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. once upon a horse

    ok now let's see if Mitt fights back. Only few GOPers, Karl Rove comes to mind, seem to take on Sarah Palin. They act like they are afraid of her or maybe they are afraid of Todd I don't know. But if Romney let's her get away with this then you'll have a general idea of what you are getting as a candidate GOP.

    June 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    It's kinda difficult to see that as an attack on Romney. Certainly there are differences in the 2 campaigns, but there does need to be some healthy debate. I'm sure she is saving attack mode for Obama. She will have plenty of ammunition for that, especially on the issues. Obama will be better off if he can stay with personal attacks and avoid actual issues. I think you will see this is exactly what his room full of political advisors tell him.

    June 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    I'm loving watching Republicorp eat it's own! LOL

    Of course it begs the question, why would we care what this half-wit has to say anyway?


    June 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. seriously???

    HAHAH AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA... blast the only candidate who would have a slim chance at unseating Obama!! Thanks Sarah!! Keep up the great work!!!!

    June 2, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. jracforr

    Romney need to accept his political choices of the past and not be swayed by greedy bigots. If the private sector is unwilling to pay fair wages or offer health insurance then the government has no choice but to get involved, is that something to be ashamed ???

    June 2, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Get your Hot dogs, Popcorn, here.

    June 2, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Nija

    you betcha.

    June 2, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. gt

    ah ... good ole sarah... best freind the democrats have ever had...she will eat her own.... looser...

    June 2, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. MiddleOfTheRoad

    If by chance, this dolt could be president, would "Palinese" be the official language of the U.S.?

    June 2, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. anthony

    And so it begins. I'd love to see what she does when Bachman attacks her. Or Guiliani unleashes his "911" speeches at her. Or Mitt out flip flops her. Im gonna enjoy seeing this war. I cant wait for all the dirty laundry to air, the teeth to come out and the cat fighting to begin. And I hope Palin comes out of it on top.

    Then Obama will be WAITING for her, all "cool hand luke' style, dodging the EXACT SAME mud shes hurled at him since 2008. The same tired rhetoric, same tired divisiveness, same old cliches and fear and winks that no longer work on Americans with a half a brain. And Mr. President will point to his resume over the last 4 years and not have to say a word.

    All the while, Palin's own party will soon realize her tactics have been hurting them, and will continue to drag the party down as long as she allows her mouth to let her stupidity and vileness to escape out into the world. By then, Obama will be toasting champaign while giving his acceptance speech for another four years, and the Republicans will be left to clean out their own house, and find a volunteer to drag out the roadkill of a mess known as Sarah Palin.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Obama/Clinton 2012?
    or Obama/Oprah?
    hell.. I'll even take Obama/Colbert

    June 2, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. KPKahder

    Some good New Hampshire food? Sarah.. are you seriously that stupid? Since when do we claim lobster or clams as traditional New Hampshire fare ? Maybe you should stay on 95 until you get to Maine.

    June 2, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Chris

    She can't win the repub nomination so she is going to ruin the chance of ANY respectible Repub. GOP you better shut her up if you want even a chance of winning the Pres.

    June 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. John

    That Saran Palin for you all way Complain about someone or something. Saran Palin has NO BUSINESS running for President. She act like she Miss goodly to shoe ,and she Not. She a QUITTER and she let the people of Alaska down. I don't know why the voted for her in the first place. Save It Saran Palin the American people don't want NO BODY that back by the TEA Party. We all ready seen what they want to do, and that to take away all the people right away. Just ask the People In Wisconsin,Ohio ,Mich. And the Tea Party work for the KOCH'S BROTHER and they are all about to destroy this Country to suit them. I want someone that want to work for the American people and want to sever the American people and not someone that trying to make the Rich even richer. We all ready have a party that does that It call the Republican Party, and we don't want them any more either.

    June 2, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Brick Palin

    I also hate it when government tells me what to do! Therefore, I plan on crossing streets when the traffic signal is red, even if it kills me, because otherwise I'd be caving in to my solicalist masters.

    June 2, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Palin insisted that her presence was not timed to upstage Romney’s announcement.”

    She always make calculated move

    Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romeny and Tim Pawlenty will face tough primary election

    June 2, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Frederick

    "... 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. Don't include me in your "we," Ms. Palin! Private sector great business decisions? Yeh like Bernie Madoff's decisions, like private health insurance companies now wanting to raise premiums 21 or more per cent which surely is not "for ourselves," like Halliburton and Black Water's 'investments' in Iraq, like gutting the EPA, insider financial shenanigans, etc., etc. Without regulation and oversight the private sector has, is now and always will follow the movie mantra "Greed is good." for themselves, not business "for the general welfare, for the people" [US Constitution]. Robber barons didn't die out in Rockefeller's days. Beware these Teapublicans' insidious propaganda. Beware!

    June 2, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Chuck

    And the gloves are off. This is going to be so much fun watching the GOP implode.

    June 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Hey Sarah, you dimwit, where was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought?? I can just hear her "the men at the top of Bunker Hill courageously fighting off and defeating the British troops of King George" when it actually was Breed's Hill and the British won the battle

    June 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. james Griffin

    She wasted no time.

    June 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Stephen

    Yes, because I really want profit-seeking businessmen making decisions for me about my family's healthcare instead of government. Get real!
    I'm all for free enterprise, but there are three things no one should trust to the private sector: education, the military and healthcare.
    Would Sarah Palin favor disbanding the army and letting everyone hire mercenaries?
    While the government isn't perfect, I certainly trust them more than the insurance industry with regards to looking out for my personal welfare.

    June 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Steve

    Two things –

    RomneyCare is *better* than ObamaCare.

    Romney at least finished his term as governor. He was also a Republican governor in a Democrat leaning state.

    June 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    I wonder where the most people were. She is in the campaign mode or she would not be putting Romney down. Way to go Sarah on your own people. Its all about me isnt it?

    June 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. David

    I wonder how many "mandates" that Palin signed while governor of Alaska? Her definition must be different when it comes to a state's health care program and other state programs (she signed.)

    June 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Jonathan

    "Sarah Palin appeared in Romney’s hometown "

    Romney was born and raised in Michigan, not MA.

    June 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Al

    Sarah Palin is not even a politician. She is a public figure. Why is she going out of her way to take shots at Romney?

    June 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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