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Sarah Palin to Chris Christie: ‘Real Courage Is Cutting Spending When There’s A Surplus’

It took several bloody revolutions in the Middle East, a Mike Huckabee social conservative firestorm, and the mythical tiger blood of Charlie Sheen, but for a good month there, Sarah Palin was at the margins of the news world. In her time off it appears she has been strategizing on what battles to pick going into 2012– if she is going into 2012– and has focused her (strictly metaphorical) crosshairs on at least one potential candidate: NJ governor Chris Christie.

On Fox Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard broadcast, Palin made an appearance from Alaska to talk about the Republican field going into the next year. Asked specifically about comments Christie made that he did not find himself inspired by any of the potential candidates out there, she replied that, unlike Christie, “heck yeah” she was inspired by “all these common sense conservative politicians willing to serve and cut [spending] for the right reasons.” Then she took a minute to stake her claim for why Christie wasn’t “courageous,” unlike her (“with all due respect”):

“He has no choice but to cut budgets because he’s broke, his state is broke. What courage really is is, in the face of having a surplus, when you have an opportunity to spend spend spend other people’s money, that you still choose to rein in government, to let the private sector soar. That’s real courage. And, by the way, that’s what I did here [in Alaska].”

It didn’t end there. Asked if Christie inspired her, she didn’t give a yes or no but, rather, answered that her inspiration comes from “tea party patriots” around the country. Palin may or may not run, but she is showing signs she is getting mighty territorial about who inspires who in the Tea Party.

The segment via Fox Business below:

[h/t The rightscoop]

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