Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt
January 17th, 2012
10:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt

(CNN) – While not offering a full endorsement, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged South Carolina voters to turn out for Newt Gingrich during Saturday’s primary.

She said a win for the former House speaker would slow down the Republican presidential nominating process.

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"I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron," Palin said on Fox News. "If I had to vote in order to keep it going, I would vote for Newt."

With Mitt Romney having already won the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, some political observers say another Romney win in South Carolina could lock up the nomination for the former Massachusetts governor.

But Palin argued it's too soon to settle on one particular candidate.

"I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been," Palin said, referring to now-President Barack Obama.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee has frequently praised Gingrich's debate performances, and last week her husband, Todd, announced his formal support for the candidate.

A recent poll shows Palin could get her wish. While 29% of likely Palmetto State GOP primary voters said they're backing Romney, 25% said they would support Gingrich. That margin is within the sampling error, according to an American Research Group survey.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, up pops the black hole of brain cells. Nothing says republican, like an empty headed suit, giving opinion that's not wanted or needed.

    January 18, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  2. donna

    "I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that she should have been," Palin said."

    HA HA HA HA HA!

    January 18, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  3. Eric

    Newt i'm a Democrat,but if i were you and goof ball SP endorsed me i would run like HELL!!!! because you know she has ulteria motives and that aint GOOD!!!!!

    January 18, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  4. canuck41

    well thats the final nail in the coffin for Newton Gingrich.....oh sorry...i mean he's finished now that 57 year old teenager Palin endorses him! All it took was to see McCain out in NH and SC assisting the Romney camp to spring Wonder Woman into gear. Hey all you anti – Romneyites....here is a newsflash: Romney will be the next President with or without you!!

    January 18, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  5. David TX

    Yep...ex-half-term-governor Sarah Palin's back in the news. She's here to make sure that Newt's not the next president!

    January 18, 2012 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  6. David TX

    Yep...ex-half-term-governor Sarah Palin's back in the news.
    She's here to make sure that Newt's not the next president.

    January 18, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Oh yeah - look at what her advice did for McCain. ha ha ha ha

    January 18, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  8. GI Joe

    "I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been,"
    ---------–
    I think $ Palin meant SHE should have been. What an idiot. We knew his every wart and wrinkle - in the lower 48, no one knew so much hate and so many lies could live in one little shrill female.

    January 18, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  9. Lisa

    You're right, Sarah. Four years ago, possibly the dumbest candidate to ever run for national office was delivered to us by John McCain because proper vetting of that candidate was not done. You've helped drive the Republican bar so low, that we now have to constantly listen to ignorant twits who have no business in the national spotlight-never mind government.

    January 18, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  10. follower

    this logic is typical of why she lost out in the end and why she became a drag to the ticket 4 yrs ago. debates to a pt r ok post that it will backfire on GOP final candidate whoever that may be...

    January 18, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  11. Indy

    It's too bad all the Palindrones in the world don't add up to much in numbers these days but once again Sarah Palin waits until the last minute and with a tie in poll numbers she finally feels safe to open her big mouth and support Newt in SC. If Newt was to win and upset she will take credit, and if he loses she can say she was only supporting him to keep the race going. Sarah does not have the cajones to give full support right now because there is no money or power to be had if Newt loses so the safe bet is say she only wants to keep the race going which will help her marketing dollars flowing.Newt is going to need Tawd Palins snow machine club members to come out in full force in SC !

    January 18, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  12. grahame rhodes

    Well ! Any endorsement by Palin is guaranteed to sink any political aspirations including Newt's

    January 18, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  13. Marie MD

    I take it back about boring and ridiculous. Now the clown car got funnier. Does newton leroy really think that this bimbo from AK is going to help? Has he been hiding under the same rock they pulled her from under?
    The she devil has spoken and newter leroy goes down to he ll – "If I had to vote in order to keep it going, I would vote for Newt."
    Does she know what iron is? Probably not!!

    January 18, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  14. jerad

    Dumbest woman in America.

    January 18, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  15. Mary

    So, Palin is waiting for Newt to catapult back into first place. Then, she can endorse him and take credit for "kingmaking".

    January 18, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  16. Rick

    I think she's got her facts mixed up. The candidate who wasn't vetted properly in the last election was Palin, not McCain. American knew what they were getting with McCain and they liked him. Once Palin opened her mouth, those of us with more than two brain cells, jumped off of the McCain train.

    January 18, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  17. Nimesh

    The "political observers" are wrong. It doesn't matter if someone wins 3 states in a row, let the other 47 states decide and stop trying to influence people's votes. Last I checked, every state has a say.

    January 18, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I close my eyes to imagine what She's thinking and all I see is darkness, Hmmm

    January 18, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. Don

    Finally the queen has spoken.

    January 18, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  20. diridi

    Doesn't she get people do not like her. Totally crazy lady I have ever seen in my 58 years of life.

    January 18, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. Steve Corbin

    Palin endorsement+=KISS OF DEATH

    January 18, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  22. sue

    WOW this woman really isn't of this world.......who in their right mind wants to drag this on and on and on..... just like she did her decision about whether she was going to run or not......and vetting, well the one that they didn't vet well enough wasn't Obama it was the GOP falling to vet Palin that caused them to lose in 2008.....most of the GOP are ready to pick a clear winner as their canidate but not Palin , she lives on DRAMA..

    January 18, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  23. mm

    So glad she gave her expert opinion. Now that she AND her husband have given us guidance we can rest.

    January 18, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  24. Kevin Lanigan

    Just what this primary was missing. The wit and wisdom of Sarah.

    January 18, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
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