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. Steve

    Sarah go get a life. The Rogue River is in Oregon you fool. This woman likes to hear herself- she ought to consider shower singing lessons. As for your man Mitt, we underlings in the 47% have had enough of King Mitt and intend to toss him our in November. You might want to do the same because he thinks you are in our 47% an if you aren't yet, you soon will be when you get dumped for the next RWI (right wing icon). They've been a dime a dozen for years.

    September 22, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. 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 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. herrick9

    Nice to see the half-term governor lending her considerable presidential expertise on the subject.

    September 22, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Bumpus

    Sarah do you always 'squeal baby squeal'?

    September 22, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. wendy

    Wow...how original...what are you a 1 trick pony? How about add some specifics to go rogue....haven't learned anyhing in 4 years....that's just what Mitt should do, take advice from a quitter and the loser

    September 22, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Mike Buck

    Mitt; Please, Please follow Sarah's advice. That way you too can get a job as spokesperson for the Theocracy Empire of America (TEA) Party on FOX NEWS with Sean Insannity and have your children on Dancing With The Stars. Apparently that is what going "Rogue" is defined as in "Sarah's world.

    September 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Vern

    Boy, there's some good advice! Do what the last loser did! That'll teach them!

    Why does ANYONE gives a ditz like Sarah Palin any coverage, besides the obvious comedic value it brings us?

    September 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. K

    Sarah Palin needs to go home.

    September 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. gramma nance

    Now Mitt can be SURE that no one (in their right mind) will be listening to ANYTHING he has to say-now that Palin has put in her 2 cents worth! Why can't she just SHUT UP? Maybe she's hoping for a job..like Secretary of State? OMG...just shoot me!

    September 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Armand Winter

    Yeah! Get Crazy!!!

    September 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Palin this not a FOX news platform and "go rogue" mean tell lies to win the election

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. macbil

    This is all Romney needs right now...advice from Sarah Palin. With friends like that (and Peggy Noonan, David Frum, Mark Salter, George Will, John Huntsman, Scott Brown, Linda McMahon, and all the other Republicans who are distancing themselves from him) who needs enemies.

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. world

    Yea... Advice from Palin.....That should do it....

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Armand Winter

    @bob That was the "chattering CLASS" its all about class warfare for the Romneys

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. ccw

    a 'come to Jesus' moment...really? and how much of the electorate did Palin just alienate? Hey GOP, FYI, not everybody in this country is Christian...

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. steven harnack

    "Generations of American children" will do the same thing that generations of American children have done before them, and that is deal with the world the way it is when they are in the position to do so. I thought that conservatives were against generations that expected everything to be handed to them?

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Tom

    Sarah Palin thinks Romney and Ryan need to convey a "come to Jesus moment?" Personally, I think Sarah Palin needs a "go to hell" moment.

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Leftcoastrocky

    By "going rogue", I assume Sarah was suggesting that Mitt shave his head, get a couple of tattoos (I suggest a large American eagle and an American flag), lose the suit and wear a black leather jacket, and use saltier language.

    September 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. pat carr

    we don't need a rogue, we need a leader. we have one: Obama. Since we all don't believe in Jesus also, we don't need a Come to Jesus Moment

    September 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. penny wright

    McCain looked at Romney's tax returns and decided that Palin was a better candidate.

    September 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. An objective observer

    What is this "woman" still around!.... She must be delusional... to think anyone would listen to her but then again most American do not know what's going on out side of their own state and only go on "hearsay". So vote Romney and get the Government you deserve... he certainly is not thinking of you .. just imagine a "puppet" President who will have to repay all his wealthy donors.. You think you are in trouble now... wait until Nov. 7th 2012 ( Nov 6th is the election)

    September 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Eddie The Barber

    Hey Sarah ought-a-know Mitt!

    She was the rouge who teamed up with the maverick and you see where that got 'em. Good idea to take the advice of two loosers (Gingrich & Palin) Mitt and that will take you to where you're headed anyway (just another looser) but just a lot bit faster.

    September 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. carlos

    very very trashy....all of the CONS and REPUBICS

    September 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. nru

    follow Sarah's advice – we all know how that turns out

    September 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Newtonslaw

    Sarah? Really? This is who Robme and Lyin are listening to now? Ann has had enough of "those people" already? Time to fold the tent boys, looks like a big rain comin'. Somethin in the wind smells like defeet. Better get to movin' out while the gettins' good. Should have never listened to those fancy pants FOX people and the money boys. Looks like we had it wrong, all along. Yee Haa, Hi Ho Silver, let's go,Tonto the crowd is turning ugly.

    September 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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