Sarah Palin: This Bus Tour Is 'Not About Me'

It's about our charters of liberty, she tells Greta Van Susteren
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2011 7:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Greta Van Susteren, who gets to go along for the ride on Sarah Palin’s bus tour, sat down with the potential 2012 presidential contender last night. Highlights:

  • The bus tour was Todd’s idea: “He texted me … and said, You know, we need to remind America about our charters of liberty, about our Constitution, about our Declaration of Independence.”
  • Why the media are so confounded by the tour: “The mainstream media are looking for kind of a conventional—a campaign-type tour. And I've said from the beginning this isn't a campaign tour, except to campaign on our Constitution, our charters of liberty. And they want kind of a conventional idea of, We want a schedule. We want to follow you. We want you to bring us along with you. I'm, like, I don't think I owe anything to the mainstream media.”

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  • It’s not about her: “It's not about me. It's not a publicity-seeking tour. … [The bus is] painted up with the Constitution and with the ‘We the People,’ and with part of our Pledge of Allegiance. It's not pictures of Sarah Palin out on this bus because this isn't about me.”
  • On the Arizona property: “Many, many Alaskans purchase property in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. And I think we do that because not only are we good investors and it's a buyers' market, but we like fly out once in a while. So Safari Investments, which we are a part of, has some property in Arizona now.”
  • On oil: “If the price of gas climbs much higher, right, Todd, we're not going to be able to go too far. So—in fact, I think one of the decals on the bus says ‘Drill, baby, drill’ over the gas tank to remind people that, you know, when you're playing close to 5 bucks a gallon, you can't go too far in a rig like this.”
Click for more from the bus tour, including what Jon Stewart thinks of it. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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