Sarah Palin has told Fox News, “If I had to vote in South Carolina, I’d vote for Newt, and I would want this to continue.” Her husband, Todd, endorsed Gingrich on Jan. 9, saying, "Newt Gingrich is a true leader, which he has proven not only since the beginning of his campaign, but throughout his career." Many pundits are wondering if Palin's support is enough to help Gingrich, who is currently running second behind Mitt Romney.
Palin explained that she would like to see further examination of the Republican candidates before they are put to the test against incumbent President Barack Obama. “More debates, more vetting of candidates because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago was having a candidate that was not vetted, to the degree that he should have been.”
She added, “I want to see that [vetting] taking place this time because America is on this precipice-it’s that important. We need this process to continue.” Palin also stated that “these guys [Romney, Perry, Paul, Santorum and Gingrich] are getting better in their debates” and fleshing out their core beliefs, which is important to voters.
Palin has stated that she supports Gingrich’s plan for job creation, specifically citing his view that “government needs to get out of the way for all Americans to have a sense of opportunity to work.”
Gingrich has stated that he is thrilled about Palin’s support. “It’s a signal to every conservative that the one conservative vote that’s effective is to Newt Gingrich and that’s very helpful. Lots of different things are working together to help us.”