Palin seeks increased Romney transparency
January 11th, 2012
11:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin seeks increased Romney transparency

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who mused with a presidential bid of her own this cycle, suggested Wednesday that Mitt Romney should release records from his time at Bain Capital, as well as his personal tax returns.

Not doing so, she said, could lead to devastating consequences that would injure his candidacy in the weeks before November's general election.

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"Don't be surprised that that's all coming out today, because it would come out as an October surprise had these GOP candidates not brought those out today," Palin said on the Fox News program "Hannity."

She continued, "Barack Obama and his machine and the billion dollars that he's got behind him will bring all of this stuff out anyway."

Candidates need to be prepared, Palin said.

"It's rough and tumble, not beanbag as Romney and others have called it. You've got to be prepared for this."

In the interview, Palin characterized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attacks on Romney's tenure at Bain as questions about his job creation claims.

"This isn't about a politician making huge profits in the private sector," she said. I "think what Governor Perry is getting at is that Governor Romney claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and you know, people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim?"

Republicans, she said, should vet candidates "within our own party."

But Palin's comments do not mean she is closer to choosing a candidate to support.

"I'm still with the majority," Palin said. "Searching."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. How Cute

    Aww, the Palin's think they are still relevant. How Cute!!

    January 12, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Bill

    She got that one right.

    January 12, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney is likely to catch the Palin foot in the mouth disease!

    January 12, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    I think she called her lawyers every time someone asked HER to be transparent. No wonder Alaska takes more from the Gov't than most other states - she left them in a deep hole.

    January 12, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Dina

    Sarah Who?

    January 12, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. budshot

    Palin and Hannity. That's comedy gold right there.

    January 12, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Saul

    The best thing that could happen with republican party is "SARAH PALIN"

    January 12, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. jeff

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    January 12, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Unknown

    Curse you John McCain for unleashing Sarah Palin upon us.

    January 12, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Harry

    Could someone please explain to me why this woman is still relevant?

    January 12, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Alan

    For all you people writing about Romney's sons not serving in the military, I have a better question,
    Why didn't Obuma serve his country in the Military?

    January 12, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Tony Torres

    Palin, why do you guys ( The Media ) keep giving this incompetent person even the time of day. It is you guys that give the attention she so sorely craves. She is so old news!

    January 12, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Will

    Palin has a lot of opinions for someone who never even READS anything!

    January 12, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Why doesn't she go back to Alaska
    and use her hot air to melt the ice for
    the ships going to Nome.. then she can
    sit on her front porch a look at Russa..

    January 12, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Mitt Romney's father was born in Mexico.

    I demand to see Mitt Romney's birth certificate! He has to prove he's an American.

    January 12, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    What planet do these people live on??? Sarah Palin as governor of Alaska and VP nominee refused to release her official emails... and now she says Romney is not being transparent? Give me a break.

    January 12, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Neal Powers

    Will someone please tell Sarah she is irrelevant?

    January 12, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Ann

    Go away Palin. Take care of your family like you said "they are important".
    No one want to hear nor see you in politics again.
    Take Perry with you.

    January 12, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Mark1

    As hard as it is to believe, for once Palin said something that makes sense.

    January 12, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Corwin7

    TRENDING: Sarah Palin seeks in ever more shrill and desperate tones to renew her relevance before her Faux news contract is cancelled.!

    January 12, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. The Unsub

    Quote from Mr. Anne Coulter, "If we don't run Christie, Romney will get the nomination and we will lose".....need we say more?

    January 12, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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