Former Alaska governor is the highest-profile backer for a Republican contender so far
Ames, Iowa: Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favourite of grass-roots conservatives, endorsed Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, providing Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.
“Are you ready to make America great again?” Palin said with Trump by her side at a rally at Iowa State University. “Are you ready to stump for Trump? I’m here to support the next president of the United States — Donald Trump.”
Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far. It came the same day that Iowa’s Republican governor, Terry Branstad, said he hopes that Sen. Ted Cruz will be defeated in Iowa, where the February 1 caucuses are a must-win for the Texas senator, who is running neck-and-neck with Trump in state polls.
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