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Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day
June 2nd, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day

Boston (CNN) – Less than an hour before Mitt Romney was to announce his second bid for the White House in New Hampshire, Sarah Palin appeared in Romney’s hometown and set about picking apart the health care plan he supported as governor of Massachusetts, suggesting it may be a fatal flaw for his candidacy.

Surrounded by reporters for several minutes while visiting the Bunker Hill monument along Boston’s Freedom Trail, Palin delivered her unvarnished opinions of the Romney heath care plan, which mandated that Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance or else face penalties.

“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, obviously and I am not the only to say so, but obviously there will be more explanation coming from Gov. Romney for his support of government mandates,” said Palin, on day five of her “One Nation” bus tour of historic sites on the East Coast.

Romney has faced almost unceasing criticism from conservatives within his party for the similarities between his legislation and the national health care reform passed by President Obama.

He has wrapped himself in the Constitution to defend himself, insisting that states, not the federal government, should have the right to develop their own laws and regulations.

Palin was not buying it.

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May 30th, 2011
11:58 PM ET

Raw Politics: Will Palin run for the White House in 2012?

Editor's note: CNN Chief National Correspondent John King speaks with a panel of guests about Sarah Palin's political future.

Related: Memorial Day brings out presidential hopefuls


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AC360 Preview: Will she or won’t she?
Sarah Palin rides a motorcycle during the 'Rolling Thunder' Memorial Day event Sunday in Washington on the first day of her 'One Nation' bus tour.
May 30th, 2011
08:06 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Will she or won’t she?

Editor's note: Watch our political panel weigh in on Palin here.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is once again at the center of the political stage tonight.

Palin is in the midst of a rather mysterious East Coast bus tour that some political observers are interpreting as a trial balloon for a 2012 presidential campaign. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is keeping details of her trip largely under wraps, with crowds forming simply based on speculation of where and when she might appear.

Related on the CNN Political Ticker: Crowds wait and wait and wait for Palin

Palin says she’s not on a campaign trip. Is that believable?

Tune in to AC360° tonight at 10pm ET for some Raw Politics about Palin and the 2012 GOP field.

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Memorial Day brings out presidential hopefuls
Sarah Palin takes part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday in Washington.
May 30th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Memorial Day brings out presidential hopefuls

(CNN) - Politicians are in plentiful supply this Memorial Day as the ramp-up to the 2012 presidential election begins in earnest.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who began a nationwide bus tour Sunday, generated plenty of buzz, visiting Fort McHenry in Baltimore and Mount Vernon in Virginia on Monday.

She told CNN on Monday that she plans to take her "One Nation" bus tour to Iowa, the state that votes first in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm sure at some point I will be going to Iowa," Palin said.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee told reporters earlier on Monday she is "still kind of contemplating" a White House run.

"I think any Republican candidate is very, very electable," she said. "I think Americans are ready for true change."

Palin's Memorial Day schedule will also take her to the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Over the next few days, Palin's "One Nation" bus tour is also scheduled to make stops at historic sites in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the latter home to the nation's first primary.

"This isn't a campaign bus," she said. "This is a bus to be able to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation, and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about America."

"We don't need to fundamentally transform America," she added. "We need to restore what's good about America."

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who would compete with Palin for Tea Party support should she run, was attending Memorial Day events in New Hampshire.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
January 28th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Video: KTH: Is Palin rewriting history?

Sarah Palin takes aim at Pres. Obama's "Sputnik moment" reference. Are her facts straight? We're Keeping Them Honest.

January 28th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Video: Sarah Palin's own 'Sputnik moment'

CNN's Soledad O'Brien and her panel discuss Sarah Palin's criticism of President Obama's State of the Union address.

January 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Palin needs to 'be more careful,' Gingrich says

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting more advice from fellow Republicans – this time from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who says the former Alaska governor needs to "slow down."

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, Gingrich said a string of Palin's recent statements indicate she needs to "be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it."

"There's no question that she has become more controversial," added Gingrich who may face off against Palin later in the year for the GOP presidential nomination.

But Gingrich was quick to add he believes Palin remains a "phenomenon and "very formidable in her own right."

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Sarah Palin
January 18th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Palin: 'I am not going to shut up'

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – In her first interview since the Arizona shootings, Sarah Palin Monday sharply beat back critics who have suggested her at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter’s motivations.

"The graphic that was used was crosshairs. That's not original. Democrats have been using them for years," Palin said in the interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where Palin is a paid contributor.

"For many years maps in political races have been used to target certain districts that people would feel that they can get into those districts and find someone to whom they believe would represent the constituents' will better than the incumbent," she added.

The map in question – created by Palin's political action committee last spring – featured the crosshairs of a gun over the congressional districts of 20 Democratic candidates – including that of Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman who was shot in Tucson nine days ago. Last week, Palin aide Rebecca Monsour defended the graphic, saying the crosshairs were not those of a gun but rather "a surveyor symbol."

But Palin's PAC quickly scrubbed the graphic from its website after the shootings, a move Palin said she found appropriate.

"The contract graphic artist did take it down and I don't think that was inappropriate," said Palin. "If it was going to cause much heartburn and even more controversy I didn’t have a problem with it taken down."

In the 30 minute interview, Palin also addressed the criticism she has faced for her video response to the shootings posted last week on Facebook. Critics particularly took issue with the former governor's use of the term "blood libel," a phrase that for many conjures anti-semetic connotations.

"Blood libel obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands. In this case, that's exactly what was going on," she said, adding later, "Just two days before an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal had that term in its title. And that term has been used for eons."

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