On FOX News on Saturday, in an interview with Jeanine Pirro, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seemed to be abruptly cut off as she talked about how voters did not want to obey what the Republican establishment often tries to force on them. Pirro abruptly cut Palin off and said she had to go to a “hard break” but then promoted another segment. After the commercial break, Palin was no longer on the air.
Palin’s spent a lot of time in the interview criticizing the Republican establishment and pundits (she even referenced FOX News) who wanted to the end the primary process after Tuesday’s Florida primary, which former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is favored to win. Palin said her answer to them would simply be, “no.”
“That’s what I say when I hear pundits on this network and other networks — gleefully proclaiming that it’s all over by Florida — despite the fact that 47 states, until today have not been able to chime into the process yet,” Palin said. “We see these pundits and politicos and elites in faraway Washington, D.C… telling the electorate that hey, by Florida, it’s going to be all wrapped up and we’ll have our nominee, and I’m saying, no, don’t let that happen because they do need to toughen up, they need to debate these ideas so we elect — through our nominating process — the best candidate to come up against Barack Obama and his failed policies.”
Palin reiterated that her answer to “these folks who want to shut it down” after Florida was, “No.”
Palin said she wanted to hear more from Rick Santorum and his fierce criticisms of ObamaCare and, in a reference to Romney, why Republicans should support the “architect of ObamaCare.”
She said she wanted to hear more from Ron Paul about fiscal issues.
She said she wanted to hear more from Gingrich about the Reagan revolution of which Gingrich was a part, and how it “shook up the establishment back then” and how they can do it again.
Palin also said she wanted to hear more from Romney about how he is not ashamed of his personal, financial wealth, especially if he “worked hard for that money in an ethical fashion.”
But Palin saved her most favorable words for Gingrich, who she said came under assault by an establishment that feared an “agent of change.”
“When both party machines are trying to crucify him… you have to rage against the machine to defend our republic,” Palin said. “We need someone engaged in sudden and relentless reform.”
Added Palin: “Rage against the machine, vote for Newt. Annoy a liberal, vote Newt.”
Palin, when speaking about Gingrich’s proposal to have a colony on the moon by the end of the decade and before the Russians and Chinese, also said Gingrich represents an America that had “a notion that America would be first, that we would win, for our psyche, for science.”
“That is what Newt is explaining to the public,” Palin said.
Palin said there was “nothing wrong with grandiose ideas” because every politician on the national stage has them to improve the country.
“I don’t think there is anything wrong with dreaming big in our nation because that is how America became an exceptional nation,” Palin said, before adding that Americans have always thought big like winners.
“In a debate, Newt Gingrich would clobber Barack Obama,” Palin said, emphasizing that in a campaign, debates are where ideas and solutions are articulated to the electorate.