By Alicia M. Cohn - 04/03/12 11:49 AM EDT
Sarah Palin on Tuesday urged the eventual GOP presidential nominee to choose someone like her as running mate.
"What I would advise the nominee, Mitt Romney, or whomever the nominee is: Don't necessarily play it safe and do just what the GOP establishment expects them to do," Palin said on NBC's "Today" show.
The phrase "going rogue" is one Palin uses often to describe her philosophy and is also the name of Palin's 2009 book. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, was the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. She defended her own choice for what eventually resulted in a losing ticket, and said this year's VP pick doesn't necessarily need to have national experience either.
"I would put up my record ... up against any of the other potential GOP vice presidential nominess last round," she said.
But she also went on to warn the eventual nominee of things to come, including a "double standard" applied to conservatives by the media.
"It doesn't matter if that person has national-level experience or not, they're gonna get clobbered by the lamestream media who does not like the conservative message. It doesn't matter if they're a known commodity to the mainstream, lamestream, or not," she said.
Many names have been thrown around as possible vice presidential choices for the GOP ticket, ranging from governors — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — to other well-known names such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
"The GOP ticket doesn't know what's coming, they don't know what's going to hit them in terms of double standards being applied to them in the positions that they hold, to the records that they run on, to personal family issues to anything else. There will be that double standard applied no matter who it is," she warned.
Palin guest-hosted the "Today" show on Tuesday. Matt Lauer, her co-host, joked that hosting the show "technically" made her part of the so-called "lamestream media," a phrase Palin has coined.