In an appearance on the Fox News Channel on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went to bat for two candidates who could foil the efforts of the Republican Party to unseat President Barack Obama in November — real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Palin told “Your World” fill-in host Eric Bolling on Monday that people shouldn’t be upset by a potential Trump third-party candidacy.

“I’m getting pretty sick and tired of people condemning and cutting down Donald Trump for calling it like he sees it and exercising his right as an American to express his views — even via talking about a third-party candidacy,” Palin said. “I couldn’t do that because I believe personally a third-party candidacy will allow greater assurance that Barack Obama would be re-elected, and that is the last thing on earth I want do see happen.”

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