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Sarah Palin On Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Ticket: 'We Must Now Look To This New Team'

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BELLEVILLE, MI, - JULY 14: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate speaks at a 'Patriots in the Park' Tea Party rally at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus. (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
BELLEVILLE, MI, - JULY 14: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate speaks at a 'Patriots in the Park' Tea Party rally at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus. (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

On the day that Mitt Romney presented his vice presidential candidate before the political sphere, a former vice presidential candidate devoted the majority of her reaction to hammering President Barack Obama.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) released a Facebook statement on Saturday evening, congratulating Romney on the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to his ticket.

"We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous – an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans," Palin said.

From that point on, Palin devoted the next 13 paragraphs to Obama's performance, attacking the president on issues ranging from taxes to unemployment.

"Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather," Palin quipped.

Romney and Ryan's names did not appear again until the closing frame, where Palin urged voters to not forget about contests outside of the White House.

"Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it’s also imperative that we get involved in the nation’s important House and Senate races," Palin said. "These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!"

Palin's relationship with Romney has been perceived as rocky at times. Prior to Romney crossing the majestic 1,144-delegate line, she was firmly in the corner of rival Newt Gingrich, urging voters to stand behind the former House Speaker.

"We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and isn't afraid to shake it up," said Palin back on Jan. 30. "Shake up that establishment. So, if for no other reason, to rage against the machine. Vote for Newt, annoy a liberal. Vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going."

Back in mid-February, Palin was a vocal questioner of Romney's conservative record, specifically his health care past.

"I am not convinced and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced, and that is why you don’t see Romney get over that hump," Palin said.

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