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Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has attacked Mitt Romney over his handling of the debt-ceiling crisis that saw the U.S.A just hours away from default.

In her first shot at a potential GOP Republican candidate, Sarah Palin said she had no respect for what the way Romney conducted himself, saying that he sat on the side lines for too long before taking a stand on the issue.

"Bless his heart, I have respect for Mitt Romney, but I do not have respect for what he has done during this debt increase debate. He waited until it was a done deal, that we would increase the debt-ceiling ... and then he came out and made a statement that he didn't like the deal after all," she said. "You can't defer an issue and assume the problem is then going to be avoided. Mitt Romney and other candidates, you need to get out there, you need to tell the electorate what you really feel about these issues," she continued.

Sarah Palin continued her attack on the former governor of Massachusetts by accusing Romney of sticking his finger up to the wind to gauge the political currents before deciding to oppose the debt ceiling deal that ultimately passed congress with bipartisan support.

It is the first real shot from Palin at a potential GOP candidate, a shot that will hurt Romney but will also excite Palin's fans that she could be nearer to a decision about running for the GOP candidacy. "Independent, patriotic Americans who desire fiscal sanity in our beloved nation being called terrorists - Sean, if we were really domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn't he?" Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"I'm gonna stick up for people who at this point are being called terrorists and being accused of waging jihad against our own country," she said. "Enough is enough and I'm not going to sit here and take it anymore," the former governor of Alaska continued.

Her words on Fox news have given her supporters and political commentators reason to believe that she may be ready to announce her nomination for the GOP candidacy. Although Palin has said that she is still undecided whether she will run for Presidency, she has acknowledged that he will need to soon for legal reasons.