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. GinaD

    I prefer to not listen to QUITTERS... Crazy woman why in the world anyone gives her any credence...And I would love to better understand where the "liberal media" is. What about FOX news is liberal? Even MSNBC isn't as liberal as Fox News is conservative. I miss Tim Russert.

    September 22, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. nintex

    Ann Romney thinks it's hard now? Poor Ann! How would she do if her husband (God forbid) were elected to office? You think President Obama has had an easy four years with the Republicans yapping at his every move and making sure he doesn't get anything passed? Poor Ann! You can't just stay "Stop it!" and make it happen.

    September 22, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Break the corruption

    i'm with bob. and violet, and sensible joe. there's no like button. tuck that chest back in and suck it up...unless they plant a judge or something, they're history. nobody wants the republicans...not even the republicans. might as well save your money.

    September 22, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. City Girl

    Hey Sarah – Jesus is love - not hate!!! Your 15 minutes was over a long time ago.

    September 22, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. palin as romney's campaign manager

    Hey Romney, time to bring Sarah in as your campaign manager. Us Democrats would be thrilled. Go Rogue Romney, Go Rogue.

    September 22, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Mikey

    When Mitt hears "Go Rogue", he probably thinks it means he should rent a pirate costume.

    September 22, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Duke

    Sarah – try to remember how well that worked out for you. Not too well as you recall.

    September 22, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Bobby Sa

    Word of advice Mitt: Don't take any advice from Palin because you will be even more out of touch with the people. It sounds like she's still pushing her book so she could make more money.

    September 22, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Bill

    What Palin continually fails to realize–or acknowledge–is that it is not the "liberal media filter–that the GOP keeps running into. It is their consistent attacks on the American people both left and right.

    In Sarah's eyes, the GOP's inability to communicate equals "Liberal Media Bias."

    Wish she'd go back to moose hunting. (I'm not worried about her actually killing any moose. She's as bad a moose hunter as she is a politician.)

    September 22, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Argyle

    Go rogue – Lol, what a mental midget.

    September 22, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. classybusiness

    Remember the days when being a rouge was a bad thing? Now the GOP thinks it's something to aspire to.

    September 22, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Sarah Palin is sooooo yesterday....and Ann Romney is fast becoming the same....They should both just shut up and disappear! Neither is relevant now or in the future!!!!!!

    September 22, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Oktogo77

    Uh, worked so well for her.

    September 22, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. RonC

    Agree with Joe's note!! If I were a candidate I would rather have someone who doesn't quit her Job and can only speak to Faux News and even then she has to have the answers given to her before going on the air.

    September 22, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. chupacabra

    yes..sure mitt....go rouge...he he he.

    September 22, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Name James

    I hope ROMNEY is smart enough not to listen to Palin, someone who had her chance and where is she now? Trying to give advice when it didn't help her. She should be the last one giving advice. She can't get over the fact, SHE LOSS. If she was to listen to herself, she would understand that we are not stupid and don't think you can take us for granted. We know who screwed up the economy, George Bush. I listen to the Republican's speak and really wonder if all of them have bumped their heads on something because they all sound the same, like a half full glass of water and evaporating and getting less and less each day.

    September 22, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. david

    Hey Mitt, You won't get elected by talking logic or common sense in this country. Look what it did for McCain.
    If you want to get elected in the U.S. you had better get going and promise to deliver some free stuff. A free car (ask Betty Sutton about that) would be nice...could always use some free money...send me a check...How about some free health care or some free food or maybe free college for our kids (the kids angle usually works pretty good). Good luck.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. James D

    I just read this story for a laugh. I'm glad Palin never dissapoints.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    yes, take advice from sarah palin - someone that can barely put together a coherent sentence.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. KaosinBloom

    Keep your Jesus, guns and face out of the media Sarah, no one cares what you have to say, and I would wager most rational thinkers find you offensive and degrading to America and society as a whole.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. jb1963

    She went rouge and lost so I hope he does go rouge. He is an empty suit and Ryan is a hollow shell.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. ohreally

    Yea, going rogue worked out so well for you Sarah.

    September 22, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Pilgrim1

    Yes Please Mitt! Go Rogue! It worked so well for Sarah, and will be much appreciated by us Dems!

    September 22, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Patriot

    Sara who? Oh yes, I remember, she's one of those strange new conservatives who helped destroy the G.O.P.

    September 22, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Andree McLeod

    Coming Sunday

    Palin next advises Romney and Ryan to QUIT!


    September 22, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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