Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'
September 22nd, 2012
11:48 AM ET
6 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. Steve R

    I agree with her on this. But it's not Obama that Mitt should go rouge on. It's the hole that his Party has helped dig for him. Show the Country that he can think for himself. Say that he can compromise to move forward instead what his Party is doing. Tell us that he doesn't support the platform of intolerance . Obama is not Mitts problem. It's much closer to him.

    September 22, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Andy

    Please Sarah, give Mitt some advice on how to lose.

    September 22, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Fortyseven%

    Palin's now a campaign strategist?....kind of like teaching Rembrant how to finger paint

    September 22, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. JC in Western US

    Yes, I agree with Sarah, Mitt. Go Rogue. Take off the gloves. Speak from your core. Say stupid stuff. It's been a week since you provided fodder for entertainment.

    September 22, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. SurRy

    Not the Governor of Alaska. She quit. Not the Vice-President. Too stupid. Not even a lousy Fox Entertainment Network TV personality anymore. They don't even want her.

    September 22, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Adam


    September 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Punker's Jinx

    Wait? I thought she was already working for the Romney campaign. Isn't that how it became a "rolling calamity"? Mitt just isn't going to win this one. He offers big talk with no substance. You've got Ryan so why don't you hand some fiscal policies over to the CBO and let them do their thing and tell us how it will impact the economy? Could it be because you're policies are so similar to that of George W. Bush? Who's economic prowess you constantly praise on your own website? Exactly how can you reduce the debt while simultaneously reducing revenue?

    September 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. chris

    And Palin's advice again shows what is wrong with the extreme right: the President has to serve ALL the law-abiding people of the US–and that includes people who are not Christian. That is something many on the right has been failing to understand. Also, people like Palin fail to understand what true Christianity is–it's embarrassing.

    September 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. samuel

    We can blame our on party for HER. The GOP made her public...I wish I could do this with some of my crazy Aunts...or ccrack heads cousins. She is lost !

    September 22, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. SurRy

    "You left out the best part of Ann Romney's radio rant. She said she is tired of hearing from the 'chattering masses' and we were 'lucky' to have have Mitt running for us. Sorry Queen..."

    And Ann was supposed to be the likable one!

    September 22, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Paul

    Wow. Go Rogue! It did Sarah so much good in the long run you should give it a try. Then get a TV show and start spouting even more ridiculous rhetoric and maybe, just maybe. Mit can lose this thing by an even larger margin.

    September 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I would be tickled no end for Romney to take advice3 from Palin. Look what she did for Mc Cain in the last election. Going rogue seemed to work so well for her. Until the media started asking all those trick questions like "What do you read?" Nobody, nobody could possibly avoid being messed up by fiendish questions like that.

    Wait a minute, I meant no Republicans. After all, Romney doesn't know what taxes he filed or, apparently, where to find them. That does make Palin look bright in comparison, doesn't it.

    September 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. advocatusdiaboli

    Right. As if. Because it worked out so well for her right? maybe she made a lot of money but she torpedoed the 2008 GOP ticket. Sarah always has been and always will be all about her.

    September 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Gustavo Garcia

    After her own stellar performance during the last election, Sarah Pailn should have the decency of keeping her advice to herself.

    September 22, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Shalynn

    Sarah Palin and Ann Romney are intellectually bankrupt. In otherwords they are stupid

    September 22, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. 1twinsfan

    I know I'm smarter than Sarah Palin because I know I'm too dumb to be the vice-president.

    September 22, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. anne

    This from the governer who quit halfway through her term in office.

    September 22, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Andy

    why do people continue to put a microphone in front of this lady?

    September 22, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. bloodman33

    You know you are in deep trouble when Palin and Gingrich are publicly advising you.

    September 22, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. chthys

    Yeah Mitt.
    Stand by your 47% remarks. Get tough.

    Conservatives don't see a problem with Mitt's 47% worldview of victims on welfare. It's what they all believe, and it's what they are all told day in and day out by the media they watch and listen to. Fox News rots the brain.

    So let's hear it over and over in the attack ads until everybody votes for Mitt. Keep blaming the 2008 economic mess and the debt on the candidate who was running for president at the time, and not the sitting president, or the bankers, or the unfunded military spending, the tax cuts or the Medicare Part D giveaway to big pharma.

    Fortunately, this approach would further reveal the cluelessness of the reptilicans and their base. Their paradigm is based almost entirely on name calling, character assassination and hate. They are not fit to rule.

    September 22, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Romney 1040 or Obama 2012.

    "go rogue"... lol. ridiculous BS from Palin who was irrelevant even when she was "relevant".

    R'money's true colors are slowing being revealed, and they are NOT Red,White, and Blue.

    September 22, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. jondavis

    Actually it was Dick Cheney that said "Deficits don't matter"

    September 22, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. anothermuse

    WHat's worse, than anyone keeps covering Palin, or that I keep clicking the link. Here's my tip to the candidates. Quit attacking, tell us real information, not campaign fluff. Also please answer these 4 questions:

    1. Since your party will not have fillibuster proof majorities in the senate, how will you accomplish anything on your agenda since the president doesn't actually make laws? You will not convince enough of the other party to change your vote since their party will punish and virtually banish them (or at least their funding) for being disloyal. With that said, what is your plan to lead? (examples of deadlock items should be cited)
    2. Best case scenario for the "winner" of the election is to win by perhaps 3-5% of the vote. How do you lead understanding that a "minority" of 45-47% of the country does not support your party, or your agenda? How do you lead America and not just your party? (again, fluff must be called out and just saying we must rally behind the office is fluff)
    3. Both of your campaigns are primarily with half truths and and out of context statements meant to disparage the other side in 30 second campaign ads with clever taglines designed by advertising pros. Why should anyone in the nation choose to vote for you when you will not provide the electorate with intelligent substantive plans that fully explain the stregths and weaknesses of your position? And do you take any responsibility for the damage this does to the American electorate? (again, requires fluff and spin control)
    4. Name a major campaign issue (taxes, unemployment, etc) where your opponents party may be on the right track, or if unable to provide any credit for your opponent, what issue do you think you would have the most chance of finding a solution together?

    September 22, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Tony

    Since going rogue in 2008, Palin has gone fishing. The same fate awaits Romney, going rogue or not. At least Romney will still have his millions, and nobody will care about his tax returns after he loses the election.

    September 22, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. A little sad


    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.

    Spot on!

    Listening to Ann makes Palin look a little better...

    September 22, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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