Palin's special treat for Rand Paul
April 18th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
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Palin's special treat for Rand Paul

(CNN) – When Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to filibuster President Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, a conservative ally in Alaska took notice – and headed to the post office.

"I sent him some caribou jerky from Alaska to help keep up his strength on the Senate floor," Sarah Palin writes in this week's "Time 100" issue. "There's more where that came from for this bold Senator with 20/20 vision willing to take a stand for liberty."

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee's glowing blurb on the Kentucky senator is one of several political write-ups penned by fellow leaders in the annual list of influencers published by Time.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, honoring Obama, recalls his trip last year to Burma, the first for an American president.

"This was American leadership at its best," wrote Clinton, who was Obama's rival in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, but who repaired ties during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat.

"President Obama is working to create broader prosperity at home and become more competitive abroad by investing in our people, modernizing our infrastructure, building a new energy future and managing our long-term fiscal challenges," Clinton writes in Time. "That's the course for a better future."

Obama also got a byline in the magazine, praising Sen. Tom Coburn, the conservative Republican from Oklahoma.

"Tom Coburn and I don't always agree on the issues. In fact, on the surface, we seem pretty different," the president writes, adding his friendship with Coburn originated when their wives met during a Senate orientation.

"The people of Oklahoma are lucky to have someone like Tom representing them in Washington – someone who speaks his mind, sticks to his principles and is committed to the people he was elected to serve," Obama continues, noting: "Each of us still hopes the other will see the light. But in the meantime, we'll settle for being friends."

Flipping the equation, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor profiles Vice President Joe Biden, calling the second-in-command "a friend."

"His list of accomplishments is impressive, but most impressive to me is his ability to build bridges, bring people together and get things done," Cantor writes. "Even though we disagree on many issues, he creates opportunities for future collaboration. He does that by treating people with kindness and respect and by speaking with honesty and candor."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Wow. The Aqua Buddha and Ms. half-governor. There's a brain trust for you.

    April 18, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Warren

    Who let her out???

    April 18, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Really CNN?

    Well, CNN is at the very least ... oh, never mind. You know how it's been at CNN these past few years.

    April 18, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jinx9to88

    Good grief, one nut case to another!!

    April 18, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Republicans are Bought & Paid for by the NRA

    These people couldn't get any more bizarre if Hollywood, in their wildest dreams of creativity, tried to make a caricature of extreme nut jobs.

    April 18, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Really CNN?

    Well, CNN is at the very least ... oh, never mind. You know how it's been at CNN these past few years.
    Yes I do know my friend. Here's something else I know: Im tired of it, and you are too I can tell by your comments.
    "Fed up" would describe us nicely vis-a-vis this 24-hour "news cycle" right about now...yes?

    April 18, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. ladeeda

    These two are kindred spirits in that both see no problem in drumming up irrational manufactured fear as part of their political agenda and care not that this misinformation and hysteria may incite the mentally infirm and ignorant to commit acts of violence. Their irresponsible selfish actions amount to being accomplices in inciting violent acts from unstable persons who actually believe all the BS.

    April 18, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    Paul/Palin 2016 Conservative Dream Team......

    But I bet there would be problems with them deciding who gets to be on top......

    Keep up the good work GOP!!

    April 18, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    The MSM's continuing fascination with this nitwit is like licking your fingers after eating a turd sammich.

    April 18, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Yes. The good news is summer is just around the corner. Strike that. Summer might be just around the corner ... if only it would stop snowing!

    @Wake up People! Thanks for the laugh this dreary A.M. !!

    April 18, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. ST

    To: all who have commented on this article and many showed they don't like to see anything written on this woman
    Myself I tried to ignore commenting on this, BUT I was forced to do so. Can we all agree and come together from now onwards not to comment on anything written about her. This will be the only way to stop CNN bringing her now and then while other News Agencies have stopped completely to write anything about this useless individual. I am really annoyed, I hope you too!

    April 18, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. lottie

    the only jerky is palin. Please go away . Stop covering this nit wit she is rich enough. In all the turmoil of the last few days why do we listen to any of the nut jobs coming out of the GOP.?? clamiing victory on the gun control bill was disgusting enough for this political group that loves discourse and fear mongering.

    April 18, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. We will have 8 great years of President Palin in the White House. President Palin will completely fix this country of the damage done by Bubba, Gipper, Dubya and Obama.

    April 18, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. lolo

    Who cares what this know nothing woman does. She has to find some way to keep that money rolling in. The Beverly hillbillies have a higher IQ than this nut.

    April 18, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. ART

    You know a pig in lipstick would make more sense than this woman

    April 18, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Name lynn

    satin an an the wicked witch what the heck, rand an sarah who summond up the witch in the news an media who wants to hear from her a loser an couldnt win the vice president seat. whattt

    April 18, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. ritmocojo

    'Rant' Paul and Snow Snookie Palin deserve each other. What a wonderful pair of dingalings.

    April 18, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. JohnW

    Just out of curiosity, are there any pictures of her where her mouth is closed? I can't remember seeing one.

    April 18, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. TLemmbert

    Palin again turns the focus away from someone else to make it all about herself. She always brings in a cutesy reference to AK.

    April 18, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. picnick

    Rand Paul 2016.

    Rubio is a tool of Karl Rove and the Bill Kristol neo-con trash.

    Rand Paul is nobody's puppet.

    April 18, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. picnick

    Rand Paul will get my vote in 2016.

    Hillary voted for the Iraq war, the PATRIOT Act and the debt ceiling increases.
    Rubio is a tool of Karl Rove and the established neocons like Bill Kristol

    New Jersey Governonr Kristie Kreme, will probably have a heart attack long before 2016 rolls around.

    Rand Paul or none at all.

    Balanced budget in 5 years.
    School choice and English as the official language.
    No wars of aggression.

    April 18, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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