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. Nofa Kingweigh

    Finally! Peggy Hill Palin actually says somnething I agree with! I have a call in to Hades, inquiring whether they have snow on the ground...

    January 12, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Amazingly, this is the 2nd time this week, I have agreed with a Palin.

    January 12, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Gurgi

    Hades did freeze over, I have pictures (stationed in greenland for a year), but it thawed out again and is hotter than,,,well you know. I have pictures of the thaw too (20 months in Iraq).

    January 12, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. troll hunter

    she brings all the negative upon herself. if she'd just shut up and go back to the kitchen we'd all be happy.

    January 12, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. hank

    Didn't she fight releasing her records when she was running for VP?

    January 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Corey

    You can always tell the uniformed when they claim Obama has a raised a billion dollar campaign. It is a flat out lie and anyone who claims such should be ashamed of themselves. A billion was the goal set (very ambitious goal indeed) but not what has happened. Obama's has raised around 200 million so far. Considering that is only a 1/5th of what people like Palin claim you see how someone like myself (who has donated to Obama's re-election campaign) gets upset when flat out lies are trying to be portrayed as the truth. And the other is the hypocrisy of saying Obama is anti-wealth, anti-american, anti-business and then complain he's backed by billionaires. So what is it? Why would any billionaire back someone how was so ant-business. I think the folks who work for GM would disagree that this President is ant-business. The only thing I see different is ideology mostly pertaining to social issues.

    January 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. CCCDaughter

    If the Republicans weren't so caught up in their right wing views, Mitt Romney would of gotten the "Nod" 4 years ago. No they had to pick an old man and a dumb hot looking, middle age, nitwit!

    January 12, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Romney, Palin, Pawlenty, Rushball, Cristie, Walker, Porky Pig, Satanorum, wicked-witch, etc., etc., it doesn't matter they are all the same. Even Ron Paul except he has a little less greed and a little more delusion.
    All would continue the GOP policies of "I got mine screw you (America)".

    January 12, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Tom

    Hey Sarah, why don't you finish a job and not quit before you go on your talking tour. Oh, yeah, Gov. of Alaska, oh yeah, quit because people were saying nasty things, oh yeah, can I have a Fox news contract...

    January 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Steve Newman Washington DC

    The empty tin can is back! Glad to see that Miss "I have the fire in the belly and if I run I'll win" is still contributing to political discourse. For pay of course, for that is what the GOP and especially the Palins are all about. By the way, is it too early to thank the GOP for four more years of a Democratic White House? Oh, and I guess for taking back the House as well. Too bad the Republicans, but especially Romney, have to run on the same lame policies that George W Bush had. You remember them, don't you? Cut regulations, cut taxes and waste trillions by starting wars that weren't needed.

    January 12, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Hark

    @ The Real Tom Paine- Nice come back Tom..Keep drinking the kool-aid

    January 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I agree with her. And for the record, the last thing we need is a vulture capitalist in charge of this nation. After decades of Republican policy, which eventually brought us to our knees, do we dare go there? My husband and I were at the receiving end of vulture capitalists in the mid to late 90s. The stock we owned in the company where he worked was rendered vitually worthless by the time they sold us out. However, the investment company got their's. Typical.

    January 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Colgate

    Irrelevant, period.

    January 12, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    @mk1 – makes you wonder how many of these guys have invested in companies that feed the Military Industrial Complex, doesn't it?

    January 12, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. cf

    It's a bad sign for the Republican party when SARAH PALIN starts making sense.

    January 12, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Shannon

    Romney is a loser no matter what, and Silly Sarah is irrelevant. There are no sane candidates on the right, and it doesn't appear any waiting in the wings either.

    January 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Taylor

    Dont matter Mitt will not WIN

    January 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Sean in DC

    Hilarious. Someone who basically ruined one campaign (McCain) and later quit the office she campaigned for (governor) is telling other people how to run their campaigns.

    ...But "advising" Romney is not really her goal here. It's more of a "the opportunities to keep my face in the public eye and the money making opportunities that brings are thinning out a little in the last few months, so HERE I AM!" kind of goal 🙂

    January 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Tyler Durden

    What a dork. The Kim Kardashian sideshow of politics. Only Republicans would be blind enough to keep her relevant.

    January 12, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Monty

    Sarah Palin said she can see Russia from her front door. Well, she should STFU (shut the front door). She has milked her 15 minutes of fame ad infinitum and the American public is quite sick of her. Rather than subject herself to any type of scrutiny, she has positioned herself a highly-paid commentator on whatever suits her. This ex-beauty pagent contestant has made a career of seeking attention, based on only her looks but on no real intelligence whatsoever. Anyone with any intelligence would be well-served to do exactly the opposite of whatever Palin endorses.

    January 12, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    Why does anyone care about anything that Half Gov. Palin says?

    January 12, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Hark

    @T in Fla- Getting real tired of the lame excuse you guys use about the Iraq war...Remember your democratic congressmen and congresswomen voted overwhelmingly for it.. forgot that eh? And as far as BO is concerned, your right he is a "thinker" and thats all. Nothing he has done has headed this country in the right direction! And if its the economy you want to discuss, lets start with the root of the problem...Housing and the fact that Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Maxine Waters were front and center pushing loans for people that could not qualify under regular guidelines but were given special consideration to secure purchases. No income???? don't worry, sell your house and get out. Morons! And you continue to follow those corrupt idiots? Unbelievable?!?!

    January 12, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. George Delaney

    That is the smartest thing that has came out of palin's mouth in a long time.At last she said something that didn't hurt my ears.Voting for Romney would be just like putin Obama back in office which I see happening unless they can get someone who can beat him.

    January 12, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Corey

    @Annie, Atlanta. Right, if a republican is elected maybe investing in that sector would be a wise decision and the oil industry as well. But to your point I would bet a good deal it is a high percentage. Speaker "cries a lot" sure had is panties in a bundle when the second engine for the F-35 got the axe.

    January 12, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. PorkNBeans

    Forgive me for what I'm about to say, but for the first time ever, I agree with what she's saying.

    January 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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