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June 9, 2010
Sarah Palin, the queenmaker, weighs in on California

Sarah Palin -- the former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and now tea party favorite -- is trying to be a political queenmaker these days.

She provided a key endorsement to Carly Fiorina, who easily won California's Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

But on Fox News Channel today, Palin pooh-poohed her impact. "I think any credit given to me is way overblown because no one individual can tip it one way or another for a candidate," she said on "America Live with Megyn Kelly."

"It's not necessarily who they are or who is endorsing them but it's what they stand for that is so right for America," she added.

Palin did not endorse the other powerful woman leading the GOP ticket in California -- Meg Whitman, who won the GOP nomination for governor, probably in part because Whitman supports abortion rights, including taxpayer funding (unlike Fiorina, who supports overturning Roe v. Wade and has the backing of anti-abortion groups).

But she did blast Whitman's Democratic opponent, former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown as a tax-and-spend liberal.

"I guess I don't have enough grace to apply to Jerry Brown when he says he isn't going to be one for taxing Americans," Palin said on Fox Business Network. "Look what he did when he was governor. Look at what the foundation has been built upon there in California and he had been a part of that and that was spending outside of their means. I guess I don't have enough grace to say 'Hey Jerry, I believe ya.' "

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