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Palin: You don't reward terrorism, you kill it

Former governor Sarah Palin goes 'On the Record' to blast the Iran deal and look at at the 'Stop the Iran Deal' rally in Washington


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," September 9, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin taking to Capitol Hill, shredding the Iran deal, telling protesters you don't reward terrorism, you kill it.

Governor Palin is here.

Nice to see you, governor.

PALIN: Thank you so much, Greta. Glad to be here.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, governor. No one is going to show me the deal. So I look at it this way. I try to say is there -- what is the indication that these people are not good to run with the deal.

Well, they're past cheaters. They've threaten Israel before, even today. They fund terrorism, Hezbollah. They have -- they are holding four Americans and they sponsor terrorism all over the world. That's the bad side. On the good side, I think, what is the one hint or clue that they will keep their side of the deal. Can you come up with one?

PALIN: No, I can't, because those who worked on the deal, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, even they are saying, no, there is no guarantee of a change in behavior. No, out of the $150 billion that we freed up for them, there is no guarantee that they won't use it for terrorism.

We were seeking that kind of confirmation from those who worked on the deal that there would be something good in it. But, no, for the life of me and probably most Americans, we have not received that message about what is good in the deal.

VAN SUSTEREN: So why do you think some Democrats are voting for it? And why do you think the president likes it?

PALIN: Well, on The Hill today, in speaking with some senators, they are insisting that President Obama has so twisted arms on this one that they've -- it's become a partisan issue, which is unfortunate because as I said in my speech, you are either for Israel being put on the path towards destruction or you are not. It's not partisan.

I think a few months ago, had the vote been taken on this treaty, and I call it a treaty. I don't know why it's not characterized or categorized as the a treaty, but a deal. I think if the vote were taken then, it would have had much more of a chance to be killed in Congress. But, evidently, the president has really twisted arms.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is Donald Trump your candidate?

PALIN: Oh, goodness, he is doing so great. Did you hear his speech? His speech that resonates with what average Americans are thinking. They are asking, too. Why in the world would we even negotiate with terrorists? His speech today is an indication of what he is capable of doing in terms of connecting with average Americans. And that's why he is so high in the polls. Way too early to endorse someone. You know, they've only been through, what, one debate? So it will be interesting to see how everything is coming to the surface.

VAN SUSTEREN: But what other candidates. I know that you are close to Senator Ted Cruz as well. What about Dr. Ben Carson? How about Carly Fiorina? She is an outsider.

PALIN: I'm very thankful that all of these folks are willing to put themselves out there in the name of service. It's brutal. You know, it's really tough. And those who have that much confidence in themselves and their message, you know, more power to them for being willing to be out there and organize what is needed to keep going in this race.

VAN SUSTEREN: You used the term "brutal." At the start of your speech, I heard it. I was listening to it. You talked about our D.C. weather here.

PALIN: Oh, gosh. I feel like I was in a Bikram hot yoga class today. I was -- how do you guys do that out there?

VAN SUSTEREN: It's awfully cold up in Alaska. Let me tell you.

PALIN: It is true.

VAN SUSTEREN: I've been in Fairbanks in February so, you know, it's pretty rough up in Alaska.

PALIN: I was like a drowned sheep dog out there by the end of that speech.

VAN SUSTEREN: Anyway, Governor Palin, welcome to Washington. Come back in the winter, it's a little cooler.

PALIN: Yes, thank you so much.

VAN SUSTEREN: Nice to see you.

PALIN: Thanks.