Was the former First Dude of Alaska just testing out the waters for his wife? Whatever was happening with the recent Todd Palin endorsement of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Tea Party icon Sarah is now on board as well, mostly.
Doing an interview on Fox News, Palin stated that she was convinced Gingrich won the recent South Carolina GOP debate. “I do think that Newt is the one that won the debate if you will, because Newt came out like South Carolina’s own Smokin’ Joe Frazier. He came out there swinging, talking about work, talking about jobs and work ethic and how government needs to get out of the way in order for all Americans to have a sense of opportunity to work, and I think that’s what a lot of voters have been craving to hear.”
Furthermore, if she was a state resident, he’d be her pick…at least, in order to keep the competition going on. “I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron. Steel sharpens steel. These guys are getting better in their debates. They are getting more concise. They are getting more grounded in what their beliefs are and articulating what their ideas are for getting America back on the right track and getting Americans working again. If I had to vote in South Carolina order to keep this thing going, I would vote for Newt and I would want it to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates.”
Ok, so maybe it wasn’t “Newt should be president.” But that’s not stopping the Gingrich campaign from treating it as if it were. “We’re thrilled — I just talked to Todd and we’re just thrilled,” he told POLITICO as he headed into his hotel here for the night. “It’s a signal to every conservative that the one conservative vote that’s effective is to Newt Gingrich and that’s very helpful.”
More helpful to Gingrich would be if Palin would campaign on the trail for him, but that’s just not happening yet.
Watch Palin’s clip below. Best part? When she says that the process should continue because candidates need more vetting before they are selected. I’m sure John McCain agrees.
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