Palin: Gingrich won the debate
October 19th, 2011
11:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin: Gingrich won the debate

(CNN) - While candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry battled it out in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate, Sarah Palin said she thought Newt Gingrich took home the winner's belt.

"Everybody could learn from Newt Gingrich and the way - his calm, cool, collected manner," Palin said Tuesday in an interview on Fox News. "He's kind of seen it all before in this political game, if you will."

Palin said the former House Speaker, often described as the most professor-like among the pool of candidates, would "clobber Barack Obama in any debate, any forum that had to do with substance."

The former Alaska governor recently decided against running for president but her endorsement will likely be highly-prized.

Palin said she was disappointed in what she called "the bickering" throughout the debate and called on candidates to offer real solutions.

"We don't want to hear the engagement of the nitpicking and the bickering because that just plays right on into the left handbook as they get ready for the general election debates," Palin said.

But while Palin is singing Gingrich's praises for now, she said she's still looking for "a clear candidate who will rise to the top and be the frontrunner."

"Sometimes conventional wisdom would dictate that he who has the most money, the campaign dollars, wins," Palin said. "I don't want to believe that this is going to be the case this go-around."

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. JD

    Of course she would know all about substance, and about the nuances of intellectual political discourse.

    October 19, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Dian

    Why is this woman's face still on my computer screen? It's like a bad pop-up ad.

    October 19, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. B

    What a Disgusting display of intolerance and lack of civility. This country is turning into a mindless survival show of which egos can get On top of the others!

    The Republicans are a disgrace to themselves and the Country. It is no wonder that we have a totally dysfunctional Government now. We are getting down to the lowest common denominator now.

    October 19, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Vignesh Krishnaswamy

    why do people even treat palin as a legitimate source of news...."clobber obama"....newt? not really...he just comes off as a jerk who is arrogant for absolutely no reason.... in terms of policy-the ONLY reason people say that he knows a lot is because he uses terms before people realize what it is....for example in debate he said "we need to repeal obamacare, repeal dodd frank, and implement lean 6 sigma across the board"....

    October 19, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Terry Woodburn

    And we care what Ms Palin thinks because...........? And a fine one to lecture us on, "bickering", which for her, is a way of life.

    October 19, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Who is this Sarah Palin character?

    October 19, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know the debates went badly when CNN pulls $arah Palin into the conversation.

    October 19, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    So, in other words, she picked the winner by his demeanor and not his content? Why does that not surprise me? Maybe because she is devoid of any real content herself?

    October 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Batman

    President Obama won this debate. Hands down!

    October 19, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. king

    you what i have to agree with palin, the problem is Newt won it by interlectual talk without substance. jobs lost to regulationsa are only 0.2% less than 1%. yet all these repugs spew is deregulation dergulation. lesson we have the lowest tax rates since the 50s, yet all they spew is tax cuts tax cuts. we deregulated and tax cut for 8 years when the bush and repug congress was in power until 2007. what we got was the second worst callamity this country have ever seen. now weve got a few regulation on wall street and the banks which is causing businesses to make more money now in any time in history. all of a sudden the repugs talking points of regulations and tax cuts are sweeping the nation. these dems who are getting payed off by big corporations need to dispute these lies by the repugs.

    October 19, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Curt

    Why do you keep Sarah Palin in the news? Nobody cares what she thinks. Really wish CNN would stop giving Palin and Trump any news coverage.

    October 19, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Bill

    Well, there you have it. The reprobate and ex-half governor from Alaska has spoken. Gingrich must have won it.

    October 19, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Vince

    I'm always eager to hear what reality TV celebrities have to say about politics.

    October 19, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Bob Hughes

    Shame on you, Anderson. Your agenda was showing. You were very transparent in your questioning designed to get the candidates fighting and criticizing one another and generally looking bad. You constantly repackaged the audiences questions to suit your agenda, and failed to intercede when candidates were interupting one another. Good TV? Yeah if you like watching jerry Springer and other sleaze. It was disgusting. At least Newt chastised you, at the end, for the way you directed the debates. I will not watch any further debates or political pieces on CNN. You obviously are trying to steer public opinion. Not what I want from my News providers.

    October 19, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Real winners’ independent voters
    We had different opinion about Romney but that one moment changed. He lost our votes. His credibility is in question mark now. He has to come clean on his health care, immigration and jobs creation.

    October 19, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Paul

    This is like asking a pet rock it's opinion of coffee. Thanks, thanks so much John McCain.

    October 19, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Aeromechanic

    Heh, heh, heh.

    Poor Sarah, just because Newt is smarter than YOU, doesn't mean he is smarter than out President. Newt wouldn't stand a chance against Obama in a debate.

    October 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy helped to fund this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm and ALL the banks are state owned. These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore.

    October 19, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Cfrench

    Newt won just like Palin did when she debated Biden. I wonder what color the sky is in Palin's world.

    October 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I do not care for nor value her opinions. Thanks for ruining the ticker with her gibberish, CNN.

    October 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I think Obama won the debate, while Romney came in second. I also think the candidates did a disservice to the American people by blatantly dodging so many of the questions posed of them. At one point Gov. Perry had to the call to say, "You can ask what you want. I will answer what I want."

    We really didn't learn anything new about the candidates' positions on the most important issues.

    October 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Joe in PA

    Palin also thought Michael Spinks beat Mike Tyson.

    October 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Me

    Okay, now I know who didn't win the debate – Newt! Thank you, Sarah, for your insightful take. Now go back to Wasilla.

    October 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Karina

    Keep religion , race and gender out of your political pandering and you might just end up with a smart person for President.

    October 19, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Palin Power

    Mark my words, Sarah Palin will be our next President.

    October 19, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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