Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'
September 22nd, 2012
11:48 AM ET
6 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. Lugan

    To think, 4 years ago the party chose Sarah instead of Mitt.....tells you all you need to know.

    September 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Mike

    lol thats funny a fool giving an idiot advice

    September 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Brian from DC

    Wait a this the same Sarah Palin who sunk the 2008 GOP Presidential race and couldn't get an invite to the Republican convention in August? Yes, Mitt, be sure to take her advice.

    September 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Lee Oates

    The idiots are coming out of the woodwork.

    September 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. John Summers

    Oh come on.. why are you people listening to this nut case... This is just another attempt by her to get publicity. Or maybe she will get someone to load a gun and aim it for her at a deer so she can shoot it instead of a moose. The point is.. everyone did everything for her, she is no hunter. She is a failure. She didn't even finish out her term in office. The one that she swore to when she took office. She said stuff on the Libyans as well.. does she even know where it is. Russia was her neighbor the rear. Maybe Libya is her neighbor to the south. Maybe we should ask her.. and see her embarrass herself again. Stop covering this idiot. Her time to shine is over.. She had the opportunity and becuase of her it helped loose the election for McCain.. She failed.. stop giving her more chances

    September 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Phil

    uh............I think I'd look up the defination of "rogue" 1st before going that way

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. John

    Sarah Palin, that name is familiar but cann't remember why. Maybe because I am one of the 47% moochers that are drawing social security as a results of working for 50 years. While I do pay some income taxes, I do pay a higher rate than Mr. Romney.

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. wondering999

    I love leap years. If it wasn't for politics, I don't think I'd have any entertainment at all.

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Advice to Romney: Never take advice from a loser like Palin, especially from someone who is from the extreme fringe element of the party.

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Canadian Jim

    First Mitt's getting advice from Gingrich, now from Palin. New Republican strategy, follow the advice of losers. What a train wreck. The cause of the train wreck, sorry to say Mrs. Romney, are the things your husband says and does. We're still waiting for 10 years of income tax returns to see what Mitt has been hiding from the Public eye. If you're rich as king midas, no one really cares, and no one would have noticed, until Mr. Romney decided he wanted the top job in America. Now your life and how you got there are of public interest. Because the 2nd best indicator of how someone will perfrom in the future, is how they performed in the past. THe best indicator is how they're performing in the present, and that, as I said is a train wreck. If anyone else has caused a disaster by opening their mouths, the Romney/Ryan campaign is soliciting advice. Winners need not apply.

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Mary

    Energy is “going to be a big issue” in the campaigns, he predicts, “because the economy is the issue.

    “This is referendum on what Barack Obama has done and not done. A lot of people believe that the EPA is the reason that we’ve lost so many jobs, particularly with coal-fired plants and coal mines. This week, 1,200 jobs, but that’s been going on all over the country and it’s not just with the miners, it’s with the coal plants — 200 coal plants are being forced to close because of EPA regulations. That’s thousands of jobs.

    “More than that, it’s a huge amount of electricity in this country. It’s 31 gigawatts. Now 31 gigawatts sounds like a number out of a movie but it really means something — 43 states produce less than 31 gigawatts. It would be like shutting off all of the electricity in the state of Ohio.

    “We just don’t have that excess capacity in this country but the EPA continues to have regulations that cause the coal mines to shut and power plants to shut.

    “On a personal basis — I live in that part of the world — I know what it does to local communities when you lose the school tax, when you lose the contributions that these companies make to the local communities. I also know what it means to the individuals who can’t pay their mortgages, who can’t buy that house, who can’t send their children to the school that they want to send them to. This is very real and it’s a big part of America.”

    September 22, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. jon

    yeah mittens... listen to sarah... after all, it worked out so well for her... as an aside... she really needs to button up a bit further... i can't decide if she needs an image consultant or a plastic surgeon...

    September 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Lmb

    I seriously doubt Romney or Ryan are interested in any advice from a woman that is so lacking in political intelligence. "Generations of American children are counting on them." Perhaps her children would have been better off if they could have counted on their mother.

    September 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. ponygirl

    Sarah – Mitt doesn't need advice on how to go from being a poor small-town hick to a rich small-town hick. He already has money. Of course you couldn't be giving advice to him on how to win an election, after being the person who single-handedly caused McCain to lose a presidential election.

    September 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. gd

    Where is Palin, was she invited to their convention. So yes Ryan listen to Palin and we will be rid of you also in a couple of years you 6% body fat in the head freak.

    September 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. CTYank

    Note to Sarah: your lack of education is showing. You could focus on remedying that.

    About Mitt: the truth will out. Incompetent. Fuzzy (not the warm kind.) Arrogant.

    September 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. ain'tnoquitter

    Yes Rmoney you should take the advice of the quitter.

    Speaking of, "How's that Hatey Feary thing working out for ya?"

    September 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Jeffy1091

    I love it when losers like Palin, Gingrich, Cain and Santorum decide they know better than Romney on how he should manage his campaign! I think Mitt's running it perfectly (right into the ground)! Can't wait until 2016 when the loser Mitt joins their ranks and decides to tell the next GOP nominee how he/she should run their campaign!

    September 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Matt

    Wait! Isn't that the name of her book! Wow! I need to go buy a copy to see what that means. Please stop helping this person continue her brand. Then maybe we can finally rid ourselves of this self promoter.

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. dos

    Sarah Palin... seriously. The Republican airhead syphoning money from the poor and ignorant for now 2+ years.

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. stephen

    Why is it that when Palin spills out anything from her brain that the rest of our brains shrink?

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Bob W

    As a liberal leaning independent voter, I strongly encourage Mitt to follow the instructions of the Republican party's wise and successful leader the honerable former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Sarah, the giant of the far right's intellectual think tank. They would do well to paid heed to her true and tested leadership ideals.

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Jim

    What has happened to the Republican Party? Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and old white men without new ideas who just want to keep their jobs. By 2016 the Republican Party will not be having any parties.

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Michael

    Wow.. this is the first I've heard from Palin in a long while. Apparently, she still thinks she's relevant. Sadly, the people reporting this seem to agree. Also, Palin has never gone rogue a day in her life... I don't think that phrase means what she thinks it means.

    September 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Clint, Wa.

    Sarah says to go rogue, I say to Sarah, GO AWAY!!

    September 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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