Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says Ted Cruz’s overwhelming upset win in the Texas U.S. Senate primary runoff Tuesday is “a victory for tea party conservatives who just want to get our country back on the right track and defend our republic.”
Palin also brushed off criticism from Dick Cheney Tuesday, saying her job now is to help conservative candidates “downstream” from the presidential race, like Cruz, to get elected this November.
“And evidently, in these last few months — per many, many comments from those within the GOP establishment — I’m the ball,” the former Alaska governor said. “That’s okay. I’m out there working for Senate candidates, for House candidates, for those downstream positions that can help stop this failed policy that [President Barack] Obama put in place.”
Palin said she believes Cheney simply “misfired” with his comments earlier this week after apparently buying into the “false narrative” written about her by the “lamestream media” over the past four years.
Palin, now a Fox New contributor, suggested that other Republicans, especially tea party supporters, may feel differently and pointed to Cruz’s upset victory in the Texas GOP Senate primary to make her point.
Palin campaigned for Cruz and called his win over an established, “machine” Republican “a victory for tea party conservatives who just want to get our country back on the right track and defend our republic.”
“Ted Cruz,” she said, “is the man [who] . . . will engage in the sudden and relentless reform of our big centralized federal government, trying to shrink that government and allow more states’ rights, and allow individual rights and opportunities.”
“It’s the tea party patriots who worked so hard for him, and he’s going to do so well for all Americans when he makes it to Washington, D.C.,” she added.
Palin used the word “machine” again to describe the kind of convention the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Mitt Romney campaign plans to put on in Tampa at the end of this month.
Asked if she would attend, Palin said she had been approached about participating and does have “some interest” in it.
Palin suggested the RNC may be planning to showcase a lot of new talent at the convention — since many prominent Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, Cheney, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, would likely not be attending.
“I think we’ve all had kind of a common attitude about what the RNC, what that machine is trying to perpetuate this go-round of the convention, and that’s perhaps new people being able to get up there and speak to participants and really rally support for the GOP nominee,” she said.
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