Some Republicans criticize ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, saying she would hurt the party if she runs for president in 2012. But others are coming to her defense, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who probably will make a bid for the presidency himself, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a Newsmax contributor, Politico reports
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As for Romney, in an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” he called Palin a "remarkable, energetic, powerful figure in my party — attractive, too.” He joked that he wouldn’t criticize her.
"That’s not going to come from me. Did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her show?” he said.
Meanwhile, Norquist and Christopher Barron, president of CapSouth Consulting, say Palin has every right to run if she chooses.
“Palin has made clear that she is thinking about running for president. Everyone, from pundits to former first ladies, has weighed in on what she should do. Many urge her not to run,” Norquist and Barron, who’s also chairman of GOProud, an advocacy group representing gay conservatives, write on Politico.
“But if she decides to, Republicans of all stripes should applaud her decision. This isn’t an endorsement of her candidacy. It is, however, an endorsement of her right to participate in the process.”
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