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Sarah Palin may not be running for president but she still has the opportunity to help determine which GOP candidate will be challenging Obama one-on-one come 2012. Her supporters have turned their attention from “Wiill Sarah run?” to “Who will Sarah endorse?”
In an interview with Eric Bolling on Fox Business Network’s show Follow the Money, Palin gave the public a glimpse of whom she may give her stamp of approval: Ron Paul.
“You know the endorsement that I’m most interested in?” Palin asked Bolling. “Ron Paul’s, to tell you the truth.”
While she made it clear she did not agree with Paul’s foreign policy, she said he was “absolutely right” with his stand on domestic spending issues.
“He’s the one that Americans need to listen to when it comes to dealing in reality about this bankrupt path that we are on,” she said.
“So Ron Paul’s endorsement – not saying he won’t get the nomination, but in case he doesn’t – who it is that he chooses to endorse will give us a clear indication of who is on the right path with domestic spending that needs to be addressed. I’m very interested in hearing what Ron Paul thinks at the end of the day.”
Palin is not the only conservative pundit to embrace the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman’s economic views. In October, radio host Rush Limbaugh declared that Paul’s economic plan “can save the country.”
Paul has consistently called for a major reduction in government spending, refused to raise the debt ceiling, declared he would veto any unbalanced budget, and said he would oppose unnecessary regulations on small businesses. His dedication to the free market, lower taxes, and lower spending is attractive to many conservative voters, particularly the Tea Party members. To many Republican voters who feel slighted by the 2012 GOP candidate field, Paul’s consistently conservative economic policies may gain traction, especially if Palin throw’s her weight behind it.