"Keep the process going. Only three states have had the chance to chime in....Who is best to beat Obama? Who as been sharpened and shaped? The more candidate information that is revealed the fairer it is for voters. Competition reveals and shapes character," Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said in a two-segment TV interview with Sean Hannity from her home studio in Wasilla, Alaska.
"We need somebody passionate about not embracing the status quo. That's the beauty of competition," Gov. Palin said adding that Hannity's son would not do well in tennis if he knew he was going to win every time and never be challenged. But, Gov. Palin said the campaigning has gotten vicious. "I'm not whining about it, but I will call out when lies are being told, whether by a PAC or by the candidate. We feel disconnected and disenfranchised. [The candidates should] debate relevant ideas and solutions, not petty stuff.
Gov. Palin felt compelled to write her Facebook Note about the GOP establishment using the tactics of the left when she saw the "re-written history about Newt Gingrich and the Reagan Revolution." Gingrich had balanced budgets and was at least partially responsible for welfare reform. "I'm going to continue saying good things about all the GOP candidates, because any one is better than Obama. The establishment has never balanced a budget since Gingrich and Clinton did." Gov. Palin said that the establishment appeared content to instead engage in insider trading that is illegal for everyone else.
In the second segment, Gov. Palin was asked to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. She chose only to discuss the positive, as the candidates were doing a fine enough job bringing out the weaknesses. Hannity agreed.
About Gingrich, Gov. Palin said "his experience in Washington is a strength, because he was one of the few to work on a balanced budget and is passionate about shaking things up."
Gov. Palin said if Romney is surrounded by hard-core conservatives he will be directed more toward the center-right values that the majority of our nation holds. But, Gov. Palin said Romney has a solid family lineage of success, and is a good family man. "I respect that."
"I'm a great admirer of Rick Santorum. He is a great warrior on the field." He is a social conservative and great on Judeo-Christian values, she said. Gov. Palin added that she would like to see Santorum expand his discussion to fiscal matters and foreign policy.
Gov. Palin said she has "great respect for Ron Paul's fiscal sanity, and his austerity ideas are right on. Keep on being bold."
Gov. Palin did not endorse any candidate tonight.
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