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. atroy

    Mitt will be going ROUGE when Obama smokes his tail in the debates and on election day.

    September 22, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Paul

    Sarah Palin is an idiot and an embarrassment to the American people.

    September 22, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. EatYouAlive

    Who? And who?

    September 22, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. D. Anderson

    The woman is an idiot and a bigot. As a Christian educated in Christian schools, I find her "moment to Jesus" an affront to a country that respects ALL persons of different religions. Thomas Jefferson said his greatest acheivement was Seperation of Church and State.. And "going rouge" sunk the Repulican party in 2008.

    September 22, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. John

    Palin wants Romney to use the same rogue strategy she used to tank McCain's presidential bid? This woman is only an asset to the Democratic Party. And, her come to Jesus remark is downright creepy.

    September 22, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Milton K. Wiah

    This is the woman who four years ago saw Russia from her house as a foreign policy experience.
    She is urging Ryan and Romney to go rogue, well Ryan will listen because he himself has foreign policy
    experience because he sent other people children to war, went to their funerals as well.

    September 22, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. albert

    The "Liberal" media made Palin a very rich women. "Liberal" to her is anyone that doesn't agree with her, which is the majority of people/media. Interesting that she didn't turn any of the "liberal" money down though. This non–Christian woman has no right to even utter the name Jesus. She is far removed from anything the Bible teaches.

    September 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. EGB2

    Replay the interview of Palin with Katie Couric, and then ask if Palin should be giving speaking tips to anyone.

    September 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Jim

    A come to Jesus moment? What happened to separation of church and state? He'll alienate another 25% of the country who aren't Christian. You know, the atheists, the Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, etc, etc. Actually, Palin should have her own Jesus moment where she quits hating and begins following what Jesus taught. Most people who call themselves Christians don't bother following Jesus because they feel he died on the cross for them, so they are off the hook and can behave any way they like. Then they preach personal responsibility. Too funny.

    September 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Pete

    Palin tried going rogue didn't she during their campaign and look what it got them..Yah listen to an exVp candidate,exgovernor of Alaska,excommentator at Fox ,a lot of xs don't get you a lot of os does it!!Can she still see Russia from her front porch and what about those Shell company oil rigs,they're pretty at nigh aren't they!!

    September 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. J

    Looks like the publishers made a mistake when naming her book. It shuld have been:
    "Going Rogue: An American Lie."

    September 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. lucy

    Sure Mitt should follow the advice of a half-term quitter governor who is just short of a full deck. Go rogue?

    September 22, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. The REAL TRUTH...

    Why do we keep giving Failin' Palin air time? Talk about going rogue... McCain was getting my vote until he (or whichever morons) made the decision to on-board her. She KILLED his campaign, abdicated here resoposiblities as Gov of Alaska, had the very issues in her own famliy that she railed on the public about, and NOW she's telling Lyan Ryan and Mitt the Twit to go rogue.
    The Republican party needs to clean house.. this is NOT Reagan's GOP. There's saner people in the local asylum~!

    September 22, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. john

    Her comment on Obama "let the good times roll" was perfect.

    September 22, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. R1983

    Palin,people are just not into the GOP party these days, just like we were not into you in 2008. You lost in 2008 and Mitt will
    in 2012 count on it. Every time you all said something negative about our wonderful President, his poll numbers goes up.
    keep talking and see how it work out for you.

    September 22, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. marty in MA

    How did it work for you, Sarah?

    September 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. John G.

    I ain't voting for someone who promises everything and gives no details of how he is going to make the numbers work. I don't care if he "goes rogue" or not. Mittens won't convince people to vote for him just by saying the economy sucks and washington has a debt problem . We already know that!

    September 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't think Romney/Ryan need an economic math lesson from Sarah Palin, what they do need from her is to sit down and shutup and stop reminding people of how she sank McCain's chances. Get a real job Sarah and take care of your kid, they need you more than we do.

    September 22, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. User-301

    I agree with Palin, If going rogue will get Romney in the same place as Palin then for sure lets go all out. Actually, in the place where he stands right now, going rogue is about all he has left to do and like Palin- this will assure America that we won't be seeing Romney anywhere near the top of the political arena ever again.

    September 22, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Linden Atrocitiy

    I believe he is already "Rogue". Because he can't keep that foot out of his mouth.

    September 22, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Tim

    WHY in the world is ANYONE still pretending that Palin is relevant, even for humor's sake!? Please stop wasting time quoting her, even if it's just to point out that she's still an ignorant weirdo (we know)!

    September 22, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. plenty

    Sarah who?

    September 22, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. beaverdambob

    Yes failin Palin, going rogue worked so good for your campaign, what a pathetic know nothing right wing piece of crap you are.

    September 22, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Keyser

    She thought rogue was something you put on as a cosmetic.

    September 22, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Mitt, "go rogue" - what low brow advice. Stick to looking pretty Sarah, and stop talking. Katie Couric pretty much sealed your fate.

    September 22, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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