Monday, January 9, 2012

Todd Palin endorses Newt Gingrich for president (Updated)

Todd Palin told ABC News Monday that he is endorsing Newt Gingrich for president:
But Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and John McCain’s 2008 Republican running mate, has yet to decide “who is best able to go up against Barack Obama,” Todd Palin said.

Palin said he has not spoken to Gingrich or anyone from the former House speaker’s campaign. But he said he respects Gingrich for what he went through in the 1990s and compared that scrutiny in public life to what Sarah Palin went through during her run for the vice presidency.

Todd Palin said he believes that being in the political trenches and experiencing the highs and lows helps prepare a candidate for the future and the job of president.

He did not criticize any of the other candidates and said his “hat is off to everyone” in the Republican race.
Todd was impressed by Gingrich's determination to press on against tall odds last summer when a most of the former Speaker's staff resigned en mass, leaving their candidate on his own to run his campaign.

Todd said that Newt’s ability to overcome that obstacle and still rise in the polls demonstrated that Gingrich is a survivor. Todd Palin knows something about survival. After a high-speed crash left him with a broken arm and broken sled, he still had the fortitude to not only finish the 2008 edition of the world's longest, toughest snow machine ( that's "snowmobile" to lower 48'ers) endurance race, but to do so in fourth place. Todd added that Gingrich, unlike the typical “beltway types,” “burst out of the political arena and touched many Americans.”

Update: Todd Palin will go On The Record tonight at 9:00PM Texas Time to discuss his endorsement of Speaker Newt Gingrich with Greta Van Susteren.

- JP

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