Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement
August 12th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, had little to say to her 2012 counterpart in a statement released nearly twelve hours after Mitt Romney made his running mate announcement.

"Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate," Palin wrote in a statement, which mentioned Romney's name only four times and Ryan's name only three out of over 1,100 words. The statement was posted on her Facebook page.

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By the second sentence - and for the next 13 paragraphs - she focused her attention on President Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama's record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn't talking about it," she wrote in the statement, which was posted Saturday evening. "He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents."

To the current candidate's credit, she continued, "The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration."

In a negative way, she said "Obama's vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather," citing the state's spending on a stalled train project, environmental policies, unemployment, taxes, and "endless budget shortfalls."

Palin has endorsed candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, but has not formerly endorsed Romney. She said she voted for former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in the Alaska primary, and encouraged voters in early primary states to support him.

"Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it's also imperative that we get involved in the nation's important House and Senate races," she wrote. "These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!"

Palin recently made headlines after former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that McCain's selection of Palin was a "mistake" for 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain - a notion on which she strenuously pushed back.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • John McCain • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. joyce mennis

    Sarah! I think you should stick to your reality shows and understand you are not a politico influance.

    August 13, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Squincher

    Who cares what this never was, quitter thinks about??

    August 13, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Brian Wickremasinghe

    She should know about dismal failure.

    August 13, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. Ken in NC

    This woman talks about President Obama being such a failure. How performance was so bad she couldn't even get elected LOL.

    August 13, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  5. Dan

    wow! i wish the rest of the country would look like California. I traveled extensively through out all the states (except Alaska) and I decided to live in California. I have been here for the last 30 years (still traveling) and would not want to live anywhere else. As a reminder to Sarah and the GOP: California (alone) is the 8th economy in the world!!!!Of course if Sarah and the republicans have their way, they would make the whole country look like the state of Mississippi or Alabama... also probably the states with the greatest number (%) of church goers... sorry, I sure could not survive in either of them....

    August 13, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. jason depue

    The only reason CNN is focusing on Palin at this time is to take away any initial positive momentum regarding Ryan and give as much negative fuel to the GOP by focusing on a candidate from a former election. CNN is as digustingly liberal in their political views as Fox News is in its conservative views. And for those who are participating in this blog by choosing ripping apart Palin, her association with the 2008 election, and her current association with this election are fish: You're doing the exact thing CNN WANTS you to do! Looking forward to Wednesday Nov 7th folks...

    August 13, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. german

    Poor Palin....

    August 13, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. hopeisnursing

    Those who are GOP's need to give support to your candidates...Those who are not, need to find another link so that they can continue to scream about their belief and support of BO......I am just amazed at how blind we can become by the lies that come out of that camp....keep the positive vibes for Ryan and Romney, I know that he is sore from being kicked around by so many!

    August 13, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  9. Tom

    She knows where to keep her attention focused. Because she is a lightening rod for media scrutiny, she knew not to say too much... just look, now they're critiquing her for the number of times she used their name!

    Ridiculous. The only thing stronger than Bush Derangement Syndrome is Palin Derangement Syndrome.

    August 13, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  10. JD

    This is getting stupid. Is Sarah Palin paying CNN to mention her? I love the headline, ' Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement". Everyone on both sides of the aisle, Who Cares?!?!

    August 13, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. acura2010

    Sarah Palin is a bitter woman. She made wealth selling hate. She really needs Jesus because the true Jesus is not hatred, mean, ugly,selfish, nor bitter. Walk in his image Conservatives!!!!

    August 13, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |

    bitter because shes been tossed under the bus LOL

    August 13, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. trex Palin will switch partys JUST TO GET HER NAME MENTIONED AGAIN. as Jed Clampett would say.............."Pitiful,..................PITY FULL.............."

    August 13, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Mike D

    Yeah. Can we get this has-been out of the news already?

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. Chagres Girl

    Sarah Palin's opinion doesn't matter one tiny iota.

    August 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. clb

    And just why would any of us care what Sarah Palin has to say. What exactly is her current job and other than being the governor of Alaska at one time (a job she quit), what has she accomplished....isn't her 15 minutes up yet? Don't you have anything more current to write about other than what Mrs. Palin is currently saying.

    August 13, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. jay

    Sara Palin is so much better than Obama or Biden.. these guys are turning the USA into a welfare society

    August 13, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. RPrentice

    Why does CNN continue to feed this troll?

    August 13, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. GwynniesPapa

    I supported John McCain each time he ran for president. When he choose sorry palin I had no choice but to jump ship. This great hero and statesman had just shown me that his judgement was impaired. As the president moves towards the center for votes Ryan will not be able to gain the support of independents and moderates. Just sayin

    August 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Niko_in_Richmond

    Please stop giving this woman the attention that she is so desperately craving. Now that there's a young conservative in the spotlight, she's feeling a little left out. She knows that now that they have a seemingly credible conservative on the national scene, she will get ignored more than she already does.

    August 13, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. bess moore

    Omg! Why is SHE still in the news!? Make her go away! She is part of the Republicans dawnfall. What a joke! Thanx, John McCain!

    August 13, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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