Not a full endorsement but pretty close. Will this push him over the top in South Carolina? He got Todd’s endorsement last week, so does Sarah chiming in make a difference for you? Right now polls have Gingrich second and with his stellar debate performance last night this very well could do it.
What could be even more telling is if this semi-endorsement does not make a difference. Keep in mind, this could also be a deserved poke-in-the-eye for Gov. Nikki Haley who has her job specifically because of Palin’s support. Haley, as you know, abandoned any support of Palin during the Tucson massacre, and has come out full force for Romney. If a Palin endorsement manages to eclipse Haley’s in her own state, I must say that would be a little sweet. Like, oh, S’mores sweet, a little gooey and fun!
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. “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.
So, GOP Machine, you wanted Palin to be a “cheerleader.” Well, now you’ve got it. Be careful what you wish for
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 18, 2012