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. Anonymous

    "“It’s very noble of President Obama to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship."

    So President Obama should QUIT like you? Sorry Dumbo Palin, he's no quitter.

    June 5, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. CNN watcher

    “I answered candidly and I know my American history,”

    That's why you got the story of Paul Revere COMPLETELY WRONG, right?

    June 5, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. mick11

    Then I would guess she steps on her on toes very often!

    June 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Ken from FL

    Does someone from CNN want to tell us how her comments add up to a "threat?"

    June 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Ron

    “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.” she going to step on her own toes? That's the first place she should start. And don't you just love it that everytime she screws up, she blames it on a "gotcha" moment? This woman is beyond pathetic.

    June 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |

    Snookie Palin as delusional as ever. Run Snookie run!

    June 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. WB

    President Obama would love for you to run against him, nothing easier for him than to run against a Hollow empty mind person...

    June 5, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Stryk

    Glad to know she knows history. Tina Fey will have a wealth of material come 2012.

    June 5, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Paul Willson

    This is an implied boost me or else get run over by Ms.Palin. Also her gaffe in who Paul Revere was working for shows ignorance of history. That alone should make her unfit to hold high office . But then that might mean we wouldn't have had some of the leaders we have had iif we appliied an "are you smarter than a 5th grader" test . Think I would fail in some areas not in others. Oh Mama Grizzly the Bruins will lose the Stanley cup final.

    June 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Democrats want Sarah Palin to run – However, she is NOT!! She will try for the SENATE first and then in 2016, she will try to run for president. Her goal now is to be a menace and get under everyone's skin who dislike her and get praise from those who adore her. She and TRUMPet are two of a kind – Greedy, selfish, self-centered and money-hungry – it's all about the "BENJAMINS" to them.

    Once she wins the AZ Senate race, she will now be a WH INSIDER!!! What she is doing now is campaigning for funds OUTSIDE of AZ and she will get it. The buck STOPS, nonetheless, in 2016. She will still be a spectacle and still remain NOT capable of being the President of the United States!!!!

    June 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Shannon

    This woman is such a liar, maybe her stupid follower believe her visit wan't intentional, but no one with a brain does. $arah can't stand when anyone else is getting attention. She is the most petty, insecure and selfish woman every to appear on the public stage. There is nothing she wouldn't do or say to make money, she uses her family, like props in a play. I know people here have said it over and over again, but CNN stop covering this idiot. She needs to take her ill mannered children, her fake smile and her big hair and go home. She actually said today, that the Paul Revere question was a gotcha question, she's an idiot, so I guess the press shouldn't ask her anything, always the victim should be her motto.

    June 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Isaac

    What an ignorant, half educated, dim witted, airheaded dingbat...... makes her the perfect choice for the GOP nomination.

    June 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. IVOTE

    If I was Sarah, I would be teaching my 10 year old daughter not to "Body Check" men no matter who they are.

    June 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. jmcg

    She's as dumb as a bag of rocks. Of course, she'll blame the media as springing "gotcha" questions on her. By now, everyone sees through her pattern of blaming others for exposing her stupidity. Another thing, why in the world would she think for one second that emails she sent while she was Governor and in that official capacity were in any way private? Again, she plays the victim and is as dumb as a bag of rocks.

    June 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Scott F

    This lady is a narcisist. The only person Sarah Palin cares about is Sarah Palin. This woman is beyond ignorant and stupid. She is dangerous. She lacks no judgment or empathy. She is in it for the Money and Power. My guess is she is a SOCIOPATH.

    June 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. William

    The only time "toes" are allowed around Sarah Palin is when she puts her own foot in her mouth every time that she opens it.

    June 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Ed

    It seems rather strange that the press is not going after the story as to why she bought a house in Arizona. I really doubt the reason being that she wanted to be near her daughter. It also seems rather strange that there will be a vacant US Senate seat from Arizona at the 2012 election! Is this the "fall back" choice for Lady Sarah? .

    June 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. ken

    Leave it to CNN to preoccupy itself with "news" that doesn't really matter. Press time would be better spent examining methods of countering the current economic crisis, instead of garroting people for obvious misquotes. Such media coverage reeks of tabloid journalism. Any "legitimate" news source would focus on real issues. Stop insulting the intelligence of the American people.

    June 5, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Brad

    What is she talking about???? I don't know why the media keeps giving her the spot light! Everything she says is stupid and makes her look bad.

    June 5, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. saftgek

    Watched Sarah Palin being interviewed by Chris Wallace on 06/05/11. She demonstrated 1) continued geo-politcal ignorance, and 2) functional illiteracy.

    Beyond this, she is a perpetual prevaricator – as evidenced by several responses to Mr. Wallace's questioning.

    How incredibly sad so many in our country are so blind to the obvious. Can one's anger and bias truly disconnect their brain?

    June 5, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    Like anybody is afraid of this featherweight imbecile!!!,.. Oh she's good at stepping allright,.. goose stepping, stepping aside as the Governor of Alaska, and stepping in to steal the limelight.

    June 5, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Susan

    Keep talking baby..
    You will make Obama's take easier. GOP needs to shun these opportunists and put forth Romney as the only option against Obama.

    June 5, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. ED FL

    I see that Palin's new advisor,her youngest daughter is running her campaign. There is actually a couple of decisions and common sense that faced reality and almost made sense. i did not know that Alaska had that quality of education at that lower level,we continually see what Palin herself derived from the states higher educational standards.

    June 5, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. bellablue

    All Sarah Palin needs to do is count her own (10) toes and step on every single one of them!! Wonder if she really can count to 10????? Dear God, please send Sarah Palin to that planet that was just discovered. Let the aliens who live there give her a job working in the Martial Public Library!!!

    June 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. sue

    "I don't have a problems stepping on the toes of those who keep screwing up" what a remark coming from a woman who screwed up by quitting her job as Govenor, putting Crosshairs on Democrats that voted for the Health Care Reform Bill and told America to "Not Retreat but Reload" and as a result Demacrat Gifford was shot and a nine year old girl and others died...( a persons words and actions do leave a mark on the people who are loose cannons in this country), she screwed the Ride of Paul Revere up, she screwed up her own interview with Katie.....she is a SCREW UP..........WE THE PEOPLE will show her by stepping on her toes if she decides to run ......

    June 5, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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