Palin’s threat for those who disagree
June 5th, 2011
11:34 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin’s threat for those who disagree

(CNN) - Fresh off the first leg of her “One Nation” bus tour, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she did not mean to distract from Mitt Romney’s presidential announcement by visiting New Hampshire on the same day, adding that she reserves ill intent for those with whom she disagrees.

“I do apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day. I do sincerely apologize. We didn’t mean to step on anybody’s toes,” Palin said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’ll step on the toes of those who are making poor decisions for our nation … I don’t have a problem stepping on toes of those … who keep screwing up.”

The potential 2012 presidential candidate said her five-day tour was not about her – despite its appearance as a publicity tour – and instead showed her the desire Americans have to get back to the country’s foundational principles and away from the positions held by President Barack Obama.

She compared his economic policies to the Titanic, a ship she said will soon be “drowning in debt and in additional economic problems.”

“It’s very noble of President Obama to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship, but I prefer and many Americans prefer that we start plugging the hole,” Palin said. “We don't have to go the way of the Titanic.”

To reverse America’s economic course, a President Palin would cut the federal budget, cut taxes and regulations to incentivize businesses, and institute an “all of the above energy policy,” including “drill baby drill,” her oft-used slogan.

She reiterated her charge that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is crying wolf by saying the U.S. Congress must increase the debt ceiling by August 2nd. And although she expects Congress will raise the limit, a vote with which she disagrees, Palin said members of Congress “better get something out of it,” whether it be a balanced budget, cuts in federal spending or a reassessment of American-led wars.

“Three wars that we’re engaged in today and our country nearing bankruptcy. We have to rethink everything that we’re doing with foreign aid and with foreign intervention,” Palin said. “We have got to make sure it’s America’s interests first being met in each of these nations.”

The former 2008 vice presidential also addressed some controversies that arose this past week. After she botched details of Paul Revere’s midnight ride while speaking in Boston, Palin correctly recounted the story Sunday and characterized the encounter as a “shout-out gotcha type of question that was asked of me.”

“I answered candidly and I know my American history,” Palin said.

When asked about the more than 24,000 pages of records, including emails, that are set to be released by the Alaska governor’s office, Palin said the emails were not meant for public consumption and that people will “capitalize on this opportunity” and take the messages out of context.

“I don’t think there’s anything private in our family,” Palin said. “Nothing surprises me any more.”

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Jericho

    Sarah says she knows about history. I think she's so deluded she believes whatever goes through her mind. What's scary is that some people think she's qualified to run for public office.

    June 5, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I'm sorry to be so juvenile, but Palin needs to shut her pie hole when it comes to history – she's clueless.

    June 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. boamidumb

    Sarah – you are even funnier than your Saturday Night live parody!

    What's sad is that you cause us all to be embarrassed in front of the rest of the world.

    Even the Italians laugh at us when your name comes up.

    June 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. History major

    This woman is pathetic and just as bad as " The Donald". BTW, Ms. Palin, President Obama
    graduated not only from a prestigious college, but also a prestigious law school. What college, if any, did you graduate from, and how long did it take you to graduate?

    June 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    If they can't give us solutions, they should say nothing. Drill baby drill is a slogan, it's NOT a solution. Oil exploration NOW won't put gas in our cars for 10 years, and we need alternatives NOW.

    June 5, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. GOTCHA ?

    It's exactly by the “shout-out gotcha type of question" and the news conferences and interviews that the public gets to see the unvarnished, unscripted candidate. We see the thought processes and ability to react to situations in real time.

    Hand picked interviewers and scripted events do not serve the public interest.

    June 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. blf83

    So she knows history. Her knowledge must come from "all of them" newspapers she reads. She must have read "all of them" history books, too, especially the ones that rewrite history to protect the guilty. B- I- M -B- O, and bimbo was her name-o!

    June 5, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. ted

    It's easy to be a big mouth like Sarah Palin. It's much harder to get the job done like President Obama. After all, Obama bagged Osama and Palin struggled to bring down a moose.

    June 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Sick of Pain

    her feet should be hurting from stepping on them all the time. the decision she should make is to go back to those colleges/univerities she attend and ask for her money back. she is so clueless and brainless.

    June 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Root and stem

    I would rather have Palin as president despite her many flaws than continue to have barrack hussien obama who is intentionally destroying us so he can rebuild us in his Progressive/Marxist/Racist image.

    Rather ignorant - He can only sign into law or veto what the CONGRESS sends him. Read the TRUTH ABOUT HOW THINGS WORK IN WASHINGTON.

    June 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Donny

    Man, the day I turn to Sarah Palin for advice on the economy is the day I'll just slit my throat.

    Why don't the republs just hold a reality tv show to select their next nominee, they'd probably field a better candidate.

    For a party that claims to hold the mantra of "American Exceptionalism" they sure reflect the exact opposite with the candidates they've fielded for their presidential nominee. Their candidates – the also-rans, the celebrities, the mediocre and the outright dull don't reflect any kind of "exceptionalism" at all.

    June 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. blf83

    To Papasan: Brilliant! I say brilliant!

    June 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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