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. Will

    Sarah Palin is IRREVELANT, and she is the ONLY person that doesn't KNOW IT.

    February 11, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Dave

    Sarah is just a confused brat.

    February 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Chuck187187

    Who cares what Sarah Stupid has to say? Vanish Sarah. You are irrelevant and a stain on the GOP!

    February 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. refman sees

    One of the first flaws each candidate should address is having Palin say anything about them or even worse with them. To her Obama is like Osam Bin Laden. She is a ra ist who uses her Alaska roots to mask what she really believe abouta a man of color who is half white holding the Presidency. Her husband who had Alaskina Indian in him has to be very uncomfotable with her beliefs.

    February 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Freddo

    So Sarah, please tell us again about your foreign policy experience.

    Why anyone listens to (or the media wastes screen space on) this loser is beyond me. Her 15 min of fame ended long ago.

    Sarah Palin set the women's movement back 50 years. She is the epitome of an airhead.

    February 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. The Middle

    I don't know the answer, but did Romney break campaign promises when he ran/was governor?

    February 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Trump's hair just got bleached so badly.

    What would Trump have thunk about Sarah?

    February 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. GOP=Make Believe

    Oh, was Sarah still speaking?

    February 11, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Scoresmom

    When you were on the ticket in 2008 Mrs Palin I didn't come out to vote for you. You need to shut your pie hole and go back to Alaska.

    February 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can Mittens explain Rommunism?

    February 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Jstic

    Romney is conservative this week because he needs more votes from the radical right wingnuts, once he thinks he has them, he will start tellling everyone he is moderate. All politicians are flip floppers, but this guy is about the worst I have ever seen. He will say just about anything, at anytime, to anyone if he thinks it will get their vote.

    February 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. s

    David Kramer, maybe you should married here daughter, since you seem to have to dumb comments

    February 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. DB

    In other words, start coming up with stuff. We have heard and know all about you, and it ain't sounding like a conservitive to us...tell us some lies that we can believe in!

    February 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Debby

    The day McCain took this woman as his VP is the day he lost the election. She really has a nerve giving advice.

    February 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Jack

    Is Sarah doing Lenscrafters commercials now? Just wondering.

    February 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Sirned

    Please send her to the moon Newt....

    February 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. TJ

    Why won't she just go away ???

    February 11, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. mabear87

    Why does anyone who can count to ten listen to Palin. She could not graduate from our local high school in Redland, CA. Why don't the Republicans rely on intelligent women of which they definitely have a few? Palin, Angle, Brewer, and O'Donnell have a collective IQ of about 140. It is amazing they continue to parade these stupid people across the stage. Are they tryng to demonstrate that men are better than women? That is not normally true, but they are doing their best not only to demonstrate it, but adapt their policies to indicate same/

    February 11, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Tyler Durden

    “I wasn’t quite sure what that' meant,” Palin said. SOmething tells me that is not the first time she has uttered that phrase.

    Any organization that invites Sarah Flailin' For Attention as a keynote speaker... well... that just speaks for itself. You betcha!

    February 11, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. the situation

    Does anyone, beside the teabaggers, care any garbage that comes out of this fools mouth? Also, I have never in the past 3 years heard her even call Obama, President Obama. I guess she will have another 4 more years to try calling him that since the buffoonery call the G.O.P nomination is nothing but a joke.

    February 11, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    John McCain and Joe Miller both should have worked harder at not listening to Palin, maybe they wouldn't be losers.

    February 11, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Carlos

    Sarah Palin was right to avoid running as a Republican candidate. At the first debate, she would have lasted less than an ice cube on a Phoenix street in July. The debate would have had to be postponed out of sheer laughter. Perhaps she is dreaming that the brokered convention would hand out to her what she could never get otherwise. Run away, Sarah, run away!

    February 11, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. TM

    Sarah Who?

    February 11, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Monkey

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

    She also doesn't understand the terms "rejected" and "tossed aside".

    February 11, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Rightster

    Sarah wakes up every morning in a confused state and remains that way until she goes back to bed!

    February 11, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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