Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity's show Tuesday night:
PALIN: "If I had to vote in South Carolina in order to keep this thing going I'd vote for Newt and I would want this to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago of having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been."
Earlier Palin said that "iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel" and described how continuing the process at this stage helps the eventual nominee become stronger, not weaker.
Newt Gingrich is the only viable Romney alternative at this point. A vote for Newt is a vote to allow the process of vetting our eventual nominee to continue and give other states the chance to have their vote matter as well.
A vote for Romney or any other candidate than Newt is a vote to end the process and accept Romney without truly knowing whether he is in fact the most electable candidate to put up against Obama.
Why Romney Won't Release Tax Returns Before SC Vote
Romney: $360,000 Earned for Speaking Fees "not very much"
On Monday I warned that the failure of Romney to release his tax returns before the SC vote on Saturday may leave the GOP with a flawed candidate at a point where it's too late to change.
Following the question raised on this subject in Monday's Myrtle Beach, SC debate Romney has admitted that he mostly pays a 15% tax on his income which is largely in the form of investments. Romney also collected speaking fees in the past year which would be taxed at a higher rate. But according to Romney the $360,000 he made speaking during that time was "not very much."
Most Americans would love to earn $360,000 a year and to pay the regular income tax on that amount. But both issues, the 15% Romney pays on investment income (we still don't know how much) and his seeming indifference to earning $360k highlights the perception that Romney is out of touch with the mainstream of American life.
There is also the question as to whether Romney used offshore tax shelters to avoid paying income tax. Yes, all very legal and something done by many wealthy people but does it not make Romney more vulnerable in the presidential match up with Obama?
Remembering the hay Democrats made in 2008 with the number of homes John McCain's wife Cindy owned (8?) the same argument may also be attached to Romney who owns several including a $10 million home in New Hampshire.
As despicable as conservatives believe the class warfare arguments posed by Obama are we have to realize that they do have an impact with voters many of whom are struggling to hold on to their modest homes and put food on the table.
Romney's wealth, his low tax rate and lifestyle will be campaign issues whether we like it or not and we better understand now how that they will be used against him before we decide that he is the most electable!
It's not too late to slow this train down and think twice before selecting the GOP nominee. VOTE NEWT!