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. E1G1

    The only good news to come out of this wretched 2012 campaign is that after the election, NO ONE will give two drops in a tin bucket what Sarah Barraquitter has to say.

    September 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. ShingoEX

    She...really just said that, didn't she...?

    September 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. bob smith

    Who needs a whining and somewhat tacky first lady when you can have Michelle Obama to add some class to US politics?

    September 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Boss69

    Sarah Palin gives advice: hAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah *snort* hahahahahahahaha. *snicker* wow. Funny.

    September 22, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Kansan

    Yeah, take advice from the biggest political and intellectual failure of our era. Good call.

    September 22, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. larry banal

    2 cents is right...go all mavericky mitt...use a page from the sarah playbook cause it worked so well

    September 22, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. DrTom01

    Another piece of bad advice in a long history of bad advice from Sarah Palin.

    September 22, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    .......because I was also rogue, I lost, saying Russia is in my backyard. Be a rogue like me.

    September 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. joe

    You know things are bad when Sarah Palin starts offering you advice.

    September 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Romney should heed Palin's advice. Then he should hire Cris Christie as his personal trainer, Palin as his top policy aid and Tim Pawlenty as his charisma coach.

    Once elected, he should ask John McCain to choose his cabinet and other top personnel.

    September 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. asm_ith

    If Romney & Ryan actually take any advice given by Sarah Palin, they will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they do not deserve to get even 1 vote.

    September 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Henry

    I was just thinking to myself 'Romney has such a low approval ability rating, I seriously doubt if any recent politician running for office has had a lower one'. Then this article made me aware that it has happened before.

    September 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. doug

    Palin has more morals, values, integrity, and decency than every single Democrat in America today. That is why the lib hate comments are so funny.
    Palin was effective in showing every fair minded honest American that each Democrat is void of values and decency, that for a Democrat you are the enemy and you need to be punished if you don't support socialism. Obama even said so in his speech on Univision in the fall of 2010. No freedom, no American dream, just government dependence and censorship. that is what you support if you vote Obama, the most hateful man every to occupy the office of President.

    September 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Herman Munster

    This is the end...... my only friend...... the end.

    September 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Jose

    Republicans love stupid: too many Palins, and this will be their downfall.

    September 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. MrRickinNH

    Sarah... go have your jesus moment some where on the north slope and stay away from the lower 48!

    September 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Alicia

    LOL... or, just freeze like a deer in the headlights when asked pointed questions...(like Palin did because she was never prepared), just "go dumb".

    September 22, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. John

    Even though I can't stand her, I still want to sleep with her.

    September 22, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Is this The Onion web site?

    September 22, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. FloydZepp

    Mitt and Ann Antoinette are such a joke. Why did my sad little GOP become such a nutball-infested clown show?

    September 22, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. MagicPanties

    Yes, Mitt, please do listen to Palin and then Obama will win in another landslide.
    So funny.

    September 22, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. logan5

    Sarah who???
    Please don't tell me this woman is even trying to pretend she is still relevant in any way, shape, or form!!!

    September 22, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. John Blackadder

    What might be!
    Mitt drops out when the truth about his taxes surfaces amid a wave of revulsion. Paul moves to Presidential nominee, co-opts Sarah as running mate. Tina Fey has hysterics. Joe Biden can't crack jokes fast enough.
    Barack gets re-elected with a huge margin. Paul and Sarah make a fortune on the conservative lecture circuit. Mitt begins campaign to run Mormon Church.
    Sound like a soap?

    September 22, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. MagicPanties

    is every comment I make moderated?

    September 22, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Fizgig

    Fifteen minutes are long over. Please go back to Alaska.

    September 22, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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