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.”

Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. snowdogg

    Sarah say it ain't so !!!

    February 12, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Brian

    When did the term "conservative" become synonymous with "moron?"

    February 12, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. BethLee

    Thank you, Sarah! OBAMA 2012!

    February 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Boro

    First of all, she is not in a position to give advice to anyone. Quitters don't give advise. Look what you did to Michele Bachmann! Mitt already knew that and laughing at you!

    February 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Mike

    Huh? What did the QUITTER Sarah Palin say this time? I'm amazed anyone in any party would be a fan of this QUITTER. Amercia doesn't like QUITTERS.

    February 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. annie s

    Sure let's see a brokered convention give the nomination to Death Panel Sarah. We need some levity in this country.

    February 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Lynn

    PDS still runs rampant. If ya'll don't like her – then don't listen to her.

    She still brings in the crowds, they still jump to their feet in appreciation of her words and you lousy Liberal Lefties have a meltdown over it.

    Go back to bending over for Obama.

    February 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. BunnyBunny

    This just shows how off the Republican party is. Palin is a gum smacking Jerry Spinger like caricature. I just can't get over the fact that the GOP listens to this dingbat.

    February 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Says the wack job to the empty suit.

    February 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. USN, Retired

    She does know how to loos a race.

    February 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Carol

    Palin, are you sure you returned all that money from your illegal defense fund?

    February 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. ourjungle

    Sarah is trying to hold the GOP candidates hostage for her own dwindling image built-up.She is merely taking advantage of an opportunity to increase her speech contract value. For an empty head, she has learned how to "work" the system to her benefit. But, be informed, the Alaskans have learned that her words are not worth spit!!

    February 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Steve

    Hopefully, she also advises him not to choose an idiot for a running mate.

    February 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. MaryM

    Falin Palin is just one of many reasons the GOP/TP will NOT be taken seriously for a long long time.

    February 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Joe, San Diego

    You gave knucklehead Bush 8 years so give Obama 8 years to clean up the mess...
    Republicans have no agenda other than make Obama a one term president then what?

    February 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Paul

    The problem with that Sarah is the more he panders to "conservatives," really the idiots who call themselves conservatives but have no idea what the word actually means, the more the reasonable people, and actual conservatives will realize he is full of bunk.

    February 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. jwljpm

    Gee, Sarah really does look like Tina Fey.

    February 12, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Probama

    National Defense Authorization Act .This specific law will make everyone in the United States blacklisted as a potential terrorist because of numerous unrealistic characteristics and demands. These characteristics are,but are not limited to... Keeping more than 1 week's worth of food in your household,owning any type of gun or ammunition,paying in cash,physical disablements and disabilities,disagreement with government policies,opposition of 1 world government,opposition of the UN and agenda 21,opposition of the Federal reserve,living off the grid,being a prepper for disaster situations,growing your own food supply,etc... The list of characteristics set forth to designate a citizen as a potential terrorist are numerous and unrealistic.

    February 12, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. MaryM

    DJ, Todd is that you??> lol

    February 12, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. RILEY

    She also said that all republicans will unite behind Romney, if he is the nominee. President Romney will do a fine job of fixing Obama's disasters/

    February 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. ourjungle

    One thing Caribou Barbie knows well, is how to "work" the system to her benefit,even if it means not finishing her term as Alaska's Governor,or supporting the loser McCain for president.Her lack of buisness savvy is the reason Alaska does not have a Gas Pipe Line built,and she, is the reason Obama got elected.. In Alaska,her words are not worth spit, so I suspect she'll find another State to launch her next political scam.

    February 12, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Dennis

    OK, Sarah what you prefer? Another 4 years of the miserable excuse we have for a President, or a President who can at least spell the word "Economy"?

    February 12, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Rick

    If Palin cared so much, why isn't she running?? Maybe because job doesn't pay as much as running off at the mouth! She quit as governer...What a LOSER!

    February 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Acaraho

    Is this a SNL skit? Palin telling Romney to work harder for the conservative vote? Palin was the reason why McCain didn't have a fighting chance vs Obama in the last election. What a joke!

    February 12, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. srichey

    Palin warning Romney? As a moderate that makes me like him even more.

    February 12, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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