Palin: Gingrich won the debate
October 19th, 2011
11:57 AM ET
7 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. vic

    Oh My God!! She is back in the news! Who cares what the half governor thinks?? Newt..what a standard GOP politician he new the middle class and protect the rich and special interests.

    October 19, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Greg C.

    Palin is right. Gingrich stayed out of the fray, more mature, and the wiser of the bunch...Cain is likable, his 9-9-9 plan would work but needs to bring much more clarity to what taxes he would offset; without crystal clear charts to show, at each stage of the economic ladder, how his plan would work, he will have increasing resistance and decline in his new-found popularity. Also, the gotcha questions are starting to impact him. I am less concerned about his ability to recover but when you think before you respond and under the spectacle of a very critical media; he will see his credibility wane and his popularity...we have enough ready-fire-aim issues with the current Administration...

    October 19, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Joel

    Seriously, CNN. Stop keeping her in the news. No one cares.

    October 19, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Bob Hughes wrote:
    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.
    How could Mr. Cooper "repackage" questions when the words coming right out of the mouths of members of the audience? If the candidates want to elevate their tone, who is Mr. Cooper to stop them? I would think the candidates themselves would be more upset if they were interrupted from speaking, which it did.

    Careful with that Springer comparison. I would somewhat agree with you that "sleaze balls" appear on the Jerry Springer Show, but that doesn't make the host one. Many of the guests are the "sleaze balls." not the host himself.

    October 19, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Please

    Can she go away and di e already? How do we have a woman who can't even read a childrens book judging a debate. And further, why does CNN care?

    October 19, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. hypatia

    She's baaaaack....just in time for Halloween.

    October 19, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Norm

    Take it easy everyone.
    CNN likes to keep Palin in the public eye just to remind everyone what kind of "people" make up the Republican/Conservative party. Mindless, selfish, 1% wannabes.
    I see it more as a public service than anything else.
    Thankyou CNN...

    October 19, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. vp

    Why are you still listening to her?

    She's neither competent, nor interested in the difficulties America faces.

    She's getting rich, and that's her definition of success.

    She's never going to help anyone else.

    October 19, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Dave

    I still can't understand what she's talking about.

    October 19, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. carrie

    Now that is rich , Palin giving advise and opinions on debating . I guess even Palin sees the poor showing of these candidates. Even the tea partiers are starting to say , oh no is this all there is! These debates and I use the term loosely, looks more like a SNL skit!

    October 19, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Palin finds herself in yet another conundrum: how to attack Herman Cain, who is the new Teatard darling and thusly stealing her thunder, without seeming petty, jealous, and self-absorbed.
    Good luck with that one Sarah dahling!!

    October 19, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is this Sarah's way to get the right wingnuts to beg her to get in the race? Newt is near the bottom, and is unelectable.

    October 19, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Jack Be Humble

    I'm glad Newt Gingrich is still in the race. He is an experienced politicial. He has had moer than his share of personal failures, so he is not going to be throwing any more stones (though he had quite a few innings pitched against Bill Clinton, hypocritically). I am willing to forget the past and listen to what he has to say in the present. I am not willing to say, at this point, that I would vote for him.

    October 19, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Sup

    How could Palin possibly be qualified to determine who won this debate? She is a 1/2 term Governor of one of the smallest populations in the country and has NO national level political experience. You may as well ask any random 3rd grader who won.

    October 19, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. jrcarroll

    Palin would be encouraging N00t to pull the plug if whe actually had any intelligence.
    Either that or she thinks carrying the dumpster full of seriously disturbing garbage Gingerich tows wouldn't matter in the general.
    The other alternative is that Carribou Barbie has the hots for Noot.

    October 19, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. MAngeline

    Gingrich is soooo yesterday's news...just like Sweet Sarah. Additionally, he's all mouth, just like Sarah.

    October 19, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Too bad Newt will probably not be the nominee. He knows his stuff and he's got great ideas. He is the one responsible for much of what Bill Clinton gets credit for. He would mop the floor with a clueless Obama in a debate.

    October 19, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Carol

    Hilarious!!! What does she know about substance?

    October 19, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Arun

    Why is this woman talking?? She would be slamming Newt morals if he was a liberal. This party is a bunch of hypocrits!!

    October 19, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Winsome

    Gingrich and Bachman are running for Vice President. Its even distressing to see the rest of the clowns and scares you that they may become President of this nation.

    October 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Jilli

    Who cares what Palin thinks? Like she's some expert on politics, the economy and foreign and domestic relations. I think my hairdresser is a better resource than palin.

    I still believe that the republican partys best bet would be to hold a reality tv show to select a nominee – the outcome would have to be better than the ridiculous field of also-rans, losers, and morons they're expecting us to vote for.

    October 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Rick 7809

    She probably already made a deal with Newt to be his VP. Then they will lose and then she can make more $$$$.

    October 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Pam

    Someone please put duct tape on that mouth!!!
    Her opinion is worthless!!!!

    October 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Reggie from LA

    Does that mean she endorses Gingrich? It's either "fairy dust" or pepper she is sprinkling on him. I think pepper.
    Newt Gingrich HAS given some smart answers, but mostly he has shown arrogance and disrespect to the debates.
    His comments have place him above answering "irrelevant questions" and has implied that the questioners have been "Jerry Springer"-like in their approaches. He's "too good" for the debate circuit, I imagine. Hey Sarah! Where've you been? Been a bit silent after the book, huh? Mr Tiffany's sure was mighty noble last night, considering his past. To Gingrich and Palin I say, "stay down" and keep quiet...both of you.

    October 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Ed DFWTX

    Palin is othing more than a Rush Limbrain right wing comentator. She has a narrow right wing following. The rest of us think she's a nut and a quiter. So when she says someone won something we usually doubt her opinion. The GOP debates just go to show that none of them have any ideas or any qualifications to be America's leader. Blaming the deficit on the current administration while ignoring the fact the previous Bush/GOP administration took a huge surplus can turned it into the largest debt (at the time) in US history is just one indication of the party's overinflated self-image.

    October 19, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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