Jamie Johnson, an Iowa Republican operative unaligned in the presidential race, said the combination of Branstad's remarks and Trump's endorsement by Palin, the "queen of the Tea Party", was a serious blow to Cruz.
"I haven't discussed anything with her about what she'd do, but she's somebody I really like and I respect, and certainly she could play a position if she wanted to", Trump said of the former Alaska governor, who threw her backing behind the real estate mogul on Tuesday.
Palin's Trump nod is seen as a snub to conservative Senator Ted Cruz, who is neck and neck with Trump in Iowa and running second to him nationally.
However, the endorsement could prove critical for Trump, whose numbers have dipped a bit in Iowa. A longtime Democrat, Terrell said she had been inspired by Trump but was put off by Palin's extreme opposition to abortion rights.
Palin offered her full-throated support for Trump and slammed President Barack Obama as the "capitulator in chief".
Track Palin, 26, was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska, late Monday and charged with three misdemeanors, including assault, interference with the reporting of a domestic violence crime and weapons possession while intoxicated, according to Alaska court records.
Palin will also be joining Trump at two events Wednesday, including a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael Steele, former Republican National chairman, told me Palin "will be a tremendous help to Trump from the standpoint of having her serve as a counterpunch to the argument that Trump is not a conservative and at the same time blunting the momentum of Ted Cruz".
Campaigning in New Hampshire, Cruz said, "Regardless of what Sarah intends to do in 2016, I will remain a big, big fan of Sarah Palin". "It's kind of like somebody barbecuing in your backyard, setting up a tent in your backyard".
"I understand exactly what he's saying".
"Yesterday was a double".
Megan replied: "You know, I come on this show once a week with you guys and normally it is fun and rowdy and this is a hard one for me". June Heidn, 62, said Palin was "inspiring" and might help Trump appeal to female voters. About 52 percent of candidates she publicly endorsed won their races in 2010, while 56 percent did in 2012, according to The Washington Post. Trump, she said, would be a commander in chief who would "let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS' ass!"
"Oh my goodness gracious". "She has a definite following with some conservative circles". "In fact, It's time to drill, baby, drill down and hold these folks accountable and we need to stop the self-sabotage and elect a new and independent candidate who represents that".