October 18th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN's New Palin Interview

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Sarah Palin said she doesn't think the Tea Party will split the Republican Party but noted the GOP would be "through" if it strays from its core values.

"I think the machine within the GOP will realize the 'we the people' within message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard core conservatives because it's so full of common sense," Sarah Palin said, adding: "And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message if so, the GOP is through."

Palin said if the Tea Party continues to tout "free market principles," the movement will have no problem attracting independent voters.

She called on members to "apply time tested truths" and prove they work.

Palin also responded to critics who say she is divisive.

"They're going to say what they're going to say," Palin said. "If I spend all my time just answering the critics I might as well close up shop and do nothing else."

Filed under: 2010 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. carrie

    Listening to her today was like watching a SNL skit, she was screeching and saying nothing , no ideas , no solutions only that "we the people " are taking our country back . I am also "we the people" Sarah and I do not buy whatever it is you are selling , you are like an ole time fish oil salesman. Some buy it but most will not!

    October 18, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. weequahic68

    I am a college grad and businessman of 30 years.. I don't know about you..... but when I vote for a politician, I want someone smarter than me......not these looney's being thrown at us by the tea party that are lucky to graduate from high school and maybe a 10 year trip through 6 colleges for one degree. Since when is it OK to be lead by non educated except maybe 150 years ago when there were few colleges.

    October 18, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. mary225

    The stated mission of the Tea Party is to dismantle our government. The TP followers are unwittingly becoming domestic terrorists, and they can take down our government faster than BinLaden ever could have dreamed of doing. He must be laughing his head off at the Tea Party, and he will send them a fruit platter as a thank you gift!!! But to us real, patriotic, true Americans, the Tea Partiers are no laughing matter....just dangerous, woefully misguided faux "patriots" who, if given the chance, would recreate and reform our beautiful democracy to suit their agenda.

    October 18, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Rick

    Please CNN, don't ask her what she reads on a daily basis. We know it's nothing, so don't waste your breath.

    October 18, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Ken, AZ

    "And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track....". The only time tested truths that we have seem that work are the ones Bill Clinton employed to put the economy back on track in the 90's. None of the GOP policies have ever worked, including Reagan's, their hero. Google it and see for yourself.

    October 18, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Probama in Paradise

    She said what? the words coming out of her mouth make no sense whatsoever..

    October 18, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Palin isn't ready to return to Alaska until she's squeezed every nickle out of her new-found fame. She's a shameless gold-digger and until CNN stops giving her press time, she continues to rake in the dollars and publicity. If one uses her standards for running for the highest political office in the U.S., Paris Hilton could win.

    October 18, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Why wait, GOP is dead already. I believe in anyone that is sane, rational, trutheful, has morals, integrety..... Thats the opposite of the GOP. Show some of that and I will listen.

    October 18, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. bluemeat

    Never have so many gullible people been so throughly Bushwacked by such a low IQ quitter.

    October 18, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    Sarah Palin is smart enough to influence the thinking of a majority of American voters who are just about to throw a failed political party out of power, and who will, in 2012, dump a failed POTUS.
    So HOW dumb do you dumpees think she can be?

    October 18, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Brett, Arkansas

    Not really an interview, but Palin just spewing what she always does. She should pay CNN for spreading her message without analyzing it. All she does is repeat "Republican" "Tea Party" "Values" in the same sentence over and over.

    Here's a challenge to CNN, get Palin into a "REAL" interview with a knowledgeable pundit that can debate her views back and forth. Its incredibly painful that across any MSM, all of them are getting a free pass (D and R) into just saying what they want uncontested like its all fact. The closest thing i've seen on CNN is Anderson Cooper that has the backbone to challenge the people on his shows. Get Palin on AC360!

    October 18, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Rachel, Oregon

    I'm sorry – I was under the impression that Palin had closed up shop, and was doing nothing else besides answering her critics. I know that Palin would probably liken her new reality show with holding a political office – but she backed out of her obligation to the voters in Alaska. We need to stop paying attention to this nut job! The GOP will be through – if it keeps allowing morons like Palin to act as the voice of the organization!

    October 18, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. mary225

    It seems Sarah is coming unhinged. The pressure is getting to her. Her screeches are getting louder, and she seems desperate. There are fewer and fewer supporters at her rallies, and her candidates are not doing well in the polls since she has supported and lent her name to some candidates with very, very extreme views. But most of all, the GOP establishment can't stand her big mouth anymore, and they are very powerful. Rupert Murdoch will throw her to the curb when she looses her appeal to FOX viewers or if the Tea Partiers split the vote and the Dems win. Boehner, if he becomes Speaker (yikes!), will have to muzzle her, and it will get nasty. Sarah is vindictive and mean, and when she turns it on the Republicans, they will get a taste of Sarah's medicine.

    October 18, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    Did anyone see the interview. It was funny as heck! We see why her handlers will not let her interview and answer questions. It was a priceless to see her try to sound intelligent, while sounding stupid with gibberish and run-on sentences.

    October 18, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. The Clear-Thinking Independent

    Her comments reveal her character clearly. She`s saying that she can bully the principled Republicans through the thuggery of the Tea Party and she`s happy to crow about it. She`s wrong of course but she`s too dense to understand.

    Boy am I glad she is no where near the halls of power in the office of the Presidency.

    October 18, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. richard

    everytime the republicans are in power they do the same thing over and over. and everytime they get the power ie; 2000-2008. the price of gas skyrocketed, they will start a war, banks and savings and loans will go broke, the right will get a sweetheart tax cut and the economy will tank "just check the history" and last but not least the repulicans will point the blaming finger and cry like chicken little [ the sky is falling] while they scream for cuts on spending while backdooring and hollering for a tax breaks on the other end. these two-faced republicans want to have it both ways. they have ruined america and they have the nerve to disparage muslims........ and sarah palin well ,,,,,,,,, consider the source..... she might be the one who will have the codes soon. and man its a scary thought.

    October 18, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. seneca

    Congratulations GOP, you have created a monster! Muahahahahaha!

    October 18, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Former Dem 4 Palin

    The Tea Party is all ABOUT independents. Sarah gets it. When will CNN? Have you seen their ratings lately? Maybe they should be asking themselves why they're so divisive that no one wants to watch their programming.

    October 18, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Al F. Null

    I would think that the Tea Partiers would be furious at the Supreme Court for not insisting that people sponsoring political commercials reveal their identity. Anonymous millionaires and companies funding commercials to influence voters should be absolutely drive the Tea Party crazy with their cries of "Listen to the people!" It's clear that this is an effort to buy influence. Somehow I doubt that the Tea Party would find this disturbing because the support is mostly for conservative candidates.

    October 18, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. works for me

    Thanks John McCain about warning us of this unit. You just had to be for the Party... wasn't enough to be for the people, huh? We'll never forgive you for this wicked witch of the North!

    October 18, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    Wait.. when have they ever stuck to their core beliefs in the first place???

    Also.. why is this unelected quitter.. who actually works for CNN's competition on the front page nearly every day???

    October 18, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Monster Zero

    The problem is that the TEA PARTY has a huge following, whether as members or as people that identify with their message that our government has grown too big and too overreaching...you call them names, jump and down, hold your breath until you pass out, it will not change the results come November or in 2012. Good night and sweet dreams...guess what, you finally got equality, ain't it grand! Stufthis – quit trying to spread lies and fear, no one wants to do away with entitlement programs, they just want to make them work and pull back compensation for ALL government employees so that it does not break the private citizens trying to fund it through taxation.

    October 18, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. MarkieBee

    Yup, time-tested economic policies that have failed Sarah. You're just one big epic fail. But I sure hope you become the GOP's nominee in 2012. Please, please, please win the nomination!

    October 18, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Drew

    Time-tested economic truths? OK< so when will the Bush supply-side tax cuts kick-in ... we've been waiting 8 years!

    October 18, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. dwighthuth

    The GOP was done the day Sarah Palin and the Tea Party came onto the field. The GOP regardless of it's core values can no longer sustain their party due to the non-proggressive nature of their party that is stuck in religious limbo and not able to break with their belief's or Big Oil to better America. The GOP does not have to leave it's core values behind but they must seperate their belief's from progress. Otherwise they will be looked at as the "Used to be Kids on the Block" instead of the "Would be Kids who leapt forward with and for progress."

    October 18, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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