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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  1. NoKidding

    Hey Palin! When are you going to ask that Romney shows his birth certificate because his dad is mexican and he might not have been born in the USA? and he might have contacts with the mexican drug lords? After all we need to be really careful because Obama's dad is from Kenya and we gave him such a hard time because we thought he might not have been born in the USA and might be palling around with terrorists.

    February 11, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Elphaba

    Palin... have you been paying attention? Your Republicam party is so confused they doen't even know who they want to be their candidate. I think Obama is going to be around a few more years.. until at least 2016. Then Hillary can take over.

    February 11, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. tony

    Reminds me of 45 rpm turntable. . . Spinning the same old tune, too loud, lots of distortion and completely obsolete.

    February 11, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Midwestmatt

    Once Palin loses her milfy luster, Fox will never let her be seen on their floozy network again.

    Let's do a review on Palin- She's a .5 term governor of one of the least populous states. Claims to be fiscally conservative but voted for The Bridge To Nowhere. Slept with a black basketball player out of wedlock while still claiming moral superiority. Is a come out of nowhere VP candidate who loses...badly.

    And we still listen to her for what reason?

    February 11, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Brian Smith

    Confusing Sarah Palin is not a difficult thing to do.

    February 11, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Elphaba

    "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."

    Well isn't this the pot calling the kettle black. She can't fiinish a coherent sentence, and she single handedly cost the Republicans the election in 2008. Thank God for that!

    February 11, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Yes, Mitt, please listen to Sarah. We're counting on it, buddy.

    A Democrat

    February 11, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Brent

    Who cares what she says!! Go away!!!

    February 11, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. tedt

    Who cares what the quitter from alaska has to say. If its too hot get out of the heat that's what ms. Palin did. Bailed

    February 11, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. A not-so-stupid former republican

    When a supposed journalism major says she doesn't know what the word severely means, you have to question her intelligence.

    February 11, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. matty r

    ahh those dreamy big brown eyes... who cares if shes completely irrelevant in national politics SHE WOULD GET IT and id only have to be buzzed enough to get up the courage to talk to an idiot

    February 11, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. tedt

    Shouldn't mama bear go into hybernation

    February 11, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Liam

    Ahhh....Saturday Night Live will have a field day with this one :o)

    February 11, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. SeattleSparty

    100 bucks that she is drunk...

    February 11, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Bill

    Palin will you please crawl back under whatever rock you crawled out from. You have more than capitalized on your 15 minutes of infamy, and since you have no rational or intelligent input, you need to go away.

    February 11, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. John

    Why don't someone tell Saran Palin to shut-up because nobody Is Listening to her. She all most the world biggest Idiot.

    February 11, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. manhandler

    Listen to her nasty speech.....Talk about an effin screecher! Glad she's one of those nasty Repukes. Between her speech and Coulters speech, it give an accurate sample of how revolting these nasty people are. If she were a Democrat, her screeching speeches would do irreperable harm to the Democratic Party. Keep it up, Repukes. You're just burying yourselves deeper and deeper.

    February 11, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Guitar

    Why is there still one person in this country listening to a single word this woman is saying? She's a quitter!!!!!

    February 11, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Nick

    Anyone listening to this idiot? Anyone?

    February 11, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. John

    And who Is Saran Palin to give Advise to anyone. And the main thing who Is dumb enough to take any advise from her anyway.

    February 11, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Terry

    SNL could write a script this good.

    February 11, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Pips

    The Tea Party absolutely *hates* Mitt. You go on any site, libertarian or otherwise and he is simply despised. Heck, most Republicans think the guy is fake. His record has been more Democrat than Republican.

    February 11, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. amf140

    You go Sarah. The Lefties are still afraid of you. You and the Tea Party need to keep working to make sure our Republican candidate knows who his Conservative base is. Romney's a smart guy – let's hope he's not too arrogant to see what this country really needs. I say – Sarah Palin for Secretary of Energy and Ron Paul as Secretary of the Treasury. There would be some serious "kick-butt" in those two agencies.

    February 11, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. todd

    how could sara palin give advice to romney when she could not muster enough courage to run for president. maybe she is ashamed of the way her voice sounds. sara sounds alot like don knotts. unfortunately she is still out there craving attention like a bad smell that won't go away. if she has a problem with romney she should confront him in a debate. i doubt that she and her 30 speech coaches would be able to compete with him.

    February 11, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    She "calls" on Romney ? To work "harder" ? for the conservative Vote ?? LOL – WoW !! BUt She Endorses Newt ?? I mean, she may not have endorsed him,but she has been talking about "the newter" like he's a God !!
    WoW !! How this woman ever got through high school, is beyond my comprehension.

    February 11, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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