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. Gordyb102

    Notice how all the losers are offering advice to Romney? It sure helped them, didn't it ?

    September 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Craig from Pa.

    Who in the hell really cares what Palin has to say??? Go the f- home Sarah you don't matter....that's what goin' rogue getsya!...you betcha!

    September 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Common Sarah Palin – you are good for nothing

    September 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Rick

    Palin is a total joke. She needs to just go away. Her opinion means nothing.

    September 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. LCSWquilter

    Oh, yes, Mitt, please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top - take the advice of loser Sarah Palin.

    September 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Mack

    Yes Mitt, go rogue! Look how well it worked out for Sarah. Then after you lose your presidential bid Mitt you can, like Sarah, spend your time desperately self promoting yourself, while spouting nothing of substance and yet making millions. And since you are running on your ability to create nothing while making millions, as a good thing what would be a more noble and honorable conservative calling than returning to such important endeavors?

    September 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. mdesan

    Just like a bad penny. You can't get rid of her. ugg.

    September 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. mark

    Palin is ready to take it in the rear From the mitt

    September 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Kurt

    Yeah, that worked really well for you, didn't it, "Governor?"

    September 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Bubba10

    yes, they tell the truth, it has been getting better for 39 straight months of job growth.

    September 22, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Harpo

    why would anyone take advice from this creature, void of Integrity or Honor.

    September 22, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Reggie from LA

    Sarah Palin, "if'n you were to come to Jesus, he might smite the living s...., I mean He might tell you to take up your rogue and take a hike." I shouldn't be so ugly about it. I know she's just trying to show us that she's smart. "You're failin' Palin, but credit given for trying to show us what you can say. Good job, now go back to your room and continue to be quiet little Sarah." Kinda like what Roger Ailes might have said.

    September 22, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. tucsonlib

    Sarah Palin? She is soooooo 2008. Who cares what she has to say.

    September 22, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. SoldierofFortunes

    Palin belongs to a militia in Alaska that wants to separate Alaska from the USA...go rogue Palin...see how far it gets you now...by the people for the people...power to the people...Seanny boy is losing ground...calling in the Top Guns...good luck!
    You are not spreading your hatred rhetoric anymore...and this Libya incident? Alaska is saying you were involved Sarah!

    September 22, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. wooli

    why?

    September 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. DeeDee

    I have always been completely baffled by Palin "going rogue." What has she ever done that could possibly be considered going rogue. NOTHING! You want to talk about going rogue? Try reading about Obama's mother's life. That's rogue, you bunch of dippty right-wing twits. (Scared of anyone who isn't white? Wow! How rogue!!)

    September 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Dude in Colorado

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

    Isn't that what Reagan, Bush, Bush Jr. amd Cheney all said? No wonder Republicans hate Obama – He seems to working their side of the street!

    September 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Mike

    Yes Mitt, go rogue! Look how well it worked out for Sarah. Then after you lose your presidential bid Mitt you can, like Sarah, spend your time desperately self promoting yourself, while spouting nothing of substance and yet making millions. And since you are running on your ability to create nothing while making millions, as a good thing what would be a more noble and honorable conservative calling than returning to such important endeavors?

    September 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Yeahona

    Yeah, Sarah, how did that help you in the last election? You won, right? Oh, wait – I guess you didn't – but that doesn' stop you from acting like you did. If I was Romney listening to your comments, I'd be laughing so hard I would end up snorting my lunch.

    September 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. gmenfan54

    Mitt Romney took over for Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

    September 22, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. pleazenufalready

    My problem with comments like Palin's is that her and the rest of the Republicans say that they want fiscal responsibility, while at the same time advocating for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy......you can't have it both ways, Sarah!

    September 22, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If the 47%ers are chattering as Ann Romney says it must be annoying for the more worthy people. All that noise coming from the workers hovels might disturb "Those Who Must Be Obeyed" while they are about their more worthy persuits, like sending jobs overseas or closing factories and throwing more folks into the 47%.

    The gilded people can't even get away from the noise. Without 47%ers, there would be no one to cook, clean, maintain the gardens, polish the Mercedesand Rolls, provide massages or raise the children. Thank good ness there are private schools so the progeny of the worthier classes are shown that they are, indeed, much better than the lower classes by birthright

    September 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. pleazenufalready

    Sarah, the problem with your comments about the economy and all of the debt, etc. don't carry a lot of weight if you're still going to insist that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should stay in place......is that such a tough concept to grasp?

    September 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Colorado Voter

    Does Sara Palin have any idea that her political ambitions are close to dead in the water? She still has an absolute right to speak out but needs major work on her credibility.

    September 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Maria

    The Hill billy from Alaska is back with her two cents.....Do you think " stop it" Ann Romney cares a hoot about her?

    September 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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