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. GI Joe

    The difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pitbull seems to be that a Pit Bull can be muzzled.

    January 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Wilma

    Wow. The Republican Party should take her advice and vet it's candidates.Gee, if they'd done that, we would have to listen to her! She'd still be a complete nobody.

    January 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Terry

    Suddenly, the Tea Party Leadership realizes that Romney is going to win the nomination, and Tea Party Control goes right out the window. Sarah Palin's job is to derail the Romney Victory in South Carolina, and perhaps even in Florida. If Romney wins the nomination, I look for the Tea Party to announce a third ticket on the National Ballot in November.

    January 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. RLA

    Wow what a bunch of lame liberal talking points! I for one am fed up with their constant character assassination. PEOPLE get to recognize a corrupt pol from the Chicago mold!!!!

    January 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. kevin illinois

    the republican establishment won't let her in this late in the game because she hasn't debated and for all we know has filed the paperwork to get on the ballot in many states

    January 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. goodlife

    palin should have used her clout in south carolina, and endorsed a candidate. she helped nicki hailey become the governor, for instance. with this statement today she blew her clout just like newt undid himself.

    January 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. willie floyd

    Maybe we should see college transcripts, birth certs., DUIs, criminal dom. violence, and by all means a PHOTO ID. Did I miss anything?? Surely of all these we should be able to disqualify ALL of them. Sounds good to me!
    OOOOPS-Baptismal records.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 12, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. billy

    Time to purchase a new broom Sarah – you are the reason McCain lost so please GET LOST !!

    January 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Doc

    There's nothing "surprising" about Palin's latest gum-flapping. Sarah's feeling forgotten, as well she should. God will be smiling on us the day she retreats from the public view altogether. But I digress. Romney's getting the press, so the thing for her to do to get her name in the press again is to bash him. That's what's driving this circus wagon...nothing more, nothing less.

    January 12, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. hgh

    I think Ms Palin needs to hush up and just stay in Alaska with the bears.

    January 12, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    The concept of transparency presents an interesting conundrum with respect to Mittens. On the one hand, he is quite obviously hiding his tax returns and other information because he fears public reaction to him being a rich elitist 1% scumbag who pays less than half the tax rate of an average household making $60,000 and filing jointly. On the other hand, he's so superficial, his arguments and strategies are so thin, and his pandering and tactics so see-through that it's hard to imagine a more fitting word than "transparent" for describing him and his campaign.

    January 12, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Pat in IL

    She still hasn't figured out that she is irrelevant.....always has been and always will be. She's just an idiot who is narcissistic enough to want to stay in the public eye, even if it's just to prove again how dumb and annoying she is.

    January 12, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    While we're going for ful disclosure from everybody, can Obama please disclose the transscripts and notes from all the vists made to the Whitehouse by the heads of unions? SEIU, AFL-CIO, etc.??? We have a right to know what he is doing in private meetings in the Whitehouse with groups that funnel hundreds of millions to him for political reasons.

    January 12, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. drod

    Sarah Sarah Sarah...We missed you. There is still room for you in the circus called the Repubican Campaign. It's not the same without the Palin Clown. You betcha.

    January 12, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. ST

    Let us wait and see whether her fellow republicans will attack her as well. Her claims and that of Gingrich are same.

    January 12, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Poster bimbo power has got to be one of her family members. Nothing from this person and now she's back posting crazy comments again. Can't be Trig because he seems to be the smartest of the bunch wherever they have been hiding him
    @big al, your post is silly but you are right about "elder" she IS four years older but still a moron.

    January 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. deepthunk

    Hey I’m going to put this through the patented BS translator.
    "I'm still with the majority," Palin said. "Searching."
    Translation: I need someone to offer me a deal so I can stay in the political light because I’m losing my luster with the conservitve electorite and I know it. So whatever flegling support I can offer is up for grabs not only to the highest bidder, but in fact to the first candiate who even bothers to bid. Anybody?
    Wow, its amazing how a few little words can translate into a huge pile of bull in politics.

    January 12, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Casey

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

    -No kidding, if they had done that, they might have won the 2008 election

    January 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Steve

    The Republican Party is engaged in a civil war between its conservative and status quo business wings. Hang on, this will be interesting.

    January 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. nooneknows

    Sarah, you could be Mitt's VP !!!!
    C'mon, SNL needs you!

    January 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. sortakinda

    When someone expels wind with accompanying noise and odor, polite people ignore it. That's how Palin's comments should be treated, as they are both noisy and odiferous.

    January 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. GrogInOhio

    TRENDING: Palin seeks increased publicity... there you go. I fixed that headline for you. You're welcome.

    January 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Bill

    Keep talking Sarah. You are a democrats dream.

    January 12, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Pat

    I guess the media turned over a rock and re-found Sarah Palin again.

    January 12, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. SaintM


    Sarah Palin's son was found guilty of dealing drugs, and his punishment was either to serve in the military or go to prison. He chose the military. Now how much respect do you have for him? Don't believe me? look it up yourself.
    The Palins: worthless losers all of them.

    January 12, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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