Sarah Palin told an enthusiastic crowd at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Saturday that America's enemies would know that "waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists" if she were in charge.

The former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential nominee complained about policies that "poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies."

These enemies would "obviously have information on plots to carry out jihad," Palin said, "but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen."

Palin was the running mate in 2008 for Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

McCain responded in April to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, telling the National Journal, "[T]here's a couple stories [in the report] that are so chilling that I can't repeat them right now.

"I never, ever believed this bologna that, well, because of waterboarding they got information," McCain said at the time.