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. Martha in CF

    Who cares what she says..she is a has been

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

    Ms. Palin is a has been and a political hack.............................

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Falstaff

    "You rogue, here's lime in this sack too: there is
    nothing but roguery to be found in villanous man"
    Falstaff from William Shakespeare's "Henry IV Part I" Act II, Scene IV

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. roscoeiron

    Bob. Sarah Palin's new job is living off of Bristol's income from her waning reality show.

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Wes

    "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.

    I think you guys spelled Bush wrong.

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Huh?

    Who's Sarah Palin?

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Falstaff

    "There is nothing but roguery to be found in villainous man."

    September 22, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Chuk

    Yes, advice from the WISE one. Mitt and Paul should feel lucky!

    September 22, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith

    Awwwww. Look at Silly Sarah. She thinks she is still in the game. (As if Romney cares what she thinks.) She wasn't even invited to the GOP convention! Lol!

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

    Going rogue did you a lot of good Sarah.

    September 22, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. jean2009

    What calling 47% of the American people deadbeat leeches wasn't going rogue enough?

    September 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Manny D

    Look who is talking, "Come to Jesus moment " from Sarah Palin, the dumb opportunist shoved into our living rooms by Senator McCain. She need to go back to high school or junior college, maybe she can improve her level of intelligence, including raising children.

    September 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. me in austin

    This dummy is now relegated to giving newspaper interviews. Foxe doesn't even want her. Rouge. What a stupid catch phrase. Think god she was never elected. IQ of about 80.

    September 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Dave Harris

    Such advice from losers. I'm sure they'll pay attention.

    September 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Engineer

    You KNOW your campaign is in real trouble when Sarah Palin is giving you advice.

    September 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. ericgoestoholland

    Right, because that bit of advice worked for her....

    September 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Pete/Ark

    Palin is Romney in drag....or did I get that backward?

    September 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. chris

    Oh, a "come to Jesus moment",,yes, scare us with National Security,give us the real truth about how devastated
    our economy is, and then the Republicans as the thirteenth apostle will tell us how "Jesus" would vote for
    Mitt????? Really,,as an Alaskan ,I am very tired of even seeing her name,much less the drivel she spews.

    September 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Name

    Can't believe this moron thinks she can give advice. Are there any true reoiblicans around anymore?

    September 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. HenryB

    Her again? Starts to smell with her here.

    September 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. John McKay

    So, is she saying Romney should follow her example and quit half-way through?

    September 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Phill

    Sarah is the last person anyone should take political advice from!

    September 22, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. honest mari

    It indeed it tells u what's in the horizon if we dare give Romney a chance. Scaryyyyyyy!!!!!!

    September 22, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. onwardandupward

    Yeah, Sarah....we all remember how well "going rogue" worked out for you!

    September 22, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. max_headroom

    That's like getting advice from JFK junior on how to fly a plane.

    September 22, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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