Palin's Endorsement Of Pearce Raises "Significant Questions"

October 07, 2010 1:42 pm ET — Fae Jencks


Sarah Palin's endorsements are quite a hot commodity, and as Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller recently learned, they aren't so easy to come by. So one has to wonder why, exactly, Palin chose to endorse New Mexico congressional candidate Steve Pearce after he questioned President Obama's citizenship at a town hall meeting.

Huffington Post reported yesterday that when asked by a woman at a September 30 event whether Pearce would "be agreeable to subpoenaing [Obama] and making him show a birth certificate," Pearce responded by stating that Obama has raised "significant questions" about his citizenship.

Here's Pearce's full response:

Let's take it backwards first. My position is that Barack Obama raised the most significant questions himself. He said, after he came to the U.S., that he traveled to Pakistan. Now at the point that he traveled to Pakistan it was not legal to go there with a U.S. passport. And so he, himself, raised the greatest questions. I think that those questions need to be asked.

Now, then, my question would be to you all at what importance, what importance? You can typically fight two or three major battles in a year, major, and for me, if we don't get our economy going, nothing else works. ... I'm content to let the courts handle that and it's my understanding the Supreme Court is actually looking at this question because I think it's an important question. But I absolutely believe that Barack Obama raises the most significant questions himself.

Palin's endorsement of Pearce last night raises some "significant questions" as well. She endorsed Pearce as a "principled conservative" who "understands what makes this country great." Does Palin's definition of a "principled conservative" include those who push blatant falsehoods? Does Palin think that questioning the citizenship of our president is one of the things that "makes this country great?"  These are the real questions that need answering.