Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement
August 12th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, had little to say to her 2012 counterpart in a statement released nearly twelve hours after Mitt Romney made his running mate announcement.

"Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate," Palin wrote in a statement, which mentioned Romney's name only four times and Ryan's name only three out of over 1,100 words. The statement was posted on her Facebook page.

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By the second sentence - and for the next 13 paragraphs - she focused her attention on President Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama's record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn't talking about it," she wrote in the statement, which was posted Saturday evening. "He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents."

To the current candidate's credit, she continued, "The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration."

In a negative way, she said "Obama's vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather," citing the state's spending on a stalled train project, environmental policies, unemployment, taxes, and "endless budget shortfalls."

Palin has endorsed candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, but has not formerly endorsed Romney. She said she voted for former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in the Alaska primary, and encouraged voters in early primary states to support him.

"Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it's also imperative that we get involved in the nation's important House and Senate races," she wrote. "These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!"

Palin recently made headlines after former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that McCain's selection of Palin was a "mistake" for 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain - a notion on which she strenuously pushed back.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • John McCain • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Phil thomas

    Bullies don't like when people fight back huh, Sarah ? All you did was tie him to bill Ayre and call him a terrorist. Encourage all of the hatred you could and found a way to insinuate he's a muslim and tie him to a radical preacher. So hes Muslim when its convenient and chtristian when it os as well. Look shut up and take a bow you and your cronies took us back years in terms of having no civility

    August 12, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. DIna

    News flash, CNN: I doubt many people care what Palin thinks, as thinking is not her strong suit. NOT NEWS.

    August 12, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Fred L. Fraud

    Sarah WHO ??

    August 12, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. WiredWeirdinSF

    Ready dope addled libertards, this woman must be demeaned and degraded in proper democrat liberal fashion, snaky and hypocritically, so fire at her. She has some nerve claiming to be a woman when we know that real women vote for Obama cause he is so dreamy. And real women cannot be Repbulican. Just ask the NYT or the New Yorker.

    August 12, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Grant in Meriden, CT

    Can someone please explain to me why Sarah Palin's comments are even relevant?

    August 12, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Pizza

    Her opinion matters as much as mine.

    I'll vote Obama 2012 !

    August 12, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Chumlee

    Please CNN, why give space to this loser. PLEASE, give us substance, not a failin loser like Palin. This
    neocon is irrelevant. This neocon is not worth of mention.

    Perhaps you need to look a lot closer at what you report, because CNN is losing readership, and putting this idiot first and foremost simply inspires more readers to go elsewhere.

    August 12, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. The Dude

    Palin who?

    August 12, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. goose

    Barrack is only doing what the repubs do. Our whole system is one big finger pointing game of blaim. Both parties could give a flip about middle and poor america.

    August 12, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. justaminit

    This is a loser who abandoned Alaska because she wanted fame and money. She will be known in history for her total lack of credentials or attributes. Her sole political strategy is pandering to the Tea Party and Far Right. She will remain a thorn in McCain's legacy forever. As much as I dislike Dick Cheney, I agree with him on Palin.

    August 12, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. david mann

    STILL trying so desperately to be relevant. And still a clueless quitter.

    August 12, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. patrick harris

    If Obama is a dismal failure, what does that make you Sarah?? Being that he beat you in the race to begin with....

    August 12, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. mike

    The post by wiredwierd in sf misses the point. He seems to think that somebody does care what she thinks about the vp pick. Wrong. She wasn't supportive of Ryan. Why doesn't she get that nobody except Macain was supportive of her. She can't come to terms that she is one of the main reasons he lost. One of many reasons. Go home Sarah. YOu are totally irrelevant.

    August 12, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. john

    she will forever be remembered as senator john mccain's alzhiemer's moment...and that's about all...

    August 12, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. breed7

    Why would anyone possibly care what Palin thinks? She's a failed governor who dragged her running mate down to a staggering loss four years ago. She's proven herself to be about as intelligent as a farm animal (although that statement is probably offensive to farm animals). She believes education is bad, science is wrong, and knowledge is evil.

    Seriously, do conservatives have such low IQs that they see these as qualities worthy of the poster child of their movement?

    August 12, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Honey Badger

    Just ignore her and maybe she'll go away. Her opinion is about as relevant as her IQ: ZERO. She needs to realize her time in the spotlight is over. She had an opportunity to do something positive, and chose to be divisive and negative.

    August 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. v4865

    I'm so tired of hearing about this Palin ....damn CNN DO BETTER
    SHE'S NO LONGER...RELEVANT ...GIVE IT A BREAK ..OM NO WONDER

    YOU'RE LOOSING VIEWERS. I sometimes think I'm watching faux news
    with the nonsense you report

    August 12, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. gar

    All real Republicans are furious with Romney for not picking Palin as the VP candidate. We want the reactionary Queen.

    August 12, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Pete

    What do delushional republicans want from one nitwit speaking about another nitwit,nothing intelligent I can assure you!Palin,a loser from Alaska won't campaign for either if she thinks its going to sacrifice the good of the middle class just for policy...Ryan,the diciple of Ayn Rand a commited socialist ,is going to do more of the same,steal from the middleclass and poor to benefit the wealthy class he comes from,you hypocritical republicans know it and you'll vote against your own futures to prove it..You republicans dispise Romney ,but because you're mostly racist you'll vote Romney simply on a color ,race issue but don't have the guts to come out and say it ,I hear it all the time..Come clean republicans you know its a clown circus this year with your candidates,you can't say different,its even worse than the Bush,Cheney or McCain,Palin tickets of years ago..Wait till the debates when all the truth comes out on Ryans maniacal plan to defund SocialSecurity,Medicare made a voucher system and top it off making a two tyre system,the wealthy elite and the middleclass,poor.Then even go as far as cutting the public sector in government more and education,make the poor,middle class dumber that's the ticket.It's easier to sway dumb voters,republicans do it to themselves all the time right!!You'll see after the debates who's the only adults in this campaign ,its Pres.Obama ,VP Biden, the only smart choice this year!!

    August 12, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Onlooker

    Is there anyone in the United States who actually cares what Palin has to say ?

    August 12, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Darryl

    Come on CNN, you certainly don't need that kind of rateings do you ? Palin ? you have much higher standards.

    August 12, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. w w

    Why do we have to know, or care, what Sarah Palin's response to a candidate's running mate choice is? This woman and her daughters have manipulated all forms of media to draw attention to themselves under the guise of "being active in politics". The last four years have been economic hell, but I for one, breathe a sigh of relief that Palins were not, and will never be, in the White House. This campaign must now only focus on Romney, Paul, Obama and Biden. It really doesn't matter what anyone else, who thinks they're a celebrity, has to say.

    August 12, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt the twit pulled a Palin this weekend and Snooki Palin can't stand it. Snooki can't wait to gut Mitt the twit in the backrooms at Tampa. They won't let her onto the floor there.

    August 12, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Paul

    Why would we care what a former Gov. thinks after she quite to be on "reallity TV". Just not a person whose opinion I would value. kind of like voting for someone becase a TV personality endorsed them.

    August 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. mommytwice

    Careful, there, Sarah,calling anyone else a dismal failure....you are the embodyment of dismal failure as far as I'm concerned. Failed at your VP run, failed at governing Alaska...etc. You better watch throwing those rocks given the glass house you live in, girly girl.

    August 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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