June 16th, 2012
08:04 AM ET
8 years ago

No mention of Romney as Palin serves up anti-Obama red meat

Las Vegas (CNN) – Though Sarah Palin has recently endorsed several political candidates, she has yet to give an official nod to Mitt Romney. And on Friday, as she rallied conservative bloggers toward “victory in 2012” –- Palin didn’t even mention Romney’s name.

The former Alaska governor gave the keynote speech on the opening night of the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas -– a gathering of conservative leaders and new media activists. About 1,000 people descended on the city to attend the group’s fifth annual event.

Much of Palin’s speech was aimed at encouraging the grassroots activists ahead of the November elections.

“Without you there probably wouldn’t be a tea party movement,” Palin said. “Thus no 2010 electoral victory, thus no hope for victory in 2012.”

She did not mention Romney as part of that potential victory.

Palin has praised Romney in the past. At one point during the Republican primary, she told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that Romney was “a great candidate.” Yet during that same interview, Palin took some swipes at the former Massachusetts governor.

"I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving, and I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even in some cases a liberal past,” Palin said. "I am not convinced [of Romney's conservatism] and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced.”

During the primaries, Palin spoke well of Newt Gingrich, admitting in March that she voted for the former House Speaker in Alaska’s caucuses. More recently, Palin’s political action committee, SarahPac, has listed her endorsements of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch in his re-election battle, and senate hopefuls Ted Cruz of Texas, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.

Palin could help Romney, indirectly, in other ways. One way: firing up the base and possibly independents with a steady diet of anti-President Obama red meat.

While accusing the mainstream media of not properly vetting the president, Palin said: “We would have known, had the media done its job, of his strange attraction to the most leftist -– radical of leftist ideas.” And seizing on a hot button issue, the former Alaska governor charged, “If [the news media] had done their job, perhaps we would not be shocked to know that our White House would politicize national security by leaking highly confidential information to prop up the polls.”

Last week, the president broadly dismissed such claims.

"The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it's wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office," Obama said.

Palin was also relentless in her attacks against the media. Large chunks of her speech were devoted to blasting reporters for, what she called “lies.”

“According to news reports over these years, shoot, by now - I guess I should’ve been divorced how many times?” Palin said. “And under FBI investigation. And living in Montana. Or the Hamptons. Lately it’s been the Hamptons. It is still a great mystery: who really is Trig Paxon Van Palin’s real mother?”

Meanwhile, some of Palin’s zings were directed at members of her own party.

As she hailed last year’s pro-Gov. Scott Walker rallies in Wisconsin, Palin said: “Remember, while we were in Wisconsin defending tough, needed fiscal reform, some back in the establishment in [Washington] D.C., they were already walking back their promises to cut $100 billion dollars from deficit.”

In the 2010 midterm elections, House Republicans promised to cut $100 billion in spending, something they did not achieve.

“The permanent political class broke promises that they never intended to keep,” she said.

And as she praised the work of the conservative bloggers and new media activists – calling them “an army of Davids against the Goliath of the old media that still wants to deceive” - Palin urged them to keep their grassroots street cred.

“Whatever the outcome is in November, please do not get co-opted by the permanent political class,” Palin said. “You need to stay outside of the machine…stay outside the political establishment in order to hold them accountable.”

Palin did attempt to lighten the mood during her speech. At one point, she used a play on words between polls - and poles.

Now here we are in Vegas, and you know – like in Vegas – and in Washington too, they talk a lot about polls. There are a lot of poles in Vegas,” Palin said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

“The White House likes to cite polls in their recent reports - especially because the figures involved in those polls are usually augmented, too.”

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soundoff (234 Responses)

    Snooki Palin wouldn't help Mitt McCain if he begged her to. She has her knife ready to gut him along with the Ron Paulbots at the Anybody but Mitt McCain convention in Tampa soon.

    June 16, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Robrob

    Odds are she's leveraging for a VP bid.

    June 16, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    Snooki Palin warming up to ride her white horse into Tampa in August. Unhinged GOBP heads will explode nationwide when she uses the Ron Paulbots to backroom deal herself the nomination.

    June 16, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    The fact that the right wing loves Sarah to death tells you a lot about the intelligence, maturity, and hatefulness of the right wing.

    June 16, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Errm

    "Palin could help Romney, indirectly, in other ways. One way: firing up the base and possibly independents with a steady diet of anti-President Obama red meat."

    Right. Keep dreaming, CNN. She's not going to convince anyone of anything.
    Even GOPers hate this lady.
    Go away, Palin. Your 15 min. are UP.

    June 16, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Errm

    And really...what does she have besides "anti-Obama red meat" (wtf with this phrase?)? She can't even say anything good about Romney without saying something bad two seconds later! If people aren't pro Romney nor pro Obama, they're just not going to vote. Independents might write in a 3rd party...which is a boon for President Obama. But she's certainly not going to convince anyone to vote for Flip Flop Etch-A-Sketch by bad mouthing the President! We're all over the negativity.

    June 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Prariedoc

    Sara Palin is relevant how? Let's see: Quit her governors post during her first term because it was "difficult"? Calls it "ambush journalism" when asked what newspapers she reads? Needs to write "taxes" and "economy" on her hands to remind her of what she should comment about? The punch line of this walking joke has long been exhausted. Move on people!

    June 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Errm

    "Four more years of THIS?! NO WAY!!

    Who cares if she mentioned Romney? It's a done deal. Romney is just the turnaround specialist this country needs. If he has a strong majority in the House and Senate, he can save this country. Of course, the far left Democrats will fight him every step of the way because they want us to go the path of Greece and Spain, bankrupt and 20% unemployment."

    Oh really? And you can tell this...how? By his stellar career as Gov. of MA? You know...47th in job creation? By his putting businesses out of business while reaping the rewards? By hiding said rewards in the Cayman Islands so as to avoid reporting it as income?
    Given that the man has not answered ONE question about how he actually plans on "fixing" things, I must assume that you are basing your praise of him on his past record and that you live in an alternate universe where being an absolute failure is a good thing. Good luck with that.

    June 16, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Mike - Las Vegas

    Quitter says what?

    June 16, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    We all know what happens to people who rely on a diet of red meat. "Conservative leaders" is an oxymoron because they are all facing backwards. Those who think that they are leaders are oxymorons minus the oxy.

    June 16, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. kevgood

    Palin – "No need to worry that he's a Mormon. Just vote for him."

    June 16, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Max

    I love the star of David Necklace she was wearing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave her when she was in Isreal. so sad to see the hate ...

    June 16, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Larry L

    @Four more years of THIS?! NO WAY!!

    "Romney is just the turnaround specialist this country needs. If he has a strong majority in the House and Senate, he can save this country. "
    Romney is a flip-flop specialist who has offered absolutely nothing as his vision except to be "against" everything. He's even "against" his own healthcare plan! He picked-up on the self-deportation idea from a Hispanic comedian who offed the concept in jest!

    June 16, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. ladyfon

    This is one Republican that wishes Sarah Palin to disappear from the air waves. Why does the media care what she has to say?

    June 16, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Romney is the spoiled preppy version of Sarah Palin.

    June 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Flappy

    "I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving..."

    I thought Palin didn't believe in evolution.

    June 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. harry taylor

    Can she still see Russia from her house.

    June 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Thinkergal

    There is still a chance that the convention could be usurped, the party could dump Romney, and Sarah be the nominee!
    GO FOR IT.

    June 16, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. MBSeattle

    Same crap diffenent day

    June 16, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin "sunk" the GOP ship in 2008, why would Republicans continue to bring all their losers back, Palin, Santorum, Cain, these people are losers and there's a reason they're losers and not winners.

    June 16, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Patricksday

    Corporate money is most Powerful in America, she is not speaking for free.

    June 16, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Even in sports when a team loses they reorganize, get rid of the losers and pick winners because it's about winning and nothing less.

    June 16, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. SC

    I always have a hard time understanding this woman whenever she speaks.

    June 16, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. tellitlikeitis

    I wish she would set her rank-looking self down somewhere. When does it end already? Even Hollywood can't take her, that high-pitched voice is too annoying. Who listens to her, besides the ignorant and uninformed? This country has been going downhill every since something like this was almost our Vice President. She is as irrelevant as leg warmers in the summertime. The only people that thinks she is relevant is the news media. I think they do it for the blogs.

    June 16, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Dennis from Millbrae

    When God called for "brains", Palin thought S/He said "rain" and ran for cover.

    June 16, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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