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. NoMitt

    Why does anyone pay any attention whatsoever to that insane wannabe neverwas hag? She represents the worst in Americans.

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

    If there's one person Romney would be best advised NOT to take advice from, it would be Sarah Palin...

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Bert in UT

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

    Yes, and Chaney told us "Deficits don't matter." So I guess Obama just wasn't cavalier enough.

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Mike

    Newt and Sarah giving advice to Flip Robme and Lyin Ryan, that ought to work out well. Maybe they can get Dubya to pitch in with some advice as well? Of course Ann is already telling us servants to stop it and just feel lucky that we have the opportunity to vote for Mittens. It is time for all us moochers to show up in force at the polls and show these clowns exactly what we think of their lies and distortions.

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. mestiza

    A huge advice for Romney for another Loser ! Hey Sarah PaIin I can see afghanistan from my backyard!

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Dave

    Nothing like advice from the biggest loser in the last several decades of American politics.

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Sueb

    Because taking Sarah Palin's advice is the ONLY stupid thing Romney hasn't done yet.

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Jim Doyle

    Oh yeah, "Come to Jesus" with the biggest war machine in the history of the world, "come to Jesus" by throwing the poor out in the streets to fend for themselves, "come to Jesus" by lying every time you open your mouth. Oh, and by the way Ms. Palin, how's that going rogue thingy working out for ya! Pretty well, I guess, if you work for Faux News....

    September 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. w5cdt

    Billiant advice Sarah....we can see how well it worked for you.

    September 22, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Ramrod

    The blind trying to lead the deaf. Or is it the other way around?

    September 22, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. dorothy

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

    By that, she means, unbutton your shirt and stick out your chest.

    September 22, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. qw21

    My words of wisdom to Palin: Go Commando.

    September 22, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. eatlogic

    Palin is fking joke and its pathetic that people actually pay to listen to her

    September 22, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Freelance

    She is looking hot and perky.

    September 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Freelance

    She looks hot

    September 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Dennis Noble

    The only reason is a mess is because of a Repubulicans don't do anything in Congress and Senate. No respect for the man in office of the President.Now they want to pick on our parents who are low income. Send more jobs to China, India. Why don't you get medical insurance just like us...

    September 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. PeterGator

    Advice from Sarah Palin ? When did she last win an election ? She had about 120,000 votes when she became the Governor of Alaska, in many cities that would be a losing number for a mayoral candidate.

    September 22, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Think Defy Unite

    Romney advises Palin, "go away!"

    September 22, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. BHPT

    There ya go, Mitt! Some advice from Failin' Palin! More help from fellow republicans -

    September 22, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Jade77

    I don't like to call people names. It's so 4th grade. But, I do not care for Sarah Palin's ways. She erks me no know end!

    September 22, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. HortonsEgg

    Hey Sarah- Which newspaper did you say you liked to read? Was it "Any of them, all of them?" I've been keeping my eyes peeled for that paper for four years now. Is it a local paper? Is it the Wasilla Any of Them All of Them?

    Maybe you were confused, and it was really the 'None of Them." The Anchorage None of Them.

    September 22, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. zometimer

    Palin, who wasnt even able to complete her term. The "almost gov". LOL!

    September 22, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Michael

    Yeah, call the President a terrorist sympathiser, socialist, marxist, alien, unAmerican, unpatriotic, not a Christian, Muslim, and welfare President, that will get you what Sarah Palin got, a job on FOXNEWS! oops she got fired! Well, a job in the "PEANUT GALLERY" WHERE SHE, ROBME AND LYIN RYAN BELONGS!

    September 22, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. jl9830

    You know your campaign is in trouble when Sarah Palin is offering you advice.

    September 22, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Pat

    ? How did that work out for you irrelevant Sarah?

    September 22, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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