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. wildernessyes

    Sarah who?

    September 22, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. bill

    Palin knows how to win presidential elections, therefore Romney cannot lose as long as he follows her advice.

    September 22, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Ken

    Unlike Ms. Palin, most Americans can, and do, read and are therefore aware of the state of the economy and know that our national security in better shape than under republican control. I don't think anyone shoud seek nor take Palin's advice on anything.

    September 22, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. jsokol1626

    "Come to Jesus" a curious phrase given that Palin and Mitt have different beliefs on this matter. It's pretty lear that Mitt went rogue months ago as he little in common with the vast majority.

    Interesting too, that Ms Romney seems to be derailing. Does she think that being president is easier than being a candidate?

    September 22, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. RainCityLady

    Oh, Sarah. Go back to the rock in Wasilla that you crawled out from, and quit assuming anyone cares about what you think. Neither you or John McCain have anything worthwhile to add to this campaign. You both exposed your ignorance and your lack of scruples in 2008.

    September 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. VoterJim

    When one lacks education and intelligence, the only option is to go rogue without saying anything with any substance.
    Unintelligent Sarah Palin tried everything from race to Russia thereby making herself a complete foo during the last electionsl.
    It's a sad time in American history when someone as shallow minded as Sarah Palin is given so much prominence.

    September 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Smeagel4T

    As an Obama supporter, I can assure Romney that he should do whatever Palins says.

    September 22, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Todd Palin

    Thats enough Sarah, now get in!

    September 22, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Gary in Tampa

    One clueless loser giving another one advice. Gotta love it.

    September 22, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Dick Wittington

    The "Go Rogue" oracle speaks.

    I wonder if once again she should be listening instead of speaking. Like to Ann Romney. "This is hard," she continued. "You want to try it? Get in the ring."

    Good advice to the less than a full term ex-governor.

    September 22, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. David Brooks

    it worked for Palin.......
    great advice Sarah

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Batdaddi

    Get back in the kitchen where u belong

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Duke

    Sarah – how well did that work out for you ? Not too well as you recall. It must me rough being a crazy lady.

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. himal

    I am wondering whether there is anyone who takes her advice seriously!

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. jsokol1626

    Which Jesus, Sarah, yours or Mitt's?

    Mitt went rogue months ago when he made it clear that he is very different than the majority of the electorate. Ms Romney seems to be derailing too. If she thinks campaigning is very hard does she believe life will get easier in the Oval Office?

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Duke

    Sarah – how well did that work out for you ? Not too well as you recall.

    September 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Ronald G. Kirchem

    Getting advice from Palin about politics is like getting advice from Dr. Kevorkian about prolonging your life.

    September 22, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Hillcrester

    Advice from Silly Sarah? Just what Oven Mittens doesn't need to ward off the heat generated by his incompetence.

    September 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. E

    Why is the GOP so juvenile? Some maturity would do the party well.

    September 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. carlos

    nice try to show her boobs, hehehehe

    September 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Bill The Cat

    Sarah spoke and i coughed up a hair ball.
    Aack.

    September 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. labman57

    Yep, Romney definitely should take the advice of the person who helped McCain lose in 2008.

    September 22, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Tony

    Romney has already gone rogue. He used his convention trying to endear himself to the public, but now he has decided to write off almost half of the population. It is not his job to worry about Obama supporters, those people who according to him don't pay income tax. Unfortunately for Romney, about 1/5 of the 47% of people who don't pay income tax are retired and elderly. If Republicans think that Romney is in trouble, wait until he loses the senior vote.

    September 22, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Jack in Florida

    What does he have to lose if he goes rogue?? More entertainment for the pundits!!!! Such great advice from such and informed individual......look where rogue got her!!!

    September 22, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. dingobully

    Maybe her own dysfunctional family should come to Jesus. "Break through the Liberal media." LOL What decade does she live in. What year is it? OK maybe the Huffington Post is the only website that comes in on her helicopter. That must be it.

    September 22, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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