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. late

    Take advice from Palin. There's a thought.

    September 22, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. R Danger

    Sarah needs to keep quiet and do what she does best, shooting at any critter that moves while keeping Russia in her peripheral.

    September 22, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. reaperfearer

    Yes, Romney and Ryan – you should definitely listen to everything Sarah says and do whatever she tells you. Please take her advice.

    September 22, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. AZ Editor

    Romney... empathy for millionaires nothing but distain for 47% of the rest of U.S.

    September 22, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Seven gartner

    Why would anyone listen to anything this complete 3rd grade educated woman has to say?

    September 22, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. The Elephant in the Room

    If Sarah Palin, John Boerhner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Michele Bachmann, Hermain Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, REALLY cared about the deficit and National debt, they`d have SAID SOMETHING when Bush went to war without raising taxes to PAY FOR IT. Never again can America allow war-mongering Republicans to spill the blood of a generation of our sons & daughters while putting the bill on the backs of them as well.

    Mitt Romney wasn`t even patriotic enough to keep his money in the US [he had to hide in in Switzerland]. How many troops didn`t have bullets or BODY ARMOR while Mitt was advancing his shady tax shelter schemes like the imfamous "SON of BOSS" treatment found to be illegal.

    If Palin had any decency, she`d have condemned Mitt`c cheating of the US Treasury through evassive tax manuevering AND outright LOOTING via extracting pension fund money at Bain and saddling taxpayers with the bill. [via US Pension Guarranty Corp].

    Surely if she could comment on the FEDs QE3 , she understands this, right?

    September 22, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. reaperfearer

    How's all that "Go-ey' Rogue-ey" stuff werkin' out for you, Sarah?

    September 22, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Ivo

    Go Rogue? What does that even mean. God, listening to her reminds me of my grandma, nothing but senile catch phrases with no actual data or explanation beyond the bumper sticker. I guess she had to say something though, no one had talked about her in a few days and she can't have that.

    September 22, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. D

    Gotta love Sarah, she blossomed into a nice side-show piece. Her true calling.

    September 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. nobikiniatoll

    Let them eat crab cake!

    September 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. RKN

    The Republican version of history never mentions that in the past 32 years it has been the republican administrations that have left us with (1) the greatest debt; (2) higher unemployment; (3) poorer national security; and (4) foreign policy disaster.
    Republicans have given us the Stand Up Comedian Full Employment Act with Reagan, Bush, Palin and now Mitt-the-Twit.
    The conservatives in this country have been pushing for more and more defense spending and lower taxes so that we cannot pay the bills.
    We have been in need of adult supervision for a long time and President Obama has been the only adult in the room.

    September 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Unknown

    Like Sarah is a successful political role model herself.

    September 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. AlaskanVoice

    Let's see, the last poll during the period Sarah was contemplating running for office, Obama would have beat Palin in her home state, Alaska. Alaska happens to be the reddest of red states having voted only ONCE for a Democratic Presidential candidate....EVER. That speaks volumes about the validity of her opinions–coming from those of us who really know her.

    September 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Daddy tang

    Palin. Worst of the worst. Why does she still have a voice in media today. Cheese whiz never sleeps...

    September 22, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Bob

    If this country doesn't get it's debt under control sooner rather than later, which will eventually require more painful austerity measures, there will be demonstrations leading to riots that will make the riots of Watts look like a 6 yr. olds birthday party.

    September 22, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Kris

    Unfortunately for Sarah, "Going Rogue" simply means quitting your job for the money. Mitt's already done that Sarah.

    September 22, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Downinfront

    A 'come to Jesus moment'? Uh, he is Mormon don't you know?

    September 22, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. not republican, not democrat, just awake

    Too bad Sarah didn't offer this advice at the republican convention. Oh wait, she wasn't invited was she?
    Sarah Palin has used 14:58 of her 15 minutes. Hallelujah!

    September 22, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Foreverwar

    Why is this imbecile still around? Shouldn't she off moose hunting or something?

    September 22, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Jim Weix

    "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."

    Adice to Ann Romney: Get out of the kitchen. Not that you were ever in one. Your pampered, self centered lifestyle is an insult to all Americans.

    September 22, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. larry

    Why would anyone listen the Kim Kardashian of politics? As my grandfather would say "All smoke and no roast".

    September 22, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. doc tari

    The real state of the economy...okay its actually doing pretty good....and fact that rest of the planet is in a depression pretty much and the auto industry was saved, banks did not collapse, 6 million more re insured and kids who grew up here are not deported...things are pretty damn good. If bush or mccain was in office you WOULD be in a depression 'my friends' as john would say.
    How dumd are the american people. You will find out if Obama is not reelected in a LANDSLIDE.

    September 22, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Rod

    Ya, that really worked well for you and John didn't it Sarah? Even Romney knows better than to listen to Palin.

    September 22, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Johnjon

    I'm thrilled Sarah Palin is offering Mitt advice. nothing like being on a losing team!

    September 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. tony

    Where are the TAX RETURNS?

    You wanna prove tax cuts create jobs? SHOW US!!!

    September 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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