Palin Stops By Trump’s Pad For A Chat

Former VP Candidate Adds To The Speculation Over Her Political Future

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sarah Palin made a stop in Manhattan on Tuesday during her “One Nation” bus tour. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee met with Donald Trump at his Trump Tower condominium.

The former Alaska governor stepped out of a black SUV to a crush of cameras. She greeted a few tourists and joked to reporters that she would encourage Trump to stop contributing to Democrats.

Trump announced in early May that he would not seek the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama.

Palin’s plans for the presidential race remain unknown.

Trump, the multimillionaire host of Celebrity Apprentice, made headlines painting the U.S. as a country in decline. He criticized China for unfair trade practices and said the U.S. under Obama had become a “laughing stock” to the rest of the world.

Palin apparently heeded those words, saying she and Trump shared a similar world view.

“What do we have in common? Our love for this country, a desire to see our economy put back on the right track,” Palin told reporters after a 15-minute meeting with Trump outside the Trump Tower, where he owns a three-floor penthouse.

“To have a balanced trade arrangement with other countries across this world so Americans can have our jobs, our industries, our manufacturing again. And exploiting responsibly our natural resources. We can do that again if we make good decisions,” Palin said.

Trump demurred when asked if he would support a Palin presidential candidacy.

“She didn’t ask me for that. She came up as friends,” Trump said. “She’s a great woman, a terrific woman and a terrific friend. I’d love her to run.”

Palin added, “We both agree that competition is good and the more folks in that primary, the better.”

After the meeting, Trump and his wife, Melania, rode in a stretch limousine with Palin, her parents and youngest daughter Piper to have dinner at a pizza restaurant in Times Square. The Palins planned to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty Wednesday morning.

Palin and her family have been visiting historical sites since her bus tour launched earlier this week.

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  • Dale Auburn

    How much was Palin’s fee for appearing with Trump? And who paid that fee?

  • jaypinho

    Sarah Palin…in New York? What happened to “real America?” She must have left it out there on the bus somewhere, along with her entourage and propaganda-disseminating machine.

  • Vienna Joe

    Just what our country needs, these two rich, out of touch nitwits holding elected office in our Nation’s Capitol. We need to have our country run by people who are representative of the backbone of America .. the middle class. People who know how hard it is to earn an honest days pay and who posses common sense and who have respect for ‘regular folks’.

    • Richard T.

      God help us all, let’s hope that their sideshow remains to be nothing more than that. They BOTH crave attention and being in the press. You could not have said it better. Send her back to Wasila and him back to Atlantic City! UGH…

  • Houston

    Too bad Newt wasn’t there with them or all of the NEW THREE STOOGES could have done a debut for us.Palin=Curly, Trump=Larry, Newt=Moe. Can you just imagine if this country was in the hands of any one of those three?

  • sharon wolff

    Sarah Palin, aka, “a spokesperson for soccer moms as well as moms of “special needs children” needs to get on the first flight back to Alaska, and take care of her family! Why is she using her young daugter, Twig, Tree, or whatever, to “front for her” during her trek across the US? What is she doing to help those “parents of special needs children” since she is also a parent of a special needs child. I clearly remember her saying “I will be the voice for you parents of special needs children, as I am one myself”. She left the office of Governor of Alaska to lick her wounds after helping McCain lose the presidency, as well as to “promote her book. Sarah is one dangerous lady and has no right or even the credentials to run for Presidency. GO HOME TO ALASKA SARAH and take care of your family

  • monalisa

    Dumb and dumber…

    • Richard T.

      Homely and Homlier! LOL

  • AnnonUSA

    No Doubt She is looking for a spot on the Next Apprentice Show….

  • Brandt Hardin

    Between the two of these wonders of the modern media, the IQ of the entire city will drop steadily this evening. Palin and Trump make the perfect team of fabricated wealth and politics- how is their room at one table for both egos? Both cause more harm than good as far as the world-view of America goes. I drew up a visual commentary of the effects of such reckless rhetoric on my artist’s blog at

  • Fido Jones

    Looks like an attention-wh0re summit!

  • Vienna Joe

    They go to the same hairdresser.

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