ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
Sarah Palin on Wednesday dismissed the criticism of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recently suggested that Palin stay in Alaska rather than run for president, referring to the Bush family as “blue-bloods.”
Speaking on Laura Ingraham’s talk radio show, Palin warned that critics like Bush “don’t understand competition is good.”
"I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods — and I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes — but the blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners,” Palin said.
Palin was responding to comments the former first lady made during a recent appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” in which offered her unvarnished take on Palin’s possible presidential ambitions.
“I think she's very happy in Alaska,” Bush said, “and I hope she'll stay there.”
In the interview with Ingraham, Palin also suggested that the same “blue bloods” bore some responsibility for problems with the American economy.
“They kind of do some of this with the economic policies that were in place that got us into these economic woeful times, too,” Palin told the conservative talk radio host. “I don't know if that kind of stuff is planned out, but it is what it is. We deal with it, and we forge ahead and we keep doing what we're doing.”
Throughout the interview, Ingraham complained that "there seems to be a line of people who are, for some reason, so concerned about you and so concerned about a possible run, that they're trying to take you out now."
"Why don't we just embrace this idea of competitive primaries where healthy debate and duking it out in a world of ideas will allow that ideal candidate to surface," Palin said. "I don't know why they won't come along there with that idea, Laura. I think it's just so — it's inefficient, it's unprofessional, it's immature."
Listen to Palin's radio interview:
Watch Barbara Bush's "Larry King Live" appearance: