Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day
June 2nd, 2011
12:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day

Boston (CNN) - Less than an hour before Mitt Romney was to announce his second bid for the White House in New Hampshire, Sarah Palin appeared in Romney’s hometown and set about picking apart the health care plan he supported as governor of Massachusetts, suggesting it may be a fatal flaw for his candidacy.

Surrounded by reporters for several minutes while visiting the Bunker Hill monument along Boston’s Freedom Trail, Palin delivered her unvarnished opinions of the Romney heath care plan, which mandated that Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance or else face penalties.

“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, obviously and I am not the only to say so, but obviously there will be more explanation coming from Gov. Romney for his support of government mandates,” said Palin, on day five of her “One Nation” bus tour of historic sites on the East Coast.

Romney has faced almost unceasing criticism from conservatives within his party for the similarities between his legislation and the national health care reform passed by President Obama.

He has wrapped himself in the Constitution to defend himself, insisting that states, not the federal government, should have the right to develop their own laws and regulations.

Palin was not buying it.

“Even on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and in our own families and in our businessmen and women in making decisions for ourselves,” she explained. “Not any level of government telling us what to do.”

She said the health care law will be “a big challenge” for Romney as he embarks on a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Tea Party activists, she said, want a candidate with “a record of living out the principles that Tea Party patriots do embrace, which of course is smaller smarter government, not allowing the growth of government to be as rapid as our nation has allowed it to be.”

Before departing for her next stop on the tour, which will eventually take her to New Hampshire for an evening appearance in the early primary state, Palin insisted that her presence was not timed to upstage Romney’s announcement.

With a television camera from Manchester television station WMUR pointed directly at her, Palin pledged that the Romney announcement “was never a consideration” as she planned out her tour itinerary.

“In fact, if he personally would be offended by me stepping foot in a state he was in, I wouldn’t do it,” Palin said. “But I don’t believe that Governor Romney is offended at all that we happen to have on our schedule a stop to meet some good people and have some good New Hampshire food at this time.”

Romney was asked Thursday what he thought about Palin being in the state: "That's terrific – New Hampshire is action central today."

- CNN Producer Mike Roselli contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Missy if turning out to be the Democratic Party's best spokesperson!

    Who knew?

    June 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Sean

    One loser attacking another loser. This is really the best the GOP can do? Seriously?!?

    June 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. blf83

    And coming from a self-appointed personality cultist narcissist whose record is graft, corruption, quitting, self-aggrandizement, complete with delusions of high office.

    June 2, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. G D

    Mitt understood there is a health care cost crisis & did something about it. That's good. Palin has no credible plan. That's bad. Mitt's problem is he would like to attack Obama-care as a matter of campaigning, but it provides another example of his flip-floppery since the plan was modeled much after his own. Mitt can't win because no one knows what he really believes.

    June 2, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Papasan

    The GOP's Right Wing Loonies & Tea Baggers hate Romney almost as much as they hate President Obama...

    June 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Tony

    Romney is the GOPs only hope in 2012.

    June 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    C O I N C I D E N C E

    Bwahahaha! Jaberwocky Barbie, professional grifter....the clown bus sideshow continues unabated.

    June 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. StormeeATL

    "Smarter government" – guess that leaves you out Sarah

    June 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. ART

    Sarah Palin wouldn't know the truth if it hit her in the face. A pig in lipstick has more brains than she does.

    June 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Bonnie in Seattle

    Ahhhh let Sarah's campaigning begin. She is such a gift to the democrats...go Sarah go. I am looking forward to Obama's win in 2012!

    June 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Stacey

    As we've come to expect, the Quitta from Wasilla has no solutions of her own whatsoever, just the usual complaining, whining and bashing. CNN is pathetic for following a person around who's only good for saying how bad someone else is. Amazing that a major news organization like CNN would practically ignore candidates who are actually running for POTUS to chase after Palin who offers nothing to reasonable people. The folks who support her are just like her – bitter, hateful and bigoted.

    June 2, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Angbalti

    No insurance, no treatment. Let those who are not responsible sicken and die. What the hell Who needs them. Tell Jesus he doesn't have a cllue about reality . The good Samaritan was a schmuck! Profit alone is our god.

    June 2, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Ryan

    stick a pipe in it, palin, The private sector wants the most amount of money for the least amount of effort

    June 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Julio

    Would you please shut the hell up Sarah! You do not know anything but your own stupidity.

    June 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. IMeanWhat

    With Romney entering the presidential race, we have Barbie & Ken going up against each other. Will Mattel fund Sarah and Mitt? See our thoughts on Palin's bid for presidency at "I Mean... What?!?"

    June 2, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. C. Howe Yulikit

    Barbie – he's not a Governor and neither are you. And neither of you will ever be President, thank God.

    June 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. ted

    I want the GOP to nominate her for president. Yes I do. Sincerely I do. That way, President Obama will be guaranteed a full second term as no real intelligent GOP person would vote for her, the half gov of Alaska.

    June 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Ohioan

    She has all the room to criticize because she never really governed. She QUIT!

    June 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. NothingNew

    If this is a "one nation" tour – which nation is she touting? Certainly not the splintered, fractured atmosphere she created...

    June 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Indy

    This coming from a former Governor that mandated a pay check to every Alaskan just because they lived there

    June 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Bill

    At least he has a record, unlike someone wew know who quit half way throught their first term. Go back to Alaska and clean some fish. – it suits you well.

    June 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    How can this be? She's just on a family vacation teaching us all what our history is (in HER opinion).

    She would never attempt to put HER selection into the white house. Say it ain't so.

    June 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Henry

    And the fighting starts. Let the games begin.

    June 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Apeman

    Go girl, destroy your party for your own ambition. I just hope sooner or later someone will have the integrity to tell her to shut her mouth, she is doing nothing for the GOP, so sad

    June 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. johnmenacherjr

    I dont care for either of these but i wish she would just shut up and i wish the media all of it would quit trying to ram her down our throats! GET WITH IT!

    June 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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