Palin votes for Gingrich
March 7th, 2012
01:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin votes for Gingrich

(CNN) - After playing coy in an interview with CNN's Paul Vercammen Tuesday night, Sarah Palin revealed on Fox Business Network that she voted for Newt Gingrich in Alaska's caucuses on Tuesday.

"Newt is whom I chose up here in Alaska to best represent the ideas that many Alaskans want to see, the preferred presidential candidate in this area. That's who I cast my vote for," Palin said.

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Earlier Tuesday, the former Alaska governor was interviewed by CNN shortly after she voted at a caucus site in Wasilla, but refused to say who she picked in the state's contest.

But later in the evening, she had an apparent change of heart when asked about her vote by Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network.

"I knew you were going to ask me that, and I am just the poorest, politician-sounding pundit. It is tough for me to spin out of a question like that when it comes from a Fox reporter. If it comes from another reporter, I can spin out of it. But since it came from you, I will tell you, I won't sound like a politician and I will tell you who I voted for tonight."

Palin's husband, Todd, endorsed Gingrich in January, and the former governor made headlines shortly before South Carolina's primary when she urged voters to turn out for the House speaker in order to defeat Romney and keep to nominating process going.

On Tuesday, Palin said Gingrich was best equipped to "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages."

Referring to him as "the cheerful one," a label Gingrich gave himself during CNN's Arizona debate last month, Palin said she appreciates "what he has stood for."

"He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses. My preference tonight was for the cheerful one," Palin said.

She added that her husband was an independent and did not vote in the Republican contest on Tuesday.

Palin ran as Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. While McCain is now backing Mitt Romney, Palin said she would support Romney if he were to secure the nomination.

"If Romney is the nominee, I hope I get to stand side by side with John McCain, whom I do respect, stand side by side with him in supporting Romney as our nominee," Palin said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (439 Responses)
  1. Pot Calling Kettle Radical

    "Newt is whom I chose up here in Alaska to best represent the ideas that many Alaskans want to see"
    – For those strong "family values" right? You betcha!!

    March 7, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. jdog

    i think palin had 'daddy' issues – she will back anyone – no matter who off the wall – as long as he is old and has bright white old man hair

    March 7, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Hello

    "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages."

    No wonder she voted for Gingrich. She is already living on a moon base.

    March 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. mc

    I see a post about the left going after Rush but not defending Palin. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. Palin is a female version of Rush. She oozes vitriol and will say anything to make a buck. Anyone with a conscience would tell both to shut up and move on. We have a mess on our hands and these idiots, and their imbecile friends, own the lion's share of the blame.

    March 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Dave

    Of course she would vote for him! She is a right wing extremist who is trying to keep Romney (the best candidate to beat Obama) from winning.

    March 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Wake up people

    Yes, you sound as crazy as Palin. President Obama has been viciously attacked over and over since he announced he was running for President. The media and the rethugs were relentless. How many other sitting Presidents have been forced to show their birth certificate? None. He has been called every name in the book including the N word. He has been accused of every atrocity known to man. Yet he still remains a class act.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. ren

    She checked her hand notes.

    March 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. A True Centrist

    Palin voted for Gingrich and we care because...?

    March 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. james - St. Paul, MN

    There were never two narcissists who more deserved one another. Well done, Sarah.

    March 7, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. DIANA

    She endorsed Newt and he looses Alaska – way to go Sarah!

    March 7, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. twophad

    Good to know she admits that all her other comments are spin. Her own words!

    March 7, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Yes

    Sarah Palin is a great american. What makes her so great is how she rises above all her critics. Can you imagine Obama being attacked by the media like she is. He is so thin skinned
    ------------------------------

    Can someone PLEASE refill this person's medication??? Point after clueless point is just too amusing to believe

    March 7, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. jb1963

    The loser pick a loser.
    How is it we still hear from this m0r0n? She is just a private citizen. She holds no public office and has no influence on anything. Except of course for the !diot$ who thinks she has a brain.

    March 7, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Jake

    Did you mean American? Sarah doesn't rise above anything. Fact is, she is just too narcisstic to realize people laugh at her and find her entertaining, nothing more. I'd love to know her take on contraception, that assumes that she and ristol actually know what the term means. And, no, that's not an attack on Bristol, she's a public figure now who unrealistically and hypocritically touts abstinence to anyone who cares to listen.

    Sarah really believes that she has a future in national politics, up to and including the presidency. Her vision for America is nothing more than than a return to the past. Her audience is is limited to the white far right. Nevermind her glaring lack of international affairs, I doubt she is even familiar with the diversity of American culture. I have to laugh at her criticism of the media, when not a day goes by where she her ace isn't in front of a camera.

    March 7, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Dennis

    This should finish off Newt Gingrich.

    March 7, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. linell ela, Winter Park, FL

    Oh please! Draft Sarah!

    March 7, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. scmom

    Why oh why is she relevant? Why oh why does the old "Keebler Elf" think all it takes is to debate President Obama to become president. He is so unbelievably pompous and arrogant. No one in their right mind, except for the mindless want this man for president or anything else.

    March 7, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. israel

    this woman will eventually kill herself seeing as how much of a political failure she is

    March 7, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. TPF

    She really wrote her own name in, come on now, she knows she's the world's Savior!!!

    March 7, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. nagrom

    Hey! Yes. When was the last time Palin was compared to a monkey? When was the last time Palin was identified as a terrorist? When was the last time Palin was called a Socialist? When was the last time Palin was called a Muslin? When was the last time Palin was accused of being antiChrist? Need I go on you right wing imbecile?

    March 7, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. procchi

    So Sarah Palin picked a loser.
    Figures.
    It takes one to know one.

    March 7, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Yes

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. Before it is to late. Obama Care. Not supoorting our ally Israel. Growing debt. Attack on free enterprise. We need a differant direction before it is to late

    March 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Patriot

    "It is tough for me to spin out of a question like that when it comes from a Fox reporter. If it comes from another reporter, I can spin out of it."

    Can the LOL's get any better? The Quitta from Wasilla brings the laughs every single time she opens her piehole!

    March 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. iceload9

    They go back to Palin because she has about the only name recognition. Another indicator of the disorganized GOP (Grand Old Petroleum).

    March 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Gary Swanson

    Let's take a look at Sarah Palin's record as King Maker, shall we? In 2010 she endorsed a candidate for the US Senate who lost to a write-in candidate. Some time ago she endorsed Newt Gingrich for president and yesterday Gingrich finished dead last in the Alaska Primary. Need I say more?

    March 7, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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