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. Bill

    @Katie Max I have to agree with you concerning Palin, But do the American people have "more common" sense. I am doubtful considering the the person who was elected President ! Past four years have been an absolute travesty.

    August 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. sqeptiq

    Tommariner, did you lose your copy of the Teapublican Party memo on talking points? You left out a couple of the more imaginative ones. Have you not been following Fox closely enough?

    August 12, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Immigrant

    Where is Romenys Taxes? When you buy a home you have to show years of taxes, Mitt Willard Romeny wants to buy his white house and add it to his collection, and this is what I am going to pledge as a US citizen, to be cheated?

    The only people who dont have to show taxes when they buy a home are Trailer owners, and those are then only one who is not to concern about seeing his taxes, The county is suffering and as an immigrant you hear the comments about how we are destrorying the country when the 1% are making money and hiding it offshore, then on the main land the next 99% find a way to cheat the government out of paying there fair share "AMERICAN" and that is what I am going to pledge to? LOL LOL LOL But according to Romeny in so little words
    That is how America work
    Going back to the old America,
    Taking America Back.
    Need to be more American ( Cheat on Taxes,lie,steal etc)
    American Values (cheat on Taxes,lie,steal etc) and that is what I am going to pledge to?

    August 12, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. afnmvet

    Srah Palin was an absolute failure as a VP pick (unless you are a late night comedian, then she was the best ever). She resigned the Governors job so she could run around write a book and make big money. I typically vote slightly to the Republican side and I consider her to be an absolute loon. Who cares what she thinks.

    August 12, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    What do you expecting CNN , do you want Plain to follow your path

    Past 36 hours CNN used hundreds of Romney and Ryan really that is boring

    August 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. wakiash

    Why does CNN keep dredging up this ignorant,immaterial washed up has-been ne'er-do-well sorry excuse of a woman and waste of human flesh? SHE DOES NOT MATTER! NOT NOW!. NOT EVER!

    August 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Greg

    Our current President took office over 3 1/2 years ago bet folks keep placing blame for our state of affairs on Presicent Bush. President Reagan inherited a pretty bad situation from President Carter and he did not whine; he went to work and fixed the problems.

    August 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. jason

    I'm not a republican, but if I were I would be FAR more concerned with the ticket if Palin actually loved the VP choice!

    August 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. aaron

    Palin needs to do something she's qualified being a model for hemorroid suppositories.

    August 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Ronnie

    Romney the Chief OUtsourcer !!!!
    He outsourced his reputation building to Paul Ryan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. carlos

    willard is his name and appropriately Willard is a meek social misfit with a strange affinity for rats. He lives in a large mansion, well, that should tell you more about the HOOD that he is.

    willard, your TAX RETURNS are what we need to be disclosed, WE THE PEOPLE demand them.

    Also, please stop mentioning that the american people this, american people that, you are insulting our intelligence, you are not our choice and remember that there are people in your own party who want someone else to be nominated, NOT YOU.

    August 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. CezanneFan1972

    I am so tired of seeing time and space given to this woman and her opinions!

    August 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. cleptp

    why does palin's opinion even matter? why in the hell are we still hearing about this loser....she quit being governor...end of story..

    August 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. clepto

    why does palin's opinion even matter? why in the hell are we still hearing about this loser....she quit being governor...end of story..

    August 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. ruth

    Does anyone really care what sarah palin thinks anymoe?

    August 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Doctor Bob

    Who the heck is Sarah Pallin and why would anyone care about what she says (unless maybe she was on Saturday Night Live) ?

    August 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. kcl

    Should we really care what Palin has to say?
    Divisive as ever....what are the positive points of your party's choice Sarah?
    Crawl back in your hole.

    August 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Carol

    Palin talks about demonizing opponents???? That is her specialty. She always blames others for what she practices.

    August 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. caracter

    Treason = no supporting your country!!
    Did Romney paid taxes while America was at war?

    August 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. bgates

    Dismal failure–
    The stock market has doubled since 2009
    GDP has been on the rise since 2009
    Employment has been on the rise since 2009
    The net worth of Americans has risen 10billion
    The auto industry was saved from collapse.
    Osama Bin Laden and most top Al Qeda dead.
    Healthcare reformed passed for all Americans

    Obama has done nothing during his Presidency.

    August 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Jeb

    Palin is an inspiration to morons everywhere.

    August 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. RudyG

    Immigrant, my friend, it's Romney, not Romeny. And, pay attention, he's already shown his taxes as required by law. You immigrants don't have to pledge to anything, you already cheated – you're here illegally!!

    August 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. labman57

    Hey Sarah. If you start working on it now, you can have Ryan's concession speech ready for him to not read on Election Night.

    August 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. carlos

    RudyG.....typical repugnant and you people are classless and sickening. UGH

    August 12, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Jason

    Guess Ryan isn't that bad of a choice since the biggest ret@rd in politics doesn't like him.

    August 12, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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