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. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    Yeah, that's just what the US needs, a rogue President. We have enough problems with rogue nations as it is-going rogue ourselves will do nothing to help.

    September 22, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    Translated........"look at me, look at me"!!!!!!!!!! And yes, I looked. Hate it when I do that!

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Anno

    Ann Romney need to wait from her fantasy dream, We are lucky to have Mitt Romney to have Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate? LOL, Funny. She is looking thru the eyes of a pampered wife, not voters.

    It is becoming a nightmare, first picking Paul Ryan, that disdain for 47%. I have never taken a single penny from the government, I will probably when I reach 65, SS and medicare. Unless you are ultra rich, we are all going to take something from the government when we retire, but most people paid for it. So excuse me Mr. Romney, no have no right to call those people who paid to the system victims.

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. mobydick1

    This time she happens to be right. I would not have chose "come to Jesus", but her advice is sound, in my opinion. Obama and his cronies need to be called out constantly about the real effects of their failed economic policies (and their foreign policies.)

    The USA would benefit greatly from a one-term Obama presidency.

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Anno

    Ann Romney need to wake up from her fantasy dream, We are lucky to have Mitt Romney to have Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate? LOL, Funny. She is looking thru the eyes of a pampered wife, not voters.

    It is becoming a nightmare, first picking Paul Ryan, that disdain for 47%. I have never taken a single penny from the government, I will probably when I reach 65, SS and medicare. Unless you are ultra rich, we are all going to take something from the government when we retire, but most people paid for it. So excuse me Mr. Romney, no have no right to call those people who paid to the system victims.

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Adam

    I highly recommend to the Romney campaign to do whatever Sarah Palin suggests. In fact, maybe go out of your way to be exactly like her. Trust me it'll work....

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Don Thinso

    How did we get to this point of deficit?

    "Reagan Proved deficits don't matter" – Dick Cheney

    "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." – Sorry Sarah Palin

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Mary72

    If Romney is getting advice from Sarah Palin, he must be in real doldrums. LOL. Remember "Blind leading the blind"?

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Jock Catchaball

    Prosytoot – bad.
    Media ho – good ?

    September 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. SafeJourney

    Palin is the laughing stock of the GOP. I am sooooooooo sure Mitt is going to listen to you,

    September 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. maf

    Come to Jesus moment???? Who is the divisive party in this election??? Separation of Church and State!!!
    Going ROGUE will do nothing for America on an international stage. Foreign policy does not need a bull in the china shop (no pun intended)! This is truly an election about what matters more to you, people or money! Yes, money is important, but if there are no people to share the wealth, all you have is money and it's not worth very much!!!

    Good night Sarah, your time has come and gone!

    September 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. J-Pap

    Come to Jesus moment? Going Rogue? Go back to the backcountry Sarah.

    We need less Jesus and more working together.

    September 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. SA

    Yes, Mitt, please take Sarah's advice and do what she did. Go...

    September 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Good job republicants

    Dear Sarah,

    Going rogue almost worked for you; ALMOST, because your personality fit the style. However, you and Romney are like day and night. Although you got rich in the past few years on McCain's account (yes, he did you a favor), Romney was born and raised ultra rich and you did not. In conclusion, Ronmey just DO NOT see the world as you've seen it from your window. You see Russia from your kitchen window. He sees the peasents down below from the window of his private jet.

    September 22, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. dee

    "going rogue" = bone up your basic geography...something Palin couldn't handle

    September 22, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. 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 this. OK maybe the Huffington Post is the only website that comes in on her helicopter. That could be it.

    September 22, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. AndyMoon

    Why the media even mentions $arah anymore is beyond me; she's a nitwit....

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. jnpa

    Everyone "loves" Sarah...the "half governor".

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Adam Wilder

    Who is the Palin chick anyway?

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. HuPhartNgau

    Just what they need – advice from a leaker... Uber-conservatism is what's chasing off some potential Romney voters now. Anymore of, "... it's not my job to worry about those people", and he'll alienate the fence sitters he hasn't already pushed off the top rail, and into the pig sty.

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Ram Riva

    yes Romney should follow Palin's advice....go rogue...he's going to ask his help, what's that???....is it an European treat I am not aware off??....this should be decided sooner than expected.....Obama 313 electoral votes....make your bets...

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. jyves95

    So, this is teh Republican program. Calling Jesus for help...

    September 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Eric

    we all know how going rouge went last election. So go rouge Romney were dying for you to

    September 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. John

    If Mitt Romney listen to Saran Palin ,than he will end up like John McCain and LOSE.

    September 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Cheo

    Sarah Palin should get a job at a produce stand...beating the fruit with a wet towel!!!!...That's about the only thing that her brain is capable of doing!!!

    September 22, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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