Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'
September 22nd, 2012
11:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin became the latest conservative to lend her two cents to the Republican ticket on Saturday, urging Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to give the country a "come to Jesus moment."

"With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should 'go rogue' and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security," Palin told the conservative "Weekly Standard" in a statement published Saturday.

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"America desperately needs to have a 'come to Jesus' moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee continued, after urging the ticket to "find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform."

If Palin's suggestion that the candidates "go rogue" sounds familiar, it was also the name of her 2009 book "Going Rogue: An American Life," which she released after her unsuccessful campaign as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

The former Alaska governor's advice comes after a week when a number of conservative voices did not hold back on their advice for the GOP ticket, which for the last two weeks has seen a political dialogue not entirely in their favor. This past week, Democrats criticized Romney heavily for remarks he made at a secretly recorded fundraiser, and before that, Romney took flack for his response to a spate of violence in the Muslim world.

Bill Kristol, editor of "The Weekly Standard," described in an online post President Barack Obama and Romney as "two presidential candidates who - when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters - have shown contempt for fellow Americans."

Peggy Noonan, a conservative columnist for The Wall Street Journal, described Romney's campaign as "incompetent," and went on to stand by her comments in a Thursday column. Her word choice, she said, was "only because I was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.' "

Romney defended himself in an interview broadcast by CBS News on Friday, saying his campaign "doesn't need a turnaround."

And on Thursday, Ann Romney told her husband's critics to "stop it" in an interview with Radio Iowa. "This is hard," she continued. "You want to try it? Get in the ring."

In her statements on the election since Romney became his party's de facto nominee, Palin has focused most of her language against Obama. In Saturday's statement, she followed suit.

"Obama casually told America that we don't have to worry about our debt in the 'short term,' " she said.

"Obama's motto seems to be, 'Let the good times roll in my day. The kids can deal with the catastrophic bankruptcy in theirs,' Palin continued. "That's no way for the leader of a great nation to behave, and I hope Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney continue to call him out on it. Generations of American children are counting on them."

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (482 Responses)
  1. Violet

    Look where going rogue got Sarah Palin....no where but out

    September 22, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. SensibleJoe

    Note to Sarah Palin: get a job.

    September 22, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. bob

    You left out the best part of Ann Romney's radio rant. She said she is tired of hearing fromt he 'chattering masses' and we were 'lucky' to have have Mitt running for us. Sorry Queen Anntoinette. The peasants will try to keep it down out here.

    September 22, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Mary

    Ok, Palin. You've already lost to Obama. You have no credibility on how to run a successful Presidential race.

    September 22, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue' ?

    At this point , If Romney wore a red blouse and pushup bra , it wouldn't make much difference !

    I thought Palin was busy rehearsing for this seasons new reality show ," Dancing with Bears " ?

    September 22, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. yogi

    Funny how the dumb and dumber are lining up to give their advice to Romney not realizing that even Jesus, who is for the 100%, has his reservations about this candidate.

    September 22, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. CJA

    Please take all of Palin's advice. Oh, please, oh please...

    September 22, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. clarke

    How Palin know the true state of anything. She is not sitting in the Oval office.

    September 22, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Amazing

    Going rogue really helped her! I don't like Mitt as a leader. If he is taking advice from nut cases like Palin and Newt, it will confirm he is unqualified to be the leader of the free world.

    September 22, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. James Taylor

    PaLIN you are looking terrible. Like a has been girlfriend with too many lovers. Now get a decent job instead of ca$$hing out of dumb REPS!!

    September 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. rosco

    President Obama on Saturday accused Capitol Hill lawmakers of leaving behind both Washington and unfinished legislative business until after November because they are more concerned about their re-election campaigns, amid criticism HE is side-stepping key United Nations meetings next week to hit the campaign trail.

    September 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. ddblah

    Good advice. Romney, you should go rogue, really, really rogue.
    Ann: stop saying how lucky WE are to have Mitt. Think more how lucky you both have been to be Americans.

    September 22, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. ajhindalou

    Aren't we finished with this nauseating fool?

    September 22, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Mike

    I really hope nobody is paying her for her advice or commentary.

    September 22, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. givemeabreak

    It must be a very sorry and pathetic state for the republican party when Sarah Palin is advising romey

    September 22, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Deist

    Sarah: Don't "Go Rogue," just "Go Away!"

    September 22, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Jim King

    Sounds like the only advice these right wingers ever give is to get meaner and meaner. What brilliant ideas!

    September 22, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Colin Morgan

    Because really, the person you want to take political advice from is Sarah Palin.

    September 22, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. nonamecablewatcher

    Of course, Sarah, going "rogue" is just the thing to do...not! Unprincipled and dishonest is exactly the recipe for failure. The American people are tired of that crap from politicians. Not that the Dems are much better, but this is why Repubs are having such a hard time on the national stage, along with the right-wing nut cases.

    September 22, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Kr55

    Newt and Palin giving advice? Cover your ears Mitt! Don't listen to these windbag losers.

    September 22, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Tony

    Political strategist Karl Rove Wednesday said recent polls show President Barack Obama in "desperate shape" in some key states he carried in 2008 and urged Republicans not to be discouraged by polls suggesting Mitt Romney has been wounded too severely by campaign missteps to recover.

    "The swing state poll shows the president in desperate shape in territory he carried with ease in 2008," Rove said told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Wednesday evening, referring to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll showing Obama up by 48 percent to 46 percent over Romney.

    Rove, a Fox News contributor and the founder of the Republican super PAC Crossroad GPS, said a closer look at the poll, however, indicates trouble ahead for the president in many of the 11 key battleground states when compared to a similar poll from the 2008 presidential race.

    Rove noted that Obama was ahead of Sen. John McCain then with 55 percent of likely voters, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted in mid-September of that campaign.

    "So Mitt Romney is already running ahead of the pace of John McCain. And President Obama is running . . . over six points behind where he did in these states in 2008," Rove told Cavuto.

    "It's amazing to me," Rove said, adding that he would be worried "if I were in the White House and looking at this."

    Rove said the media tends to "endow" political polls "with a false scientific precision that they do not have. They do not necessarily predict the outcome of an event that`s going to take place 49 days from now."

    As an example, Rove pointed to the 1980 Reagan-Carter campaign, noting that Ronald Reagan was down significantly in the polls through September and October and came back in the final days to beat President Jimmy Carter.

    He said that election was similar to the one playing out now between Obama and Romney.

    "People were saying, 'You know what, this guy [Carter] is so bad. We have got double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment, we got double-digit interest rates. . . Why is Ronald Reagan losing to Jimmy Carter?'" Rove said, adding: "Everyone said, 'Oh my God, we are going to lose. And, of course, we didn't."

    September 22, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Ed

    Worked so well for her.

    September 22, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. SPQR

    But he did already "go rogue".

    Just ask the 47% of the American people.

    September 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. bcrunner

    Yes, because it worked so well for her. Keep on talking Sarah and inserting yourself in the current election. It can only help President Obama because people are beginning to see a lot of you in Mitt... and, we don't like what we are seeing...

    September 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. jake

    Just look at the source of this information and that speaks volumes. Palin is a moron and should stay in alaska where she can continue to monitor russia from her house. Every time this bimbo speaks its mind numbing. Shut up palin!

    September 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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