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. Dan

    First, Palin shouldn't be giving anyone advice. Secondly, Palin has no clue what truth or reality is.

    She only surfaces for her own gain and notoriety.

    September 22, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Dave

    I don't think Sarah Palin actually knows what rogue means (it's not just a buzzword), but more to the point, why on earth would Romey take advice from a failed Vice Presidential candidate who lost in a landslide?

    September 22, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. fastball

    Yeah...but then Mitt and Ryan would have to acknowledge the big giant holes in the system. They'd have to acknowledge how the economy tanked...and that Obama couldn't have messed up the economy to it's current state in only a few short years. They'd have to acknowledge that we're spending BILLIONS of dollars in a lost-cause war. They'd have to acknowledge is that their entire election platform is merely looking at the Dems and saying "Are you happy with them?"

    September 22, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Creepy

    When will Palin pose for Hustler?

    September 22, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Michael

    A "come to Jesus moment?" The country has already had that, and the moment was figuring out that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are absolutely what the country DOES NOT need!!

    September 22, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. melanie

    Why does anyone even listen to this woman? She couldn't even handle being governor of Alaska for a full term, much less being president of this country. Go home and get a job, Sarah. Even Faux News doesn't like you anymore.

    September 22, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Think Defy Unite

    Yeah, that's just what we need. A rogue president. Nice.

    Now go away...

    September 22, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Deidre

    Do you really think anyone is still listening to you? I agree with SensibleJoe – get a job!

    September 22, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Think Defy Unite

    What this country really needs is Jesus to stay the heck out of governmental affairs.

    September 22, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Snoot

    More like "go batsh!t!". Sarah should have also mentioned that the MIC is counting on future generations of American children being served up as cannon fodder for the empire.

    September 22, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Padre Pio

    Nice rack, err, ummm.... I mean suggestion.

    September 22, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. juniorbarnes

    "Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'"...... and for the first time ever the Democrats and 80% of America agree! Goig rogue worked so well last time Sarah, huh? You just continue to proove how flipping stupid you really are. Why dont you go hunting with Dick Chenney.......

    September 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Forward

    Yes. Miz Palin, tell Romney to go rogue. We all know how splendidly THAT went for you!

    September 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Wanderer

    I hope Romney will follow Gingrich and Palin’s advice.

    September 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. nik green

    Go Rogue? That's redundant – he already is.

    September 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Sandy Feet

    He's already rogue and he doesn't even know it!

    September 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. guest

    Yeah. Take advice from the lady who single-handedly nuked McCain's chances in '08.

    September 22, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Tootie

    So says the Paris Hilton of American politics.

    September 22, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Lenny Pincus

    There is something weird with Palin. Looks like gravity is favoring one side of her over the other.

    As far as offering political advice, Romney's disaster of a campaign barely needs Sarah's advice to hit bottom. It's doing fine on its own.

    September 22, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. ksmary

    I guess the reason Mr. Romney has a reason for using his wife sparingly in this campaign. Not wanting 'people to get tired of her' should have been 'not wanting her to get tired of the chattering class' and go off script.

    September 22, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. mary

    The "slogan" is old; she's aging, and I can't figure out why she's still considered viable or relevant in any politician's or voter's playbook. Let's move on and hope she does too.

    September 22, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. liss

    Palin advices GOP nominees should tell 'the true state of our economy and national security'. Criticizing everything is not the same as telling the truth.

    September 22, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Tom

    Mitt has already gone rogue.
    rogue (noun): A dishonest or unprincipled man.

    September 22, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. isolate

    Why is this political has-been still getting media attention?

    September 22, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. carly

    Yep, that is what Romney needs: advice from Palin. From one loser to another. lol

    September 22, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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