Veteran political consultant Roger Stone says former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a “net positive.”
Stone told Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon that the endorsement is a “net positive, within the confines of Iowa.”
“Net positive in some of the rural and more evangelical dominated states like Oklahoma where she is with him today,” Stone added. “It’s not an endorsement that I would roll out the week before the general election. Palin is a very polarizing figure, but at this point you want to pick up the positive side of that polarization.”
“This is a gold plated endorsement in the evangelical community, where she is revered,” he said.
Stone also said that the endorsement helps Trump because he dominates the news cycle, but may also help his rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“It also blotted out the sun for yet another day,” Stone said. “Maybe that’s a good thing for Ted Cruz because it got the Goldman Sachs loans out of the news cycle.”
Stone spoke to Bannon about the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) currently has a 27 point lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
Stone argued that the poll numbers are, “a manifestation of her weakness, not his strength.” He added that Sanders, “is a very poor and weak candidate for many, many reasons: his age, his former status as a socialist, the fact that he has been on the public pay roll the whole time”
“It’s not about Bernie’s strength, its solely about Hillary’s inherent institutional weakness,” Stone said.