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.”


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soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. CCCDaughter

    Sarah, I really think you should spend all your time obtaining a good education. Then you would learn Africa is a Continent. Here is your first lesson. A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, with seven regions commonly regarded as continents. They are Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

    February 12, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. texasmike

    She has some nerve. It was the selection of her and then her obvious stupidity and ignorance which pretty well eliminated Republicans from the Presidency in 2008. She is radioactive.

    February 12, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. westward

    When Sarah Palin is bringing out the fact that the GOP front-runner is a poor candidate – you know the GOP has some serious problems.

    GOP, what were you thinking when you decided to run Mitt Romney? Goes to show just how much you really hate America!

    February 12, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Max's Dad

    Sage advice from a woman that could not spell cat if we spotted her the C and T. If anyone (and I am not a Republican or a Democrat) takes her advise they really are losers. She is about as smart as a box of rocks and I think the box of rocks has an advantage.

    February 12, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Dilip Samuels

    I tell ya. ( ha).....Palin is wise not to actually running. She would have been humiliated as Trump knew as well, which is why he didn't stand

    Imagine the world laughing ..Trump and Palin

    February 12, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Nancy

    Palin who? Do people still listen to this loser? Go away you ugly cow.

    February 12, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Pale In Comparison

    I think Sarah is right. Romney believes that wealthy, white, conservative christian males are superior. He must make sure everyone all over the world knows his position on this understands his conservative credentials in this area.

    February 12, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Rednip

    While it's hard for me to have sympathy for Gov Romney on most things, I can't understand how he could 'work harder' for the conservative vote, saving perhaps inventing a time machine and not enacting what used to Republican approved health care reforms. When Hillarycare was blocked by the GOP in 1994, they claimed that America needed an individual mandate rather than the employer mandate from the Clinton plan. Seemingly to satisfy today's 'conservative values' he'd have to go back in time and tell himself that the plan supported by Newt and the Heritage foundation was just a political smoke-screen and not really something they'd support as law. Frankly he should have known that at the time, but that's another subject.

    February 12, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Tom

    It would give Republicans the edge over Democrats just by getting rid of Palin from politics.

    February 12, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. JT

    Palin should warn Romney not to pick her as V.P. or all of the independents will run to Obama, and Obama will win in a landslide.

    February 12, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. P Ness

    Sarah honey, you need to worry about that train- wreck Daughter of yours and not about big Boy political matters.
    Now go clean the curtains in your trailer and leave us alone. Your 15 minutes is over.

    February 12, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. jb1963

    WOW a loser giving advise to losers. I laugh at the republicans. They are all just a bunch of spoiled rich people

    February 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Rob

    Why is this inconsequential, ignorant, wannabe still around?

    February 12, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Jersey George

    Palin's yesterdays news. McCain probably would have beaten Obama in 2008, but blew the election when he and his staff
    stupidly picked a self-absorbed ignoramus for the VP slot. McCain, stop holding a grudge against Obama for losing the presidency, you screwed yourself. Deal with it.

    February 12, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. G D

    Oh Sarah, he's trying and lying to get the farthest right of votes. Problem is, we all know he's lying about his record, and we also know the farthest right don't represent the majority of us. Pandering to that crowd is precisely what is keeping down the turnout, not the other way around. Go hunt moose or something & leave the thinking to others.

    February 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. GI Joe.

    Ms. Teleprompter at least agrees with Presdent Obama that we are not red or blue.

    The words were small, so she could pronounce them as she read them.

    February 12, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. JR

    I can see Russia from my house. vote for Ginrich, annoy a liberal. Very impressive intellect..

    February 12, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. GI Joe.

    She's all over him lke white on rice.

    February 12, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. snowdogg

    Mittens... better watch out, gizzley mamma coming to git you boy!

    February 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    Thank you for that advice Ms.... Who are you again?

    February 12, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Peanut

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

    I'll give you an example, Palin.
    You are severely mentally challenged.
    Get it now?

    February 12, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Peter E

    Yes, I am sure Romney should take the advice of a has benn QUITTER governor of Alaska, who went on to LOSE the general election, and hasn't had the balls to run for office ever since. Yes, I am sure those are the people most qualified to give political advice to candidates.

    February 12, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Moderate and independent voters should remember Romney bragging that he was a "severely conservative governor" if he attempts to move back towards the center of the political spectrum in the general election. He has cast his lot with the extremist wing of his party.

    February 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. carrotroot

    I think Sarah might get her wish for a long drawn out primary, unfortunately this is not what the GOP leaders want because it's forcing their front-runner, Mitt Romney, to take extreme right positions which drive away Independents.

    February 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Boro

    Thanks God she is no longer relevant in America's politics. Michele Bachmann, please advise your dear sista!

    February 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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