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

    Why is she still here? Didn't she quit after 2 years as Governor because the state legislature was picking on her with investigatiions? Didn't she quit the 2012 presidential campaign before she even got started? Didn't she lose the election for the Republicans in 2008?

    October 19, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Anthony

    "Palin said she was disappointed in what she called "the bickering" throughout the debate and called on candidates to offer real solutions." It is really hard to take advice from a true "hypocrite". When running for Vice President with John McCain, what advice of intellectual worth did she offer that was not some snide remark about Obama? How about when Palin was pleased with the "Donald" during the ridiculous birther movement. I am glad that real solutions were made then and jobs were created in droves after learning that Obama was born in the good ole U.S. of A. Why are we still paying attention to what she has to say?

    October 19, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Dubya

    When Palin says you've won, you've lost.

    October 19, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    How important is Sarah Palin in this 2012 race? Let me put it this way.

    How come the candidates are not flocking to pay her a visit like they have done for Donald Trump? How come various states were not inviting her to come visit with their state VIPs like they did with Gov. Christie? How come her summer bus tour of historic and patriotic sites was cut short?

    October 19, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Don

    High praise indeed.

    October 19, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Finally Mitt Romney told the truth

    “I told the company, you can't hire illegals, I'm running for office for Pete's sakes.” Mitt Romney
    He doesn’t want illegal immigrants work in the yard because he is running for office

    October 19, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. diridi

    I do not care who won, who lost, but Obama got my vote....Obama2012....period.

    October 19, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Lee65

    Newt could "clobber" the president in a debate? Sarah says these crazy things to get herself back in the news.

    October 19, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. DaJeepster

    Newt quit his job as Speaker of The House, his Congressional seat. Sarah loves a good quitter.

    October 19, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Martha in CF

    Palin, please go away!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. John

    If Newt Gingrich had a chance to win Saran Palin just make sure he won't. And why Is Saran Palin still In the News. She Not Running and no body cares what she Think. And who ever win Isn't going to be dumb enough to pick her as Vice President. Nor If they want to win they won't.

    October 19, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. stevetall

    Time for Sarah to dry up and blow away. We've all had just about enough from this poorly-educated, quasi-religious person who dislikes everything, especially most of us Americans. What a poor excuse for a human being!

    October 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. ChasLockett

    I would think that Sarah and her opinions are irrelevant

    October 19, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. John Summers

    Who cares what Sara Palin thinks. Remember this is the person who thought that Africa was a country. I will admit I do not like Palin. I was forced to vote against McCain just because he chose her as his running mate. I would have been afraid to what would have happeneed if she became vice president. I have not heard any good ideas come from her in any way shape or form. She is exactly what is wrong with this country in politifcs.. everyone wants to gripe and complain and say everything is being done wrong.. but you do not hear solutions being presented from most of them. Until she can do something positive .. She is worthless

    October 19, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Stacey

    The GOP is despicable! Did you see that clown show in Nevada last night? It was hysterical! They only care about power. They don't care about America or its people at all. America is truly doomed if any of these clowns wins the presidency.

    October 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Jack

    Young lady, it is time to zip your lip!

    October 19, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. TXJim

    "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." "
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    ...and people still wouldn't vote for him.

    October 19, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Robert

    Ahh.. Newt... cheated on wives, what's to say he won't cheat on us once we've said we're sweethearts?

    October 19, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. LJ

    WHY does anyone, except Faux News, care what this former, half-term Governor thinks? Even Faux News, Bill O'Riley, has said that Sarah Palin lost her credibility when she QUIT her job as Governor! I just wish Greta and Shawn could give up their love-fest with Sarah!

    October 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. TXJim

    "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.""
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    he is already there.. his name is Mitt Romney.. . swallow real hard on that one Sarah..

    October 19, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. rethink Newt

    It was a virtual endorsement! Palin matters big. Gingrich / Palin 2012!!!!

    October 19, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. TonyKMN

    The match-up I'm hoping for is Gingrich vs. Biden.

    October 19, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. MorePalin

    She's back! Another in depth interview from Fox News. Is Fox still paying for this garbage? I can't wait to see who this twit finally endorses. It could be as big as LeBron going to Miami, only Fox will have an exclusive on this "news".

    October 19, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Well that settles it. Sarah Palin is officially wrong about everything.

    October 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. ART

    Moron says what?

    October 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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