Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote
February 11th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
6 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. Funkymonkey

    Sarah who? Wasn't she once the mayor of some town in Alaska? Nice to see someone who couldn't even make it into the primaries doling out advice.

    February 11, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    There are still people listening to this broad?

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    February 11, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Was going to leave a post, but really, she's not worth it.

    February 11, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. GretelB

    Sarah Palin? Please go away. You can make a fortune being a television preacher. As it is, you are the woman who lost the presidential bid for Senator McCain. I thought he would have been a good president, but you were a heartbeat away, and the devil always gets his due, which meant you would end up as president and the United States would probably have been vaporized at some point in your presidency. The Jubilee, you know? Give it up you stupid cow, only the true mindless sheep give one flying *%#)( what you think.

    February 11, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. claudeinalbany

    Oh shut up, woman. Your opinion on anything doesn't matter in the least. Hopefully you are not aiming at becoming vice president...again.

    February 11, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. The King

    God bless the "tea party patriots" and their O2 tank affixed rascals that make them ambulatory!! For they ensure the re-election of President Obama!

    February 11, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Steve

    The reason Barak Obama is president, is because John McCain picked her as a running mate. Still cant figure that one out.

    February 11, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. mike from iowa

    you people have me locked in moderation. i believe tea partiers are actively "reporting" those posters who don't agree with tea partiers. unlock my account, you are censcoring me in a public forum, you are violating my first amendment rights!

    February 11, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Jaywing

    Sarah Palin. Where have I heard that name before....? Sorry, can't remember.

    February 11, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Maryellen

    The absence of this woman over the last few months has made my life so much happier, who let her back out of her cage?

    February 11, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Aaron

    I suspected the heifer would reappear after Giffords got the boat named after her. Palin is likely peeved nothing was named after her. I'd recommend naming the latrine at a base in Afghanistan or maybe a pig farm waste disposal site afer her.

    February 11, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Namebloombarnes

    Pali is the epitome of an empty vessel making the most noise that only she believes

    February 11, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Orwell proven

    The fascist quitter from fox is a real commander. Mittens follow her lead into battle. She hears the voices and babels her tongue. Her struggle is self righteous and gloriously profitable. All CPAC must bow.

    February 11, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. seriously???

    WARNING. Listing to this woman for more than three seconds may result in extreme bowel disruption.

    February 11, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And no one remembers that four years ago Willard was considered the Conservative alternative to McCain! Oh, how the mighty have fallen, to be reduced to a chastening target by the Quitter. Someome above mentioned she may be looking for the Veep spot on Willard's ticket. Ain't gonna happen. The Party learned their lesson four years ago about her.

    February 11, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Reggie from LA

    Sorry. "severe" nausea. Where was I. OMG!! She has an authoritative position on something again?
    Why? Please...somehow please make her stop (fall on the floor bawling).

    February 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Candy

    It's one thing to give credit to Palin for being a "cheerleader" for the Republican part (that's as close as I can come to a compliment for her) but to say she should have ran for the presidency (which some were saying on the T.V. today) is down right stupid. She just plain isn't knowledgeable enough. Not a chance. Republicans don't need a cheerleader they need a solid candidate to take the general election this fall and I don't know if I see one.

    February 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. adrifter

    I understand how people can have more conservative views than my own. What I don't understand is how they can think Sarah Palin has anything to offer their side. What do they see in her? Seriously. I don't like to insult anyone, but how is Sarah Palin a good spokesperson for the conservative cause? It amazes me that anyone could sit and listen to her speak, let alone consider her some kind of conservative oracle or, God forbid, a potential leader. What are conservatives thinking? Maybe they have stopped thinking.

    February 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.

    February 11, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. David

    She's like a bad penny. Just keeps showing up. Most don't care what she says and some are becoming very annoyed.

    February 11, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Slightly Left of Center

    The quitter, loser, numbskull is warning others to work harder? Oh, that's rich!

    I still say she is barely qualified to be an Old Navy Mannequin.

    February 11, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Jean Sember

    Yeah Sarah; about as hard as you worked as Governor for only 2 years;

    February 11, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I hope Mitt & his compet.ition will heed Sarahs advice.... so we can continue to have an inclusive, thinking adult in the White House!! Obama/Biden 2012!

    February 11, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. I can see Russia from my house

    I think McCain should have worked harder.... in picking a running mate

    February 11, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Bob

    I'm a conservative and I have a message for Ms. Palin... Please, Please, Please go away. Read the blogs girl. Everyone feels the same way!

    February 11, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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