Palin: Michael Steele 'doing a great job'

During an appearance on conservative commentator Sean Hannity's show on the Fox News Channel, Palin said, "I support Michael Steele.... I think he's doing a great job. Michael Steele is an outsider. The machine, I think, is tough to penetrate... I think it's been good to have an independent outsider trying to create some change in the Republican Party."

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The former Alaska governor's remarks are in sharp contrast to the comments of other leading Republicans, who have criticized Steele in recent months.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a possible 2012 presidential candidate, said Wednesday that Steele needs to address the "disarray" at the RNC.

Republican leaders in Congress have also chastised Steele. House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) told The Hill in an interview last month that he only talks to Steele "every month or two," adding that Steele has no role in the House GOP's 2010 version of the 1994 "Contract with America." House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.) in January publicly chided Steele for holding an RNC retreat in Hawaii.

During her interview with Hannity, Palin said she doubts that President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWATCH LIVE: Obama speaks at African American Museum opening Obama talks racial tension at African-American museum opening Trump in 2011: Clintons ‘have done so much’ for blacks MORE will move to the center like President Bill ClintonBill ClintonGennifer Flowers says she will attend debate Trump threatens to bring Gennifer Flowers to debate Michelle Obama, Biden, Bill Clinton to hit post-debate campaign trail MORE did 15 years ago: "I don't think [triangulation] is within him. I don't think it's within his DNA."

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee spoke at a rally on Wednesday in Minnesota with Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannTrump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win Bachmann: Clinton will prosecute churches and nonprofits The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Minn.). Bachmann, appearing with Palin on Hannity's show, predicted that the 2012 Republican presidential candidate will win the left-leaning state of Minnesota. Obama won Minnesota by 10 percentage points in 2008.