Palin on Rush: Let’s Duke It Out

Nov 17, 2009 4:05pm

Take that Newt Gingrich. Two weeks ago, the former Speaker warned that more NY-23-style fights in the GOP family would re-elect President Obama and make Nancy Pelosi “Speaker for Life.” But on Rush Limbaugh today, Sarah Palin said these primary fights are the way to win over swing voters. 

Mary Bruce was listening…

Speaking to Rush Limbaugh today, Sarah Palin supported the idea of a third, independent party, but said America wasn't quite ready for it. "Ideally, sure, a third party or an independent party would be able to soar and thrive and put candidates forth and have them elected, but I don't think America is ready for that," McCain's former running mate explained. In the meantime, Palin said the key to getting independent votes "is to not hesitate duking it out within the party." 

"This is what I appreciate about the Republican Party.  We have contested, aggressive, competitive primaries," Palin said. "We're not like this herd mentality like a bunch of sheep — with the fighting instincts of sheep, as Horowitz would say — like some in the Democrat Party; where, heaven forbid, you take a stand and you oppose somebody within your own party because it's the right thing to do.  I appreciate that in the Republican Party…. This is healthy debate, good competition that makes candidates work harder. It makes for a better product, if you will, at the end of the day.  I appreciate that about our party."

In light of the recent Republican wins in New Jersey and Virginia, Palin said she doesn't think "the third party movement will be what's necessary to usher in some common-sense conservative ideals."
"Naturally independents are going to gravitate towards that Republican agenda and Republican platform because the planks in our platform are the strongest to build a healthy America," Palin explained. "We're all about cutting taxes and shrinking government and respecting the inherent rights of the individual and strengthening families and respecting life and equality.  You have to shake your head and say, 'Who wouldn't embrace that?  Who wouldn't want to come on over?' They don't have to necessarily be registered within the Republican Party in order to hook up with us and join us with that agenda standing on those planks." 

The former Alaskan governor pointed to her husband Todd as an example of Americans who refuse to register in a party. "Todd's not a Republican and yet he's got more common sense conservatism than a whole lot of Republicans that I know because he is one who sees the idiosyncrasies of the characters within the machine and it frustrates him along with a whole lot of other Americans who choose to be independent," she told the conservative talk show host.

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