(Talk Media News) — Donald Trump nabbed his most important endorsement thus far in his campaign on Tuesday after former vice presidential nominee Sarah Pain announced her support for his candidacy.
“Today Donald J. Trump received the coveted and influential endorsement of former Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Palin praised Trump’s leadership and unparalleled ability to speak the truth and produce real results,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “ A trusted conservative, Palin has a proven record of being fiscally modest, staunchly pro-life and believes in small government that allows businesses to grow and freedom to prosper.”
The New York Times was the first to report the news after days of media speculation and cryptic hints from both camps that ultimately ended with Tuesday’s announcement.
Palin will make her first appearance with Trump Tuesday night where she will formally announce the endorsement.
The former Alaska governor has risen to Tea Party stardom since her failed bid for the White House with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) back in 2008. Her endorsement provides a boost for Trump among grassroots conservatives at a time when he is neck-and-neck with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Iowa.
Before the announcement, Cruz said on Twitter that “without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate. Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan.”
Cruz had previously said in 2013 that Palin can “pick winners” after her endorsement of his Senate bid, a quote the Trump campaign quickly pounced on.