Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump for president

Palin Endorses Trump

Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president and Tea Party leader, announced on Tuesday her endorsement of Donald Trump for president in 2016.

"Are you ready to make America great again?" the former governor of Alaska asked in front of the packed Ames, Iowa crowd at Iowa State University.

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Palin trumpeted her support for the GOP front-runner saying, "No more p***yfooting around. Our troops deserve the best, you deserve the best." "You ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and kick ISIS' a**?"

The duo have some key traits in common. Both are reality TV stars with political aspirations who believe in speaking bluntly and refuse to stay "politically correct."

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AMES, IA - JANUARY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraces former Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JANUARY 19: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Palin endorsed Donald Trump's run for the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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"I am greatly honored to receive Sarah's endorsement," Trump said in a responding statement. "She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support."

The move is a political blow to one of Trump's main rivals for the Republican nomination. Palin was a strong supporter for fellow GOP rival Ted Cruz during his 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Cruz's campaign launched a preemptive attack on Palin as rumors about the impending endorsement began to swirl.

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