Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt
January 17th, 2012
10:13 PM ET
3 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. Gareth

    - "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,"

    If not for the masculine pronoun, she could be referring to herself. It's also funny to see the rugged individualist use a proverb like 'iron sharpens iron', when my understanding of the proverb is that it indicates the need for constant fellowship with one another.

    January 17, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. parkmore

    I hope no body will listen to you. You flip from government to huge private money. Who are you to tell citizens to vote for Y or Z

    January 17, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Reggie from LA

    Why lookie who it is. It's Sara Pain. Oh snap, forgot the 'l'. I mean Palin.
    She's touched Newt with her fairy dust. You remember how she dusted the little witch lady up in PA.
    Remember McCain's dustin. Now Newt's gonna get it...and how!!

    January 17, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Reggie from LA

    Ooops, I meant Delaware.

    January 17, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. Jariv

    No Sarah, the soonest you get the nomination, the better as they can spend money on Obama. Think economics not amusement

    January 17, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Sam

    "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...

    Doesn't she mean "...not vetted to the degree that SHE should have been..."?

    January 17, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. SEO

    the only thing that needed to be vetted four years ago was McCains pick of Palin. That has to go down as one of the dumbest moves ever.

    January 17, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. Wise1Speak

    It figures. These two (Palin & Gingrich) are a mirrored pair.

    January 18, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  9. Acer1234

    Oh look!
    A clown in voting for Newt!
    I guess I should too!!

    January 18, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  10. Anonymous

    palin should go away far far away.

    January 18, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. tony

    "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...the word "vetting" did not even get mentioned in normal conversation until she showed up in the lower 40...sheesh

    January 18, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. A Southern Lady

    Good heavens, she's back !!!! I thought she had finally faded away. With her IQ of a houseplant, who cares what she thinks or who she supports. She makes intelligent women want to scream.

    January 18, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. SouthCarolinaJohn

    Mitt Romney has this thing in the bag. This whole tax thing is stupid, who cares about his taxes. I care about the economy and who is going to get it going again. That's Mitt Romney!!! Obama is a failure...... When I hear him speak it just makes me mad, he always says it could be worse. (what a slacker)
    All the other republicans GOP's are not electable...............

    January 18, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Rev. Raymond Brown

    I think that Newt Gingrich is finish, only an act of God can help right now. Newt using the racial food stamps issue to win voters over are not working. Now celebrity Sarah Palin is supporting bad boy Newt we will see if palin support will help.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. Canadian Jim

    "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 herself.

    January 18, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. TinMT

    "...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,"... Indeed we do Sarah, such as your being chosen as the VP nominee!

    Truer words have never passed her lips.

    January 18, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  17. Jude

    and the small coffee house owner has to pay the credit card merchant 26 cents for each swipe of the customer card for a $1.35 coffee. use cash when possible...help keep small business alive.

    January 18, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. nru

    Dang – and I was about to vote for Newt – now I will have to re-think it

    January 18, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. Liska

    "I want more debates, more vetting..." I betcha do, The candidate who was not vetted was YOU! And slapdown on the McCain camp ! Thank Holy Jesus, etc...

    January 18, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. alkarrk

    This is going to really hurt Newt. Good.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. Mike from Calgary

    Who care Obama will handily beat either in Novermber, but I'm sure he'd rather run against the candidate who prevaricates, who hides his tax returns, who arranges corpoate loans to grow a business, only to grab all the loan proceeds and call them "fees" and "dividends". To hell with the workers ... I like firing people .. at paper companies and at steel companies and at ...

    An why shouldn't he pay as high a tax rate as his sweat shop workers in all the non-union non-benefit part-time jobs he sweat why should. Why shouldn't that candidate pay lower tax rate than Joe the Plumber!

    January 18, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. willie floyd

    Barbara Bush said it best-"go back to AK and stay there".

    January 18, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  23. Moe Temraz

    Please, go away.

    January 18, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  24. mmac

    obama is gonna LOSE BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. Codyk

    The wasilla airhead just can't help herself. Does CNN have to keep her name in the news? Has newscorp taken over CNN? WHATS THE DEAL! No rational person cares what she says on fox. Fox news is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. We have more ignorant people in this country than ever before because of this foreign owned republican tv channel.

    January 18, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
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