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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  1. charlie

    Palin is no conservative. Rush Limbaugh even verified that in his CPAC speech from 09' when he said

    "And nor do any of us need a teleprompter, because our beliefs are not the result of calculations and contrivances. Our beliefs are not the result of a deranged psychology. Our beliefs are our core. Our beliefs are our hearts. We don't have to make notes about what we believe. We don't have to write down, oh do I believe it do I believe that we can tell people what we believe off the top of our heads and we can do it with passion and we can do it with clarity, and we can do it persuasively. Some of us just haven't had the inspiration or motivation to do so in a number of years, but that's about to change."
    So Palin gets caught with a cheat sheet on her hand and has never spoken a clear point in her life.

    February 12, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. kewk

    Sarah is certainly carried away with herself......issuing warnings? I'm sure Mitt has been holding his breath just waiting to hear her every utterance.

    February 12, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Backdoorpalin

    Sarah, you had your chance and you blew it....Why would Mitt take notes from someone who sit on her roof looking for Russia...

    February 12, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. James

    Palin, Trump & the Kardashians are what is wrong with America

    February 12, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Yeah...Sarah P. is right...the only way Romney can win over the hard Right is to make it clear he won't tolerate those dadburn Yankee abolitionists.

    He needs to make it clear that he'll enforece the Fugitive Slave Law and raise the Stars and Bars over the White House.

    February 12, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. MikeB

    Palin's indirect endorsement of Gingrich didn't help him. It actually hurt him.

    February 12, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Larry L

    @ Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "they should be arrested and jailed"
    ----------------------------------------------
    You were ranting about President Obama attacking the 1st Amendment two days ago... These people were exercising their rights. Why would you have a problem with that?

    February 12, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. NoGr8rH8r

    Romney + Palin = Obama 2012

    February 12, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. MaryM

    McCain paid the price for unleashing this harpie on the U.S. Palin destroyed his campaign, and his reputation as a straight shooter. Palin getting back on stage is good for democrats because outside the republican base she is and will forever be seen as a joke candidate.

    February 12, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. DENNA

    The further right each candidate goes, the more likely that they will lose the general election to President Obama, which would be fine with me. The Bush years taught many upstanding, middle class people that they were not that far removed from being poor. I wonder how many people, who voted for Bush, then suffered from the financial mess his administration was responsible for have been able to correctly connect the dots to GOP help the rich policies? How many GOP voting union members are now suffering from having the unions power destroyed. Even if it not apparent right now, the demise of unions will not be an entirely good thing. It will give all the power back to the bosses and deprive the working man of a safe working enviroment, with raises and benefits. If you don't think these things are important, by all means vote GOP again. But don't whine when you suffer too!

    February 12, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Mitt needs to vow to repeal the 21st Century...and the 20th....and the 19TH, or at least post-Emancipation Proclamation part of it. He needs to promise Scarlett O'Hara that, as God is her witness, she'll never go hungry again!

    February 12, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. mohammad Bello

    May a good Samaritan please show our Sarahhhh what Americans think about her. these comments summarize all

    February 12, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Baylor Alum

    Between Mitt, Santorum, Newt, and Ron Paul, I see nothing but a mix of ignorant so-called "solutions" and kooky conspiracy theories... I used to consider myself a Republican, but this bunch is either crazy or delusional or both! Santorum is a social reactionary, Paul is an economic reactionary, Newt is corrupt and a serial womanizer, and unapologetic about either one, and Mitt appears to want to run just slightly to the right of Obama and be another George W. God help this country if any of them become president! In my opinion the Republican party has gone completely insane!

    February 12, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. David Mann

    Flailin, Failin, Palin. It staggers my imagination, but there are still 2 or 3 people out there who think she actually has something to say.

    February 13, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  15. GlenR

    When you consider that Palin's campaign created more Obama voters than McCain voters the Romney campaign would do better if they the opposite of everything she says. The woman is a self promoting loser.

    February 13, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  16. GI Joe.

    Does that mean he'll screech, hem and haw and quit after 2 years?

    What a bunch of losers.

    February 13, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. GI Joe.

    Hey - quit complaining about Palin - she brings voters out in record numbers - for the Democrats.

    February 13, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  18. David Mann

    What, exactly, has Sarah Palin EVER accomplished in her political (or otherwise) career to admire? I mean, seriously, what has she ever accomplished? Anybody? Yoo Hoo...anybody out there? No? Why am I not surprised?

    February 13, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. sortakinda

    And the reason anyone listens to Sarah Palin is.....what? C'mon. DOn't you know Whitney Houston died? It isn't THAT slow of a news day.

    February 13, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. Rick

    If Romney makes a statement which is not understood by a person with IQ levels as Palin, how do you expect others in the country to undertsand?

    February 13, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. mike

    Sarha who??????

    February 13, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. westward

    Did you get that Romney???

    If Sarah Palin is calling you a terrible candidate – you've got losers looking down on you and laughing. The voters will just turn out for the other side

    February 13, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. JD

    Wow, Palin is desperate for the limelight isn't she?

    February 13, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. skalamba

    Palin is a looser that's why she is saying that and she likes Newt, what a lady I use to like this lady but not anymore.
    ROMNEY WILL WIN AND WILL BEAT OBAMA. AND WILL WIN THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.

    February 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Debwards

    I think it is rich that Sarah Palin who ran with the least conservative member of congress in 08 and expected the conservative vote, would now suggest that Romney is not a conservative. Living, breathing hypocrisy. Between the hypocrisy, and the "vote for Newt", but I am not endorsing him game and Fox News allowing her to play the game as a contributor, Palin and Fox has lost credibility. Time to take a bow Sarah and say goodbye.

    February 13, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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