Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday night that, if she were voting in the South Carolina primary Saturday, she would vote for Newt Gingrich for president.

“If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I would vote for Newt, and I would want it to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates,” Palin told Hannity.Palin also praised Gingrich’s much-lauded debate performance Monday night:

“I do think that Newt is the one that won the debate if you will, because Newt came out like South Carolina’s own Smokin’ Joe Frazier,” Palin said. “He came out there swinging, talking about work, talking about jobs and work ethic and how government needs to get out of the way in order for all Americans to have a sense of opportunity to work, and I think that’s what a lot of voters have been craving to hear.”