- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign said Tuesday it would be a “blow” to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin if she endorsed businessman Donald Trump for president.

“I think it [would] be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion,” Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Mr. Trump has promised a “major announcement” and “a very special guest in attendance” at an appearance later Tuesday in Ames, Iowa.

Mr. Tyler had been asked if it would be a blow to the Cruz campaign if that person was Mrs. Palin.

Mrs. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has spoken positively about both men and endorsed Mr. Cruz in his 2012 GOP Senate primary contest in Texas.

“He was a TARP [supporter] — and it goes on and on and on,” Mr. Tyler said. “Donald Trump claims he’s changed all those views, but … if it was Sarah Palin, let me just say I’d be deeply disappointed.”

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

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