Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin last night told the New York Times she would "support Romney 100%" if he were the nominee, but he must rally the GOP's base, much of whom still does not believe in his conservatism. From the interview:
“It does seem that his campaign is having a tough time sort of garnering that — not just that support, but that energy that’s needed,” former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, a favorite of the [Tea Party] movement, said in an interview late Tuesday. “Whether Romney wins or loses in Michigan tonight, just the fact that he’s had such a fight in his home state is evidence of that blessing not yet being given to him across the board.”H/T Ian Lazaran, Conservatives4Palin for story lead.
[Gov.] Palin said that if Mr. Romney became the nominee she would support him “100 percent,” but that he still had considerable work to do to get important portions of the party base on his side. Particularly important, she said, are “those that are part of that Tea Party grass-roots movement,” who “really get offended when the establishment of either party tries to anoint the candidate.”