Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote
February 11th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
2 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. Sarah Palin - the nonpolitican who gets treated like one

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

    She once again demonstrates her lack of vocabulary.

    February 11, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. American

    "Severely" anything appears overcompensation for something someone's not. In other words, Romney unfortunately appears to be lying again desperately trying to cover-up his many flip-flops.

    February 11, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. billy davis

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

    We know Sarah, you don't know what most words mean. After all you went to 5 Colleges in 6 years to get a 4 year degree.

    February 11, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Andy Botwin

    If I were Mitt Romney, I would listen very closely to what the Mayor of Wasilla failed vice presidential candidate and Governor Quitter says. After all, she knows how to sell dumb books to stupid people.

    February 11, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Johnson

    Doesn't Sarah know that Mittens will be anything she wants him to be (at least for the time being)

    February 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    She needs to hookup with Herman and make some movies together. That would make some good money.

    February 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Bill

    Wow, I live in Michigan and was unaware of her "doing" half the Michigan basketball team.
    Did she want to be part of the "Fab Five?" LOL.

    February 11, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Ah, more fodder for the Leftys. Good job, CNN. We haven't had a Palin Bashing Party forf a while!

    February 11, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Silvia Salcido

    WOOHOO!... as Tina Turner would sing: "You're simply the best... better than all the rest... better than anyone I've ever met..you're simply the best." All you confused ultra Republicans need to get to a "curandero Haitian ritual" to ward off your negativity. Mitt Romney is going to be a great President!

    February 11, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Hair bear

    Romney can work as hard as he wants, most conservatives can't get over the fact he's a Mormon! Heck I can't get over it!

    February 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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  12. Stephen in VA

    Sarah probably actually believes that the Tea Party anti-patriots make the difference in a general Presidential election. Not so, of course–it's always been the Independents who've swung the races. But hey, Sarah's reality is Sarah's reality, and none may change that.

    February 11, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    If Romney works any "harder" – he will be more RIGHT than Santorum – And that's "IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!" Furthermore, if he goes there, he loses the middle, which he is already on that path to do so!!

    Obama 2012

    February 11, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Bill

    If old-news bufoons like Palin start running their mouth it will be that much easier for Obama to win! These half-baked, off the wall comments don't help ...except if there's another speaking gig or another "book" in the works!

    February 11, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. tim

    Palin, Trump, Cain act and talk and look stupid, Obama gets re-elected and they and Faux News make tons of money. Just how gullible are today's GOP voters? If you want to win you dont let those dunces open their mouths...

    February 11, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Thinkergal

    Oooohhhhhh, a warning from Sarah–as she continues her pathetic attempts to regain relevance (if she ever had any).

    February 11, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. nytw

    Maybe Romney means he served out his term instead of quitting in the middle of the term.

    February 11, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. frsi

    Sarah Palin? She still around? Does anybody care anymore what nonsense comes out of her mouth?

    February 11, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. DJ

    To all you "so wise ones"....criticize Sarah aaaallll you want. If she were the nominee, she would beat NObama handily...NO doubt! Ronald Reagan was made fun of too! All I can say is, if NObama ends up buying this election too, well....GOD help this country!!! Of course, you "so wise ones" will still blame Bush! And you call Sarah stupid!!!!!!

    February 11, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Cindy

    This woman sunk McCain's chance at being President, so why does she have a right to tell anyone anything.
    Go back to Alaska, Palin, where they love your kind of fish.

    February 11, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Joseph DAmico

    Repeat after me: Try it without laughing......
    Sara Palin Giving Advice........
    Sara Palin Giving Advice........
    Sara Palin Giving Advice........
    Sara Palin Giving Advice.......

    February 11, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Tina

    It is really cute that she actually thinks she matters!

    February 11, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Gary Crosby Richardson, Texas

    All The Republican Xandidates are "BAFOONS" what is Palin talking about?
    She quit as Govenor. She is laughed at by the American People,really! She's a nobody.
    The Republican Party appears to most in our country to Hate The President, my God,what is she talking about?

    So, my prediction is this, The country will
    cast out the Republucans in a hard way, re-elect the President in a Land Slide and that will be your dagger in the heart for Republicans and their redune party..the Tea Party Fools.

    So, Sarah your preaching to the You no what!

    February 11, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. ralf

    You have to be kidding! Palin? Who let her in??

    February 11, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. John H ATL

    What a wonderfully ironic day when Sarah can offer her support to clarify the confusion. Well honey, what Mitt meant was that he was having to "severely" contort his record on practically every issue on which he ever took a position, in order to pass the numerous litmus tests required by the Wacky Evangelical Right of the GOP. The man has no substance left, he is all empty shell. Which should fit nicely with the requirements of the GOP establishment–I guess the problem is that even some of the deluded, kool-aid drinking, right wing can't miss the fact that the man is a total fraud. Call in the emergency spin crew and the PR and Marketing people–Mitt needs another repackaging. But you know the more he tries and tries the more ridiculous the whole package becomes. What next–snake handling and cross burnings?

    February 11, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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