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. Fred

    One of the greatest political minds of our time. I hope the GOP candidates heed her advice. Her knowledge and wisdom are immeasurable, and certainly beyond that of the average politician. Romney should not underestimate her power and ability to influence voters within the Republican party. She is a force to be reckoned with. LOL.

    February 12, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  2. shelby

    Why is the media still giving this loser air time? The tea party has proven they are nothing but racists and obstructionists so to hell with them and Sarah Palin! They put their hate and ideology above the country and that's about as sick as you can get. Not racist? Please, have you ever seen more of a wolf in sheep's clothing?

    And look republicans, this country gave George Bush eight years and look what he did after four so, just sit back, shut up and give someone else a chance unless of is truly because he is part African American????

    February 12, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  3. Maggie

    This clown show would not have been complete without Herman and Sarah.

    February 12, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |

    Snooki Palin prays for the GOBP Rove wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion at a brokered convention.

    February 12, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  5. DENNA

    Fox News should raise its standards when it comes to hiring personnel. Oh, wait. If they did that, ,they would lose half their audience. Fox News viewers could, however, switch over to the Cartoon Network. What they see would be just a dumb, but a whole lot funnier.

    February 12, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. Brad

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks. Moving on...

    February 12, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Princess Sarah is back! Yaaaaay!!!!!!

    With Rick Perry gone, Bachman still having trouble.............getting...............words.................out, Gingrich snarling at the end of his chain and Sanctus discovering he is NOT the second coming, Colbert and Stewart needed someone to step up.

    February 12, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  8. guest

    romney to palin:stfu

    February 12, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  9. Brian Ellis

    I honestly don't understand what this woman is thinking. Does she truly not understand that the farther right you go, the LESS chance you have of winning the general election? The GOP has already eliminated anyone for me to vote for as a fiscal conservative/social liberal independent, and now you want to push the party further right? I don't get it...

    February 12, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  10. Brons

    Does anyone really take this airhead seriously anymore?? Oh yeah,I forgot. ...The continuing influential Tea Party..wasn't that their name???

    February 12, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  11. BillInLA

    Her speaking up does once again vividly illustrate Romney's problem: if he moves toward the center in search of a majority, he loses the right, especially after he has once again claimed to be their ho at their convention. If he moves to the right, then he loses voters who want sense, stability, moderate government, assurance that Social Security and Medicare will not be tampered with, and access to birth control, and who don't want their kids sent off to another war in the Middle East.

    Keep it up, Palin.

    February 12, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. Raymond Flournoy

    I was watching Sarah Palin addressing the gathering at the CPAC and there was a Teleprompter on stage! After slamming President Obama for using one, what's up with that?

    February 12, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  13. tedt

    Heck even the gop doesn't want a conservitive in the white house. Vote all conservitives out of the house and senate replace them with progressive thinkers and watch this country make strides in the economy. Vote all tea party members out of house and senate get rid of obstructionists like boehner canter mcconnel ryan kyl all republicans must be voted out for the poor and middle classes sake. Get out and vote straight democrat. Remember a bad democrat is better than a good republican any day

    February 12, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. Brett

    A cool breeze would confuse Sarah Palin. What's confusing is why the media outlets give her air time or report on her comments.

    February 12, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  15. james - St. Paul, MN

    If Ms. Palin wants to offer the Romney family some suggestions about how to succeed at reality TV, she may be able to offer something of merit. However, it is simply unimaginable that Sarah Palin has any helpful suggestions for Romney or anybody else about the serious issues facing our country. I would respectfully suggest that she stick to what she knows:
    narcissistic self-promotion and pimping her daughter.

    February 12, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. VET

    Sorry to read that all of the posters here are usefull idiots. If you are a Dem or a Pub 'you' are a useful idiot! Get with the program folks, you are being used to elect rich people to power over 'WE THE PEOPLE"

    February 12, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  17. Palin the $$$ Pundit

    Caribou Barbie's endorsement is like the kiss of death. Her relevance has long since past.

    February 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  18. ElmerGantry

    $arah Palin urging Romney to help re-elect Obama by moving further and further to the right. Clever.

    February 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. Stanchman

    let's see, a resume that includes a quitter of a governor, failed VP candidate and representative of a bad tasting tea party... by all means, listen to this woman Mitt...

    February 12, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  20. clarke

    To each his own, as they say.

    February 12, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  21. Jack V

    I tell you the GOP mouthpieces are nothing but a bunch of fruitcakes! And boring to boot!

    February 12, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  22. Palin the Rocketless scientist

    Palin is definetly not the sharpest bulb in the drawer. Thankfully she is in Alaska where she can do the least harm.

    February 12, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. Anonymous

    PLAIt seems so logical that all Mitt has to do is shock the CONSERVATIVE BASE by pointing out where PLANET KOLOB as I'm sure that we all would like to know more about the planet that the Mormon God lives on.

    Then MItt can win us all over by explaining how an air-tight submarine loaded with Jews floated to Central America, met Jesus, and hence, the Native Americans are actually genetically tied to Jews. Folks, that, in a nutshell, is the foundation of the Mormon Church. If Mitt can explain this, he has my vote, and should earn every CONSERVATIVE'S vote in America.

    February 12, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  24. sensible


    How is that possible???

    February 12, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. Vinny

    Stop interviewing, mentioning or even read her name anywhere. Why do we care about what she thinks? She is just cashing in her fame. Just like Kim Dash except Palin is not as pretty.

    February 12, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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