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. imbecile

    For someone who doesn't know how to complete a single term, she sure is full of criticism of people who want to "stay at the helm" rather than someone who abandons ship at the mere sight of an iceberg, or quits halfway through one's first term.

    June 5, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    I think reading the folks here that support and defend Sarah Palin at all cost is MUCH for fun than reading the ones that constantly bash her. When I read the stuff from the Palin supporters it just let's me know the kind of people that she attracts and I am reminded of the old saying of "ignorance is indeed bliss"!

    June 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Truth teller

    Read Paul Revere's personal account of his ride and see who doesn't know history. Most people (incuding reporters) base their knowledge on the poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" – not a historically accurate account of what actually happened.

    June 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    I don't think her comment "raises brows," but it might "turn heads." It's certainly not surprising.

    June 5, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Root and stem, you crack me up! Why don't you stop feeding at the "socialist trough" and:

    – stop using public road, highways and bridges;
    – repay the government for your public education;
    – never call the police/fire/EMT again when you have an emergency;
    – never borrow another book from the library;
    – never travel by air;
    – go up to every service personnel you see and tell them you don't want to pay their salaries;
    – find and filter your own water;
    – walk around with an oxygen tank and stop sucking in air;
    – live off the grid, supplying your own electricity with your own generator;
    – stop collecting Medicare or Social Security and repay any monies who have received so far;
    – and stop utilizing all the other myriad things that our "socialist" country provides you through tax dollars.

    Better yet, go live in a third-world country to gain some perspective of what our country will look like if Republicans have their way!

    June 5, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    Who would know better about screwing up than her? Anyone can point out someones shortfalls. Seeing and doing something to improve your world takes much more effort. Obama has worked for the good of all of us, NOT to better his position in politics. Palin had her shot as a governor and quit to make money and glorify herself. Who would you choose to help America? The choice is obvious.

    June 5, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Palin screws up on basic American history and instead of saying she's wrong, she blames others for her mistake and stubbornly holds to her lie, expecting others to accept her re-written history as fact.

    I hope people realize just how dangerous this kind of thinking is. To Palin and those of her ilk:

    War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength

    June 5, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Suzy

    Why is it she calls any question to which she gets the answer WRONG a "gotcha" question? What a moron.

    June 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Jeannie

    Whats sickening is the medias obsession with Palin and the total disregard of Ron Paul who could be a legitimate candidate and someone who could put this country back on the right path.

    June 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    If a person without Palin's photogenic face said these things, she'd be ignored or tossed into the looney bin.

    June 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Shelby

    This ME-ME-ME incident in regards to Mitt Romney reminds of rreminds me of palin's attention-getting stunt after the tragic shootings in Tucson in which she released her early morning poor-me "Blood Libel" video on the very day that President Obama and many others were attending a memorial service for the victims of that horrible shooting. On a day when she should have been respectful and kept her trap shut, she had to make it all about her! This thoughtless narcissist makes me sick.

    June 5, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Robrob

    “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, 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.” – – – How inarticulate can a national figure be? It's like Paris Hilton running for office.

    June 5, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Mike

    Did you read her comments? She plainly states that "she reserves ill intent for those with whom she disagrees." How plain does a threat have to be? Go compare "W's" screw ups, Palin's screw ups, and Obama's screw ups. Obama has a long way to go to even begin to compete. But at least he doesn't blame it all on someone else. Can you say Palin?

    June 5, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Palin-go-away

    I thought the Paul Revere story was a basic US history of the first we're taught in school. How in the world is that a "gotcha" question? Can't wait until the questions get hard.

    June 5, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    The only people threatened by Palin are the Republicans who actually want to govern. Having Palin "out there" is a big plus for the Democratic Party as she illustrates the truth about their radical fringe that is in control of the party.

    June 5, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, Sarah. You bailed on the citizens of Alaska in mid-term. As an elected representative, you quit on the people who put you in office. This is known as FACT, and isn't it amazing how much the pile of ethics problems you ran from don't even get discussed anymore, even in the Lamestream Media? Your entire anti-Obama song (as well as the Fox Propaganda network) is based on a negative that cannot be proven, although economic expert after expert agrees that if Obama had done nothing upon inheriting the BUSH DISASTER (another fact), our entire banking and housing systems would have collapsed. Then, of course, Obama would have been assailed as a do-nothing president. America is done with you and your "world view." Go back to the state with fewer people than Nashville and howl at the moon, that is after you have sucked the last dollar out of America's most angry, gullible and uneducated.

    June 5, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Mr. Ected

    Sarah Palin is the perfect candidate for the ignorant and misguided, of which we have an abundance in the USA. Her rhetoric is like eating a dog: it may fill you up, but you'll gag when you realize what you just ingested.

    June 5, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    and by the way, brush up on Paul Revere's story, then revise your answer to make yourself sound more like an informed, high-school student.

    June 5, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Dan

    I say we vote her into office! The nation is better off if our President is stupid, because they won't even know how to screw up the country. Obama is smart, and he actually knows that he is screwing up our country. This belief got Bush elected, why can't it do it again?

    June 5, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Bianca

    She is consistantly combatitive and argumentative, just like many of the residents in a retirement home we volunteer at. Hmmmm

    June 5, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. James

    It is better to stay quiet and have people think you're an idiot than to open it and remove all doubt. Palin needs to take this advice.
    Obama is the greatest president that we have had since JFK. He has kept the country afloat and moving forward, fixing problem after problem since he got in office. If you are on here ranting against him, you are simply an uneducated fool who should not procreate, and if you think its so bad, move out of the country. You are not needed or wanted here anymore.
    I take great pride in the fact that my vote for him will cancel out yours!

    June 5, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Zed0

    With her trouble with naming the magazines she reads, coupled with her butchering of the Paul Revere account, God help her when she gets a legitimate "gotcha question."

    June 5, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Nora Amardi

    Omg, John McCain, what have you done to us?!

    June 5, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. allen

    Sarah Palin has long discredited herself by everything she says. I pity the person, she represents the ignorant of America.

    June 5, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. w l jones

    We have a free country country and strongly believe free market an Ms. Palin have a product the public like so don^t blame here for been her own sale person. Bless.

    June 5, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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