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. JJ

    Yeah, Mitt, listen to the dingbat and make yourself an even better surefire 2-time loozer. :)

    February 11, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Houston, TX

    Media, please, please, stop putting Palin in the news.... the world does not care what she thinks.

    February 11, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Rob Vukovic

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

    I'm sure that the case with most words Sarah stumbles across or around.

    February 11, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. drdoom68

    Um, it isn't hard to confuse Sarah Palin. Katie Couric really confused her by asking the most confusing question in history, "What things do you read?" Shut up, Sarah. Speak again when you grow a brain.

    February 11, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Sheeze

    Her life is better than it was 4 years ago thanks to Obama. If she would have been VP it would have been worse lol.

    February 11, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. PROUD FEMALE DEM IN NC

    I am so proud to say that I am not of the same political party as the likes of Palin, Limbaugh, Coulter, Sean Insanity, O'Reilly Gingrich Santorum and the rest of the teapublican nuts. What ignorant horrible, hateful bigoted people. Obama 2012!

    February 11, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Trump's hair just got bleached so badly.

    Sarah thinks Trump's hair just got bleached.

    February 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Mike

    One loser giving another advice.

    February 11, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. 66Biker

    Ah, yes. After being chosen to be McCain's running mate, and promptly running his campaign strait into the ground, now Sarah Palin thinks she knows enough about campaigning for President to give other people advice about it? Not that is funny!

    February 11, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. MP in VA

    Palin reminds me of that old SNL skit, "The Guest that Would Not Leave."

    February 11, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Tab Cocovillea

    Mitt should pay closer attention to the Libertarian Republicans instead. The old neo-cons are dying off and disappearing as they no longer represent "conservatism".

    February 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Blossom89

    Sarah reminds me of the old movie Jaws. Just when you thought it safe to watch the news again. DunDun, DunDun, DunDun!!

    February 11, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. gg

    she should sign-up for newt,s moon colony

    February 11, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. skip

    who cares what Sarah Palin thinks? why does the media continue to follow her? she is no one and has NOTHING relevant to say.

    February 11, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. janiceinthemountains

    Go home Sarah.

    February 11, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. bebie

    She is a joke and quitter.

    February 11, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. Henry

    Wake up folks. Sarah Palin was a 2 year failed governor and an unsuccessful VP nominee. McCain might have made a contest of 2008 with a puppet. She brings nothing to the conversation and less to the country. Romney on the other hand epitomizes success.

    February 11, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. Robrob

    Palin is still working on her "conservative street cred" so she can get that show on FOX News after the election.

    February 11, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Schwarzey

    Uhh what does repudiate mean?

    February 11, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Manny

    Palin confussed? You have to understand the subject matter before you expouse your opinion. If she could not remember the last book or magazine she read in 2008, how could she understand or remember world affairs or American issues today? Five colleges to get a degree? Give me a break. Palin should just go back to Alaska and pick up commercial fishing as a profession and career as the salmons don't give a hoot about smartness.

    February 11, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Ron

    The term "severely conservative" is very telling isn't it? When I think of a person as severe, I think of someone that is mean, unpleasant, someone who is extreme, someone that no one really wants to be around. I think actually that Romney is just trying very hard to "out extreme" all of the other extremists in the race–which is rough row to hoe.

    February 11, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. pooh2

    “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,” Obvious bluff.

    February 11, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Will

    Yeah, I'm sure Romney's in a hurry to take campaign advice from someone who was not only part of a losing presidential ticket, but is the one who COST her running mate the election.

    February 11, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. conandoyle

    Delicious – Palin offering POLITICAL ADVICE to Romney, or any serious contender.

    And the entire conservative wing of the GOP lapping it up.

    I do believe that the Republican Party is dinked.

    February 11, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. rick

    Why does anyone, anyone with common sense listen to this woman. And have no idea why, the press keeps giving this woman coverage. She is NOTHING!!!! I'm sick of these people with no agenda whatsoever trying to play politics. This country is going down if anyone of these so-called conservative republicans gets in office.

    February 11, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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