Sarah Palin has joined a growing chorus of Republican observers who say that negative ads are blurring the purpose of the GOP debates and primaries — choosing the best candidate to defeat President Barack Obama. The former Alaska governor told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Monday that all that really matters is the end game, but the “brutality” is taking its toll.
“What we just witnessed in Florida that brutality via $17 million in negative ads in a 65-to-1 negative ad ratio that was mounted against Newt Gingrich, which I think did result in him falling there in the polls and in that primary,” Palin said. “That brutality will help Obama only if Americans can concede Obama's point that he recently made and that is that America has gotten lazy.
“It is imperative that voters do not become lazy in this primary process, and we aggressively and ambitiously do our own homework,” she said. “We vet the candidates ourselves, because we cannot rely on the media, the establishment, the super PACs and candidates who hide behind the super PACs to tell us what the truth is about these candidates.”
O’Reilly noted, however, that many Americans derive their political stances from what they hear and see in the ads and do not have the ability to otherwise vet the candidates. Palin said the answer is for the candidates to focus on the issues and Obama’s failures.
“They have got to get back to what really matters. And that is: How do we mount that . . . aggressive campaign via the most equipped fighter against Obama and his failed policies instead of the nitpicking, yes, against one another? We focus on the main thing,” she said. “And it does . . . need to be that most equipped fighter. It’s not negative campaigning — as I said before — to call out an opponent's record, their associations, what it is that they have said in the past in order to figure out where do they intend to take us in the future.
“I hope that they, like I am able to do, keep priorities straight and right and know what really matters. At the end of the day what matters to me is my faith, my family, and my freedom as an American,” Palin continued. “So all that other stuff on the periphery, you know, it can just kind of go away. It’s not going to adversely affect me — and I hope that the candidates feel the same.”
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