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. HRPuckinfutz

    Let me understand this. The Republicans have complained that Obama had no previous leadship experience, has never held a real job, and only worked in Congress. Ryan has no leadship experience, has never held a real job (other than driving a Romney, I mean, Weinermobile), and has only worked in Congress. So how is he prepared to lead the free world should something happen to Romney?

    August 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Two Puppets

    There are many lonely lonely men, mainly in the tea party who read what this woman says in the same manner a teenage boy reads penthouse letters. They believe everything without question and can see themselves with her and it all ends with a big mess and a feeling of satisfaction. Someday they will grow up and see how childish they were.

    August 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Thank god we are "that close" to wiping Sarah Palin off the radar screen with the selection of the next GOP VEEP candidate.

    Now she can go back to Glenn Rice`s bed and Todd & Bristol can go back to Reality TV.

    August 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. MATTHEW FERRARA

    I don't understand. Who cares what she thinks. She should have stayed as Governer, the big leagues are not for her.

    August 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. FED UP!

    Are you KIDDING ME? Obama is incompetent and corrupt and has failed DISMALLY? OBAMA??? Then not TWO PARAGRAPHS LATER: "These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America." !!!!! You've just admitted that congress is irresponsible and unethical and makes it impossible for the PRESIDENT (remember who that is?) to get things done for America!!?!?!?! Put two and two together, sweetheart. I know it's hard. I know it hurts. But add the numbers up for me. What's that? You need nap time first? Ok.

    August 12, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. mark

    I would vote for Palin for president in a heartbeat. Look what we have now. Obama is pathetic, in way over his head.

    August 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Pat in IL

    This woman has absolutely no credentials that would warrent listening to any of her uneducated "opinions". Why is this even published?

    August 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Matthew

    Why exactly should we care that a left-wing ideologue is calling out a right-wing ideologue? Was anybody actually expecting nuanced, rational, objective analysis?

    August 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Bill in AZ

    Sarah Palin's record is one of dismal failure, which is why she isn't talking about it. She would rather spend her time demonizing her opponents.

    August 12, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. max

    and why is this bimbo still relevant?

    August 12, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Phred

    There is a reason the Republican Party panders to those in the south, those who allow narrow minded bigotry rule their lives, and those uneducated masses destined for careers in food service and nail salons. These are the very groups that lack the ability to understand the impacts of the proposals the GOP is making. They lack basic comprehension of economic theory. Sarah Palin is perfect for this group, as she makes these people seem MUCH smarter in comparison.

    August 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. idesign

    Sarah Palin continues to get the natives of the Obamanation all wee weed up..:)

    God bless America!

    August 12, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. LouAZ

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

    August 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Glenn NM

    Awww, what's the matter Sarah? Upset that Mittens hasn't asked you to speak at the Republican National Convention? You know, for someone who slams the "lamestream media" as much as you do they're the only ones, for some GOD-UNKNOWN reason, keeping your name in the news. Other than your little band of mindless followers, no one cares what you think. You have absolutely nothing to offer aside from other people's ideas so, please, just go back to Alaska and the obscurity from which you came. The country will thank you for it.

    August 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Sue

    Hey liberals...........Did you know.........Paul Ryan was elected/reelected in a DEMOCRATIC district in Wisconsin 7 TIMES!!!
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    I thought Mitt Romney just went on record to state Paul Ryan isn't a career politician and never really wanted to go to Washington in the first place? Ryan also has a 39% approval rating. Look for that to lower should more people actually become interested in him. Using your logic, one could also argue that Michele Bachmann has a higher approval rating in her Minnesota district then does Paul Ryan in his own district. It actually doesn't matter how many times the man was reelected, his ratings have seen a down turn nationally and he is now running on a national ticket.

    August 12, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Rob

    Of course she only mentions his name several times.
    Don't you know, it's all about SARAH! She's probably ticked off that she wasn't picked again! BWAH! LOL!!!

    August 12, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Sean

    Why is anyone still listening to what this idiot has to say. Isn't it fair to say that she is one of, if not the dumbest governors of all time? With that said, how the hell can she criticize anyone!

    August 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. enuff

    Wired-That was ignorant to say Obama is "dreamy" to women. Believe it or not, women can and do vote on issues, not who can be on the cover of a teen magazine. As far as Palin is concerned, her pettiness knows no bounds. Is she jealous because she isn't a rock star anymore? Bet they don't have to buy Ryan a new wardrobe for the convention.

    August 12, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Glenn of the North

    No doubt this hateful shrew of a woman thinks she should have been chosen or at least asked to be VP. Well, she's still a source of entertainment no matter what ones political views are.

    August 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Maria

    When will this venom spitting Nincompoop ever go away?

    August 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Sorensen

    Palin obviously can't stand any of them. And for once, she is absolutely right. A fake liar and a corny nerd.

    August 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. AB

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah......we already know what you think, Ms. Tundra Dunce - "Anybody but Obama". But ya know what? Your boys are goin' down, Sarah!!

    August 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Larry L

    Paul Ryan is the nail in the coffin for the Romney campaign. Together they plan to give Wall Street a gift of Social Security money to be lost in investment schemes. The same crooks who gave us the banking crisis will plunder the under-educated investors like Sherman through Georgia. They'll give Medicare to insurance companies and HMOs. Those vouchers will throw the administrative and regulatory burden on the backs of senior citizens. It will be more like Medicaid than Medicare. The rich will use the money as a supplement for really good health care and the other folks will get poor health care – the Republican way!

    August 12, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Sue

    Anonymous

    Hey liberals...........Did you know.........Paul Ryan was elected/reelected in a DEMOCRATIC district in Wisconsin 7 TIMES!!!
    ===============================

    I thought Mitt Romney just went on record to state Paul Ryan isn't a career politician and never really wanted to go to Washington in the first place? Ryan also has a 39% approval rating. Look for that to lower should more people actually become interested in him. Using your logic, one could also argue that Michele Bachmann has a higher approval rating in her Minnesota district then does Paul Ryan in his own district. It actually doesn't matter how many times the man was reelected, his ratings have seen a down turn nationally and he is now running on a national ticket.

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    In 2010, Paul Ryan won reelection the 7th time in the Democratic district in Wisconsin---with 65% of the vote!! *wink*

    August 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Wouldn't she make a great Secretary Of State? I can see her now talking to world leaders while she flies them around shooting whatever creatures or humans are on the ground below

    August 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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