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One-Time Palin Admirer Slams Her Over Speech in Iowa

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Author, political commentator, and former political strategist Nicolle Wallace. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 03:22 PM

The Republican political strategist who once said she was in "awe" of Sarah Palin is the latest critic to slam the former vice presidential candidate for a rambling speech at a weekend conservative summit in Iowa.

Nicolle Wallace, the communications director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, told David Letterman on Monday that the former Alaskan governor was too inexperienced to be on a nationwide ticket.

"She was able to excite us, but she wasn’t able to prove that she had the experience for the job," Wallace said.

She added that Palin’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit displayed "all the gaps in her knowledge."

Wallace, now a co-host on ABC’s chat show "The View," once admired Palin.

"I am in awe of [Palin's] strength under constant fire by the media," she said in an email in 2008.

Wallace’s comments were mild compared to some of the reviews of Palin’s speech. The Washington Post mocked Palin, as reporter Nia-Malika Henderson compared her remarks to free-verse poetry.

"Dim the lights and maybe light a candle on stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and Palin's rambling speech begins to make more sense. This was poetry, not politics, ya dig?" she wrote.

However, Palin still has her fans, especially on Twitter.

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