Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Wednesday that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Romney was pressed on the 2008 vice presidential GOP nominee. Romney said, "She's energetic, enthusiastic and qualified for president."

Romney, who is expected to run for president in 2012, praised and criticized former President George W. Bush: "Did he do everything perfectly? No." Romney hailed Bush's work on the war on terror and education, but acknowledged that he is to blame, along with Democrats, for the nation's fiscal situation.

He also added later in the interview that 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) is "a true conservative" while noting they don't agree on everything.