Sarah Palin to endorse Donald Trump

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By Tom LoBianco, Jeremy Diamond and Jake Tapper

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is endorsing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump Tuesday at an Iowa campaign stop, a source familiar with the plans told CNN.

Trump had been promising a “major announcement with special guest” later Tuesday, though he wouldn’t say whether the support would come from the tea party favorite.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement. She is a friend, and a high quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support,” Trump said in a statement sent after the news broke.

The businessman stoked speculation with an invite sent around late Monday, but offered no clues who it will be. At a press conference in Iowa hours before the rally, Trump declined to confirm or deny whether it was Palin.

“I’m a big fan of Sarah Palin,” Trump responded when asked about it by reporters.

The news of the endorsement was first reported by The New York Times.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement the Trump campaign provided to The Times.

Palin has spoken highly of both Trump and his chief opponent, Ted Cruz, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper last month that she didn’t plan to endorse anyone “soon” but liked both candidates.

“I’m not going to pick one right now, but what a nice problem to have if it came down to Cruz and Trump,” Palin said. “That’s a good problem for voters to have, because we know that, as you say, they are both strong and very decisive and someone who would take the initiative. That is what we need today, and both of those candidates would fit that bill.”

Cruz brushed off rumors the Palin endorsement earlier on Tuesday, which marks a potential blow to his momentum in Iowa.

“Regardless of what Sarah decides to do in 2016, I will always remain a big, big fan,” he said.

His campaign also claimed that a Palin endorsement of Trump would backfire on her.

“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 spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

Palin responded to the interview Tuesday, linking to a blog post by her daughter Bristol in a tweet.

“Is THIS Why People Don’t like Cruz?” the 2008 vice presidential candidate tweeted.

In her blog post, Bristol Palin slammed Tyler for suggesting the former Alaska governor would somehow hurt herself by picking Trump over Cruz.

“After hearing what Cruz is now saying about my mom, in a negative knee-jerk reaction, makes me hope my mom does endorse Trump,” Bristol wrote. “Cruz’s flip-flop, turning against my mom who’s done nothing but support and help him when others sure didn’t, shows he’s a typical politician. How rude to that he’s setting up a false narrative about her!”

The Texas senator didn’t mention the speculation about an endorsement for Trump in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, instead saying he will “always be a big fan” of Palin regardless of her role in the 2016 campaign.

“I love @SarahPalinUSA Without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate. Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan,” he said.

Cruz has had a long, contentious history with Sen. John McCain, who ran with Palin in 2008. McCain has called Cruz a member of the “wacko bird” senators and has fueled the argument for those who’ve questioned whether the Texas senator would even be eligible to serve as president because he was born in Canada.

However, Trump’s also spent significant time this cycle trashing the Arizona senator, most visibly this summer when he said that the former prisoner of war was “not a war hero.”

Aside from similar conservative populist rhetoric which has inspired fierce loyalty among their working-class supporters, Trump and Palin also have something else in common: Michael Glassner. Glassner worked on Palin’s failed 2008 vice presidential bid and Trump hired him as his political director last July.

CNN’s Tal Kopan contributed to this report.

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  • Anotherbob

    When did people still care about what Palin has to say about anything let a lone who she endorses? One idiot endorsing another idiot.

  • DAN GRAY

    At least Sarah Palin beats Hillary Clinton. When it comes to warm, soft and cuddly Hillary doesn’t come to mind.

  • David John Francis

    Just to get it straight, I am voting for Donald Trump and ONLY for Trump? NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT, AS AN INDEPENDENT VOTER? 7 YEARS AGO I VOTED FOR OBAMA, AND HAD NO IDEA I WAS VOTING FOR A LIBERAL WHO HAS DRIVEN AMERICA INTO THE GROUND, If Trump happens to go down through some kind of cheating by non citizens voting in the elections, or in the New Hampshire primaries of illegal aliens bussed into the Iowa caucuses by Liberal zealots or anything out of sync their will be a civic unrest the likes never seen before?

    Attention should be drawn to the fact non-citizens do vote, although its illegal and they will act to keep the Democrats in, so they can collect food stamps and a host of other benefits.

    Only Trump will build the wall and enforce immigration laws. Trump will initiate MANDATORY E-VERIFY for all businesses and nobody will escape from the immigration net, including the companies who have got away from hiring illegal aliens for decades, excluding citizens and lawful immigrants? Trump commenced his war on the incursion of foreigners who steal low income Americans jobs.
    The subject of illegal immigration enforcement in America is a matter of unsurpassed importance to each and every local, state and federal taxpayer and, whereas, it’s a fact that illegal immigration touches our lives in many ways: And without a doubt, a portion of the true costs of illegal immigration is in the local, state, and federal taxes we pay?

    EVERY CITIZEN OR LAWFUL IMMIGRANT LOSES NO MATTER THEIR RACE, RELIGION, OR WAGE SCALE IF THE OBAMA ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVASION KEEPS POURING THROUGH OUR EXPOSED, OPEN BORDER.

    Sarah Palin, ex-governor of Alaska endorsed Donald Trump today with a very uplifting speech for his supporters. More endorsements as Palin will further unite many Independents and a silent minority to stand with a man who speaks out about the deep corruption in Washington and a promise to change it.

    The majority of Americans agree that the reason we have illegal immigration is that past federal, state and local enforcement efforts have been “abhorrently insufficient.” and Obama has paved the way for a steady stream of illegal families, and once that family is planted on American soil the unborn child becomes under a fabricated law a US citizen. Thus the parent can collect thousands of dollars in welfare programs, and with the parent illegal working and child benefits they accruing quite a bit of money For instance in California two or three ‘Anchor Babies” can bring in several thousand dollars in payments and benefits.
    A very modest estimate of the total net cost to American taxpayers each year is $113 BILLION.
    All those billions of dollars should be spent on our Vets and Senior Citizens. Why for instance is our elderly held hostage for their minute (COLA)
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of King Barack Obama’s executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the United States.
    The case will be argued in April and decided by late June, about a month before both parties’ gather for their nominating conventions.
    The immigrants who would benefit from the administration’s plan are mainly the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
    Texas is leading 26 mainly Republican-dominated states in challenging the Democratic administration’s immigration plan.
    This is why we need a strong contender for the White House, as Trump. The others in the Republican will be bought and paid for by the wealthy to keep their CHEAP LABOR of the consortium of big business, which are paid a lower wage, no benefits, and no workers comp.

    Although any or all of King Obamas illegal executive orders can be revoked by the next president on his first day, can this measure as part of the Imperial administration filed with the Supreme Court to exempt 5 million illegal aliens from deportation, seeing it’s not gone before Congress? Can this preferential executive order if approved by SCOTUS, be overturned by Trump, as he is the only tough Oval Office Recipient to end this invasion?

    President Trump will resolve all these issues.

    1. Illegal immigration: Trump said it is one of the most important things to be resolved.
    2. ISIS: He said it reflects the greatest Trojan horse ever, and must be stopped.
    3. Second amendment: “It is very good and will be totally protected if I’m elected.”
    4. Super PACS: He said these groups are running politicians and must be gotten rid of to get a clear vision of what’s really going on in America.
    5 Common core: “It’s very bad, and children should be educated locally.”
    6. Military: “It is the least prepared it’s been in generations. We will build it up again so no one wants to mess with us. We are protecting countries so rich, but they are paying us peanuts.”
    7. Border Issues: He said he would build that controversial wall.
    9. Corporate Welfare: Trump will renegotiate all the foreign countries fleecing America, and take back our jobs and businesses that have gone overseas and will be given the opportunity to apply honest TRADE and not play America for a bunch of incompetents. Trillions of dollars will return to our country and foreign countries and corporate and industrial entities will be paying taxes to import their goods to our consumer nation.
    10. Health care: He said he would repeal “Obamacare.” The Affordable Care Act.
    11. U.S. Veterans: “They must be taken care of. In many cases, they are treated worse than illegal immigrants.”
    12. Senior Citizens: Older citizens who are retired should be treated with respect and enough money to live a comfortable life. They have earned that right.

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    • anotherbob

      Your post is the verbal equivalent of verbal diarrhea, so go ahead and flush your vote away right down the toilet. Trump is all talk, he’s an egotistical narcissist socialite who loves to hear himself talk. Sure he has some good points and doesn’t care about what people think of him, but does he (a 1%er) have the ability to actually lead an entire country while also keeping the best interests of the lower/middle class? Absolutely not. We need a POTUS that is respected by other world leaders, Trump would be laughed at by other super powers as he gets in twitter feuds with them on social media.

      • AVERAGEDUDE

        You don’t think other countries aren’t laughing at Obama. Obama lost their respect when he drew a red line in the sand in Syria and they stepped over it.

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