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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Going rogue got Sarah a job at Fox foreign owned media, but Mittens cannot speak in complete sentences, so he will not be as fortunate. Poor little rich man.

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Tammy lambert chandler az

    Conservatives tried to drag Obama though the mud during the last election, attacking his experience and character.
    I never heard Michelle Obama whine....stop it, (whine) ... this is hard..... you get in the ring and try it blah blah.
    Is this what we would hear during a Mitten presidency...stop it this is hard (whine)

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Indy

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

    Dick Cheney "deficits don't matter"
    At least Obama sees the short term and the long term much like a good CEO would see strategic planning, but we don't expect Republicans to understand since they have been the leaders of every major economic downfall for decades now.Palin should be kissing Romneys feet like Ann Romney has suggested the Republicans are very lucky to have him.

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Fisherman

    Sarah, Did Hef ever call ya? I told him you needed some cash...guess not, huh? Funny, I'm not hearing any GOP sighs...

    September 22, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Marney

    I think Mitt's done enough "going rogue" for one presidential campaign. LOLOLOL What makes Sarah Palin think that anyone would want her campaigning advice, anyway? She's as toxic as W, which is why nobody on the right has mentioned her name, or asked for her help!

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. NFLD thought

    Oh yeah Sarah, it worked soooo well for you and McCain in 2008. How did that little campaign go for you then sarah?
    Can someone please shut her up and send her away?

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Rob in MO

    As a democrate I say definitely take Palin's advice. She was such an asset to us in '08.

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Peter

    Palin used the term "going rogue" because she wanted another opportunity to plug her book of the same name.

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Roland

    She is a very disgusting person!

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. inadvovet

    It's fun for under-educated pundits to pretend Obama's a big debt spender and conservatives are not, but the fact is if Palin is going to complain about the debt, she needs to understand that two unfunded wars and extensive tax cuts not accompanied by correlated spending cuts before Obama ever took office provided the vast majority of our current debt. Let's all focus more on education and less on rhetoric.

    September 22, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. M

    We are all pathetic for letting our country get to this...

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Seth Hill

    "The Liberal Media" is a myth. I know. I used to shoot news for KQED-TV, the most liberal TV station in the world, and every day we desperately tried to find stories, even extremely conservative stories. The truth is, the media is so starved for something to fill those 24 hours, they will report anything. The media does not create stories, they just report what people say. When conservatives criticize "The Liberal Media," what they really mean is, "The media should report stories that make us look good, and not report stories that make liberals look good."

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Road Ready

    "telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security". Gee! You mean he's been fibbing to us all along? What a Putz!

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. John

    Please please Mitt, listen to Sarah! lol.

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. jane

    how's that rogue thingy working for you palin

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. ghostofzzlash

    Republicans are so embarrassed by this loser, they didn't want her anywhere near their convention.

    September 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Seth Hill

    I don't want our nation to "Come to Jesus." That deeply offends my religious beliefs.

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Tyrion

    If there's one thing Sarah Palin knows how to do it's win an electi – oh wait...

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Madame Stiletto

    That maverick Sarah.
    So much advice on going rogue leading to political success.

    The kidder.

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Michael Jardine

    If I were a card carrying Republican, why would I give a hoot about what this failed Governor and failed VP candidate says? I mean, if I am Mitt Romney, do I want advice from the "A"Team of American politics or do I take the advice of a political failure and paid HACK like Sarah PaIlin? Let me see...whom do I choose?

    I love how she repeats over and over how Obama's failed the nation...as if she has EVER been successful in this environment. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    That would be a mistake.

    The country does not condone mixing religion and politics.

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. SM McMahon

    Sage advice from that brain-trust Palin...

    September 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. GoAwayPalin

    I love how Republicans blame things on the "liberal media filter"...99% of the crap that gets Mittens in trouble falls out of his own face...I guess they're disappointed that all media aren't sycophants like Faux reporters? If Mittens had his own filter and was less truthful, maybe he'd have a few more percentage points in the polls.

    September 22, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Purush

    Of course Sarah. That is what GOP philosophy is. That is why Bush sent Marines to Iraq. That is what probably Mitt wanted Obama to do in Libya recently, that is what GOP would like to do in Iran, and above all that is what Mitt wants for 47%. And see for yourself. The disaster of Iraq and the turnaround in Libya. The last thing that America and this world needs is another go rogue President of America.

    September 22, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. lynn

    thats her answer to everything , a true one trick pony . btw gop shes not hot shes a twenty footer .

    September 22, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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