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. joe

    Why would anyone even care what this silly twit thinks?

    August 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Softship

    Who cares what Palin "thinks"?

    August 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. founders1791

    Joe and Softship .....apparently YOU CARE enough to come here and whine about it YOU are THAT transparent.

    August 12, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. alumette

    she was probably hoping her would pick HER. Ha..... This mean and controlling guy will be to Mitt what Palin was to McCain. His loss.......

    August 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. FarLeft

    This woman is an EMBARRASMENT. Why? Oh Why!! Do we EVEN CARE what she says? On the up-side, however, the weinermobile needs a new driver. This is the only job with-which I would trust Palin.

    August 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Furious Styles

    If she's going to take a shot and call out California, shouldn't she have mentioned Schwarzenegger's name and his administration for putting California in its current state?

    August 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Thomas

    How is Todd ?

    August 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Max Escoria

    What a great day for the Democrats! Let the banners fly let the flags wave! Finally a death nail in this ridiculous election. Romney own habit of flip flopping has finally painted himself into a corner that all the super-pac money can not buy him out.
    Romney has basically determined his success on how much money his Cronies have donated. Money as a form of measure to success, sound familiar. Thanks Mittons

    August 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Indy

    Romney could have Ronald Reagan as a VP and he still could never get the keys to the Whitehouse without being honest and upfront with his taxes. The will never be a President that gets elected without releasing 10 years of tax returns.Mitts will never win without releasing his tax information,and he cant use that "I am too rich to follow rules" schtick,voters are much smarter then Romney gives them credit for

    August 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. GOP puts $ in "chrstian", but remember: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least o

    Only 1,100 words?

    In Palinese, that is the minimum needed to say "Good morning"!

    August 12, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Scott

    Palin is sad because she is irrelevant again. Just a bitter woman that no one wants to dance with. She shouldn't say anything considering she was the worst choice for a VP.

    August 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. TM

    The QUITTER is just miffed that Willard did not consult HER before making the choice.

    August 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. GOP puts $ in "chri$tian", but remember: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least

    Wasn't what's her face the VP choice the last time the GOP decided they needed to "gen up the base" in '08?

    Stupidity, is the GOP using the same tactics and expecting a different outcome?

    "Stupid is as stupid does", seems like someone's mother once said!

    August 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Allen

    I wonder how long she sat by the phone waiting for Mitt's number to flash on caller ID? I agree with alot of the other posters here,....who cares about Sarah or what she thinks? Not even relevent, never was. Always searching for the spotlight.

    August 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Kareen

    Who cares what Palin says?

    August 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. bobc4d

    If palin is against it or not whole heartedly for it, then it must be a good thing. this nitwit doesn't have a clue

    August 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. S Palin11

    She is an imporatant, prominant and most valuable political figure(Yes Figure) in north korea..and What ever she thinks is matter to North koreans deeply..oohh You can see North Korea from here in Alaska..Kim Jong un is good friend,,

    August 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. John

    She's obviously annoyed that Romney didn't pick her for the VP spot. I mean, she helped McCain so much last time.

    August 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. bobc4d

    is palin is against it or not whole heartedly for it, then it must be a good thing. this nitwit just does not have a clue.

    August 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. WhereIsPalin

    Ah, yes. She is the weapon of choice for Fox News in its disinformation campaign. And it comes naturally to her.

    August 12, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Scout

    I will always read what this silly, useless woman has to say. It amuses me. However, I won't be heart-broken when she finally goes away–a time I think is not far away; she recently appeared in my state, Missouri, and drew only 500 people.

    August 12, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Someone's panties are in a knot, because once again, she is just a "first runner up"!

    A loser for 3 decades now!

    August 12, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Mark

    Guess she's upset that her fifteen minutes of fame are FINALLY over with... And in trying to slam the POTUS, I'm fairly certain she just insulted all 50 states and our territories. "Obama's vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather," So apparently California is the only part of the country that has "Beautiful scenery"? She does realize that ALASKA is part of "the country", right?

    August 12, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. JohnRJohnson

    A remarkably vacuous, vindictive woman who knows nothing about anything.

    August 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Hey, Mittens got anymore of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    Not to worry, missy, Ryan may replace you as the head of the RepubliKKKan party, but the rallies will always need a "poll dancer"!

    August 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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