Sarah Palin’s Secretive Bus Tour Stops In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Whether Sarah Palin will run for the White House is still a secret, but we at least know that she is confident she can beat President Obama if she runs.

“To put it concisely, yes,” she told Eyewitness News when our cameras caught up with her in Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. “I think most of the Republican candidates who are lining themselves up to run have a very good chance of beating President Obama because I think people are looking for the economy to be put back on track and strong national security measures.”

Palin was in town as part of a secretive bus tour visiting historic sites along the east coast. She spent about 45 minutes in Philadelphia touring Independence Hall and seeing the Liberty Bell.

She says the intention is not to keep the media guessing about her intentions.

It’s not “to play cat and mouse and have you guys guessing or anything else,” she said. “Really it’s a genuine concern for our country, highlighting our past.”

Eyewitness News spoke with Palin exclusively before she began her tour of the historic sites. National Park Service rangers escorted her through a back gate of Independence Hall. When she emerged on the Chestnut Street side of the building, crowds of tourists and students had gathered to get a look.

Some shouted “We love you!” Others said “Go home!”

Surrounded by Philadelphia police and park rangers, she crossed Chestnut Street and entered the Liberty Bell Center through its exit door.

Palin says she’s hoping to spread awareness of the nation’s symbols of freedom – something she says too few young people cherish. She visited Philadelphia after making stops at Gettysburg and Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

She said she believes she has several more weeks to make a decision about running for president in 2012.

“We think that it is still many weeks away before the field has to be set. There’s going to be lots of shuffling around,” she said. There are “good candidates in there – and good candidates we’re hearing that might be potential. Like Rick Perry – like him!”

Philadelphia Police had no advance notice of Palin’s visit. Traffic officers quickly shut down Chestnut and parts of Fifth Street. The National Park Service says it was given a heads up about an hour before Palin arrived in the city.

By 2 p.m., she was back on her “One Nation” bus and headed out of the city. Where she stops next is anyone’s guess.

Reported by Ben Simmoneau, CBS 3

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  1. Tjinphilly says:

    How come I knew that Sarah Palin was going to visit the Bell and Hall early last week, and yet the Philadelphia Police say they had no advance notice? Are they living under a rock? It has been in all the news outlets. Get real!

    1. Bob Stewart says:

      @Tjinphilly – You knew or you were notified? Philadelphia Police don’t follow tweets and spend precious tax dollars on closing streets for ex-governors turned cable TV show hosts. They didn’t do it for Jesse Ventura, they shouldn’t do it for her.

  2. Pedro Queeman-Dixon says:

    Now I guess far as Sarah Palin cares it seems the Bulls Eye Target of Senator Gifford may have been intentional after all. I notice how Palin praises the Republicans Party as if they all seem to be a indirect part of that possible assault on Senator Gifford She said to Eyewitness News when there cameras caught up with her in Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. Quote; “I think most of the Republican candidates who are lining themselves up to run have a very good chance of beating President Obama. After reading this >> http://stupidsenators.com/senator-bernie-sanders-uses-the-gifford-shooting-to-fundraise-really/
    How could anyone right now (God bless Senator Gifford and her family) Even mention the word Republicans until a few of them call Senator Gifford’s Family and the Democrat Chairman to offer an apology on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders, if this is true. Even if that statement is incorrect Senator Bernie Sanders should have blast http://stupidsenators.com/ for putting a horrible statement out there like this. Palin said unquote; a very good chance of beating President Obama because I think people are looking for the economy to be put back on track and strong national security measures. unquote;” You see I love that statement. Wow! I guess she said the same thing about just before that deranged man shot Senator Gifford, and many others including killing a beautiful little girl. All because of Bulls Eye Targets of Senators and who knows maybe even Presidents, she hates. I hope this year she took down that Target and letting other deranged folks know. The bounties have been lifted. The Bulls Eye Targets Have been removed. This was just super poor judgment or just a plain stupid joke, that should have never happened.

  3. rodeoqueen says:

    Isn’t there enough trash on Philly streets?

  4. grumpy says:

    She quit being Governor, she quit Alaska (moving to Arizona) She seems to have quit working as well. Why the escorts around the country at our expense?

  5. Tweetie says:

    This woman is a waste of public time and resources. Send her back to Moose Country. We won’t elect her as it is!!!!

  6. MFer says:

    We just got rid of the crazy called Milton Street. Why do we now need toendure the next crazy named Sarah?????

  7. Jenny says:

    Why does she get the services of park rangers and police? Do they bill her for this? She is not in any elected office (and she quit the office she had). She’s not even running for office. This is a waste of public resources, I think.

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