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‘Oh, We All Have a Little Libertarian in Us’

In his new book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) recounts Sarah Palin’s endorsement. The Washington Post reports:

On Sarah Palin: “Jaws dropped” when Rand Paul’s team heard that Sarah Palin would be endorsing him. “Palin’s endorsement gave us a boost that energized supporters, brought in new ones and, of course, annoyed my opponent [Trey Grayson] and his Republican bosses to no end,” Paul writes. Shortly after the endorsement, Palin made a Saturday morning phone call to Paul’s house. He recalls talking about two issues.

“She wanted to know my position on Israel. I said that Israel was an important ally, the only democracy in the Middle East and that I would not condemn Israel for defending herself.”

Next was the issue of abortion.

“In talking to Palin, one of the primary things I wanted to do was allay any fears about social issues, telling her, ‘My opponents call me a libertarian but I want to assure you that I am pro-life.’ Palin responded, ‘Oh, we all have a little libertarian in us.’”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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