Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was quick to declare GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney the winner of Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver. She also feigned a little sympathy for President Barack Obama, who she said performed poorly throughout the first of three head-to-head encounters.
“It was a struggle to watch some parts of this, as you considered President Obama with his lack of enthusiasm for his own policies and his lack of conviction in trying to articulate why is it he believes that government will make you healthy, wealthy and wise and happy when the vast majority of Americans know that government isn’t the answer," Palin said in an interview on Fox Business Network. "I almost felt sorry for him in his role as president trying to explain why we need to repeat four more years of failed policies. I thought this was Romney’s night. Romney did very well and he was able to articulate well why it is that someone with great business experience is what we need to turn this economy around.”
The early reviews from voters and pundits suggested that many agreed with Palin's general contention that Romney had won the debate.
Palin also offered a little insight on her own experience with the debate circuit in 2008, when she faced off against Joe Biden.
“You know, I had no idea four years ago what was going on behind the scenes or in headquarters," she admitted. "In fact, we used to have a running joke, the JV squad, those of us on the vice presidential side of the ticket. We used to talk about where is this mysterious headquarters and what are they doing to this campaign. So I didn’t know back then how it worked, I still don’t know this inside baseball stuff.”
Inside baseball knowledge or not, Palin has offered advice to the Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), in the past, urging them to "go rogue" and tell "the American people the true state of our economy and national security." In her interview Wednesday, she argued that Romney didn't fully succeed in doing this. Palin said both candidates failed to adequately articulate "the gravity of the situation," but that Romney had emerged the clear victor anyways.