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.”
Sarah Palin had the nerve to go to CPAC and, "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. This is the warning that came from the "Empty Nest" that cost Republicans dearly in 2008. This is the warning coming from a former Gov. that quit before her first term was over as Gov. of Alaska. This is the warning coming from the woman that attended 5 different colleges for one degree and left one of the schools in Hawaii because, as she claimed, there were to many "Brown people" in the school for her. This is the warning that comes from the Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008 that didn’t know Africa was a continent. I could go on and on but I really have to go out and get up in the helicopter and hunt some big game for dinner before it gets dark.
By the way, since you guys in the Lower 48 have her down there for the CPAC, KEEP HER.
I thought she went away already
Santorum comes from a Socialist Italian Family. See BBC.
Caribou Barbie is at it again. Oh, how one wishes she would just wander off into the tundra.
How many votes has Sarah Palin won so far in her career? So some 10k people vote for her to become governor, McCain tries to exploit her to get more votes for the presidency, and now somehow she's escalated to being worthy of speaking on behalf of Republicans everywhere. What an embarassment she is, I'm becoming independant.
PALIN 3016!!! Romney 4016!!! Ron Paul...never.
Simply put the GOP is in trouble. They are now finding out what most Americans already know, and that is that President Obama will be hard to beat.
Ahhhh, good old Sarah.
P.S. Gingrich is the only candidate that said he might be able to find a job for Palin in Washington and that's when Palin jumped behind Newt. Add Newt to Palin's list of losers she's supported.
normally I'm more polite and thoughtfull , but I've had a beer and my favorite team just won ,so here it goes : There is NO way I would Ever take her advice...but I might take a Lap Dance...(ok-I cleaned that up).
Really, did she not endorse Newt and Todd has been on the stump for him? What a turncoat, go back to fox a spew your dirt there.
Glad to see Sara out there reminding us how screwed up the new de-evolved GOP is.
Really why are you reporting anything this useless turd has to say. Go HOME Sarah, take care of your little 'tard in Alaska.
for God's sake go away already sarah!
Enthusiastic Tea Party support = fail in presidential election. One day republicans will realize most people do not want extremists of either pursuasion.
I ALMOST want Santorum to get the nomination so the Tea Party will be fully discredited when he gets wiped out by Obama buut I prefer Romney to get nomination becuase I think he can beat Obama once the loons get out of the picture.
Can't you see that he's already pandering as hard as he can? Yeesh, woman, get off his back!
Words of political wisdom from the expert herself. Only problem is she quit in the middle of her governorship and then LOST the election for McCain! I'm just positive all the republican candidates were sitting on the edge of their chairs just waiting for those Palin words of wisdom. WHO CARES what she has to say?
Palin please go in your cave dont come out we dont need you tell us about this loser Mitt Romney.
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. And people are not. The truth will set you free. Try telling 'THE TRUTH'. You can't be rightious and lie all the time. Look like you think everybody stupid.
We've gone from daily news about her to about once every two weeks, love the way things are trending.
Really? Does anyone care what this woman has to say? Come to think of it does anyone really care what Romney has to say? I don't think so.
Sarah Palin is a 25 watt lightbulb in a 100 watt world.
Wow, been a nice few months with out Sarah in the news. Go away now, your 2 seconds are over.
Sarah Palin "confused." That is an understatement....
You just can't keep this woman down–doesn't matter if she lost in 08–doesn't matter that she quit as governor-doesn't matter that we find out she slept with half the michigan basketball team–doesn't matter that her husband todd was head of the secessionist movement in alaska.. she just wants to babble on about things she knows absolutely nothing about–the economy, jobs, trade, wars, poverty, education, wall street... she's a complete moron who made some dough from even bigger morons buying the book....america is filled with idiots–most of them like her...some of the even nuttier folks think romney will help the middle class..are you nuts? understand this–if you make over a million a year you should vote for mitt–thats mitt, sarah, newt , herm and santorum! wake up people..the republicans are a joke–and the joke is on us...