- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Cruz campaign has had a change of heart about Sarah Palin. Just hours after his spokesman said Mrs. Palin would be damaged by endorsing Donald Trump, Mr. Cruz himself said he’s a big fan of hers.

“I love Sarah Palin,” Mr. Cruz told reporters in New Hampshire. “Sarah Palin is fantastic. Without her friendship and support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate today … regardless of what Sarah decides to do in 2016, I will always remain a big, big fan of Sarah Palin.”

The Trump campaign announced Tuesday that the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is indeed endorsing Mr. Trump.

Earlier Tuesday, Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler had been asked about the possibility of Mrs. Palin’s endorsing Mr. Trump.

“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,” Mr. Tyler said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“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.”

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