Romney Plays Nice, Praises Palin on King

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Mitt Romney sat down with Larry King tonight to promote his new book and kvetch about the health-care reform bill, but more interesting was when he strained to praise potential 2012 opponent, Sarah Palin.

“She’s energetic, a positive force in the Republican party, a leader in our party," he said. "And having a positive impact on bringing out a lot of folks that were in the silent majority... are finding they're not silent anymore. That's a good thing.”

Ever the politician, he was similarly Panglossian when discussing the tea partiers: "I think it's a good thing to see people becoming more involved in the political process."