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.”
She doesn't understand the meaning of the word "severely"? I'm sure there are all sorts of words she doesn't understand. Mitt doesn't need advice from the woman who cost the GOP the 2008 election.
It doesn't take much to confuse Sarah. She's not exactly known for her enriched vocabulary.
Only the GOP would let a woman with no real experience, address them and warn them about what they should be doing! She was mayor of two moose town in Alaska, Governor of state with less than a million people that she walked away from, and was the failed VP candidate...where does this give her any credibility? Oh yeah, the GOP is so frantic for anything good, they invite this two faced hack to address them! Unbelievable, but all of this can only help Obama...for the CPAC to pick Romney as their conservative straw poll winner is great! Santorum may as well quit now...Gingrich is operating on ego fumes and Ron Paul is pre-Alzheimers....
This is too funny. McCain created a monster within the media.
So, if Obama wins it is all Romney's fault rather than the will of the people. That's pretty good. Sounds like something a seventh grader would say.
Romney should have done what singer MIA did at the Super bowl halftime show to Sarah. Who cares what she thinks any more.
jeeez, who cares what that quitter has to say. She is insignifiant and stupid.
The only thing that Sarah Palin can advise Romney on is how to avoid "Chronic foot in mouth disease" that she suffers from constantly. She is a has been brought out by the kooks in the far right corner of the Republican Party.
Don't you just love it when a twit like Palin warns a flip-flopper like Romney. Better than going to a circus.
Sarah: Severely means extremely in this case, and why should he listen to you? You have been supporting the serial adulterer, corrupt, sleazy Newt as the family values guy who wants to bring a first ho re to the white house. He paid Calistra's wages in jewelry from Tiffany's.
Sarah, just go wax your 'stache. You shuldn't get too confused by that process.
Uh, you better listen to Sarah. She has already run the previous election into the ground. Can't believe CNN still listens to her when nobody else does...
This ... woman! If they had just kept McCain in Hanoi. What a cat he let out of a bag! If this ... beast .. ever makes it to heaven, she will undoubtedly try to unseat God!
Palin does have a very good point for Romney! I'm rooting for him, but he definitely could make sure he pays a lot of attention to the conservative base also. I think McCain didn't do this that well, which is why Obama was able to pull in many to him.
Maybe he should just quit,Like YOU.
palin is so 15 seconds ago.
Are you seriously listening to this mental midget? Only the GOP would put this moron on their pedestal.
It was soooooo good to be given a break from all the "Palin Updates".
Why reverse the trend now?
her shrilly voice makes your ears bleed. when is this fembot's head gonna spin and explode already????
Mittens taking advice fromSarah Failin is like Wiley Coyote taking advice from Fog Horn Leg Horn. Two losers in a pod, they belong together.
That's right Mitt! You've been warned. By a person nearly universally viewed as unintelligent and who took a strong part in losing the last election by an embarrassingly large margin. Take heed! Be warned!
"Palin said she was confused...wasn’t quite sure what the word 'severely' meant,” Palin said.
I'm sure these things are true. And the half-life of this Creature's screeching...hasn't that been exhausted yet?
Who is this nobody with zero credentials as a leader, and why does the public listen to her. Every time she speaks, she shows that she is further and further detatched from the real world.
santorum is calling for a war on metal music. he thinks Ozzy, WASP, and Iron Maiden are NEW bands. LMAO. GOP=loons
McCain brought the most annoying personality ever onto the stage. I'll never understand what he was thinking! Fail.
can you imagine being mitsy and being lectured by this old rag in front of her rabid followers? how embarrassing.