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. alkarrk

    I sure hope Palin doesn't endorse Romney. I want Romney to win this thing. Romney 2012!

    January 11, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Brian

    Who cares what she thinks!? She's seriously nuts and really that's the only thing people can take her for.

    January 12, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Thomas

    Wow !
    She's right ,

    Romney also needs to explain to each woman and man who served in Iraq or Afghanistan , Why none of his five sons felt the need to volunteer for military service .

    I didn't vote for Palin , but her son served our country and has my respect.

    January 12, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. m

    Watch out Willard, Mama Grizzly is comin' to take bite out of your .....

    January 12, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. wanderer

    I think Sarah has learned something. I start loving her but still prefer she will never run for the POTUS. I don’t think she was born to be the POTUS or her GOD wants her to be one.

    January 12, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Anonynonomus

    When is palin going to shut her face and stop pretending to be some kind of expert? GO BACK HOME and take care of your family that you profess is so important to you.

    January 12, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Bill

    I'm a Republican and it pains me to ask this question. Hasn't this woman done enough damage to her own party? She and Newt and Perry shows their true color, finally. They are going against all that the Republican party believes in. Their uncompromising right-wing ideals has caused us the Presidency in 2008 and now they want to do the same this year. This sort of thing turned off the independents in 2008 that gave us Obama and it will do the same if Newt, Perry, or Santorum is the GOP nominee. This is tragic for the GOP. I no longer have any respect for her or the other candidates for attacking Romney. Somehow, I have found respect for Dr. Ron Paul. I don't support Dr. Paul and think some of his policies are simply crazy, but at least the man has dignity and won't goes against his core believes.

    January 12, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Palin never planned to run for president – her own daughter said so in an interview on Fox. The plan was always to sucker her "supporters" for as much money as possible, drop out when all the Repub debates started (because there was no way she could fake her way through all of them), then reappear once the primaries started to trot herself out as a "kingmaker."

    Remind me again how this kind of hypocritical, money-grubbing, media-ho'ing somehow demonstrates Republicans are the party of good old, traditional, Founding-Fathers "values"?

    January 12, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. politics as usual

    Searching for what–her brains?

    January 12, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. Autoamerican

    You heard it here first, folks. Palin is jumping into the race.

    At this point it's only a matter of when, how and where it will be announced. Only she knows the answers and it's driving the Republican establishment batty. They know that establishMitt is FINISHED when she jumps in. Think about it: Romney has still been unable to garner more than 30% of the vote (save for NH, a liberal state). Meanwhile, Paul, Gingrich and Santorum together CREAMS Romney's milquetoast numbers. Nobody is rallying to his side – they are searching for SOMEONE ELSE. The Romney opposition needs a strong, charismatic person to rally around, and that's Palin. She will take the votes of the other three, as well as a small chunk of Romney's, and it's game over. WHEN?....HOW?.....WHERE?..... Sarah knows. I would not want to play poker with this woman.

    January 12, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►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."◄

    Wow – the Peanut Factory just released one of its NUTS
    And RELEASING her now is just a bit too much
    We're NOT ready for her "stage time" because we have lot of other things to defend
    She should have remained undercover a little longer, but now she's out, THANKS CNN!!!

    Hmm, all of the other candidates out there are endorsing President Obama with all of their attacks towards Romney and each other – Now Palin has joined the crowd too – Thank your Palin for your endorsement for President Obama!!!

    Obama 2012 – Because all he needs to do is "sit back and relax" and the the RIGHT deliver his reelection!!

    January 12, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. Bryan

    She seems to be wising up. Even Sarah Palin doesn't want another "Sarah Palin".

    January 12, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  13. Kevin Lanigan

    Political advice from Palin. This primary get better everyday.

    January 12, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  14. Liska

    Why is it that every time there is a quote by this person, I have to read it and re-read it just to understand what she is trying to say. "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." The GOP, with the exception of perhaps Huntsman, is a disease on this country.

    January 12, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  15. Anonymous

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


    Oh palin if only you understood what you read on the air.

    January 12, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  16. s

    who is calliing the kettle black

    January 12, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  17. works4me

    At lease be as prepared as Palin was. And she continued those preparations to milk more money from her moronic followers as she was circling the drain.

    January 12, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  18. clarke

    I don't often agree with her, but this time I say she is correct.

    January 12, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Good job, Sarah. Maybe you can get the corporate raider to show us the money.

    January 12, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  20. willie floyd

    She's right-he does need to release his tax returns. He said he would after winning the election or getting the nomination, I'm not sure which, but either of those times aren't acceptable. If this affects your vote, it will be too late to make a decision.

    January 12, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  21. Cfrench

    "Candidates need to be prepared". This coming from one of the most unprepared, uneducated people to ever be in politics. What this moron does not know could fill the oceans. To all you Palin Kool-Aid drinkers out there, that means she knows very little.

    January 12, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  22. sue

    Yes the GOP should do a better job of vetting their canidates......and she is the perfect example......who cares who she will support? Don't bring this woman back into the news leave her in Alaska......maybe her mouth will freeze shut........

    January 12, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. diridi

    using the same as Obama used....

    January 12, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. Irma in north Carolina

    Why does this bimbo getting back in the news. Does it really matter what she says. I think not.

    January 12, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. parkmore

    Why are we listen to her? I guess that we need to go to hospital. Also media are just waiting time, money and credential

    January 12, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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