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. 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 a dumb kook (we know)!

    September 22, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Billy Bob

    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 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. DL

    Let's all remember...Mccain chose this nut, OVER Romney. Nuff said.

    September 22, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. CitizenJP

    Thanks for your advice sister Sarah. Since I have no plan for 98 percent of the Americans, I have tried going rogue quite a bit. I have been aggressively lying to the American people – the birther movement did not work...telling that I have job creation experience at Bain did not work....telling the middle class and poor that by giving tax break to the rich will make them prosperous did not work....telling American people that Obama wants you to sit home and collect a check did not work....telling the Latinos that self deportation is good for them did not work...telling that Obamacare weakens the medicare did not work....telling the students to borrow money from their parents to go to college did not work...what other ways of going rogue do you suggest? I am prepared to lie and brainwash people but I am running out of ideas. Please help!
    -MR

    September 22, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Obama's song birds have nothing to sing

    You know the Obama song birds are DESPERATE when the ONLY foul they can scream against an OPPONENT is "I want to see your tax returns" and the opponent can scream "where's the TAX MONEY from Solyndra ?...."Why are you campaigning in Las Vegas ( a city YOU put down as BAD a few months ago) the day after OUR Ambassador was killed ?" "Why are you on Letterman, dancing with Beyonce, singing with Jay-z while we have been attacked by Islamic terrorist AGAIN ?

    September 22, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. sqeptiq

    Sarah Palin HAS a job, SensibleJoe; it's the same one Paris Hilton has. Saying inane things to keep her "celebrity" status alive.

    September 22, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. McGuffin

    The GOP candidates are already rogue, Palin. They dismiss 47% of the population and believe in giving more to the rich and less to the poor, in direct opposition to what Jesus said to do, all while claiming to represent their Christian base. They ignore math in favor of feelings, and they offer no specifics for what they will do in office. Assuming "rogue" is a euphemism for acting utterly irrationally in the face of the facts, they're already there.

    September 22, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. drinker75

    Does she have anymore lines? She uses the same ones over and over. Go Rogue, mama grizzly, etc. Time for some new material!

    September 22, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. whatariot

    Here's another time that the term "bloviated ignoramus" comes to mind . . . Palin giving advice to Mittens . . . oh, that's rich!!

    September 22, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Disgusted_Republican

    One track, brainless advice. That strategy sure worked out for McCain/Palin!

    September 22, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. GZAC

    It appears that Mr. Romney has already gone rogue. Hope he lands in the same place Mrs. Palin did.

    Does anybody even pay attention to the pit bull in lipstick?

    September 22, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. angeson

    Oh go home and kill Bambi. McCain took your advise and it didnt work out.

    September 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Palnotin

    Oh , so she and him knows the true state of our economy and security, but did not want us to worry, like a good mother and father. So we all can sleep well. And we wouldn't understand anyway. Because we are sooo dumb. But now it is time for truth to come forward, as if we haven't heard enough. Now the salvation is just in an arms reach ( as in voting urn) and the good father can lead us to happiness under Jesus! Now I am officially sacred....I mean scared! Damn those typos and tongue slips.

    Is this admitting they are both liars?

    September 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. EllisF

    Thank you, Sarah! Keep on talking. I'm sure the Romney people will know just how very valuable your input is.

    September 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. kellyF

    Ahhh yes. Like Mitt is going to take advice from the JOKE of the political world.

    September 22, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. ronjayaz

    Sarah who? Newt who? Arent they the also rans? In the words of An Romney: :Stop it!"

    September 22, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. NoMoBama

    The incompetent liar-in-chief will be gone in Nov...no need to worry Sarah~

    September 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Unknown

    Why not take the advice of someone who never won a presidential election? She knows everything so she should know how to win.

    September 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Donaldbain

    Just in case you were wondering Mitt, this is the wrong person to seek advice from. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest you do the opposite. It makes little difference anyway, your stunning hoof- in- mouth gaffes and terrible bald faced lies have already doomed your chances of ever being president.

    September 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. jake

    Can any one make this crasy lady go away?

    September 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. ted

    Oh right?! The ROmney team really cares about the future of our children. Not! The team want to do away with the Trio Programes. Porgrames designed to help children of impoverish families improve their study habbits, their communication skills, and prepare them for college. It helps to provide work ethics durring the summer breaks and college courses. Gives them the opportunity to get away from families and to experience college life. So, basicly gives them an exit ramp from poverty. ANd the GOP wants to kill it.

    September 22, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Demonfeed

    Sarah Palin is the reason the GOP has been sliding downhill for 4 years. The last thing I would do is take advice from her. Not that it matters anyway, now that everyone knows what Romney REALLY thinks of Americans, it's all over except for the crying.

    September 22, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. me

    Yea, take the looney's advice, go rogue, Mittens. Look where it got her! Maybe she can find you a job...as soon as she gets one! Has anybody told her she is irrlelvant or does she know it but won't recognize it?

    September 22, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Tony Antin

    Why, why, why on earth is anyone paying the slightest attention to Bimbo Palin?
    And the red spikeheeled, over painted Bimbo relating to Jesus???

    September 22, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Get rid of Democrat and Republican, Conservative and Liberal labels, no more parties start voting for the candidate who you agree with and feel will do the best for our country. Stop quibbling over colors.

    September 22, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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