Spencer Bachus predicts big things for Sarah Palin

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus believes Sarah Palin will be a big part of the future of the Republican Party. Bachus says that is obvious from the energized crowd Monday night in Homewood for a Palin book signing. A thousand people lined up to meet the former Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

On Good Day Alabama Tuesday morning, Bachus stopped short of saying he would support Palin if she were to stage a national campaign in 2012. "Well, its early," said Bachus. "But let me say this, she has been exposed to more hostile scrutiny than any other political figure in the last ten years. She's held up well. She's a fighter. I wouldn't discount her. I think that would be a serious mistake."

On the issue of healthcare reform, Bachus believes the Senate proposal is too expensive. He opposed a recent House-passed version.