Sarah Palin: I’d vote for Gingrich “to keep things going”
Sarah Palin gave a qualifying endorsement of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday, a week after her husband also endorsed him.
In an interview with Fox television host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Palin said that if she were a South Carolina voter she would cast her ballot for the former Speaker of the House in Saturday’s primary.
“If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep things going, I’d vote for Newt,” she said. Using a quote from the bible she said she wanted the race to continue because, “iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel.”
Rivals have been unable to dent Mitt Romney’s status as the frontrunner of the Republican race for the party nomination. Gingrich is one of several candidates who have risen up as a more conservative alternative, and challenger, to Romney.
While not a ringing endorsement, this is the closest Palin has gotten to formally siding with any candidate. Palin, a popular Tea Party conservative, started her own political action committee and toured the country giving speeches and raising money before announcing in October that she would not run for the nomination.
Her PAC website includes a list of “Palin Picks,” but no presidential candidates are listed.
Gingrich posted a video of Palin’s semi-endorsement and tweeted from @newtgingrich, “Thanks @SarahPalinusa for throwing your support my way in the South Carolina primary.”
Watch the video, via Fox News:
Photo credit: Sarah Palin addresses the audience during the Americans For Prosperity Foundation Summit in Clarkston, Michigan, May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook