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LEMON: Do you have any advice for the candidates? Anybody who was on that stage last night, what would you say to them?

SARAH PALIN (R), FMR. ALASKA GOVERNOR: Oh, man, exactly what Brett Bear told the folks, drop -- thank you so much, drop the talking points.

LEMON: As the media crowd around you, do you think you are stealing the spotlight in a way and not in the race?

PALIN: I don't think I'm stealing any spotlight. In fact, if anybody thinks I'm stealing the spotlight, go, go, find the other folks and say hello.

LEMON: So, a lot of people are saying that the Tea Party is responsible for the downgrade in our credit. PALIN: You know, if it weren't for the Tea Party, the discussion would never would have gone where it went. So, I appreciate the Tea Party's passion for getting our federal government to realize it needs to live within its means. You know, the last group or entity to be blamed for the downgrade should be the Tea Party. I think the question should be asked -- is the president responsible for the downgrade? And I would say yes, because from the top, the leadership starts from the top, the leadership of our country...

LEMON: Why haven't you decided?

PALIN: I think that I'm not the only one who has not decided yet and not ready to announce yet. There is still, you know, there's still a lot of contemplation that needs to go into such an earth- shattering, life-changing decision for a family.

LEMON: Can I talk to you about -- a lot of people are pitting you and Michele Bachmann against each other. Do you think that's fair?

PALIN: Yes, that's so passe to pit. Just because there may happen to be two women in the race, that they would, you know, as Michelle had put it once, "get in the mud and engage in some cat fighting." That's ridiculous. It's kind of even a sexist notion to consider that the two women would be kind of duking it out. No. If I'm going to duke it out, I'm going to duke it out with the guys.

LEMON: But are you at all concerned about her popularity or get envious, or get jealous?

PALIN: Not at all. I'm glad that Michele Bachmann is in the arena. I'm glad that she's had an opportunity now to be on stage debating some good ideas. I'm proud of anybody -- male or female -- willing to put it all on the line and get out there and fight for what's right in this country. Michele is one of those.

LEMON: Do you agree with the submission part?

PALIN: With her answer? That's her opinion. You know, to her, submission to her husband means respecting her husband. And, you know, I respect my husband, too.

LEMON: If Todd said don't run, would you not run?

PALIN: I can't imagine my husband ever telling me what to do politically. He never has told me what to do when it comes to a political step. And I appreciate that. I respect you for that, Todd.

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LEMON: Thank you very much, Governor Palin, for just answering the questions.

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