Opinion: Mitt Romney warns Letterman about Sarah Palin: ‘She has a rifle, you know’


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If this is a politician on late-night TV, there must be a new book somewhere.

Sure enough, there’s Republican Mitt Romney on David Letterman’s CBS show talking about his new book, ‘No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.’

New books are pretty good signs of candidate-positioning for a possible run in 2012. And, sure enough, the former businessman-governor-Olympics rescuer wisely says he’s keeping the door open for a 2012 bid.


‘He’s running,’ quips Letterman. ‘Of course, he’s running. I can tell by the cologne.’

Then, speaking of ‘of course,’ Letterman asks the Republican the required question about fellow Republican Sarah Palin, who happens to be on tonight’s Jay Leno show over on NBC. And had her own new book out before Christmas.

“Now what about that Sarah Palin,’ says Letterman, who had to apologize for an off-color joke about the former Alaskan governor’s daughter last year. ‘She’s not ready to be president, is she?”

“She’s terrific,” Romney rapidly replies to derisive audience laughter. “She really is! She’s terrific. She’s got energy, passion – by the way, you know, be careful what you say about her.”

Letterman says he knows.

Romney adds with a smile, “She has a rifle, you know.”

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