Conservative talk host Glenn Beck talked down former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential prospects Monday, telling listeners of his radio show that he'd rather see the GOP ticket topped by Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in 2012.

"I want to start a draft Allen West movement," Beck said on his radio show Monday afternoon, adding that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would make a good ticket mate for West.

Beck said West's response to a 2003 incident while he was serving as an Army colonel in Iraq sold him on the first-term Florida Republican. West was hit with a fine and charged with assault after firing a gun over the head of an Iraqi policeman during an interrogation.

"He's not afraid to pull the trigger and he takes responsibility," Beck said of the incident. "That's what I love about him the most."

Both are favorites of Tea Party activists across the country, but West has brushed back the idea of a 2012 presidential run while Bachmann appears increasingly likely to enter the race. The Minnesota Republican was back in Iowa on Monday as part of a lecture series organized by social conservative activists.  

As for Palin, Beck said he thinks she missed an opportunity by not focusing more on policy in her first book.