CONSERVATIVE FIREBRAND BACKS “THE DONALD”
Former “Republican” vice presidential candidate and conservative flamethrower Sarah Palin is traveling to Ames, Iowa this week – ostensibly to endorse 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
“It’s been a state secret,” one top Trump staffer told FITS, confirming the forthcoming Palin endorsement.
Trump previewed the event on social media, saying he would be making a “major announcement” in Iowa with a “very special guest in attendance.”
While the GOP establishment has done everything in its power to blunt Trump’s momentum, Palin has spoken favorably of him in the past.
“People are really tired of professional politicians who, you know, won’t call it like they see it and maybe don’t have life experiences that allow them to prove a track record of success,” she told Charlotte, N.C.’s WBT radio last fall.
“That’s refreshing about Trump,” she said. “He’s a fighter. We know he’s gonna put America first, and he really nailed it early on what the main problems are in America right now.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for Ted Cruz – Trump’s top rival for the “Republican” nomination – was already hard at working trying to spin the endorsement against Palin.
“I think it’d be a blow to Sarah Palin because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion,” Cruz’s spokesman Rick Tyler told Breitbart News.
Palin has previously praised Cruz.
“He knows what he’s doing and he’s a great guy. He could certainly help put the country back on the right track,” she said in the same WBT interview. “I think it would come down to Cruz and Trump, to tell you the truth. They’re thankfully both fighters, knowing that they need to put America’s safety first.”
This website has taken a dim view of Palin on repeated occasions in the past. We don’t think she’s a serious policy mind – which is why we never supported her national aspirations. Of course whatever we may think of her, there’s no denying Palin is a force to be reckoned with inside the GOP – and particularly within the conservative movement.
Hence the buzz surrounding her endorsement … and Cruz’s effort to dampen it.
Trump and Cruz are running neck-and-neck in Iowa – which holds its caucus on Monday, February 1 (less than two weeks away). According to the latest aggregate polling data from Real Clear Politics, Trump is currently supported by 27.8 percent of likely caucus-goers – putting him just ahead of Cruz (26.7 percent).
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is in third place with 11.7 percent support.
Two weeks ago, Cruz led Trump by four points in Iowa … which will be followed by New Hampshire (February 9) and South Carolina (February 20).
Palin is no stranger to the Palmetto State. Her 2010 endorsement of S.C. governor Nikki Haley in a crowded “Republican” primary was pivotal in that election.