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Palin stumps for Cruz, swipes at Perry

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Sarah Palin took a jab at Texas Gov. Rick Perry Friday, as she stumped for Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate Republican primary, a race in which she and Perry fall on opposite sides.

Palin, as the Texas Tribune reported, was wearing black cowboy boots at a rally for Cruz in The Woodlands, Texas.

“You know who gave me these boots?” she asked the crowd. “Your governor,” she said, provoking cheers from the crowd.

“At least in that one case he made a good decision,” she cracked.

Perry is supporting David Dewhurst, his lieutenant governor, in the race. Both he and Palin have provided their star power to their respective candidates, and, in Perry’s case, he has given much of his campaign team.

But Palin appears to be the bigger draw. According to a Public Policy Polling survey released Monday, 35 percent of likely Texas primary voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by their governor. Only 16 percent would be more likely to vote for the candidate. A Palin endorsement, on the other hand, would make 31 percent of voters more likely to vote for her choice, and 24 percent less likely.

Palin softened the swipe, after the crowd’s laughter died down, saying of Perry: “We’ll be a team after this is all over again.”

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