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Palin: GOP Voters Not ‘Convinced’ Romney is Conservative

Sarah Palin questioned Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials yesterday, saying that she believed most voters were “not convinced” that Romney was a genuine conservative.

“We will want to see that candidate whom we can trust will just inherently, instinctively turn right, always err on the side of conservativism,” Palin said on Fox News Sunday. Romney, she continued, had failed to inspire voters he was that kind of candidate. 

“I am not convinced and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced,” Palin argued. “And that is why you don’t see Romney get over the hump. He’s still in the 30 percentile mark when it comes to approval and primary wins and caucus wins. He still hasn’t risen above that yet because we are not convinced.”

Palin also criticized Romney’s record.

“I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving,” she said when asked if Romney was an “instinctive conservative.”

“And I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even in some cases a liberal past,” she added. “Here, he agreed with mandating on a state level what his constituents needed to be provided, needed to purchase in the way of health care and Romneycare, which, of course, was the precursor to Obamneycare — to Obamacare. Now, that’s a problem.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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