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. flatbushfred

    Sorry Sarah, Newt lost Alaska. Guess you don't know Alaskans very well.

    March 7, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  2. liz


    March 7, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  3. carlos

    phew and ugh

    March 7, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. Zane Cofield

    ""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."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Mitt Romney win in Alaska last night which would, to a moral certainty, make HIM "the preferred presidential candidate in (that) area."

    Apparently Sarah is having difficulties again, poor thing.

    March 7, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. NotaWingnut

    Why does anyone care what this person thinks? She was a terrible mayor, a quitter for a governor, and got beat horrifically in 2008 presidential election ! Why is this news? The idea that she could be in any sort of powerful position should scare the hell out of anyone !!

    March 7, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. Terry

    We better start thinking about 2016 because 2012 is going down the toilet. Maybe all of the good candidates knew this in advance and elected to stay on the sidelines in 2012.

    March 7, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  7. Mark W

    NIce to see she's still the same wacko she was during the 2008 campaign.

    March 7, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  8. Core republican Values

    That seals he deal! On to the Convention! America needs you, Newt!!

    March 7, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. dc

    Poor Palin...can't tell Fox no in an interview!! Poor baby. The truth is she could not refuse the GOP's mouthpiece television network but had no such restriction on talking with a mainstream credible news organization. But, the bigger question is: WHO CARES???

    March 7, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. miamigrrrl

    Newt was not the preferred candidate up there in Alaska. She can't even get that right. Unless my Palin decoder ring isn't working correctly and that isn't what that meaningless run on sentence meant.

    March 7, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. ST

    These news has made my day. Gingrich might have got two votes from Palin's family. It doesn't show anywhere (99% reporting) what percentage Gingrich has won in Alaska. The woman is full of mischiefs!

    March 7, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. Loopman

    Doesn't it figure. One loser picking another loser to win a battle in a losing war. Come on!!! Who really cares what Caribou Barbie thinks or who she endorses? She's a loser and a quitter who lost all credibility in the political arena when she got the dollar $igns stuck in her gaze. The republican party, on the whole, would be better off distancing themselves from this nut job. Any affiliation between her and any potential candidate would only cause problems come election time. This whole campaign to pick a candidate is truly becoming an effort to pick the lesser of all evils.

    March 7, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Scott S.

    Nice to see the woman understands her former constituents so well. She thinks they want Gingrich. Romney won the state. It's time for this woman to go away already. 4 years we've been listening to her misinformed, uneducated garbage. The media eats her up but the rest of us need a break. Unfortunately, with this HBO movie coming out, we're not getting one anytime soon.

    March 7, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  14. Indy

    Once again Palin speaks for Alaska and gets it very wrong,Newt was dead last with the smart vote in Alaska. I did get a good laugh when Palin told the CNN reporter something like he was blessed to be in her presence last night.It was also funny to watch all the reporters drooling over the question if she was nominated at the convention would she "stop" that process. You have to be a very bad reporter or journalist to not know for a fact that Sarah Palin is out for money and could not drop to the level as an elected official,and would never run let alone ever win any kind of nomination, but it is funny to see so called professionals fall for her media scams that make her rich.

    March 7, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. Shannon

    who cares what $illy $arah does, she is irrelevant, if only the media would figure that out.

    March 7, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. Sorensen

    Two losers. Well done GOP.

    March 7, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  17. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    A loser becks a loser-she can be forgotten

    March 7, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. Emery

    No surprise here – a loser voting for a loser.

    March 7, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  19. Alfuc

    Gingrich/Palin ticket will be unbeatable duo in November 6th.
    It will be the only ticket that will/can unseat the President Obama.

    March 7, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  20. mommatocharlie

    oh Sarah–how misguided are you becoming?

    March 7, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  21. Joe The Plumber

    Not surprising that the "crazy one" is supporting the "cheerful one."

    March 7, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  22. knox

    It wasn't a change of heart. She probably contractually obligated to FOXNEWS. Dollar Dollar Bills Yall.

    March 7, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  23. USA401

    An idiot votes for an idiot.

    March 7, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. A little sad

    "Palin votes for Gingrich"

    Gingrich comes in 4th out of four.

    SP is just continuing her losing streak.

    March 7, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. Mike

    Surprised she didn't vote for Putin. I mean, she can probably see him out her back door.

    March 7, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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