Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has offered a pointed defense of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich against disparaging remarks made by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Politico
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Christie, who is campaigning hard for Gingrich’s rival, Mitt Romney, called the former House speaker “an embarrassment to the party.”
Palin begs to differ.
“Poor Chris. This was a rookie mistake,” she said Monday on Fox Business. “He played right into the media’s hands. You know, sometimes, if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night — and, of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy — well, you kind of get your panties in a wad, and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did.”
Christie’s remarks showed a “lack of self-discipline,” Palin said. She said she has learned through experience not to do that, she added.
The forthright Christie will come to realize that the media’s aim is to “goad” Republicans into negative sound bites. “He just produced an ad for the Democrats. If Newt is the nominee, he just handed them free this negative PR ad,” Palin said.
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