Palin says tour is “not about me”
If the former Alaska governor and Republican superstar knows the answer to that question, she’s not saying.
And her silence has speculation running rampant over the meaning of her family’s East Cost bus tour of historic sites.
“It’s not about me. It’s not a publicity-seeking tour. It’s about highlighting the great things about America,” Palin said in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren aboard the bus on Tuesday.
Wherever the tour lands, Palin has been swamped by media even though her exact schedule has been something of a mystery.
The press has been scrambling to keep up since she kicked off her tour Sunday arriving at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Washington on the back of a Harley. And that’s by design, Palin told Fox.
“I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media,” she said. “I think it would be a mistake for me to become some kind of conventional politician and doing things the way it’s always been done with the media in terms of relationships with them, tell them to come along, and we’ll orchestrate this, we’ll script this and we’ll basically write the story for you about what we’re doing everyday.
“I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand what every stop’s going be,” she said. “The media can figure out where we’re going if they do their investigative work. ”
But there’s more to the mystery than just the matter of keeping journalists out of the loop.
“We know where we’re going,” Palin explained in the interview. “There’s a couple of different reasons why we’re not going to broadcast it to the whole world — one is security issues and another is if the price of gas spikes much higher we’re not going to be able to go too far.”
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Molly Riley (Palin at Rolling Thunder) REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Palin in New York)