Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN)Sarah Palin on Wednesday spoke of the damaging toll a 2008 combat deployment in Iraq had on her son, Track, who was arrested and charged in a domestic violence incident on Monday night. "And that starts from the top...That comes from our own President". "Do you know what we're trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?"
Donald Trump is brandishing the endorsement of conservative Republican firebrand Sarah Palin in the increasingly intense 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes, giving the billionaire businessman a boost against Texas Sen.
"You deserve someone who will treats veterans better than illegal immigrants in America", she added.
Sarah Palin publicly addressed her son Track Palin's alleged abuse of his girlfriend for the first time Wednesday, suggesting President Barack Obama bore some responsibility because he had failed to show "respect" for combat veterans like her son.
With her extensive foreign policy experience, particularly in Russia, Republican insiders say Palin could be a potential Vice Presidential running mate.
"Cruz, for his part got into a little bit of trouble because they [the media] misreported that he also was on board, but he said, 'No, no, no, no, no, I want to phase it out in five years".
Alluding to her son's legal troubles, Palin said she was speaking "personally" when she described soldiers "who come home from the battlefield bringing new battles with them...coming back different than when they left for the war zone". "Sarah came along and she said we love what's happening".
McCain said he watched clips of Palin's event with Trump Tuesday but did not watch it live because he had been on a plane.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump received an endorsement from the daughter of movie star John Wayne. "Everybody. They all respect her a lot", Trump said. Trump said at a rally over the summer.
"I just hope that she's not a vice presidential candidate with Trump", Penn said. Ted Cruz, and the support of Palin, who remains popular with rural, Evangelical voters and Tea Partiers, is widely seen as critical in helping to sway those voters toward the billionaire candidate.
"Yesterday was wonderful in every way", Trump told supporters, as he kicked off another day of campaigning with less than two weeks to go before Iowa's kick-off caucuses.
One study found that 80 percent of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder had committed at least one act of intimate-partner violence in the past year; for almost half, that act was a "severe" one, such as a strangling, stabbing, or shooting.