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.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

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. wgf

    "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."

    The same could be said about me (and just about everyone else in the world), but that doesn't make me a good choice to run the country.

    As for "corruption and incomptence", see the Bush/Cheney presidency. (Corruption: Torture, and leaking the name of an undercover CIA agent for politcal purposes. Incompetence: Just about everything - from the unnecessary war in Iraq to the financial mess that the Republicans refuse to own up to, and will repeat if elected.)

    August 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. ted

    Sara, your 15 minutes ended years ago. Time to go back to your doublewide in Wasilla and keep your eye on the Russkies. Moron.

    August 12, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. tom

    Oh poor irrelevant Sarah. Does she really think anyone more than her crazy core base of nuts care about anything she has to say? She's just pathetic....ditto for the rest of her trailer park family.

    August 12, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. The fact is

    Palin, you lost. Can believe the bitter taste lasts that long. Get over it and shut up.

    August 12, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Jaime

    Does anyone really care what this bimbo has to say? Does it really matter what she thinks, if and when she engages the brain to think?

    August 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. michael in houston

    I can relate to the gut reaction the vast majority of Americans have when they see or hear Paling open her mouth. The toxicity and rot that pours from her is indeed obnoxious beyond description. However, we need her. Her exposure, mouth, and agenda serve a purpose. It reminds us constantly of the importance of never again allowing people like her to ever actually get into a position of power. She is a walking example of the worse among us and and how beneath the greatness of America she and her kind are. So keep talking Palin, put ALL your family on more failed reality shows....this country needs you everyday.

    August 12, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Here we go again

    That post made my laugh. Good one.

    August 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. PTBarnumboy

    Poor Sarah, her 15 mintes has passed. Thank god for FOX news to keep her income stream flowing.

    August 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Lucia Vasconcellos

    Why people keep listening of what this looser has to say. She was not even able to complete her term because she wanted to launch her own presidential bid but failed and her being chosen as a VP was McCain downfall

    August 12, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. lorna kegler

    Good grief!!!! does anyone still care what Palin says!!!!! Go get a real job!!

    August 12, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. wgf

    Sarah, and others, need to consider the possibility that what they think has been done badly might have been done considerably worse had someone else been in charge.

    There is absolutely no reason to believe that the Republicans would have handled the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression any better than Obama. In fact, since it was the GOP's policies that manuafctured the crisis to begin with, there is every reason to believe they would have done worse.

    BTW... In 2010 the GOP ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs". We're still waiting to see their jobs program. Sorry, my mistake - their jobs program is to give more venture capital to the wealthy, who may or may not choose to invest it in new business development, which or may not occur in the US. This venture capital will come from the middle class. Great plan.

    August 12, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. tommariner

    Can you blame her for staying out of the VP thing. The vicious attacks on Sarah Palin by the 2008 Obama campaign, BECAUSE she was a woman, was so effective, it still has the fanatical base fired up four years later. It matched the charges of racism thrown at Bill and Hillary Clinton. And the fanatics (and the press) seem willing to believe the charges thrown by a 30 year old "college student" that translated into a "war on women" - (you can't make this stuff up) by the Republicans.

    You can almost understand the Democratic Campaign falling back on their Chicago immoral tactics. But what is disturbing is that the "press" has largely not only ignored the President's attack on Palin BECAUSE she was a female, but joining in the sarcastic, personal attacks that is legally "hate" speech.

    August 12, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. s kel

    Yawwnnn did sara say sometin??

    August 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. brian in denver

    The best thing that can be said about Romney's choice of Ryan might be that it's better than McCain's choice of Palin. Sarah's ego is easily bruised.

    August 12, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Katie Max

    Couple of things: First and foremost stop giving this idiot so much of a platform. I guess for the short run you do have to notate her to some extent (kinda like we must report the 3-car collision on the freeway so people can avoid that area) but if you cut off the air supply the fire dies. Same with Palin - she will vanish without publicity and her Igor-esque minions will find someone else to slavishly follow. Her verbal diarrhea is exhausting to read or listen to. She is a moron and everyone is afraid to say so, mostly because, despite her pseudo-biblical attire, at heart she is a 15 yr old cheerleader who pretends to be all "go team!" but will turn on her teammates in a heartbeat and gossip hatefully behind their backs. Second, In this article we read that "Palin has endorsed candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, but has not formerly endorsed Romney." I think "formally" was the word you were looking for.

    August 12, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. goldenlife

    She's a bigger nutcase than Bachmann, and that takes a lot of nuts to pass up that Minnesota Moron.

    August 12, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. G Crawford

    Palin's approval or disapproval is completely irrelevant.

    August 12, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Roco

    "Barack Obama's record is one of dismal failure" I guess she's an expert at dismal failure since she has no clue on how to complete an term of office.

    August 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Katie Max

    @Michael in Houston. You are SO right! Palin is a reminder of who never to elect into public office in the first place. During the '08 campaign I kept thinking of the fable "The Emperor's New Clothes". I was afraid that I was the only one who saw this cardboard cutout of a Barbie Doll as toxic and stupid and dangerous. Thank goodness the American people have more common sense than to be duped by Ms. Palin. Don't Mama Grizzly bears have to hibernate??

    August 12, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. GSW Minnesota

    Why are this idiot's comments newsworthy? As an independent voter, the only opinion that matters less to me would be Michelle Bachmann's!

    August 12, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Gizmo

    lol! Sarah Palin is a baffoon, nothing more! The media needs to stop giving her attention so she can just go away! OBAMA/BIDEN, 2012 AND BEYOND!!!!

    August 12, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. MaryM

    So GOP is doubling down on more tax cuts for the rich? Aren't most Americans against it? Are they really so out-of-touch? oh, and no one cares what sarah has to say

    August 12, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. snowdogg

    Well, there go the GOP's chances for sure... no STRONG endorsement form S.P.

    August 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. retief1954


    Your defense of Sarah Palin – laughable! You say she was "attacked" in the '08 campaign, "BECAUSE she was a woman." What?!?!? That's your view? I don't know what campaign you were watching, but it obviously wasn't the '08 campaign for POTUS. Seems that everyone in America but you knows why Palin failed in her attempt to help that ticket.

    August 12, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Mop

    Every time i see a picture of her, the first thing that comes to mind is:
    Duct tape.

    August 12, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15