November 2nd, 2010
10:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: Tea Party movement, GOP establishment share a 'common mission'

(CNN) – Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin seems to be laying the groundwork for bringing the GOP establishment and the Tea Party movement's activist base together.

"I think now is a time for a drive towards unity," Palin said in a cable news interview Tuesday night. "And I think that it will work because there's a common mission here with Tea Party Americans and with the GOP establishment," she told Fox News, according to a transcript.

The former Alaska governor said the Republican establishment and the conservative grassroots movement that has risen up in the past two years share a common agenda.

"The desire is for a smaller, smarter government, she also said in the interview. "It is to rein in the federal government and allow our states more rights and our individuals more rights, ultimately resulting in the private sector being able to grow again."

And Palin, who has recently leaned more toward the conservative grassroots than the GOP establishment in her rhetoric and some of her endorsements, also seemed to acknowledge that bringing the two sides together might not be easy.

She added, "Now it's a matter of coming together, the different personalities. There will be essentially a few new sheriffs in town, so there could be some, you know, some roughness around the edges when it comes to this team coming together. But it's a time for unity after tonight."

In remarks to CNN last month, Palin sounded a more ominous note about the future of the relationship between the GOP and the Tea Party movement.

Asked who she would side with if the conservative grassroots movement ended up splitting the Republican Party asunder, Palin answered with a warning for the GOP establishment:

"I don't think that it will [split the GOP apart] because I think more of the machine within the GOP is going to understand that this we-the-people message is rising and it's resonating throughout with independents, with hardcore conservatives, with moderates. Because it's just so full of common sense . . ."

She added, "That heaven forbid that the GOP machine strays from this message. If so, the GOP is through."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Was this before or after she threatened the GOP if they didn't bend to her will last week?

    November 2, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. really?

    umm, there is a common mission because they are one of the same.

    November 2, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. John

    Hate, fear, division. The three cornerstones of GOP philosophy. I guess people don't seem to realize that the road to building a brighter future is always more difficult and time consuming than tearing down your opponents and destroying all notions of progress. Sad that people never seem to learn anything from this mess, so here we are doomed to repeat it.

    November 2, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Derek from Boston


    I thought the Tea Party was against ALL Government Establishments? Now the Tea Party shares goals with the GOP Establishment?

    November 2, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Ridick

    This has been her plan all along.

    November 2, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the Tea Party people don't understand that the Constitution allows for the Congress to make new rules and laws. The founding fathers understood that things would change and their children would need new laws and rules to reflect the changes in society and technology. The GOP and the Tea Party people now need to show what think and show how little they care about the average American. Why do I say that? Because they would have you believe that things like roads and bridges aren't funded by the federal government and they will stay forever with no need for maintenance. They believe that the private sector is always doing good even when they spill things on the land or into the water and air that kills us. We will now see it be easier for them to make our country a dirter place and a less educated one.

    November 2, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. goforit

    I don't think the GOP realizes what they created. I don't think they are going to be able to control this thing. I also think the Tea Party wins is going to push palin to run.

    November 2, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |