Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says presidential hopeful Herman Cain needs to be candid when answering questions about sexual harassment allegations and — assuming they are false — wait out the furor surrounding the claims. Palin also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney needs to reach out to conservatives and the tea party.
“As for Herman Cain, you know, he needs to be candid and quite truthful about these sexual allegations still, because people are kind of hesitant a bit to, you know, delve right in there as supporters, not knowing what the truth is,” Palin said. “It really sucks to be falsely accused — believe me, I know, because I have been also.
“If they are true — if he disrespects women — then, you know, we’re going to cross him off the list,” she said. “But Herman Cain just needs to answer candidly the questions that are still being posed of him — and Herman, too, needs to really concentrate on the substance that is necessary when it comes to the solutions that he proposes to America’s challenges. People are waiting for that substance — not just from Herman — but from all of the candidates when it comes to their proposals.”
Van Susteren then asked Palin about Romney and what he can do to boost his popularity among the Republican base.
“What Romney needs to do is reach out to those fiscal and social conservatives, the tea party independents, and really show his authenticity and explain what are perceived — and real — flip-flops over issues that he has been called out on,” Palin said. “Explain what he means today, as opposed to what perhaps he meant some years ago and when he served as governor, because there have been some inconsistencies with the positions that he takes now.
“So he needs to reach out to tea party independents and all constituents and do more television appearances to explain himself — because we do seek that authenticity,” she said. “It’s been kind of a surprising role that Romney has played when you consider that he hasn’t really gotten over that hump of that percentage of support that he’s had over all these years.
“But you know, he — he’s got strengths, too. You know, when you consider that he’s got what appears to be a solid personal life, a good family, I think that bodes well.” Palin continued. “It speaks well to his character — and character counts in this race.”
Van Susteren turned her attention to Texas Rep. Ron Paul and asked why if he is doing relatively well in the polls, he is being marginalized by the media.
“Ron Paul has very energized supporters . . . that speaks well to his connection with that base that he has — Libertarians and those who understand that the Fed is out of control, and that we have spent our way into bankruptcy,” Palin said. “So he’s got that going for him, this base of strong supporters. It’s unfortunate that he has been written off by the media.
“Some of the other candidates have, too, unfortunately — [former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick] Santorum, who has much to offer, Michele Bachmann, who has much to offer in terms of her passion for conservative causes,” she said.“What Ron Paul needs to do is keep preaching to Americans, keep educating us about the problems, and our economic woes that have been caused by government over-growth — he needs to keep doing what he’s doing.”
The Fox News host then noted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s surging numbers and asked Palin whether she had any advice for him to maintain the momentum.
“My advice to Newt Gingrich is he and Callista need to hang onto their hat because he’s got the momentum right now — people are respecting his very good performances in debates and his intelligence and his knowledge of world and U.S. history.” Palin said. “We understand that our leaders need to know our history, where we have been in order to forge a successful and prosperous path forward — we respect that in Newt.
“He needs to hang onto his hat, though, because next in line is he — mark my words — for that intense media scrutiny that comes with those who have the momentum. I know that he and Callista, though, they’re going to be able to handle it,” she said. “If they deal with what’s coming with candidness, with truthfulness, the people will respect what it is that he has to offer and how he will answer the scrutiny that comes his way. But he needs to be prepared for this.”
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