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. BinCO

    Well Sarah should know all about skeletons in the closet! Too bad she's back in the news ...

    January 12, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. pooh2

    Nice women is this Sarah Palin. Only if she did not choose politics for her profession. One should really know what one is suited for.

    January 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. ed fl

    If Bain won't kill Romneys chances,think what Palins advice might do ,be it good or bad!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next President. Palin is going to jump in the very last minute and take both the nomination and the White House. We need President Palin for only she has the ability to completely fix our country's problems.

    January 12, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. BinCO

    I love what Liska said on the Santorum page. Very poignant.

    January 12, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Big Al

    Invaluable advice from a seasoned elder stateswoman. Her experience, success and impeccable reputation...all after raising a model American something that our nation must always treasure. Once she becomes and is regarded as our greatest ever president, an image of her on Mount Rushmore will be the only fitting monument to the glory that she personifies.

    January 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Noodle Nose Johnson

    My God, when Sarah Palin starts to sound cogent, I know I've been listening to these GOP candidates for too long.

    January 12, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. SixDegrees

    And we should care about what Palin thinks...why? Her political expertise is limited to a failed VP run and a governor's job she couldn't handle and quit halfway through. Hardly inspiring qualifications. And her own 15 minutes are now officially up. Time for her to move on to has-been diva-hood and start doing Fiat commercials.

    January 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Broken clocks are right twice a day.

    January 12, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    $he's hoping RoMney (R Money) to pay her to shut up

    January 12, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Mary Angeline

    If anyone should know about vetting, it's The Tundra Queen. Had she been properly vetted don't think she would've ended up as VP candidate. Hopefully her stupidity would've come to light along with her lack of knowledge of issues, like Herman Cain. Hope she's enjoying her view of Russia from her window...that's exactly where she belongs.

    January 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    His money comes from Capitol Gains from Bain. Deduct all his kids and housing interest and he Paid $0 (That's zERO).

    January 12, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Palin is a Twinke or Ding Dong

    Coming from Palin's clouded crystal ball does not mean that much. Go home and eat some Ho Ho's.

    January 12, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Carlos

    Let's apply the same disclosure rule to every candidate or wannabe candidate, and let's see who remains standing after the dust settles.

    January 12, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next President. Palin is going to jump in the very last minute and take both the nomination and the White House. We need President Palin for only she has the ability to completely fix our country's problems.

    gasp. I just laughed up my lunch. When she endorses him, he's gonna run for the hills. Beware everyone...the human ebola is out again. We had a few peaceful weeks without her but she's baaaaack

    January 12, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Jewels

    AutoAmerican - You sound ridiculous. She isn't going to "jump" into the race. She knows she wouldn't have a chance. However, I would like to see some docs. released and find it interesting what another poster said - that none of the children have served.

    January 12, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Sue Lynn

    Sarah Palin = Leadership....and Sarah is Leading the debate...GRRRRRR

    January 12, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Deni

    "...You've got to be prepared for this." Excellent, coming from a person who's only noteworthy skill was and continues to be maintaining a perpetual state of unpreparedness.

    January 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Maine LIberal

    where are the GOP candidates birth certificates ?

    January 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think we are seeing one of the main reasons that Palin would not run for president. She could not debate nor could she take the heat of other Republicans possibly attacking her. Sarah does well attacking from her FaceBook, Twitter, SarahPac and the protection of FoxNews. She could NOT handle what Mitt, Newt, or even Bachmann dealt with in the big show. And bad enough if it's the "evil left" that would do it but could you imagine an attack on Palin coming from the right? And if they left her alone then it would be biased. Palin is doing what she does best, being an attack dog from the sidelines.

    January 12, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. kit8

    She has a very good point. I guess even Sarah Palin can make sense for once.

    January 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. M1983

    I don't usually agree with anything that comes out of Sarah Palin mouth, but she might be on to something here, she
    right about vet candidates, she should know because John McCain and his people did not vet her. Whoever get the
    nomination should keep her away from them because they will give Obama four more years. People have not gotten over 2008.

    January 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Big Al

    Hooray for Sarah Palin! We love Sarah Palin! Only she can deliver this nation from evil. I want all the Evangelicals to grab their bibles and lets march for our lovely Sarah. We need her to be our president. So tonight, I say to all Evangelicals, go outside with your bibles, kneel down and pray that USA will become a nation of Christians.

    January 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Diane

    I moved from Alaska this summer and most of the people there are incredibly embarrassed by her. Romney probably hasn't reached out to her; hence, she feels slighted. Maybe Romney should have taken the high road by earning his money on a self-serving reality show. I am so happy that Fox News cuts her off every time on the show. Roger Ailes has even figured out she is a BOZO.

    January 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Michael

    WHY ??? WHY ??? CNN do you give this wanna be any credence ??? The only transparency is between her EARS !!!!!!

    January 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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