Palin apologizes for calling some Republicans 'wusses'
December 4th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin apologizes for calling some Republicans 'wusses'

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Monday night for describing some Congressional Republicans as "wusses" who are being "wobbly" on conservative principles in the fiscal cliff debate.

"Well I guess I shouldn't call politicians names, so I apologize for calling the wobbly ones wusses," Palin said on Fox News.

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Days earlier, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee cautioned on the same network that some Republicans were compromising too much in the deficit-reduction battle taking place in Washington.

Lawmakers face an end-of-the-year deadline to reach an agreement before a large amount of tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. Democrats and Republicans are at a virtual stalemate over whether to raise tax rates on the wealthy–a provision that many in the GOP are actively working to prevent.

"Republicans, don't get wobbly on us. Don't be wusses about this," she said Friday. "We just elected you as representatives of the people to get there in Washington, D.C. and rein it in."

To the federal government, Palin pleaded: "Become as irrelevant in our lives as possible, please."

The conservative firebrand later regretted her choice of words, saying the calling of names "distracts from the point that has to be made."

"The point is that we are a bankrupt country," she added. "There isn't enough money in the world to pay back the future generations that we have stolen from and foreign countries that we have borrowed from and, through quantitative easing, the money that has been printed out of thin air."

Palin, however, stood by her stance that the problem stems from President Barack Obama's leadership and she has urged Congress to "work around those failed ideas coming from the president."

Also on Friday, Palin insisted that because of the nation's increasing debt, the country "has already gone over the cliff."

"It's just a matter of how hard are we going to thump down there at the bottom of the cliff," she said.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    She's like a 5 year old. No wonder her political career is over.

    December 4, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    Never misses an opportunity to look like trash.

    December 4, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    OK I see..Palin only "apologies" when she insults REPUBLICANS!! She has never said she was sorry for all the names she has called the president or even the attacks on the first lady. Palin is far beyond yesterday's news and other than her FoxNews gig has no relevance what so ever.

    December 4, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. California Gary

    I'll never forgive John McCain for trying to put her a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    December 4, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Larry L

    Palin exemplifies the problems with the Republican base. You can't take complex problems and solve them with overly-simplified solutions. Our modern world is complicated and poorly-informed, under-educated, and immature leaders must not be called upon to lead us through the difficulties. Palin is physically attractive, outspoken and perky. Those are not the qualities required to serve in important leadership positions – but they are the only ones she offers.

    December 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. bb

    Slow news day?

    December 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Frank

    Why are people making an article about her? Is this even worth talking about? Why am I commenting here? Why did I even click here. My God!

    December 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. NameChi

    She is So Irrelevant, please just stop talking!!!

    December 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Expat American

    Sarah Palin is the biggest coward of them all – and to think the GOP hailed her as the Future Leader of their party at one time.

    I love how she claims she's tough enough to play in the major leagues; as long as a Nerf softball is pitched to her underhand; albeit left-handed by a blindfolded, right-handed 5 year old pitcher


    December 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Not here

    And the one time I agree with her, she goes an an apology tour...

    December 4, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. MrBeenThere

    She makes Mitt look like Presidential material................. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    December 4, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will be our next President in 2017. She will completely fix all the damage done by Obama, Bubba, Dubya, Papa Bush, Carter and even the Gipper. She will completely fix this country's economy and fiscal mess.

    December 4, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    Did this illiterate skank ever apologize for disrespecting the President???

    December 4, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Jonesy

    Sarah Palin is so far beyond even being irrelevant, it's surprising this "ticker" is not the headline article at Faux. Oh wait. It is. The stupid – it burns. Please God make it stop.

    December 4, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. AZ Girl

    Isn't this from the "wobbly wuuuse" who quit her job to make money? Yeàh like SHE is so concerned about the "Average Joe".

    December 4, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "Become as irrelevant in our lives as possible, please."

    After all, she's already achieved this for herself.

    December 4, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    And Repubs., how did we get "here" ? Tax Cuts for the Wealthy that didn't create jobs, somebody being asleep at the wheel on 9-11-01, 2 Wars- one Unnecessary & the other poorly planned, unpaid for Sr. Drug Program, politics of winning 50.1%, Terry Schivo. All courtesy of God's Political Party.

    December 4, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Act III: 2013 Tea Bag suicide march to the fiscal cliff

    Still relevant after quitting Governor of Alaska!

    Palin 2016, so she can quit and let the VPOTUS take over. No more of "Cheney wizard of oz" we want to see who is running it, they deserve the oval office.

    December 4, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. chilly g

    Sarah i think you are hot but i don't like your politics because im a democraft.

    December 4, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    I agree with one Facts Don't Lie, she apologizes to Republicans but not a word of apology for some of the nasty things she has said about the President and First Lady. What she should apologize for is thinking she is somehow relevant to the conversation. CNN why must you address everything she says – you give her credence and then folks like me can't help but comment. It's a vicious circle I tell ya!

    And this is why, for me at least, anything John McCain says is worthless. He foisted this woman on the American public. Urgggghh!!!!

    December 4, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. true dat

    would someone stick something in her mouth and shut her up? Instead of encouraging cooperation, she's picking fights!

    December 4, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And what have been her ideas to help people and reduce the debt? I don't see her as any more learned about the governmental situation than any time earlier. She has not shown to me that she is anything more than an ideologue who refuses to see the facts involved in this situation.

    December 4, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    It is apparent that "fair and balanced" Fox News has no aspirations to become a legitimate and credible news organization. By providing Palin with a polifical soap box to stand on, Fox News reaffirmed itself to be the media and propoganda wing of the GOP/Tea Party.

    December 4, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. william legge

    Way to go Governor Palin keep on bringing the truth, you are brave and wise and a great leader and inspiration. The truth sets free.

    December 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Sarah Palin is the biggest coward of them all – and to think the GOP hailed her as the Future Leader of their party at one time."

    Apparently she has quite a Facebook following. That's more than Mitt ever had. Which too makes her feel really smart also.

    "It's just a matter of how hard are we going to thump down there at the bottom of the cliff," she said."

    Sarah, honey. You've done "thumped" about as far down as you can go. Really. Please proceed on, though.

    December 4, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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