(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."