A Sarah Palin campaign appearance for Rand Paul in Kentucky is "very likely" according to Paul campaign manager David Adams, who adds that Palin called Paul on Saturday afternoon, hours before her Nashville speech at the "Tea Party" convention. Adams says Palin "called to establish contact."
Upon announcing the Palin endorsement of his GOP primary campaign last week, Paul acknowledged that he had never spoken to Palin. Adams says the former Alaska governor had "very encouraging words" for the Bowling Green opthamologist.
Some prominent conservatives have questioned Palin's endorsement. And those same conservatives may still be unconvinced after Palin's appearance on Fox News Sunday, as reported by CQ Politics:
Republican former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska provided a less than vigorous defense of her endorsement of Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul’s campaign on Sunday, vaguely referencing his “domestic” agenda while mixing him up with his father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
“I don’t agree with Ron Paul on everything,” Palin told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “His domestic policies I do agree with for the most part.”
Here's the Fox News transcript of Palin on Paul (in which FOX corrected the Ron/Rand mixup):
CHRIS WALLACE: You recently stirred up some controversy as you often do, even when you endorsed Rand Paul as the Senate, he's running in the Senate primary in Kentucky the GOP Senate primary. And Bill Kristol, your long-time supporter was upset with you because one of the things he pointed out, Paul wants to close Guantanamo. He wants to send the detainees back to Afghanistan. He wants to repeal the Patriot Act. He wants to do away with any federal role in either gay marriage or drug laws, leave it to the states. Why would you support a guy like that?
SARAH PALIN: Because he's a federalist and he wants the states to have more say and as we respect the 10th Amendment in our Constitution, he wants the states to have more say in a lot of these issues. But nobody is ever going to find a perfect candidate. There are things that I don't agree with Rand Paul, and yet his domestic policies for the most part, I do agree with. He wants limited government. He wants the Feds to start taking their hands off states issues and I respect that and I'm proud to support him. Again, never finding a perfect candidate, no doubt he disagrees with me on a whole lot of issues. But proud to support him and others whom I can believe in.