Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has scored his highest-profile endorsement yet in former vice presidential nominee and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, The New York Times confirmed with the Trump campaign Tuesday after day-long speculation.
“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin says in a statement obtained by the Times.
The pairing of the bombastic Trump and Palin, who dominated the headlines during her 2008 race, is sure to be a cable-producer's dream-come-true, especially if she follows up the endorsement by jumping back into national politics by hitting the stump for Trump as expected.
The backing from the 2008 vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor puts a major figure of the Tea Party movement who is also looked upon favorably by evangelicals into Trump’s corner with less than two weeks before the start of voting in Iowa.
Palin has vocally supported Trump for months, telling CNN in September she’d be interested in serving as his Energy Secretary after Trump praised her as the type of person he’d want in his cabinet.
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