• With: Sarah Palin


    PALIN: Follow the money. Follow the money. The dots that are connected are to campaign donors of President Obama's. It's crony capitalism on steroids, where you see these grants and these loan guarantees end up. It is to his pals.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you know, I -- look, I -- I'd love to see alternative energy. You know, I'd love to get our dependence off foreign oil. But you know, when you make decisions like this, you actually set back alternative energy because now nobody's got an appetite for it.

    When -- the American people -- how can they possibly have an appetite for it when you see this blunder in the millions of dollars? You know, I think it's incredible, what has happened to the, you know, alternative energy because of these -- you know, they were just -- they were stupid decisions.

    PALIN: Yes. And when you consider that our conventional sources of energy are still sitting untapped, our known reserves and fields that are so rich are untapped. And yet we're throwing money left and right at these experimental -- some hair-brained snake-oil science-type projects, in some respects, then that really frustrates the American public.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the candidate for your -- for the Republican -- for the president -- Republican Party, Governor Romney, went to the convention, NAACP, in Houston yesterday, got booed, in part. He also got - - he got applause at times. Would you have advised him to go there?

    PALIN: Oh, heck, yes. I'm so glad that he went there. And he got a standing ovation at the end of the speech, and that was given him by those who paid attention and stayed to the end, if you will, and heard what he had to say.

    And what he had to say was how important it is that there is equal opportunity for prosperity and security for all Americans, and you do that by empowering the people, not by growing government.

    So yes, a smattering of boos here and there, especially when it came to his commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is a necessity in order to allow our country to be solvent and allow more health care choices to be provided the people. A smattering of boos for that comment and maybe a couple other comments, but overall, standing ovation, indicative, I think, of a respectful audience who stayed to hear what he had to say.

    VAN SUSTEREN: You know, leader of the Democratic Party in the House, Nancy Pelosi, said (INAUDIBLE) and I'm not going to get this quote right, but essentially, that he -- you know, he went there to get booed, to draw the boos and to create an effect.

    And you know, so imagine this. Imagine that he had been invited by the NAACP and he decided not to go. You know, I'm curious what she and his political opponents have to say about that. You know -- you know, he was invited to speak there and he went.

    PALIN: Well, you know what they'd say if he didn't show up. They'd say he's racist and he chose not to speak to this group. You know, that is one paranoid politician, though, who would take such a stretch there and articulate, you know, comments like that that he actually went to the NAACP and made comments about ObamaCare and other things that Mitt Romney firmly believes in to change in order to get the country back on the right track. And from there, she would accuse him of -- well, this false accusation.

    VAN SUSTEREN: The race in November, the Hispanic vote's going to be important. And Governor Romney was very strong against certain immigration reforms during the primary. In fact, he said he would -- he would veto the Dream Act if he were president, ended up in his office.

    How in -- how does he possibly -- in light of the run-up, the primary race, how does he possibly get Hispanics to have any enthusiasm for him?

    PALIN: I believe that Governor Romney will continue to explain his position on legal immigration and how important and valuable that is to our country. Of course, our country was built by hard-working immigrants who, you know, kind of paid their dues, stood in line like everybody else in order to become a citizen. And he supports that because he knows the value of legal immigration and all that it has to offer to this most exceptional nation. He'll talk more about that.

    And I believe that those fair-minded Hispanics and all other Americans will recognize what it is that he is saying, understand what he is saying about equal opportunity and still following the law. And I believe that he can garner that support from Hispanics.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What do you make of the food fight that's going on as - - the recent -- today, the deputy campaign manager of President Obama's campaign, Stephanie Cutter, accused Governor Romney of either being a liar or a felon. I don't know -- I guess it's better to be a liar than a felon. Nonetheless, both are terrible. He's calling for an apology tonight.

    PALIN: I'm glad that he is forcefully calling for an apology. But Mitt Romney and his campaign people perhaps don't even know what's coming, what will be hitting him. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    President Obama and the people whom he is surrounded with and in that campaign, they're going to be brutal. And they will -- they'll throw these false accusations and they'll try to ring a bell that you can't unring again in the public's perception about who Mitt Romney is, what his record is.

    He needs to be prepared, and the campaign can't hold back in defense of Romney's record and what it is that he actually believes and stands for. So I'm glad that, in a case like this, he's demanding an apology. He's got to take the gloves off, the Romney campaign has got to, in order to effect the change that is needed in this campaign and turn things around for the country. Can't hold back.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, thank you.

    PALIN: Thank you so much, Greta.