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. works4me

    Yea mitt... take advise from Sarah Palin. That would really bring you losing campaign back.

    September 22, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Moe Sizlak

    Why on earth would anyone take political advice from Sarah Palin?

    September 22, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. IVOTE

    How is that contract with Ailes going Sarah? Your rodeo might be coming to an end.

    September 22, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Danno

    Palin trying to remain relevant...

    September 22, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. what do you really know about Palin?

    I heard Todd Palin had been with a group that believes that Alaska should be it's own country, thus not be a part of the USA? And after the targets, she put on peoples names, then the Gifford's shooting incident, and the other hateful things she has said? It makes me think, that this little pow-wow group, in Alaska, might be a form of domestic-terrorism, and in the form of cells...how patriotic Palin...just like this "go rouge" roll the eyes...yeah that will help RobMoney now...shake head...

    September 22, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. ray

    the dunce who can see russia from ger home, the moron who cant name the news papers she reads, the woman who cant seems to put a sentence together is giving advice. hahahah what has this country comes to? the hypocrites, racists, liars on the right wants this pathological liar romney to get tough , hahahahah i think thats has not work so far moron palon

    September 22, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Avi

    I am 'surprised' at the slue of insults going palin's way on this comments section. Only 3 comments? Looks like people are taking quiet an interst in her.

    September 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Linda

    Sarah your time on stage is over.....go home.

    September 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. felix el gato

    The values expressed in the Bible are not the values expressed by the Republican Party.

    September 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. How it is

    It was "Go HOME" not "Go Rogue". Anyone who listens to that woman is even crazier than she is.

    September 22, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    I wish Princess Sarah would call Pepe LePieu – Guvnuh of Maine – and tell him who ghostwrites for her. Maybe he can work a deal, get "published" and go on a book tour like she did. Then he could resign and Maine would be spared a return to the early 19th century when men were white and wimmin knew their place.

    September 22, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. bill

    hey palin, how'd that "going rouge" thingy work out for your polictical career? You are as famous and relevant as snookie and honey boo boo. You betcha

    September 22, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Please self deport immediately Mitt

    Enough said.

    September 22, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. kmp

    Palin I think America is having it's come to Jesus moment right now, they are realizing that Romney and Ryan is a bad idea and are beginning to wisen up to that fact.

    September 22, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Sandy

    First, if the masses, like Palin says, are liberal, we can't all be wrong. Second 'going rogue" never got that she moron anywhere nor will it ever. Tthird Mitt doesn't listen to anyone except bank statements and those who advise where the unamerican can hide his money so as not to have to pay his fair share like the rest of us have to. He is the perfect example of what is good for the goose is not good enough for him (and his cronies).

    September 22, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. jp

    Palin is the last person anyone should take advice from. A "come to jesus moment"? Really? Jesus is not the answer or solution to any of our problems

    September 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. NoMitt

    Right – Big 10-4 Palin ... that REALLY worked-out well for you didn't it. If Mitt The Ripper and Scary Ryan were to do that they would ensure a massive Democratic WIN. Go for it Mitt !!! And if you think those names are inappropriate let me point out that Mitt bought companies and sold the pieces to the highest bidder which took many of those jobs off shore. He destroys jobs. And Ryan is all for a massive attack on the poor- and middle-classes, education, the environment, Medicare, Social Security and more. They both favor sending more (poor- and middle-class) Americans into more WAR. After all, the 98% are just poor trash meant to be used as economic and military cannon fodder. A vote for Mitt is a vote for the corporate takeover of the United States.

    September 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Doug

    A " Come to Jesus moment" What the hell ? So suddenly we will have this imaginary eye in the sky fix our problems.. Really ? I want someone who is real and works at the real problems, not someone who wastes the taxpayers time with nonsense.. This woman is the worst hypocrite I have ever seen.. She quits her job as governor after only a year and thinks she's the cats pajamas.. Well folks, she's a fool with snake oil !

    September 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. David

    President Obama NEVER said to not worry about the debt in the short term. He tried to pass a debt reduction plan with the Republicans, but the Republicans wanted to cut social security and not raise taxes on the very rich. President Obama thought that was unfair. And it is. Obama 2012

    September 22, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Disgusted

    Well, let'see, Palin's ticket lost in 08 and Gingrich lost to Mitt in the primaries. . . . . so that makes them uniquely qualified to dispense political campaign advice!! :)

    September 22, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Ronnie

    debt-ridden federal government ?And whom does Palin the quitter think got us to this point ? With the tax cuts for the rich and 2 outrageous wars ? They are called the Bush tax cuts for a reason !

    September 22, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Doug

    This is a woman who sleeps around and then screams I'm a virgin.. Go away Sarah.. We know people like you..

    September 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Frank in Pensacola, FL

    Actually if Romney and Ryan stop avoiding the truth they'll lose most of the votes they think are already theirs. That truth is the gigantic chunk of discretionary cuts that they've hidden in the GOP budget plan. When you track down where those deliberately disguised cuts are going to be applied, it's healthcare, the military, and a host of other programs that are going to severely hurt the GOP base.

    September 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. dorothy

    "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should 'go rogue"–Sarah Palin

    Yes, it worked well for her. That's how she came to be Vice President.

    September 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. charles_darwin

    The wackadoodle jesus freaks are out in full force.

    All of the previous losers giving advice to a future one.
    Gotta laugh at the absurdity of it all!

    September 22, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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