Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Palin predicts Santorum’s rise in Iowa

Sarah Palin, who decided not to run for the White House and has so far been only a bit player in the race, name dropped Rick Santorum in her assessment of the GOP field, saying that he is the candidate who has been most ideologically consistent and will likely start getting a look from conservative voters.

“He’s been consistent in wanting to protect the most vulnerable and the sanctity of life, he’s been consistent in saying we need to slash the federal income tax,” she said, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, also listing Santorum’s stance on Iran. “People will start paying attention to some of these other messages from some of these other messagers like Rick Santorum.”

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Rick Santorum (Melina Mara - The Washington Post)
continues to poll near the bottom of the pack — the latest Iowa poll has him at 2 percent — but with Cain’s collapse in the polls, and Gingrich’s rise, there could be room for a social conservative stalwart.

Meanwhile, Santorum sent out a letter to supporters touting Palin’s comments.

The former governor of Alaska said she wouldn’t endorse in the run-up to the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses.

“I think, today, my personal endorsement, probably doesn’t amount to a hill a beans, today, at this point in the race, maybe as the weeks progress it would become a little bit more significant,” she said. “I don’t really cast any vote based on anybody else’s endorsement of a candidate. I have great respect for the wisdom of the people.”

Santorum’s letter to supporters:

“If voters start shifting gears and deciding they want ideological consistency, then they’re going to start paying attention to say, Rick Santorum.”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said that last night on Fox News about me, and I wanted to make sure you heard about it as well.

I am grateful for those kind words from a strong conservative like Governor Palin. And it’s becoming more clear that other conservatives are starting to rally around our message of passionate conservatism.

Later today, influential Iowa evangelical leader Pastor Cary Gordon will announce his support for me via text message to 788,000 registered voters in Iowa. Pastor Gordon, a strong supporter of traditional marriage, is pastor of Sioux City, Iowa’s Cornerstone Church and president of PeaceMakers Institute. This influential endorsement comes on the heels of the endorsement by leading New Hampshire conservative, Karen Testerman.

With just one month to go until the Iowa caucuses, conservatives are coming to the same conclusion: We need to find a conservative alternative to the current frontrunners, and I have the record and passion to be that alternative.

But I need your help today to close the deal before the Iowa caucuses occur. Will you join with me right now by making a contribution of $50, $500, or $1000 to help our effort?

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