The ever-elusive Sarah Palin is at it again. Following last night's CNN/Tea Party Express GOP debate, the former Alaska governor launched attacks on a good portion of the Republican presidential field -- a move that could further fuel speculation that she is looking to take a last-minute jump into presidential campaign waters.
Palin's complaints about the candidates are plentiful. To begin, she feels they haven't properly touched upon debt or deficit spending. Because of what she sees as a lack of focus in this area, she says, "they don't have a record to stand on."
Then there's Texas Gov. Rick Perry's HPV drama, which Palin also commented on. The Hill has more:
"I knew there was something to it," Palin said of learning while she was Alaska's governor that her Texas counterpart had given the go-ahead to the vaccine. "Now we're finding that now, yea, something was up with that issue. It was an illustration or bit of evidence of some crony capitalism."
Here Palin is referring to Rep. Michele Bachmann's charge that Perry allowed a law mandating that young girls get the HPV shot because of a $5,000 campaign donation and a relationship he had with a former chief of staff.
Despite uttering these negative views, she did commend Bachmann for her willingness to call out fellow Republicans. Additionally, she called former House Speaker Newt Gingrich "bold" for addressing government waste and dubbed businessman Herman Cain's private sector background "great."
Watch her make these comments on Fox News' "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren, below:
While Palin still refuses to declare whether or not she'll seek the American presidency, she's "getting kind a kick" out of the way in which the candidates are responding to her. According to the former vice-presidential nominee, those vying for the GOP nod tend to adopt and then cover whatever topic she's speaking about.
"I'm still thinking about it," she said following Monday night's debate. "I'm not going to let the media tell me, dictate when a drop-dead date should be," she added.
Thus, the speculation continues.
(h/t The Hill)