Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote
February 11th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
3 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
soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. pkfops

    Someone should let Palin know she lost.

    February 11, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Byron

    What a joke! OBAMA 2012!!!

    February 11, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Tano

    I'm sorry to say this, because I being a conservative, but I'm afraid Sarah Palin is still relevant ONLY because that's what she does to make money. The main reason why she didn't enter the presidential race was because she liked how much money she could make by doing what she's doing, and she KNEW she had NO CHANCE of winning the GOP nomination.
    All these pundits keep saying that Mitt Romney is not conservative enough, really? He's the only one who doesn't drink, smoke, has extra-marital affairs, has actually been successful, governed very conservatively, is a family man, has done more good than any of those on the race, so what the hell is this woman talking about?

    February 11, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. ourjungle

    Sarah, your lack of buisness savvy is he reason Alaska did not get their Alaska Gas Pipe Line,and your lack of political savvy is the reason Obama got elected. The best thing you can do to help the United States is to stay on the side lines ;as your advice,and/or skills (however limited) are not needed........you are stepping way out of your league.

    February 11, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Blame Bush

    Palin, as usual, is full of crap. Ignore her.

    ANYONE on the GOP ticket automatically has the conservative vote, just as ANYONE on the DEM ticket has the liberals.

    For Romney to have a prayer of winning in November, he first has to win the GOP nomination by telling the GOP' fringe on the far fascist right what it is they want to hear, then in the fall he has to run to the center to get the moderate's votes.

    February 11, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Blame Bush

    Palin, as usual, is full of nonsense. Ignore her.

    ANYONE on the GOP ticket automatically has the conservative vote, like ANYONE on the DEM ticket has the liberals.

    For Romney to have a prayer of winning in November, he first has to win the GOP nomination by telling the GOP fringe on the far right what it is they want to hear, then in the fall he has to run to the center to get the moderate's votes.

    February 11, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Jan Brewer

    Maybe he should suggest that Alaska secede from the union. That should satisfy the Palins. Maybe some of the Palin daughters would be willing sister wives for him too.

    February 11, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Bill

    "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,”
    Any candidate strongly associated with the Tea Party will have trouble breaking 40% of the vote, Very few "Reagan Dems", no Indies, no Democrats, no Libertarians, no Blacks, almost no Hispanics,no fiscally conservative living in the world of real facts Republicans (that covers me) will vote for one of their bozos or someone pretending to be one of their bozos. Sounds like 35%+ max. As Mr. Perry might say, "That dog won't hunt".

    February 11, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith

    Hey Palin! Did you know that your lemming followers are STILL pleading for you to run! (As if you really had a chance in hell.) LMAO! Aren't you supposed to be up in Alaska "helping" your home state??

    February 11, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. marieee

    Please someone tell that idiot woman to shut the hell up and go back to Alaska!

    February 11, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Nbrown

    Wahahahahahahahahahahahah! Oh my God! Did I just read that someone said Romney will save this country and his family. Don't hold you breath – I'm sure he'll flip on that too. I want him to get the nomination – so when he loses, maybe he will give it up!

    February 11, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Squigman

    If this cretin would come out in Obama's camp, I'd have to question Obama's ability to be a leader. Since this will never happen, I feel confident in voting democrat. Thank you Sarah.

    February 11, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. MBSeattle

    Sarah truly understands how a weak candidate can lower the turn out. Just ask her she knows she done that herself.

    February 11, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Namejim

    Stop with the palin hating and listen to her message! Be a consevative and lets make obama a term president!

    February 11, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. GCV

    Mitt, please heed her advice. You need to come across as an hateful, bigoted, paranoid, and ignorant nut job. Right now your only Republican credential is greed. You need all the distasteful characteristics of the conservative movement to be a valid card carrying Republican. You might work on some hypocrisy too – that seems to go over well with those folks too.

    February 11, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. Joel

    I keep hearing Republicans state that their major purpose is to defeat Obama – to make him a "one-term president". Palin recently said, "Mr President, we don't want an economy built to last, we want an economy built to grow." OK political genius, please explain to me in real terms the difference between the two. An economy built to grow IS an economy built to last, it just doesn't forward the pityful belief that some of the majority might break into the realm of the wealthy if Obama is defeated as President. Get real! The will to defeat a president put miles above the will to do the best for the most people is not only ugly and rude, it's un-American!

    February 11, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Fla Pete

    She said what!!!!Romney work harder after last month backing Newty,talk about covering ALL the bases.She talked of conservatism,she's as radical right if there ever was one.For her to give thoughts to anyone,she is really the symbol for hypocricy,plus she's a moron period,go back to Alaska,Palin....

    February 11, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. brian in denver

    Advice to Mitt from the queen of airheads. Got to give this nutjob her due for still somehow hanging around. Who gets the credit? Sarah herself? Faux News? The Tea Party wingnuts? Whoever. The woman is a product of 21st century politics & never would have been seriously recognized before these times for anything other than a good laugh.

    February 11, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. teaformorons

    Sarah Palin does not understand what "severely" means! Well, that word has more than 2 syllables :-)

    February 11, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. zip

    Romney's advice to Palin. Slow down honey, or it will go off in your mouth.

    February 11, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Considering The Alternative

    I am still confused about that Paul Revere this, with the ringing the bells and shooting guns. Maybe Sarah is reading "all of them magazines" again?

    February 11, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. RUCreUS

    I haven't read the article, and wont. I just had to ask - How, exactly, is anything this bimbo says even relevant? And why does anyone still give a flying rip?

    February 11, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. PorkNBeans

    Is that Sarah Limbaugh?
    Why, yes, yes, it is...

    February 11, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Joe

    Oh, I agree with Sarah Palin. Go ahead Mr, Wall Street. Be something that you're not. Continue to pander to the far-right of the GOP just to get the nomination, and then find yourself painted into a corner of being unelectable in the General Election. Ooops. Too late. You're already accomplished that goal.

    February 11, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Matt

    Sarah, your 15 minutes are up. Please just go away... You're an embarrassment to conservatives, to the GOP and to the United States. When did we become the party of idiots.

    February 11, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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