In an appearance on Fox News’ “On The Record” Tuesday night, Sarah Palin told host Greta Van Susteren that Joe Biden is a drag on President Obama’s ticket and Democrat strategists should find a “diplomatic way” of replacing the vice president with current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her remarks were in response to comments Biden made while delivering a speech in Virginia earlier in the day. Biden had told his audience that Republicans are “going to put y’all back in chains.”
The former Alaska governor praised Mitt Romney for “coming out swinging” after being relentlessly attacked by the Democrats. “Romney grasps the notion this is not a dress rehearsal. This is what we need,” she continued, “Governor Romney is on the right track by taking the gloves off.” He has every right and even the responsibility to take off the gloves, she said. She observed that Romney seems to be more energized since he named House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate denounced the Democrats’ campaign tactics. Speaking from her own experience on the campaign trail four years ago, she said, “I know how dirty they can be.” When Van Susteren opined that both sides had taken the low road, Sarah Palin took issue, arguing that Romney and Ryan were offering solutions to the nation’s problems, and it was the Democrats — with the media’s help — who were engaged in distracting the debate away from issues of concern to voters. Because the press so protects Obama, she said, “it’s tough to hear Romney’s message through the filter of the media.”
“Name one prominent Republican,” she challenged Van Susteren, “who stoops to the levels of Alan Grayson and Harry Reid,” both of whom have viciously attacked members of the GOP. She said that Democrats only want to distract from “their failed policies.”
Asked by the program host if she was having second thoughts about speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Gov. Palin reiterated the points she made in her recent statement on the matter. “I predicted what would happen if Obama fulfilled his promise to fundamentally change America,” she added. “It’s come to fruition.” She said that her remarks to the 2008 convention “still stand” and continued, “I’m so anxious to hear the new voices and see the new faces” at this year’s GOP Convention.