Reno, Nevada (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Sarah Palin said she doesn't think the Tea Party will split the Republican Party but noted the GOP would be "through" if it strays from its core values.
"I think the machine within the GOP will realize the 'we the people' within message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard core conservatives because it's so full of common sense," Sarah Palin said, adding: "And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message if so, the GOP is through."
Palin said if the Tea Party continues to tout "free market principles," the movement will have no problem attracting independent voters.
She called on members to "apply time tested truths" and prove they work.
Palin also responded to critics who say she is divisive.
"They're going to say what they're going to say," Palin said. "If I spend all my time just answering the critics I might as well close up shop and do nothing else."