Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'
September 22nd, 2012
11:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin advises Romney, 'go rogue'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin became the latest conservative to lend her two cents to the Republican ticket on Saturday, urging Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to give the country a "come to Jesus moment."

"With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should 'go rogue' and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security," Palin told the conservative "Weekly Standard" in a statement published Saturday.

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"America desperately needs to have a 'come to Jesus' moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee continued, after urging the ticket to "find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform."

If Palin's suggestion that the candidates "go rogue" sounds familiar, it was also the name of her 2009 book "Going Rogue: An American Life," which she released after her unsuccessful campaign as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

The former Alaska governor's advice comes after a week when a number of conservative voices did not hold back on their advice for the GOP ticket, which for the last two weeks has seen a political dialogue not entirely in their favor. This past week, Democrats criticized Romney heavily for remarks he made at a secretly recorded fundraiser, and before that, Romney took flack for his response to a spate of violence in the Muslim world.

Bill Kristol, editor of "The Weekly Standard," described in an online post President Barack Obama and Romney as "two presidential candidates who - when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters - have shown contempt for fellow Americans."

Peggy Noonan, a conservative columnist for The Wall Street Journal, described Romney's campaign as "incompetent," and went on to stand by her comments in a Thursday column. Her word choice, she said, was "only because I was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.' "

Romney defended himself in an interview broadcast by CBS News on Friday, saying his campaign "doesn't need a turnaround."

And on Thursday, Ann Romney told her husband's critics to "stop it" in an interview with Radio Iowa. "This is hard," she continued. "You want to try it? Get in the ring."

In her statements on the election since Romney became his party's de facto nominee, Palin has focused most of her language against Obama. In Saturday's statement, she followed suit.

"Obama casually told America that we don't have to worry about our debt in the 'short term,' " she said.

"Obama's motto seems to be, 'Let the good times roll in my day. The kids can deal with the catastrophic bankruptcy in theirs,' Palin continued. "That's no way for the leader of a great nation to behave, and I hope Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney continue to call him out on it. Generations of American children are counting on them."

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (482 Responses)
  1. Wow_Man!!!

    Too True!!!

    September 22, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. GayAtheist

    Funny how the Republicants forced themselves to eat Freedom Fries because John Kerry looked French.

    Today, the Republicant Leader, Mormon Mitt, speaks PERFECT FRENCH.

    Mormon Mitt can talk for hours about fluent french.

    September 22, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. DIna

    I'm so sorry I missed it when Bush was in office and Palin demanded that he stop spending and growing government, and when she asked the Republican-led Congress to stop being so dysfunctional.

    September 22, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Norma

    The Republicans do realize they LOST the last election don't they. In no small part due to the bimbo from Alaska. On the other hand, I really, really, really hope Mittens and Lyin Ryan take her advice. It may seem like they couldn't be doing any worse than they are but, they can and they will.

    September 22, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. geladius

    Lol...yes please go rogue so you can be just like Sarah Palin

    September 22, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. boo

    sarah is the 47%

    September 22, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. regertz

    Oh, Lord thank you for revealing what and who the Romneys are before there was any chance of them getting to the White House. "Chattering masses"? Dear God, what, is she secretly on the Democratic payroll? But maybe it's her way of showing love to Mitt by making as big a fool of herself as he did.

    September 22, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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