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Sarah Palin has apologized to Mitt Romney for stealing his thunder, sort of. Palin showed up in New Hampshire on her bus tour the same day that Romney was in the state declaring his candidacy for the 2012 election.
“I apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day,” Palin, a paid commentator for Fox, told “Fox News Sunday.” Despite speculation to the contrary, Romney has insisted that Palin’s unplanned appearance did not bother him. Romney praised the “energy and passion” that Palin adds to the Republican campaign last week.
On Sunday, Palin said her highly publicized “One Nation” bus tour had not moved her closer to a 2012 run. She is “still right there in the middle,” she told host Chris Wallace, “still trying to figure out what the lay of the land will be as these weeks and months go by.”
Palin rejected Wallace’s suggestion that she “messed up” a historical reference during a stop on her bus tour, when she described Paul Revere’s midnight ride as a warning to “the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and by making sure that as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free … and we were going to be armed.”
Revere’s 1775 ride, on the eve of the Revolutionary War, was designed to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were coming to arrest them. Along the way, Revere also alerted residents that the British were on the march. “You know what, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” Palin insisted. “I know my American history.”
Palin maintained that “part of his ride was to warn the British, that were already there, that, ‘Hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual private militia that we have.’ He did warn the British.”
This isn’t what really happened, but whatever helps Sarah sleep better at night.