February 17th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Tea Partiers need to pick a party

Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.

Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.

(CNN) – Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin took a practical approach to this grassroots political movement Tuesday, telling Arkansas Republicans that Tea Party candidates will not win unless they join an established political party.

"Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party," Palin said at an Arkansas GOP fundraising event Tuesday, according to CBS News.

"Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they're going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: 'R' or 'D'."

The comments come 10 days after Palin addressed the so-called first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, where she praised the decentralized movement as consisting of "real people, not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals."

"America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this," Palin said at the Nashville speech.

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  1. Clark

    Palin needs to learn that most of the independents are that BECAUSE the two party system has devolved into a dysfunctional mess. D & R are why we are in a mess now and independents are needed that aren't entenched in pointless political dogma

    February 17, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Jim

    Doesn't that contrast with the purpose of the Tea Party? I thought they wanted to be independent?

    February 17, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. katiec

    Wow, Palin needs to start using her arm for her notes so she will not contradict herself so often.
    Bet her party of NOthing " friends" told her the Tea Party must represent them. That shows how stupid they all are.

    February 17, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Melissa Morse

    Real people, not politicos...the original founders of our country absolutely were politicos, not 'real people' (translated into low to middle class people). They were elite, wealthy, slave-owning power people. How can the polls show that a large number of Tea Partiers have a college education, when any decent education (even in elementary school) teaches who the original leaders of country really were?

    February 17, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Mickey

    No party except the domestic terrorist Republican party wants to be associated with these moonbats.

    February 17, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. maria

    "to, I guess, kind of start picking a party." Ahhh, Palin at her best.

    February 17, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Aaron

    I wish America could do away with the two-party system.

    February 17, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    This woman is a nut. She knows that she will not win anything. She is nothing but a trouble maker. She just stirs things up and sit back and collect all of the applause. You Tea Baggers better wake up. She is no good I tell you.

    February 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Sadie

    Who in their right mind would listen to a blithering idiot (Retard) Sarah Palin........she is cryiing again today about a cartoon on FOX that is making fun of her......and this is the Network that puts a fat check in her hand every week.......hummmmm.........maybe they have realized the mistake they made in hiring her and now they are trying to run her off........She made the biggest mistake in her life......if she wanted anyone to take her serious about her feelings on the use of the R word when she said it was OK for Limbaugh to use it in satire but no one else can use it.......can't have it both ways Palin either you are going to take a STAND that all people need to stop using the R word or we can all use it as Limbaugh did........What in God's Name will she do next.......putting her daughter out there to make her complaints known.......Wow real Presidental........

    February 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    They love Sarah Palin.Hahaha,these guys are just Horny old guys that just bought their first Harley at age sixty and are trying to relive their lost yute.hahahaha

    February 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Bill Tucker

    Oh give me a break with the "independents" nonsense.. None of these people are going to run as 'D' and everybody knows it. Tea Partiers are Republicans who are further right than mainstream Republicans, always have been. Anybody remember the Constitution Party? Same thing, same people.

    February 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. John

    Why doesn't Sarah Palin join the Tea Party? She would be a shoe-in for their Presidential candidate, she would draw all the rightwing ideologues from the Repbulican Party to the Tea Party so that the Republicans could once again become a party of reason, and she would surely get another great book deal so that when she loses the election she can quit the Tea Party and try something else.

    February 17, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Papasan

    Tea Party just paid her $100K for a crappy speech, now she turns around and stabs Tea Party in the back. Palin is pathetic beyond belief!
    Rack the cash in while you can lady, the 15 minutes of fame are just about over.

    February 17, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    How could any one follow a half wit person like Sara Palin the more I see of her and her remarks about interviews and remarks like about Family Guy it scares me to think that she was almost vice president this lady has a complex that requires medical help this thing with fox shows this lady has no place in government opinion .

    February 17, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Jim

    Read: "Please don't split the republican base"

    Palin just asked a movement, which professes the idea that average people can take back their government, to come back to the status quo. Ironic. I guess the Republican parties bosses stand to be victims of their own success: they got their fringe all fired-up, but now the "movement" is threatening to break its chain and run amok.

    February 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. bobby

    this woman doesnt know which way she is going she is a contradiction in terms in so many many ways

    February 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Nancy

    How can Palin lead a movement that she can't spell. People this lady is dumb and stupid. She just want the money and nothing more. Go home Sarah.

    February 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Yes, I say that they pick the option of making a new political party. There is something the country needs. I am being very serious that there needs to be more political choices for the voter. I don't like that it is just two parties here in this country.

    February 17, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. steven harnack

    "Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken?" That pretty much sums up Sarah right there. What in the hell is she saying? That makes no sense at all. Words just dribble out and land where they may. She is the real life Chauncy from the movie "Being There"!

    February 17, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Slider

    No, Sarah, they don't need to pick a party.

    They need to stay right where they are; keeping both parties guessing.

    February 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Tea partiers need to pick a party??!! That boat already left the dock. Support of these birth-baggers introduces a genetic selection on lack of intelligence - only chromosomally challenged [R]s and [R] wanna-bes could be deluded enough to associate themselves with something as pathetic as these tea partiers.

    February 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. cindy ex-republican

    Sarah Sarah Sarah, you are not Presidential Material, your are not leadeship material for anyone except those you can stir up to hate more and complain more. You are so worried about what people are saying about special needs Americans because of the hurt. BUT SARAH, do you not understand the hurt you are causing by keeping the hate going. Be a Christian, blessed be the peace maker, don't back bite and start ugly rumors. You could be the cause of one of these people doing something really wrong. If anyone gets hurt over these kind of rallies you speak at and where you and others promote more hate for the POTUS, I hope there is some law that would try you in court for being a party to the crime. Please go away! 71% of Americans can NOT be wrong!

    February 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. RN

    I still think that Sarah needs to think a bit more before she speaks. It is still gibberish.
    This country needs people who are willing to work together. and not try to be spoilers. The democrats did not stand up to obstruct Bush for his first 6 years. All we have heard from republicans in the past 12 months is opposition to everything Obama tries to do. The republicans told us for several years that if you oppose the war / Bush you are a traitor. So, are they traitors now that they oppose Obama? or are they just spoiled children throwing a tantrum to get their way?

    February 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. David

    A revolution of stupid, manipulated, anti government crazies who don't have a clue that if you don't pay taxes you eventually end up with anarchy.

    February 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    "Kind of start picking a party" per Palin. Palin needs to "kind of start picking a language" and "kind of start to learn how to make a sentence" unless she's "kind of speaking to 1st graders".

    February 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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