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. Anonymous

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

    September 22, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Art

    Your 15 minutes of fame were over a couple of years ago Sarah. Just shut up and sit down now.

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. MM

    Who is this Sarah Palin? I thought we didn't have to hear from her anymore.... :)

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

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

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. ohreally

    @ Bob, Ann is right. We the Democrats are very lucky to have Mitt running for us.

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    that's right Simple Sarah. Associate yourself with Flip. If he doesn't do anything but run as fast as he can away from you he is dumber than I thought. You are toxic

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Machipongo John

    That's flak, not flack. Taking flak means being shot at. Taking flack means taking somebody's public relations, whatever that might mean.

    September 22, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. markiejoe

    Palin's advice: "Go rogue, Mitt."

    Yeah, because it worked so well for you, half-term governor and failed VP candidate.

    September 22, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. marie822

    Yes Mittens take advise from the loser governor... Go Rouge..

    September 22, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Sue

    My advice? Don't take advice from Sarah Palin.

    September 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. From Ohio

    Nothing Mitt the TWITT and QUEEN Ann could say will change my vote. These people are soooooo out of touch with the working Tax Paying class......Sarah Palin is not even worth commenting about....clueless B!@&H that she is.

    September 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. samrussell7@gmail.com

    Of course she uses this moment to plug what she is selling; a load of selfish nothing. I disagree with Palin. Romney aka Mittens is being very tough . Tough on Women, Gays,The British, Vets,47%, Non-Profits, and anyone on Welfare. Well Done

    September 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. marie822

    Yes Mitty take advise from the loser governor. Go Rogue and let's see what it get's you.

    September 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. gray

    Listen to Palin.. She can do much for the "Democratic" party... lol

    September 22, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. RM

    Mr. Romney, there's only one way correct way to respond to Sarah Palin's advice – do the opposite.

    September 22, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. boattown

    Sarah who?

    September 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Sparky

    Having Palin root for you is like getting a get well card from a Tobacco company when you are dying from lung cancer...

    September 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Hadenuffyet

    I firmly agree . Take advice from all these losers....lol

    September 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Patriot

    Four years ago we were all witnesses to history when Obama was elected President.
    Now we are witnessing history again as the Republican Party implodes. We may never see a Republican elected to high office ever again.
    Historians will trace the Party's slide into oblivion to Sarah Palin; she represents the transformation from intelligent conservatism to ignorant, simple mind, pandering to the worst elements of American society.

    September 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Linden Atrocity

    I think Mitt already went "Rogue". Which is why he can't keep his foot out of his mouth.

    September 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. sandy

    yup...go rougue alright. Tell the people the truth it was republicans who got us into the mess we are in. Takes time to get straight. Congress has not helped us in 4 years just to get the president out. Not the president, is CONGRESS who are republicans...yup...that is why this long recession...now tell the truth Mitt!!!

    September 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Indie54

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    Every time Wounded Warriors collect Veteran’s Disability, that’s Redistribution!

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    Under Tricky Mitt Romney:

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    Vote in Nov!
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    Lyin’ Ryan Had to Show U 10 yrs of Tax Fillings!

    September 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. BD WELLS

    Its not Queen Anntoinette. Its Princess Dancing Horse!

    September 22, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Indie54

    Pew Research Just Released This Poll:
    At this stage in the campaign, Barack Obama is in a strong position compared with past victorious presidential candidates.
    With an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters, Obama holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates who went on to win in November, including Obama four years ago.
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    Tricky Mitt Show US Your Papers!
    ¡Muéstrenoslos!
    Lyin’ Ryan Had to Show U 10 yrs of Tax Fillings!

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Bootstomper

    Get out and vote America. Obama Biden 2012!

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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