Sarah Palin Blasts Mitt Romney, Praises Michele Bachmann’s Handling of Debt

Aug 3, 2011 12:51am

ABC News' Sheila Marikar reports:

Sarah Palin is mad and she's not going to take it anymore.

The former Alaska governor and tea party activist was a guest on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Tuesday night to further criticize the debt-ceiling deal and condemn Vice President Joe Biden for allegedly saying that conservative tea party lawmakers "acted like terrorists" during the debt-ceiling negotiations.

"I'm gonna stick up for people who at this point are being called terrorists and being accused of waging jihad against our own country," she said. "Enough is enough and I'm not going to sit here and take it anymore."

She also chastised Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney for not voicing his stance on the debt-ceiling debate sooner.

"Bless his heart, I have respect for Mitt Romney, but I do not have respect for what he has done through this debt increase debate," she said. "He did this, he waited until it was a done deal that we would increase the debt ceiling and more money would be spent, more money would be borrowed and spent on bigger government, and then he came out and made a statement that he didn't like the deal after all. You can't defer an issue and assume that the problem is then going to be avoided."

"You're inviting a crisis," she added. "Don't just wait and sit back."

Did any of the Republican contenders please Palin?

"Michele Bachmann," she said (Bachmann voted against the debt-ceiling increase). "She spoke out and she cast her vote according to her principles, she stood true."

Palin maintained that she's "an optimist heading into this next election cycle," though she still hasn't made up her mind about her role in it. She told Hannity she's "getting closer to making the decision, of course, for legal reasons, for practical reasons, um, but ah, still haven't made up my mind yet."

"But doggone it," she added, "I want these candidates who are in there, I want them to not be sitting back."

As for President Barack Obama, Palin said, "He is so off base in this that I tell you, 2012 cannot come soon enough."

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