Sarah Palin Concludes New York City Visit With Private Tour Of Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After a night out with Donald Trump, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin went on an hour-long private tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with her daughter Piper Wednesday morning.

On Twitter, Palin wrote that she was looking forward to seeing the “beauty of legal immigrants’ work ethic and love of freedom” at two of New York Harbor’s iconic sites.

Palin said she got goosebumps as she walked through the halls of Ellis Island where millions of immigrants passed through between 1892 and 1954.

“It’s wonderful to be here in New York, and to be able to see the historical sites that we are trying to highlight and bring attention to,” Palin told CBS 2’s Emily Smith. “It’s been wonderful – great symbols of freedom all over this city. We appreciate it.”

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Palin, who is possibly flirting with a run for president, didn’t talk about politics but instead stopped to shake hands and take pictures with school children and their chaperones.

She told the children the importance of history and urged them to take advantage of all the sites and history that is around New York.

Palin spent about an hour and half at the Statue of Liberty before returning back to the island where she then departed to Boston — the next stop on her great American tour.

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Sarah Palin, center, her daughter Piper Palin, front, and her parents, Sally and Chuck Heath, pause as a band plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" while they visit Liberty Island Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

On Tuesday night, Palin and Trump stepped out in New York City, chatting up fans and the being mobbed by the crush of press that follows Palin everywhere. They grabbed a bite of pizza in Times Square.

“What do we have in common? A love for this country and a desire to see our economy put back on the right track,” the former governor of Alaska said.

The two appeared to be joining forces as speculation grows that Palin will soon officially announce her candidacy for president.

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“We have both agreed that competition is good and the more folks in that primary, the better,” she said.

If she does run, Trump hinted he’ll back her.

“She’s a great woman and a terrific woman and a great friend,” he said. “I’d love for her to run.”

Trump appeared on “Live With Regis & Kelly” Wednesday morning and was discussed his dinner with Palin.

“I’m not sure she knows the answer herself,” Trump said about whether she will seek the presidency. “She doesn’t know herself yet.”

“Can you see a Trump/Palin ticket?” host Regis Philbin asked.

“That would be a really interesting ticket,” Trump said.

Sarah Palin speaks to the news media - Jersey City, NJ - Jun 1, 2011 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

Sarah Palin speaks to the news media - Jersey City, NJ - Jun 1, 2011 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

If Palin runs, she will likely face stiff competition from fellow Republican Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, who plans to announce his candidacy Thursday. According to polls, he’s the one to beat.

Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann was also expected to join the growing field of GOP candidates next month.

And some Republicans are still courting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — who’s quickly made a name for himself for slashing budgets and going head to head with unions.

He’s repeatedly insisted he won’t run in 2012, but last night at his home near Princeton he met with a group of Iowa Republicans, still hoping to change his mind.

Iowa Conservative analyst Bill Spadea told a Des Moines newspaper that even if he doesn’t run, “It doesn’t hurt to position potentially for 2016.  He’s a rising star in the Republican Party.  He’s not going away anytime soon.”

Meantime, Sarah Palin is the one grabbing headlines lately, with her bus tour that’s already made several stops on the East Coast.

Trump? Christie? Palin? Is the center of the GOP universe swirling in the Tri-State? Sound off in our comments section below…

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One Comment

  1. mark says:

    I’m sorry but am I the only one that thinks she is completely full of sh_t?? She is joke, and a bad one at that.

  2. Susan says:

    She visited the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island from Jersey City, NJ (Liberty State National Park).

    She stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Jersey City.

    Get your story straight!

    1. KPMc says:

      Nothing in the story contradicts that. It’s just irrelevant because it’s New Jersey. Have an inferiority complex much?

  3. M.A.D says:


  4. lucy2 says:

    I wish she’d just go away. She has nothing of substance to offer, just a few catch phrases and talking points, no real ideas, solutions, or even a willingness to listen to others’ point of view. It’s embarrassing for the country that she’s as high up there as she is. Shouldn’t we be looking for the best and brightest to lead? She is neither.

    Plus, the sound of her voice makes my ears bleed.

  5. Brad in Brooklyn says:

    She “hasn’t made up her mind”? You must first possess a mind in order to make a decision.

  6. brooklyn4ever says:

    A private tour? Who the heck does this chick think she is? I am sure that all the tourists standing in a 2 hour line in 87 degree weather with 127% humidity waiting for their “un-private” tour must have loved waiting until the PITA was given her tour. Go the hell back to Alaska, look at Russia and get over yourself already.

  7. Steve says:

    I wish the media would quit obsessing on tiresome imbeciles like Palin.

    . . .while they’re at it, could they also please dispense with Mr. Hair-Weave – as these two are WORSE than the Salahi’s or the Ed Koch (of 25 years ago), when it comes to their obsession wtih being on TV all the time.

  8. Ellen says:

    Please will someone just send her back to Alaska. or better still Russia.

  9. Dale Auburn says:

    How much did the National Park Service (i.e. you and I) pay Palin for her “appearance”?

  10. nyc says:

    Why a private tour ? What type of people are attracted to this women ? As someone who is born and bread NYC, I don’t see the attraction. It seems to be all meat ball people attracted to her !

  11. nathan says:

    Get out of our town.

  12. sharon wolff says:

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to Alaska and get a real college degree in history,
    political science, something useful that will attempt to make her credible.
    She is just a loose cannon,bull in a china shop, flakey female who dresses nice, but doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on in the world

  13. joe says:

    someone needs to proofread the grammar mistakes in this article.

  14. Dale Auburn says:

    How much did We The People pay for their appearance fees?

  15. Eduardo Rey says:

    Gee…I thought all the commotion was a sequel to Dumb and Dumber…Egotistical and More Egotistical….a comedy of stupidity.

  16. jerseyjoey says:

    Allready is the end of GOP, take controll of both houses will be enough.

  17. abner says:

    Would love to see the two goons run together. Be the end of the GOP

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