Christie says Palin needs to let loose
January 13th, 2011
08:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Christie says Palin needs to let loose

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting some unsolicited advice from another popular Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, who has never expressed particular affection for the former Alaska governor, says Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.

“You have to look at it and see, what are they like when they’re tested, what are they like when they’re not scripted, what are they like when they’re pushed,” Christie told the New York Times Wednesday. He added the former vice presidential nominee “rightfully has been criticized” for her refusal to go less scripted.

Christie - whose no-nonsense and tough-guy governing style has won the hearts of many Republicans - has a communication strategy that differs markedly from that of Palin, often venturing into hostile territories and combating with critics.

“I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she’ll never be president, because people in America won’t countenance that. They just won’t,” Christie added.

Christie’s comments came the same day Palin broke her silence on the Arizona shootings with an eight-minute video posted on her Facebook page that was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for its charged language.

During his 2009 campaign for governor, Christie said point blank he was not interested in having Palin campaign for him, telling reporters that an appearance by her in the traditionally blue state of New Jersey would not “do me, or frankly the state, a whole lot of good.”

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. mdn

    Thankfully there are still intelligent, credible people on the right. Well said gov. Christie.

    January 13, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. M

    At this point, I don't think it matters what she does. Ask a sample of people out there, and you'll find that most folks have already formed pretty strong opinions about her. Some love her, and some hate her, and her problem is that too many people have already decided they don't like her for her to ever hope to be president. Her supporters seems to think that liberals revile her, which we do, but we don't fear her, not one bit. In fact, her candidacy in 2012 would be the best present the Democrats could get because she simply can't win. Those who support her are very enthusiastic, so much so that they seem to think that, sooner or later, the rest of the country will come to share their enthusiasm, but it simply isn't going to happen because most everyone has already formed an opinion of her.

    January 13, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Grog

    While I regularly disagree with Governor Christie, he's correct here. But he's pushing a rope uphill. If Sarah Palin can't stand the heat from Katie Couric, how will she stand up to Vladimir Putin or Kim Jung Il? It's laughable that she fears the US press so much.

    January 13, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. rusty155

    Saran Palin Is just bad for the Republican party all together. The best thing the Republican party can do Is just shut this woman up. I'm a Republican If Saran Palin run for any PUBLIC OFFICE you will not get my vote. Saran Palin Is hurting the Republican party, she pulling people away from the party.

    January 13, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. No One Famous

    Why is everyone so concerned about Sarah? Leave her alone and she will orcastrate her own failing. If the republican party can't get past this person then they are doomed for failure in 2012.

    January 13, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Steve

    Christie is right. The problem is that Sarah Palin is utterly incapable of engaging with voters and the media in situations that are "less staged." The few times she tried to do that - Katie Couric, the debate with Biden, etc. - she was a complete failure. If she's not fully in control of the situation - i.e., by reading off a teleprompter into the video camera in some hidden location - she simply cannot handle the situation. The reason? She's just not very bright. Sorry. Good looking woman, yes. Smart person, no. Future president? No effing way.

    January 13, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Jon

    Yeah, see, the last time Palin tried that back during the 2008 campaign, that didn't work out too well for her, did it?

    Anyway, for the record, as a Jew, I find the whole "blood libel" thing stupid. Yeah, it was a bit over the top for Palin to drop that in, but I don't see any reason to make a big deal out of it.

    January 13, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. B

    I have no idea why people keep referring to Sarah Palin as "Governor". She gave up the title when she decided it was not glamorous enough. She is just an everyday Joe, remember?

    January 13, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. EddyL

    Uh, no she doesn't. She needs to shut up and go away!

    January 13, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Ben Ben

    I have advice: Palin go back to Alaska and shut up. You are not liked nor wanted my most REAL Americans.

    January 13, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. jorge washinsen

    For a woman who is suppose to be a non player in politics, and down right mean thinking, she seems to have a lot of Democrat attention turned to her. What are they afraid of?

    January 13, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Jimmy James

    The voters in 2012 will have to ask themselves, "Would YOU want "President" Palin to have the nuclear launch codes?"

    January 13, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Jay

    "Let loose"? Why? To give those meanies in the liberal media the opportunity to ask "gotcha" questions like "what newspapers do you read"? Why do that when she can get rich communicating with her supporters using little more than grunts, partial sentences, discredited platitudes, and the occasional Twitter post?

    January 13, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Rich

    Perhaps if the writer lived in NJ he would know that Christie does not go speak in openly hostile territories. The town hall meetings he has held were invitation only. You cannot just attend these meetings to ask him questions or call him out. You are first effectively screened or vetted before being allowed to attend. Those sound bites the country sees on TV are from people who get to ask softball questions to enable him to make that sound bite. I have an idea, let's see Christie have a town hall meeting with the Teacher's Union, the NJ PBA, and sanitation workers and see if he has the guts to answer their questions, unvetted, without his consituents making up 99% of the audience.

    January 13, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. jen

    one of the smartest Republicans, good for you Gov. Christie!

    January 13, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Rose

    Governor Christie, she continues to hide behind Facebook, Twitter and her FOX Fan Club, because we have seen Sarah when she is tested, pushed, and not scripted – and it's NOT pretty. Alaska has already tested her cojones – and she QUIT – not very presidential.

    January 13, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. theworldlyman

    Christie is showing the intelligent side of the Republicans !

    January 13, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Hotdog

    I blame the media as well as John McCain for giving the woman a platform to demonstrate her ignorance. She is by no means quick on her feet. Her brand of divisive politics is getting old not just for her but all that pursue that as their goal. You can not get what you never had. The American public just does not have any confidence in her.

    January 13, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Gil

    Both Christie and Palin need to crawl back under their rocks!

    January 13, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Boubah

    I agree with the governor. It's not about beeing right or beeing wrong in this situation, it's about moving the country forward and unfortunatly Sarah wasn't able to do that. When people are in pain, blame won't be the solution, sympathy and hope will heal wounds.

    January 13, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Jon

    Palin avoids, like the plague, public settings which offer a give and take format. I think she knows she lacks the background and depth to go head to head with the public and especially a real live press. They might ask her questions like Catie Curic did asking her to explain the Bush Doctrine that she couldn't handle. So, she opts for situations where she is in complete control, i.e. scripted video comments, tweets, etc. That way she doesn't have to worry about exposing her lack of working familiarity with the issues.

    January 13, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Bassman

    If you read the comment section from the first story CNN wrote about Gov. Palin's video,very few people criticized her for using "blood libel". Not until our media ginnned up a controversy of blood libels did CNN's readers get upset over Palin using blood libel. In other words,CNN's readers needed to be told that they should respond to Palin using the term.
    That is dangerous. Not one member of the media took exception when the WSJ used blood libel. Yet the moment Palin used it did they feel it was out of bounds.
    Our media ginned up the controversy and Palin is seeing death threats to her rise.

    January 13, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. a little sad

    Since she would have to take a pay cut to be president, and she can inflict the most damage hiding behind her one-way communication, I doubt she will listen to this advice.

    January 13, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Spot On

    Well said Mr Christie! She wont leave her little box of comfort because she cannot handle facing others. She claims to be a momma grizzly....lets see her prove that.

    January 13, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. todd

    A republican with enough pragmatism to see Palin as a Barbie doll? New Jersey is lucky to have him.

    January 13, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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