- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2014

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t backing off the remark she made at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend that if she were in charge, people “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

“Would I make it again? Why wouldn’t I? Yeah, absolutely,” she told NBC News. “Terrorists who want to annihilate Americans, innocent Americans, our children — whatever it takes to stop them. If I were in charge, I’d be stoppin’ em.”

After speaking at the NRA’s “Stand and Fight Rally” Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis before a crowd of thousands, Mrs. Palin hit the stump for Iowa Senate candidate Jodi Ernst Sunday at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in west Des Moines in front of a much smaller crowd of about 300 people, according to NBC — “one of the smaller crowds that’s ever greeted Palin in Iowa.”

“Watch out Washington — Joni Ernst, she’s a mama grizzly ready to take a stand against the Russian bear,” Mrs. Palin said. “She knows what she’s talking about when she talks about freedom, what it takes to protect it.”

Mrs. Ernst is running for the GOP nomination in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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