While insisting that she is not endorsing anyone at this time, former Alaska governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin came very close to endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday after his impressive victory in the all-important South Carolina primary.
“I’m still not endorsing anyone at this time,” Palin told Fox News.
But pointing to husband Todd’s endorsement of Gingrich, she added, “I think that endorsement was real reflective of a lot of Americans who understand that somebody with experience in cutting government budgets, cutting taxes — which does more for liberty and an economic turnaround than anything else — someone who has waged war on Hillarycare and government taking over of healthcare — somebody with that experience plus somebody who has struggled personally and overcome struggles and challenges — would be one that was embraced by voters.”
Republicans will benefit from a longer nomination fight than if Romney had been able to secure the nomination in South Carolina, she said.
“The more vetting, the more ideas vigorously debated, the better it is for the electorate,” Palin said. “I’m glad to see the result that was tonight knowing that it will continue and we can start talking about more of the solutions that this country needs to get back on the right track — more about job creation.”
She described her husband as someone who reflects the thinking of “red-blooded average Americans” with respect to work, work ethic and job opportunities.
“Again, I think that even Todd’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich was reflective of that,” she said.
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