candidates about what they should and should not do. Perhaps I missed something along the way, but didn't she, along with McCain, get defeated in 2008?

    February 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. me

    Taking political advise from Sarah Palin is like taking driving tips from Stevie Wonder.

    February 11, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. dduncan

    “I wasn’t quite sure the word 'severely' meant,” Palin said.

    ...in other news, Palin admits that she does not know what the words, up, down, around, over there, it, small, intelligent etc etc, mean.

    February 11, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. rtbrno65

    She probably, actually, literally, does not know what the word "severely" means.

    February 11, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. pre-runner

    Who cares what this bimbo thinks?

    February 11, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. PTBarnumboy

    Oh ya, let's all pay attention to what this woman has to say!! Keep sending her money folks, she's barely getting by on the millions she's made off you thus far.

    February 11, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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