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"I have appreciated what he has stood for, stood boldly for," she said of Gingrich in an interview with CNN. "He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses and I've respected what he has stood for."

Palin was also less than vocal in her support for Romney in the early months of the campaign, although ultimately issued an endorsement on Facebook after the selection of Paul RyanPaul RyanOPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 The one part of ObamaCare that must be repealed now Senate Dems warn they will block recess appointments MORE as Romney's running mate.

"Our country cannot afford four more years of Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump considers naming Yellen or Cohn to lead the Fed West Wing to empty out for August construction Ex-CIA chief: Trump’s Boy Scout speech felt like ‘third world authoritarian's youth rally’ MORE’s fundamentally flawed vision," Palin said. "We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous – an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans."

Despite fading from the national spotlight, Palin has remained a substantial fundraiser through her political action committee. In the third quarter of 2012, Sarah PAC raised more than $843,000, and spent $774,000 on mailings and donations. Other recipients of Sarah PAC donations include Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 Flake secretly wrote book on conservative politics: report Dem campaign arm slams Heller, Flake on healthcare votes MORE (R-Ariz.) and Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted CruzTed CruzMcCain votes to advance ObamaCare repeal, replace after vowing to oppose Senate rejects ObamaCare repeal, replacement amendment Senate Dem: We’re trying to block a recess appointment to replace Sessions MORE.