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.”


Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
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  1. Maria

    The repubs have learned nothing over time, if they continue to have this woman address them..She is crazy I saw her endorsing Newt on Fox..... Where have the few intellects hidden? George Will will you stand up?

    February 11, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Lola

    Scary! Sarah "wasn’t quite sure what the word 'severely' meant."

    Who the hell is she anyway to judge any of the candidates? She is a serious embarrassment, one that John McCain will never live down. What is crazy is that Fox News pays her to be an analyst, and some people still find her credible.

    If I were Romney, I would be laughing my ass off. Like he should care what Sarah ("I can see Russia from my house") thinks!

    P.S. LOL, her daughter, you know the one who got pregnant out of wedlock is here in DC advocating against teen pregnancy. I guess hypocrisy and stupidity run in the genes.

    February 11, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Lola

    Scary! Sarah "wasn’t quite sure what the word 'severely' meant."

    Who the hell is she anyway to judge any of the candidates? She is a serious embarrassment, one that John McCain will never live down. What is crazy is that Fox News pays her to be an analyst, and some people still find her credible.

    If I were Romney, I would be laughing my a** off. Like he should care what Sarah ("I can see Russia from my house") thinks!

    P.S. LOL, her daughter, you know the one who got pregnant out of wedlock is here in DC advocating against teen pregnancy. I guess hypocrisy and stupidity run in the genes.

    February 11, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. yogi

    The GOP freak show continues, what a sad party....
    Obama 2012.

    February 11, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Pizza

    Aw, Sarah is worried about Mitt winning the Republican nomination. Just for her I'll cast my Georgia ballot for Newt ( I'm an Obama supporter with no one to vote for on Super Tuesday ).

    February 11, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. MakeThemEatCake

    More and more, those that call themselves conservative or a tea partier, should realize that Ms. Palin never intended to be serious candidate for ANY office. Once walked into the national political scene (thanks to that POS McCain) she saw dollar signs and the only time she pokes her head out of her hole is when the bank account needs refilling

    February 11, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Kathy

    Priceless. Advice on how to win from the woman who cost McCain a win.

    February 11, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. truthfuster

    It's good to see all you koolaid drinkers believing that Romney is a moderate, I hope all you zombie wallet sucking freaks think the same thing. Then after he's elected the surprise will be on you while you walk the streets protesting because your going to have to work again. There isn't really a lot of POOR in this country just people with some screwed up priorities when spending their money. If there was truly poor people we would have dead in the streets. So which one of you liberal wholes wants to volunteer? The only reason Romney looks like a moderate is because he was elected to a state where it was only me and him that were conservatives and he wanted to have an accomplishment while he was in town, you know like obama hasn't had so far.

    February 11, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Pat

    Consideriing her mental state, wouldn't that be considered 'stalking?"

    February 11, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. t_Dizz

    The repubs can't win a national election with a conservative message. This is why Palin isn't in the race.

    February 11, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. 1tonks

    Please speak more Sarah Palin, so that you can get the GOPs to loose the election like you did four yrs ago!!!

    February 11, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. CBR

    She is correct in saying a brokered convention might not be so bad. Declaring a winner before all of the primaries are held is ridiculous. Does that mean that the primaries or caucuses in the other states do not matter? Some of the states hold non-binding caucuses and those delegates could very well vote their own choice and not necessarily the state's choice.

    There is a lot of talking but not very much real substance. Don't know how anyone could vote anyway?

    February 11, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Bimmerman

    Notice the solid gold glasses you dumb contributors put on her.
    She wasn't wearing them when she was running the "deep freeze" a few years ago.

    February 11, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. she be crazy

    hmmm, why would her and Donald think a brokered convention would be good??? Let me think... no dollars spent on their own campaign... hmmm maybe it will come to me. But I guess I am just as confused as she is... seveerly is a hard word to look up.

    February 11, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Tom

    Was Sarah's advice before or after he won the CPAC straw poll?

    February 11, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. kateslate

    And so, the far right extorts the reasonable right. Okay. Now what?

    February 11, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Dan

    Why does anyone listen to her anymore? She is an idiot.

    February 11, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Conrack

    The GOP has no idea what kind of trouble it has by letting a person of this caliber be one of its spokespersons. She is a complete embarrasment.

    February 11, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    That's all you need to know.

    February 11, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. tcaros

    Advice from the quitter Palin?
    Do you remember she quit office???

    February 11, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Dave

    MATT;... When you say "YOU" ... i e everyone who hates Obama, may I suggest you learn to lead your life without HATE, and make sure you keep the majority of the US population out of your "HATE GROUP"

    February 11, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. tcaros

    I'm fairly sure that Saran Palin approached political offce like a pageant. She was told "just go out there and say whatever comes to mind and try to act smart."
    The idiots in Wassilla were fooled by her, but not the lower 48!!!

    February 11, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. matt

    Republicans have no plan other than winning, they never do. They just campaign, make problems, then screw the working class to their benefit. They've been doing this since Bush Sr. They never have ideas, just lies and empty rhetoric. Perhaps this is the era where they will truly be exposed. With the advent of social media, it's getting harder and harder for them to control the message.

    February 11, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. mrgmorgan56

    Conservatives...or to conserve...or to remain the same. Small minded individuals that wish the world would not turn and progress for the better. Sad, limited thinking and ultimately, doomed to fail. Every time this woman opens her mouth I am convinced that she suffers from frost bite of the brain.

    February 11, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. CanadaONE

    boring -gop going down to thier worst showing yet

    February 11, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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