Casting aside criticism from some Republicans that party infighting is harmful to the overriding objective of defeating President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin says GOP candidates “need to vet one another.” The former Alaska governor also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday the presidential hopefuls need to be held accountable for their claims.
“They need to vet one another — we’re not going to get the lamestream media to help vetting on the other side of the ticket, so we’ll vet within our own party and we’ll allow that, that most prepared candidates to rise to the top,” Palin said. “So, it’s tough — it’s rough and tumble — but this is the way that you adhere claims, absolutely, that are being made today.
“You hear backup and facts, and information supporting the claims, say, for job creation, that’s been the talk the last couple of days — claims made in these campaigns — and sometimes it gets rough and tumble as you try to hold these candidates accountable for what they’re claiming,” she said.
Palin also said she does not believe that when House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rock Perry attack front-runner Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital they are attacking free-market capitalism, but his claims that he created jobs.
“I don’t agree with the attacks on free market capitalism at all — but I don’t believe that that’s really what is at the heart of Governor Perry’s criticism of Romney and his time at Bain,” Palin said. “This isn’t about a politician making huge profits in the private sector, I think what Governor Perry is getting at is that Governor Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and you know, people are wanting to know: Is there proof of that claim?
“And was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens?,” she continued “You know, the 100,000 jobs — and I believe that that’s what Governor Perry is getting at is — own up to the claims that are being made — and that’s fair. That’s not negative campaigning, that’s fair to get a candidate to be held accountable to what’s being claimed, especially when it comes to job creation because so many of us are so concerned about what’s going on, on Main Street, as well as Wall Street.”
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