ABC News’ Sheila Marikar (@sheilaym) reports: Sarah Palin is adamant that her road trip to visit important American historical sites is not a campaign tour. But she is on her way to the early primary state of New Hampshire in a bus emblazoned with her name and during a stop at Bunker Hill in Boston today, she took a political shot at Mitt Romney.
Palin said Romney, who would be a potential rival if she jumped into the race and is announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination today in New Hampshire, will face a “challenge” in getting Tea Party support.
“That perhaps will be a challenge for him because Tea Party activists are pretty strident in a good way in making sure that the candidate that many of these Tea Party candidates will support has the record of living out the principles the tea party tends to embrace, which of course is a smaller, smarter government,” she said. “I think that he’ll have maybe a bit more of a challenge with the independents who make up the Tea Party movement.”
She also said that she didn’t intend to step on his toes by going to New Hampshire today, saying his presence there “never was a consideration at all.”
“In fact, if he would be offended by me stepping foot in a state he was in, I wouldn’t do it.” But she doesn’t believe that’s the case at all.
Palin’s bus tour stopped in Boston along the famous Freedom Trail today. At Bunker Hill, Palin took the official tour from a park ranger, but she appeared to be paying more attention to signing autographs on her daughter Piper’s back than on the history lesson.
In addition to the normal members of the media pursuing Palin, comedian John Oliver, who appears on The Daily Show, was at Bunker Hill to interview members of media. He is expected to follow the caravan to New Hampshire.
Palin’s exact schedule in New Hampshire remains a mystery. There are reports that she will attend a clambake in Seabrook later this evening.