ABC News' Sheila Marikar reports:
Media organizations around the world are trying to catch up with Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour. She’s not doing them any favors.
In an interview today with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, the former governor of Alaska and potential presidential contender said she’s not sticking to a script with her latest jaunt. While the interview has yet to air, Susteren posted video clips of their conversation online.
“Many of the mainstream media are looking for kind of a conventional campaign-type tour and I’ve said from that beginning that this isn’t a campaign tour except to campaign on our Constitution, our charters of liberty,” Palin said. “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media … I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this.”
“It’s not about me,” she added. “It’s not a publicity-seeking tour. It’s about highlighting the great things about America.”
Palin also detailed her approach towards bi-partisan leadership, saying she’s “certainly willing to and used to working with both sides of the aisle” but that she’s governed by conservative principles.
“What it is that drives me, when it comes to national policy, is the planks of the Republican platform,” she said. “It’s all about respect and equality. It’s all about the free-enterprise system.”
While Palin maintains her bus trip through the Northeast isn’t a campaign tour, it’s only intensified speculation that she’ll vie for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. A report from Real Clear Politics added fuel to that fire today, saying that Palin will visit Iowa in June. Iowa is the state that votes first in the run up to the Republican presidential nomination, and it’s also where a documentary about Palin will debut next month.