Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin jumped to the defense of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Sunday on Twitter after Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said top Republicans had asked him to “hammer” Cruz on air about his strategy to defund Obamacare.
“@FoxNewsSunday Keep it TRULY fair & balanced,” Palin wrote. “Release the GOP names encouraging you to trash @SenTedCruz. No more anonymous sources.”
Wallace told a panel on “Fox News Sunday” that he was encouraged to go after Cruz for the senator’s plan to force a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t vote to defund the president’s signature health care law. He didn’t specify which Republicans reached out to him.
“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington and I say that because as soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz,” Wallace said.
Palin, who rejoined Fox News as a paid contributor in June, recently backed the effort to defund Obamacare. Soon after, the former Alaska governor tweeted that it’s “time to bomb Obamacare” over what she calls “death panels,” which she says could let bureaucrats decide whether old or disabled patients are eligible to receive medical care.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 22, 2013
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