Please Sarah, by all means feel free to split the Republican vote for 2012.
JENKINS: How much impact do you think we will see on November 2nd with the Tea Party's message?
PALIN: I think the Tea Party is key to the movement that turns this country around. Tea Party Americans have been bold enough to start telling the truth.
And again, knowing that they are going to get the political shots and shots from the media and the slander, still they've done what patriots have done throughout history. They've withstood that, knowing their message is right, stolid, steel-spined. So their influence is going to be strong going into November 2nd and stronger come November 3rd.
JENKINS: The movement continues. Are you the leader of the Tea Party?
PALIN: Thank goodness, tea party Americans don't have, they don't need a leader. They are not a bunch of "sheeple." They are good, hardworking, independent Americans. Not just hard-core conservatives involved in any kind of political machine. They are independents knowing that America is based on very, very solid foundational principles. They want to get back to those principles, and that has nothing do with having a party machine telling them or an individual politician telling them what to do.
JENKINS: Some of the tea party candidates, not just Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio in Florida, Christine O'Donnell in Delaware -- do you think they will go, if they are elected and take that message and shake-up Washington? I know you like to shake things up.
PALIN: I do. That's what it is going to take. Yes, they better. And I have faith they will shake things up because that's why we're sending them there.
And this is kind of -- I think some in the GOP, it is their last shot. It is their last chance. We will lose states and be disappointed from them if they start straying from the bedrock principles that can grow our economy. If they start straying, then why not a third party? That's what people are going to start asking.
JENKINS: And do you see leaders like House Minority leader John Boehner or Mitch McConnell, do you see them embracing this Tea Party message, or do you see the rift getting bigger?
PALIN: No, I see them embracing and evolving into what the people's message is. As we the people grassroots movement is able to articulate the solutions to the problems we are facing in America. They're seeing it.
And I think it empowers them to start doing what inherently they know is fundamentally right to get the economy on the right track. It empowers them.
JENKINS: Last question. Who is going to fare better, Republican conservative candidates in the midterm or your daughter Bristol on "Dancing with the Stars?"
PALIN: I don't know. That is a new ballgame for us with "Dancing with the Stars." Let's just hope America is dancing with the stars and with one another come November 3rd when good results happen for this country, when those commonsense conservatives are elected.
JENKINS: And what is your prediction for the election results? Some say it is going to be a House, maybe a Senate majority. What do you predict?
PALIN: I think we will have the majority. It will be commonsense conservatives who will be sent to Washington to do the job for we, the people. I think -- I don't know what the numbers are going to be of course, but I do believe that after 21 months of these failed policies that have grown government and stymied our entrepreneurial spirit, finally that shall be dismantled.
And it's all contingent upon firing Pelosi and retiring Reid. But I have great faith, optimism that it is going to be the majority conservatives.
JENKINS: Governor Palin, thank you very much.
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