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06/02/2011 03:41 pm ET Updated Aug 02, 2011

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Sarah Palin 'Manipulating' Media Away From Mitt Romney

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says Sarah Palin is "manipulating" the media away from giving attention to Mitt Romney.

On Thursday's "The View," Hasslebeck argued that although the country is facing major economic problems -- something she claims is Romney's strength -- Palin's bus tour is dominating the headlines about the Republican presidential contenders.

"If I had termites in my house, I'd get someone in there who could deal with it," Hasselbeck said. "Mitt Romney, right now, his specialty is the economy. I'd have him in there. Here's why we're not hearing it: because Sarah Palin's on a bus, and right now she's manipulating, in terms of media attention."

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Hasselbeck, of course, once campaigned alongside Palin when she was on the presidential ticket in 2008. But this isn't the first instance of the "View" co-host coming out against Palin. Shortly after Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, Hasselbeck condemned Palin's notorious "crosshairs" ad, calling it "despicable."