The GOP candidates must focus on defeating Obama, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said during a TV interview with Greta Van Susteren from her home in Wasilla, Alaska in response to a question on why Obama is rising in the polls. Van Susteren had questioned Gov. Palin about flat and declining voter turnouts thus far in the primaries. Gov. Palin said voter enthusiasm is not there yet partly because some believe "it is a foregone conclusion that Romney will be the nominee," and partly because of "collateral damage from the nominating process as the candidates beat each other up."
Gov. Palin said that Obama would love to debate Romney and fears Gingrich, because "he is the toughest debater." She said Gingrich "offers solutions, ideas," and has a past record of successes. She said Romney's air of inevitability arises from the $40 million he has spent thus far on attack ads. By contrast, Santorum has raised only $2.8 million. But, "Santorum is rising in the polls and is next to face attacks," she said.
Van Susteren asked Gov. Palin who she thought was the truest conservative of the four candidates. She praised Ron Paul for his fiscal austerity measures; Gingrich for balancing budgets, cutting taxes and shrinking the federal government; Santorum for his consistency in views and his social conservatism rooted in a return to Judeo-Christian values. About Romney, Gov. Palin said, he has raised taxes and flip-flopped on several social conservative issues, though he is now expressing the conservative view on them.
Gov. Palin warned that the attacks on Santorum would come within days and they will be centered around his backing of earmarks. She warned that Santorum will be portrayed as a big spending liberal.
Gov. Palin said all the candidates are far more attuned to the Constitution and the values America holds dear than Obama is.
When Van Susteren asked Gov. Palin what was holding Ron Paul back in the polls, she said his foreign policy positions were the culprit, emphasizing that "we must stand by our ally, Israel" and "Israel is surrounded by enemies."
Gov. Palin said we cannot afford another four years of Obama and he has only increased debts and deficits contravening his own campaign promises.
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