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. calvin

    Advise from Newgt & Sarah!!!! Better off getting advice from Barbie or GI JOE!!!

    September 22, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. abbydelabbey

    That's right, Mittens. Listen to the advice of that loser Palin - sigh - the GOP has descended into madness....

    September 22, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. TheTraveler

    Yep, we saw how successful "going rogue" for Sarah. Well, she did get a book, a movie and a reality series out of the deal ... But then again, so did Paris Hilton.

    September 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. john west

    Yeah! Go rogue Romney, it sure worked for Sarah.

    September 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Emmittkitty

    This is too rich....A washed up, shunned by her own party Palin telling Romney what to do....Romney looks like the pee wee league kid receiving instructions from his parent. And, Cain announcing he would be doing better if he were the candidate. Anyone else get the feeling Romney's ship sinking? lol

    September 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Reasonably

    Palin is so funny! She's comedy through and through. Yes, Mitt – take advice from Palin and you too can see Russia from your four houses. Then your unwed daughters can get knocked up, break up and end up on Dancing with the Stars!

    September 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Ann

    What does she know?

    September 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Yeah, you should definitely follow Palin's advice Mitt because look how successful her political career has been!

    September 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. LIberal

    This stupid piece of human waste needs to grow a brain. Her advice is you alienated and polarized half the nation against you, go ahead and do the same to the 10% that might vote for you. Hell, turn half your party against you. Idiotic advice from a failed candidate you couldn't even finish her term. What an airhead.

    September 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. gar

    Sarah Palin is just another idiotic voice of the far right, reactionary wing of the Republican Party. She was a total failure as a candidate for VP and as Governor of Alaska, although Romney doesn't seem to need her advice to fail on his own. He will soon join Palin in the ranks of the "unemployed". Didn't Romney claim to be unemployed about a year ago when talking to a group of ordinary citizens? .

    September 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Reasonably

    Hi Sarah. Your relevancy has passed. Signed, The World.

    September 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. kathyjoe1

    Yeah......how did that work for you, SP? I would advise Mitt to take your advise....Oh, wait.....he already did, that's what got him in the trouble he's in.

    September 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Klaark

    When Newt and Palin think they can offer you advice, how doomed are you? I hope a lot of Republicans sunk a lot of their money into Mitt's campaign. Maybe in four years they can just flush it down the toilet instead.

    September 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. bob smith

    Just what Romney needs when he's doing such a magnificent job of losing an election......advice from this ridiculous woman who also proved herself unelectable in a presidential campaign. What possessed whoever it was to choose her as a running mate?

    September 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Reality

    Hey, the Romney's are out to purchase the Presidency fair and square. We need to let them be.

    September 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. RJ Logz

    "Obama's motto seems to be, 'Let the good times roll in my day. The kids can deal with the catastrophic bankruptcy in theirs,'

    To counter that quote by Palin, it seems that the GOP way of thinking is to 'ignore the real issues with sustainable growth, sustainable energy and environmental issues for our country and even the world just so we can get to a balanced budget all the sooner'.
    I've been in debt my entire adult life, it seems that is the American Dream. Why don't we concentrate on maximizing exports, taxing imports more heavily and putting more American Flag stickers on goods sold throughout the world. To me that would solve a lot of our issues.

    September 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. TM

    That whole "goin' rouge" nonsense might be worth listening to if Palin had WON. Nobody takes advice from losers or QUITTERS.

    September 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Julescator

    It's rare that a person who lost would advise someone to do the same thing. It would be prudent for Palin to say "whatever you do – don't go rogue because it did not help". Strange party.

    September 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. ufadoof

    More evidence that republicans want a theocratic government.

    September 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. DoubleW

    Yeah, i'd tell Mitt to "go rogue" also. The Teapublicans would be sunk without a trace.

    September 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Chrystal

    The last person that needs to be giving anyone advice on how to win a debate or election for that matter is Sarah Palin!

    September 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. garypaul54

    Sarah Palin giving advice,LOL will we ever be rid of this fool?

    September 22, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. PAUL

    Sarah Palin Wan'ts Governor Romney To Go Rouge Down The Back oh Her Throat 100%

    September 22, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Noel Freedman

    Sarah Palin, should publish GOING ROGUE in Paperback; so it would fit spindles housed in toilet paper dispensers.

    September 22, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Jonson brats

    Didn't Sp lose in 2008? Why would anyone listen to her or Newt. Neither one spoke at the convention.........

    September 22, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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