“She would be a great thing for the Republican primary process,” said Romney, a 2008 presidential candidate and a potential candidate again in 2012. “It’d be a good thing for her to get in.”

Romney, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) have all rallied around Palin, who on Sunday night condemned suggestions that GOP operatives in Washington were looking to stall any potential presidential aspirations she might have.

“The story is nonsense. Because first of all I know Sarah Palin pretty well, and if she wants to run there’s not going to be any Washington elites stopping her,” Romney told conservative talker Laura Ingraham on Monday on her radio show.