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Sarah Palin: Jeremy Lin Is An 'All-American Story' (VIDEO)

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is all aboard the Jeremy Lin bandwagon.

In an interview on the Fox Business Network Thursday, Palin brought a New York Knicks shirt bearing the budding basketball star's name and declared her support for both him and the team.

"Linsanity, man," she said, using the phrase that has come to describe the nation's newfound obsession with the young point guard. "I mean, talk about an all-American story where sort of the underdog, you know, but works so hard, just erased all the stuff out there on the periphery in his life."

On Thursday afternoon, a video of Palin showing off her newly purchased "Lin" shirt surfaced. She apparently later brought it to the interview.

"Humble, and now look where he is," Palin continued. "He's putting his talent to great use."

Palin isn't the first person in the political arena to display her fandom for Lin, whose outstanding play has led the Knicks to seven consecutive wins since he assumed a starting role.

According to C-SPAN's Howard Mortman, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) became the first lawmaker to mention Lin on the House floor, invoking him in a speech about second chances on Thursday morning.

William Tong, the only Asian-American candidate for U.S. Senate in the lower 48 states, took it one step further, using Lin in a fundraising pitch.

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