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. OldieTampaBay

    ROFLMAO ... explain his record just like you explained yours?????? ROFL! When asked to explain her record Miss Sarah resigned as Governor of Alaska!
    Can't you just GO AWAY Sarah??????

    February 12, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  2. Scottwolf

    Palin gave advice, really ???? she did not even know that Africa is a continent. Just watch her interview with Katie Couric ! you'll know how slow her brain works. She could not even mention one magazine that she reads. she does not read. Sarah Palin, before you talk about politics , I think you should go back to elementary school and study all over again and join Toddler and tiaras, you might have big chance to win the contest.

    February 12, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  3. craig Adams

    Ms. Palin is a pathetic loser.......

    February 12, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    This woman is still trying to run the Republican Party???? And some of the thundering herd of fools in the running for the Republican Presidential nomination might listen to her? Have they no memory? No common sense? Nothing???

    Remember that the only real political position she has ever held was Governor of one of the smallest, population wise, states and that was too much for her. She quit. She quit because it was too hard on her after she ruined the last Presidential election for the Republicans. People didn't kowtow to her as she wanted and actually questioned her decision making. Now she feels qualified to tell the candidates how they should run their campaigns.

    Give me a break.

    February 12, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. BlackDynamite

    Palin warns Romney: "Don't listen to a loser like me. Be your own loser........"

    February 12, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. Rev Mkell,

    Go a head Rick, work harder to please the far right! I'm sure those us us in middle will find someone to vote for! Lets see- maybe the other guy!

    February 12, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. Steve in Las Vegas

    Sarah Palin has the most annoying and snarky tone of any person I have ever heard speak. She has nothing but negative things to say. How anybody could think for even a nano-second that she was qualified to bad-mouth President Obama amazes me. She's not qualified to criticize anybody because she's a quitter and a troublemaker. People like her make me embarrassed for our country because they are giving the USA a bad name. Do we really have morons like her everywhere?

    February 12, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. NoFool

    So great Sara still works for Fox. Makes it impossible for honest Republicans to deny Fox is anything but a sham "news" organization. Sara is a sad indictment of the educational system in America. How can you get a college degre without being able to write a coherent sentence?

    February 12, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Mary in AZ

    Who cares!!!! Turned off by this whole bunch!!!

    February 12, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  10. Wesha456

    Palin never explains her views on ANYTHING. All she does is bad mouth. Tell us Palin what U would do. She never gives her beliefs on the issues. Just "gossips" about the opponent. I don't think shehas knowledge of what is going on or what she would do if she were in the oval office. Remember Africa is a continent and we are allied with SOUTH Korea not North.

    February 12, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  11. al


    February 12, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  12. LMC

    Sorry Sarah, you're so yesterday!

    February 12, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Captain Safety

    Nobody wants to hear from Sarah Palin. She is the one who is a poor excuse for a conservative. She could not buy a clue!

    February 12, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. Peikoviany

    One of the more unusual facts about Sarah Palin is that her head is the size of a baseball and can fit in a conventional toilet.

    February 12, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  15. qwerty1

    How is Palin still relevant to anything?

    February 12, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  16. papafritz57

    If you watched any of the CPAC conference and listened to Ann the man Coulter and the Hillbilly from Wasilla you would have your reason why the Republikkklan party is in a slow death spiral. What intelligent person wants to be a part of this racist, ignorant trashy mob? Karl Rove can bullcrap all day but he is just as ignorant as the rest and has a real core of evil in him. The crowd oohed and aahed at Coulter and Palin and all they did was stand up there trashing our good and decent and hard working President Obama. How proud I am of him and his wife that they have never retaliated in kind to this bunch of illbred, uncultured, classless louts. The Republikkklan party is sick at its core and will not gain membership from the youth of today. They don't want the religious cults interfering in their lives and their bedrooms and young women want them to leave their birth control methods the hell alone. This conference should have been held in some southern swamp because they all looked and sounded like something that crawled out of one. Sarah the loser has no business threatening anyone because she is too stupid to even raise her own kids to be moral. Three knock-ups in one household, her, her daughter, and her son. What a moral bunch those Palins are. But what the heck at least Todd doesn't have to work anymore.

    February 12, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  17. brent in Utah

    I read all the comments on here so far. Two comments were very disturbing. First, someone refers to Ms. !lin's boy with down syndrome as a " 'tard," thus attacking a boy who is completely innocent. That's extremely low. Second, another commenter claims Ms. Palin slept with half of some athletic team. It would benefit all to refrain from stating something so preposterous and false. Third, someone else claims Ron Paul is "pre-Alzheimers". Mr. Paul may not be the most gifted orator yet he still stands for family and moral values and is willing to be a voice for them. One thing seems clear to me: one can only pay off one's debts by putting a stop to spending (other than what is absolutely necessary) and working to earn and paying off incurred debt. It is contradictory to attempt to reduce debt by incurring more and more of it. When it's broken down, that's what an "economic stimulus package" does. My objective is to vote for a candidate that reveres the God of this land, is honorable, honest and believes that the family unit is supreme to any other unit in society and deserves the highest measures to protect it from that would seek to destroy it. Or to vote for the candidate that most nearly fulfills those qualification.

    February 12, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  18. Wake up

    Barack Obama's first job after graduating college was to work with Harry Kissenger. On 1/1/2012 President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act which allows the military to arrest American citizens indefinitely, kill American citizens and even have martial law. A quote from Obama's former boss "Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."
    - Henry Kissinger, speaking at Evian, France, May 21, 1992 Bilderburg meeting. Unbeknownst to Kissinger, his speech was taped by a Swiss delegate to the meeting.
    Mitt is in this pocket also.

    February 12, 2012 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  19. mark

    Mitt, I would say beware to you because this c–t is sniffing for your blood.

    February 12, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  20. Abc123

    Enthust your party to win the election? Oh give me a break Sarah....last time I remember, you as a vp loss in 2008. Talking about lack of enthusiasm, speak for yourself.

    February 12, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  21. BOB

    why are so many of you people so jealous of this women your comments show fear of her . lucky for her there are only a handfull of you so your comments don't really mean much

    February 12, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  22. Lee Jacobsen

    Good grief Mrs. Palin, I don't think you're in any position to be issuing warnings and frankly, quit trying to always be the center of attention!

    February 12, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  23. We Should Never Forgive McCain for Her

    Isn't Spongebrain Squareglasses' 15 minutes of fame over yet?

    February 12, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  24. Chedar

    Maybe Sarah Palin is giving a hint to Romey to pick her as the VP ( since she has the real "severely" conservative votes )

    February 12, 2012 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  25. TexMan

    Who is this Palin person???

    She has what relevance to mainstream US politics?

    February 12, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
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