• With: Sarah Palin

    So the presidential election, just hopefully, being a reflection of the people's acknowledgement that we need to apply common sense, fiscal responsibility, austerity, living within our means -- that's going to get the economy back on the right track. President Obama does not represent that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I always think that the trend is important. I mean, the president inherited a very bad economy, but what's the trend? And I think it's very painful to the Obama administration, and of course, moreso to the American people that the unemployment level went up -- it ticked up a tenth of a percent last month. Only 69,000 jobs were created. Manufacturing numbers indicate that it's getting sluggish. New home sales are sluggish. I think that's an enormous problem for the president.

    But even more importantly, I saw a number tonight that the Latino unemployment rate is at 11 percent. Now, that's way above the 8.2 percent national. And the Latino vote is supposedly such an important part of the vote this November, an influential bloc. And I think that's sort of the hidden -- the hidden factor in this, is that Latino vote. And that 11 percent -- that's got to -- that's got to hurt the president politically.

    PALIN: Yes, but I am one to believe that red and yellow, black and white, every American's precious and should be in the president's sight. Doesn't really matter, race or demographic represented in what these polls are showing.

    I think the general consensus is President Obama has us on the wrong track. The numbers don't lie. As you are suggesting, the trend continues that is putting our economy in the hole. And there's no plan to dig us out of the hole via Obama's administration.

    We still don't have a budget three years later. He's not leading us to even have a federal budget that -- you know, he is immoral. It's unethical. It violates the Constitution.

    And no, I think people are going to say, OK, enough is enough of this hope-y change-y stuff that was nebulous, it was fake, it was hypocritical, and we're ready to go in a different direction with a new leader of America.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I've been around the block and always surprised, you know, how things turn out. A lot can happen between now and November with that trend. Right now, it doesn't look good for the president in terms of the trend itself, but it's six -- you know, it's five or six months off from now. And I don't know what the trend is going to be.

    But I think tonight, the Republicans, you know, have the wind behind their back with -- at least here in this state. And you know, we're going to hear from Governor Walker in just a few seconds. I'm curious, what -- what do you -- what should Governor Walker say when he comes out tonight?

    PALIN: Well, it's not just Republican who have the wind to their back. It's America as a whole. And the eyes of America have been on Wisconsin and looking to see if Governor Walker would keep that resolve, keep that the steel spine and recognizing that as his spine stiffens, the rest of us then feel empowered, other governors across the nation so empowered and emboldened to do the right thing for the people that they're serving.

    So if Governor Walker tonight just acknowledges that, that, you know, it is the people who recognize and acted on that recognition of the fiscal responsibility that they deserve, taxpayers deserve, and he just was one to help administer what the people's will has been, it will be a humble, gracious, very appreciated message.

    VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of the governor, last night I asked him -- he was on with us here in Wisconsin. And I asked him -- there was -- there was -- I had seen an article where it suggested his name as perhaps to be on the ticket with Governor Romney. And he said, No, no, no. It's my good friend, Paul Ryan, the congressman from the state here. He'd be a better choice. But this does -- I mean, this win tonight makes him a little bit, at least for the moment, a bigger influence in the party nationally. Do you agree?

    PALIN: I agree, Greta. I think anybody who's there in the arena duking out in that -- you know, in that platform of ideas and solutions that work -- and obviously, Governor Walker's solutions -- they're working. The numbers show that he's turned a deficit into a surplus, that the unemployment rate has gone down in his state. The private sector's actually being able to create jobs as he's reined in, and cuts in government spending. Those are solutions that would do well on any national ticket.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Any sort of feeling -- any sort of feeling in your heart a little bit sadness tonight or at least empathy for Mayor Barrett? I mean, he campaigned his heart and soul out here, and so did his supporters. I mean, it's always disappointing to lose.

    PALIN: No, not an ounce of sympathy or empathy for someone who was trying to fool the public into believing that growing government is the answer to any of the economic challenges in a city, in a state or in our nation. No. He -- the people spoke, and this is good news for all of America.

    VAN SUSTEREN: So tomorrow starts a new day here in Wisconsin, at least until the next election. And it'll be absolutely fascinating to see whether or not Governor Walker can try to unite these two sides, talk to them because as I said -- as I noted earlier, Governor, boy, I tell you, these people here are divided. This is not just a race for people who are ambivalent. This is a very strong, passionate views on each side. And I just don't know how he's going to do it.

    PALIN: Well, sure. You know, on Wisconsin. Forward is their theme. And they will move forward, and I think that, naturally, they will unite when more of the numbers show that Walker's austerity measures actually work for the people, for the taxpayers.

    What you'll see coming from the White House in these ensuing days, though, will be a diminishment of tonight's election results. You know, the White House, Jay Carney -- can't wait to see how he spins all this and ignores it, and President Obama himself. They're going to really try to distance themselves from this, despite the fact that they, leading their lapdogs in the leftist media, made this a front-page story for how many months? Months and months, all we heard about was Wisconsin's recall effort, and you know, the Democrat state lawmakers hiding out in another state and changing the supreme court and all that.

    Well, because fiscal conservatives won on all those issues, this is kind of the culmination of the victory for fiscal conservatives, and from henceforth, you're going to see Obama and the White House distance themselves.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, I'm curious -- one last quick question is that, you know, I guess we don't know -- the numbers are just being counted right now. The race has been called for Governor Walker, but it could be a really close race in the end or it could be a blowout. We don't know.

    But if this is a close race and mirrors 2010, does it really -- does it really mean much, if it's the same thing that got him elected two years ago?

    PALIN: No, it does mean much. What you can read into, if it does turn out to be a close election, Greta, is that there is power in those special interests, in all those tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money that went into this recall effort, of union dues that really were wasted.

    So union brothers and sisters, take it out on your union leadership and recall them. Get some responsible leadership in there.

    What it tells you is that money does buy a lot of influence. And I think that will be what you can attribute a close race to. But I don't think, at the end of the night here, we're going to see it be that close.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, we'll see. Votes are still being counted in the great state of Wisconsin. Governor, thank you very much for joining us.

    PALIN: Right on. Thanks, Greta. Have a good night.