“You have to have the tea party patriots enthused and energized in order to win this nomination, and, more importantly, in order to defeat Barack Obama.” If the [TEA party patriots] are “dismissed and . . . . . . .marginalized” by the GOP Establishment, “they are going to be much less enthused and much less willing to put it all on the line for the GOP candidate in the general election.”
“We can’t afford to have low voter turnout in the general election, and that is all the more reason for Romney to really start connecting more with conservatives,” she said.
Palin would encourage all of the candidates to stay in the race, saying it’s “not yet” time for Gingrich to step aside and allow Santorum to rally the conservative vote. And she welcomed a brokered convention, this coming August.
“I don’t think that it would be a negative for the party, a brokered convention,” she said. “And people who start screaming that a brokered convention is the worst thing for the GOP, they have an agenda. They have their own personal or political reasons for their own candidate, who they would like to see protected away from a brokered convention. That’s part of the competition, that’s part of the process. And it may happen.”