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. Anonymous

    @ GOP puts "$" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    Ayn Rand of whom Paul Ryan is a disciple, wrote a tome on how "Selfishness is a virtue"! Not too worry Seniors, elect him and see!

    Reminds me of a comment I recently came across on another website (with kudos to whoever wrote it originally):

    "It appears that some good Catholics have noticed that the Romney/Ryan budget is inspired by an atheist Russian who supported abortions. According to Ryan she's St. Ayn of Rand."

    Bets are on as to how long it takes Evangelicals – young and old – to realize that a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket won't actually support them in quite the way they thought it would.

    August 12, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Palin on "death panels": Before she quit and was still governor of Alaska, she supported covering end-of-life counseling and declared April 16, 2008 "Healthcare Decisions Day" in Alaska.

    Look it up, all you Palin supporters. Your heart-throb always was and always will be a Quitter, a Liar and a Mooch.

    August 12, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. RamboJohnJ

    Seriously why does any one care what this broad thinks or who she endorses? She's about as relevant as asking the drummer for Autograph who he endorses.

    August 12, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. earthshoes44

    I felt a little sorry for Sarah Steelman (who ran for Senate here in Missouri and lost in the primary elections) when Palin publicly endorsed her. If her campaign ads showing her posing with a gun and a dead animal wasn't enough to do it, Palin's endorsement was the kiss of death.

    August 12, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. EffortPA

    In Sarah's own delusional mind she was hoping she would be picked for the VP spot.

    August 12, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. observer1

    With the selection of Paul Ryan, a competent and intelligent choice, Sarah "the Mistake" Palin will now be consigned to the dustbin of history.

    August 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Grady

    always a bridesmaid...never a bride

    August 12, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. lepke

    Could we just forget about the name Palin forever please. She is an embarrassment for the whole country. The Republicans lost the last election because of her. It is so unimportant what she thinks. Just stop bringing her name up please.

    August 12, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Pete in Phoenix, Arizona.

    CNN was the first place I would go for the latest headline news for many years. No more. and CNN headline news has lost it's objectivity to report the news without a liberal bias. Lately I've tried to cut through all the bias and just read or listen to new being reported, but alas that has become to difficult for me digest. I'm neither a registered republican or democrat, just a plain old independent who has had a tendency in recent years to become more liberal, although historically voting conservative. CNN has become the surrogate campaign headquarters for the reelection of President Obama. Don't get me wrong, I voted for President last go around. Now I realize it was the biggest voting mistake I have made in my life. Although I don't give the Republicans or Democrats too much credit, until Jesse Ventura can run as a third party candidate and have a real shot at winning, I will give Mitt and Paul a chance at the plate to see if they can clean up this mess that both sides helped to create. If they can't get it done then there's always Hillary in 2016. What the hell, she couldn't do much worse.

    August 12, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    @GI Joe

    Something a little off about that picture – ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Good eye... Wouldn't you know the right one would be higher...

    August 12, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Juanmom

    I love your response mommytwice:-)

    August 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Wes Scott

    And, WHY do we care what Sarah Palin thinks? More aptly, why should we care about what Sarah Palin opines? We already know that she does not think!

    I love the selection of Paul Ryan for VP. It all but insures a second Obama term. You can bet your last dollar the senior citizens know who Ryan is and what policies he endorses, and they know how his policies will negatively affect every senior citizen who is not independently wealthy. Hopefully, young people will also know and understand what his policies will mean for their future when they become seniors and have no Medicare or MedicAID safety net.

    Thank you, Mitt! You have done your very best to make sure Obama is re-elected. Maybe you will get a cabinet post for your support of his campaign. Na!

    August 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. jim herr

    Ryan is a winner. Obama and Biden, bye, bye. Time to return USA to basic fundamentals of humanity.

    August 12, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Observer. Oh yes Ryan is soooo smart!! "I 've got mine and screw the rest of you" is such a brilliant idea.

    August 12, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. founders1791

    "...Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage..." – Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" (1971)

    Ronald Reagan was stupid, George W Bush is stupid, Sarah Palin is stupid

    Sound familiar? Lather, rinse, repeat

    It is the favorite "propaganda technique" favored by Liberal Democrats and their supporters that is used to attack their enemies: ad hominem (personal attacks), ad nauseum (repeat attacks), name-calling (arouse prejudices and fear)

    ......the 'small' people in the Socialist Democrat Party have nothing else to say but insults.

    August 12, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. JakeAZ

    the only thing dick cheney ever got right was calling palin a "mistake." the right loves to get on the media for the really tough questions they asked her during the 08 election. you know, really tough questions like "what do you read?" oh the horror. how dare the media ask our potential leaders what they read. if a liberal answered the way palin did they'd be all over them for it.

    August 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. canadianscot

    Her endorsement of anything is meaningless. Even Chick-fil-A!

    August 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Wise1Speak


    Four years ago (Aug-2008), the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain had his hands tied by the extreme-right of his party as he pressed hard to convince the party to accept Independent Senator Joe Lieberman as his VP running mate. Rush Limbaugh and the extreme-right scarf at the idea and threaten not to support the GOP convention and not show up to the polls on Tues., 4-NOV-2008.

    Here we are 4-years later and 'deja-vue'. The extreme-right again (now called the Tea Party), has forced the GOP Presidential nominee to select an extreme right-wing ideologue (with NO Foreign experience) to be a single-heartbeat from Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.

    August 12, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. canadianscot

    Her endorsement of anything is meaningless. Even Chick-fil-A.

    August 12, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. 0rangeW3dge

    Coming from the woman who single-handedly defined Brilliant "Ball of Flames" Failure, I guess "dismal failure" is not so bad then.
    Everything that comes from her is just bar room splatter and not reliable fact. If forced to chose over again, I'm pretty sure the American public would chose Barack over Sarah in a race for the executive position.
    (this could be why the Republican Party, itself, had not chosen Sarah to run ???)

    August 12, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. W.G.

    Ryan is just another "Palin " in the making .

    August 12, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Grinning Libber

    Palin and Ryan are a lot alike. She sees him as a rival. And feels left out.

    August 12, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. JWR

    The dismal failure was when Alaska elected Palin as governor!

    August 12, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. jony

    REPORT: Obama fundraiser in Chicago. 'Admission only $51, but room is half full'...

    NO DOUBT: Michelle O Has 'Sunday of Fun' at Stefani's House...

    August 12, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. bp

    When the going gets tough, the tough don't quit halfway into their 1st term. History will never forgive John McCain for inflicting this walking testament to ignorance and hatred.

    August 12, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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