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. works4me

    The only way this one affects the race id by the sheer number of people racing to find their Sarah Plain Barf Bags!

    August 12, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. MaryM

    jony, wrong, Presidents Obama fundraiser overflowing in Chicago.

    August 12, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Nobody cares what failin Palin has to say.

    August 12, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. SaltyBob

    Shes better than ryan even though their both as nuts as a fruitcake and as just as desired.

    August 12, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Morgan Hill

    Only the lonely ignorant folks without a life are listening to Palin these days. She brings nothing of value, however she does like to incite hatred and violence. Birds of a feather flock together, that's romney and Paul Ryan. Their vision is to continue to help their rich white men friends stock pile their wealth and to create more loop holes that'll help them hide their money. Romney hates the American system, he has proven it by sending his money out of the country and has been successful at avoiding to pay his fair share of taxes. He is not fit to represent Americans,HE WILL NOT be the next POTUS.

    August 12, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. ron

    Why do we still care what she says? I thought she went back to Alaska or Russia??? Who the hell cares about Sarah Palin?

    August 12, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Harry Baxter

    You would have to be far to the Right of Atilla the Hun in order to meet Sarah Palin's critera for public office. Will you PLEASE stop wasting valuable space with stories about this brainless diva??

    August 12, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Namemonzell

    Why do we listen to. Her, she got rich off the pain of USA playing kid games

    August 12, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. krehator

    Every time Palin speaks, she turns voters away from the GOP and makes the party look childish. Someone shut her up!

    August 12, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Norma Vessels

    Sarah Palin said that our president has a record of dismal failure ... correction .. our president has an impressive record. When one takes the challenges he faced, and notice how he pushed forward with the right choices for our country, for our banks, for our Auto Industry, for our students in college, for the ones who need health care so desperately .. then one cannot in good conscience, say that the past three and a half years have been anything but a victory. I will not vote for someone who will destroy all the good work that's been put in place, despite the wall of resistance from the Republican Congress. You have my rock solid vote in November, President Obama!

    August 12, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Peter

    Oh, her again. ;)

    August 12, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. allenwoll

    For any sane person actually awake, a "lukewarm" from Palin can be considered a strong recommendation,.

    August 12, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. TomNPitt

    I wanted to hear what she had to say; but I got into the second paragraph and I just had to say said F- it! What do I really care what she has to say. Geeze! Just bla, bu bla, bu bla – Obama sucks!! Got it – good bye!!

    August 12, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. BigdaddyUSA

    Palin also sain she won't let the media do to Paul Ryan what they did to her. I don't think you have to worry Palin, it seems
    Paul Ryan actually has a brain!

    August 12, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Blayze Kohime

    Palin isn't thrilled about him? Well that's an endorsement in itself.

    August 12, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Larry

    To quote Sarah, "These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America." Even she admits that the current congress has been irresponsible and unethical in their efforts to cripple America for this election. How many Republicans are sitting on money that could be spent on jobs? How many Republicans are doing everything in their power to hurt the economy of America? I'll tell you how many, as many as it takes to oust the sitting president – Republicans are TRAITORS.

    August 12, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Matt in Oregon

    Drama queen in '08. Drama queen in '12

    August 12, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Leroy

    Sarah Palin would be great as a debate coach for Paul Ryan!

    August 12, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. DEBBIE

    Hey – your 15 seconds of fame are over! No go away – you have nothing to contribute.

    August 12, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Al Mose

    Well that settles That... if Sarah ain't for 'em ... I'm agin 'em. I ain't voted reublican since Abraham Lincoln ran for class president in '60

    August 12, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Fred Nerk

    Paul Ryan is a poor choice. The VP is next in line for President, but this buffoon has done little while a Congressman. He is just another white right wing extremist. Put a short moustache on hims and he looks just like his German alter-ego...

    August 12, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. ironman59

    Why does anyone still listen to this shrew? She has nothing important to say and is nothing more than trailer trash in fancy close. Sorry about the insult to trailer trash, they rank higher than palin.

    August 12, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. cgs

    Palin has not been supportive of Romney. She does not deserve to speak at the Repub convention!

    August 12, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    Like things would be " Much Better" if she was in the VP chair. And McCain was President.

    August 12, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. sjlucas

    Does anybody care what FORMER Governor Palin has to say?

    August 13, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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