Sen. Orrin Hatch gets an unlikely boost from Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, who, in an interview Thursday night on FOX News, praised Hatch's efforts to pass a balanced budget amendment.
To be clear: Palin did not endorse Hatch, who is seen as likely to face a primary challenge from his right by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). But the words are being filed away by the Hatch campaign, which has worked diligently to win endorsements from conservative pundits and bloggers in order to help fend off the challenge.
"I am grateful for the support of Sarah Palin as I continue to lead this fight," Hatch said. "Mrs. Palin is highly respected by Utahns and the national conservative movement and I appreciate her influence to create a united front in confronting the issue of our national debt."