Sarah Palin Not "Presidential": Tom Tancredo

05/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In an interview with a Dutch paper, Handelsblad, former Colorado Representative and right-wing leader Tom Tancredo said he didn't think Sarah Palin was "presidential."

"I really don't have this feeling about her as being presidential," Tancredo said. "I don't know what it is exactly. I don't know if the issues really are that difficult for her or not."

Tancredo went on to comment on Palin's campaigning for her former running mate, John McCain, who faces a tough primary battle against a conservative opponent, Congressman J.D. Hayworth.

"That [campaigning for McCain] tells me she is a Republican. I am not. I mean, I am a member of that party and that will always stay that way. But to me it's only a mechanism, a way to get on the ballot and all that. But she is a real Republican.''

When asked if Palin was "just as much an unprincipled politician as all the rest of them," Tancredo replied "to a large extent.''

Tancredo, who has been out of office since 2009, has been vocal in calling out and criticizing Republicans who he feels are too moderate. Last week he released a statement questioning whether Republican Senate Candidate Jane Norton of Colorado supported amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Palin and Tancredo were both Keynote speakers at February's Tea Party Convention, where Tancredo made waves by suggesting Barack Obama was only elected because the U.S. lacks a civic literacy test.

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