Well, the “pitbull with lipstick” has turned into miniature poodle–now Sarah Palin says, and I quote, “It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration”:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she would be honored to help President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an “unrepentant domestic terrorist.”
The Alaska governor said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she would be willing to help if Obama asked her for assistance on some of the issues she highlighted during this year’s campaign, such as energy or services for special-needs children.
“It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration,” said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain chose as his running mate in August.
“I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also,” she said.
“They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front.”
But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was “still concerned” about Obama’s ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers. Watch Palin discuss how she could help Obama »
“If anybody still wants to talk about it, I will,” she said. “Because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.
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“That’s an association that still bothers me, and I think it’s fair to still talk about it,” she continued.
“However, the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and make sure all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation.” Watch Palin talk about Ayers »
Palin was attending the annual Republican Governors Association convention in Miami, Florida. She was interviewed for CNN’s “The Situation Room” — the latest of several high-profile appearances for the ex-VP candidate. She will also appear Wednesday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”
There’s speculation that Palin, as well as other incumbent governors at the conference — such as Charlie Crist of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota — could all have designs on the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. All three governors were on McCain’s list of possible running mates before he selected Palin. See how past VP candidates have done in their presidential bids »
As the 2012 buzz takes off, a new poll suggests that just less than half of all Americans have a favorable view of Palin.