Sarah Palin offers advice as Kamala Harris is named VP candidate: ‘Don’t get muzzled’

Chacour Koop
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Sarah Palin had advice for Sen. Kamala Harris shortly after she was picked as Joe Biden’s running mate Tuesday.

Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential candidate with John McCain, ran against Barack Obama and Biden in 2008. The former Alaska governor offered congratulations and candid guidance to Harris, who’s just the third woman to be named a vice presidential candidate for a major party.

The late Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was the first when she was chosen as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984.

“Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” Palin posted on Instagram.

Palin told Harris to maintain her individuality and trust herself and those close to her.

“Out of the chute trust no one new,” Palin wrote. “Fight mightily to keep your own team with you — they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy.”

Palin cautioned about being “muzzled” during the campaign.

“Don’t get muzzled,” Palin wrote. “Connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive ‘handlers’ trying to change you.”

Palin also hinted she’ll soon share “one of the funniest things in my life,” which happened just before a debate against Biden when the two were vice presidential opponents.

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Congrats to the democrat VP pick Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned: 1) out of the chute trust no one new; 2) fight mightily to keep your own team with you - they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy; 3) don’t get muzzled - connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you; 4) some fun terms you may learn: “OTR” - an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you “normalize” in front of voters. (I’d remembered not packing my running shoes, they turned it into a whole campaign stop with media detailing my every move trying on shoes.) OTR’s get bizarre (try eating in front of vultures looking for the “gotcha” shot!) but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing! “Ropeline”: thee MOST fun thing! Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth! The ropeline is often the only way to literally touch those whom you wish to serve, so be sincere in looking in their eyes, understanding why they’re there, never forgetting they represent the innumerable Americans putting their trust in you to serve for the right reasons. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters! 5) don’t forget the women who came before you; 6) have fun! This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is! more to come... including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden... stay tuned! - Sarah Palin

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