Palin votes for Gingrich
March 7th, 2012
01:01 AM ET
11 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. Yes

    I don't know why everyone on this page is attacking Sarah. The real problems in this country are unemployment, out of control debt, unstatainable growth of our entitlemnet society, and lack of trust from our friends abroad. None of these problems were created by Sarah. But she has the answers to them

    March 7, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. SteveK

    Hey Bubba, "Dubya"? Hmmmm, never heard that one before, that was pretty groovy for you to come up with that original gem.

    March 7, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. ctbeckyw

    Another nail in Newtie's coffin. Nice knowin' ya. NOT!

    March 7, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Sam Smith

    The Palin endorsement is confirmation that Newt is finally out of the race. Palin knows it. She's just trying to be controversial to maintain her posture and endless speeches for pay.

    March 7, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Concerned

    She did not say for whom she voted for because she is in the Fox News payroll and the boss told her to hold off...

    March 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Martoon

    I'm a bit disappointed that Sarah Palin wants to continue the disharmony by making public her vote for Newt. Clearly, she wants a role to play at the convention. I question whether she wants what's best for the USA or what's best for herself.

    March 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. sir_ken_g

    Who care what that twit thinks.
    She thinks?

    March 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. depot lady

    Who cares what a money grabber thinks? Some choose to say whatever makes them the most money.

    March 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. ozzie

    Whew! The long wait is over.

    March 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. steve

    Hahahaha sorry sarah but this shouldnt even be news. As people have already pointed out, Alaskans dont even agree with you plus he represents old washington, i thought you were against that? romeny needs to win if the GOP have any chance of beating obama, normal liberal americans may vote for him but none will vote for ging or rick.. not a chance.

    March 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. LtButRt

    I seen the CNN interview mentioned. Palin is no more than a rambling fool with an extremely simplistic world view.

    March 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. TomGI

    It figures.

    March 7, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. drake remoray

    Wow...she really picked a winner! Why not endorse Ronald Reagan?

    March 7, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. In a bubble

    Palin is the bag for Romney and she is playing strategically. By cheering Newt, she wants to keep him alive and in the race. That will prevent Santorum off beating Romney too much in key southern states and claiming the lead. Of course the gross assumption she makes is that her support still carries some water, which is arguablly not the case. But this confirms also another point, she is lying when she said she voted for Newt. She in fact voted for Romney and may even have a secret deal ... (no the VP but maybe the head of some department in the Romney adm). This will be much more clear after August whe she starts campaining for the nominee... On the other hand, if Obama wins she can start campaining for 2016... See!?

    March 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Ann

    It figures that this loser would pick another loser. Just shows you where her head is!! The news media just needs to quit giving her any air or print time! She's the one who gives women a bad name – pretty face but nothing in the cranium!!!

    March 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. gar

    It is pretty funny to hear the ravings of Sarah "Dick Cheney with Lipstick" Palin.

    March 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Robert

    If Romney and Santorum buried the hatchet, and Romney selected Santorum to be his VP pick, they could seal this thing up right now.

    March 7, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Thomas

    A Gingrich / Palin ticket would insure a GOP victory.

    Obama would be speechless in a debate with such an intellectual historian such as Newt .

    March 7, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. gg

    Romney and Santorum want to bury the hatchet... in each other's backs. I predict that they will be the Republican ticket and loose to Pres. Obama.

    March 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. parnell in canada

    Newt may be the one for whom you voted but not whom you chose. Please take advantage of one of those universities you attended and use some form of proper grammar. And Newt is going to "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages". What is a "dispensation to mistreat" and what, on God's green earth did that sentence mean??

    And why is CNN quoting this woman who is painfully obviously not very intelligent?

    March 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Mike from Calgary

    Too bad she supported Gingrich. President Obama was cheering on Romney to be the Republican Nominee. Why would the Democrats rather face Romney than Gingrich in November? Why does Palin think Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot in favouring Romney?

    March 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. AB

    Sarah Palin votes for Newt.......and then he comes in dead last in Alaska! Way to call 'em, Ms. Dipstick in Lipstick

    March 7, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Dennis

    Sarah Palin votes for the guy who comes in last place in her own state... what does that tell you about her "connection" to voters? I'm sorry, but even I (a die-hard conservative) can see how Sarah Palin is the worst spokesperson for the GOP. It's hilarious to think that she's "not ruling out a 2016 run." Yeah, becomes someone who leaves their elected office as Governor in the middle of their term is electable in any other capacity. Of course, anyone without any brain can still get enough funding and support to actually run... Gingrich is proof of that.

    March 7, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    Anybody who voted for Obama in 2008. do you look like an idiot today. Vote 100% Republican in November and bring this Country back to Respectibilty.

    March 7, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. yogi

    After watching the GOP circus for a while now, I am getting sick of it all. It is truly a freak show. The complete stupidity and dumbness knows no boundaries. If you put all the names of the candidates, past and present, and then you add the name of Joe the plumber to the list, it is insanity! Half of the American electorate is that dumb!!

    March 7, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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