Sarah Palin continued her tour of historic sites along the East Coast last night, stopping off in midtown Manhattan to meet with an apparent national treasure: Donald Trump.
The former Alaska governor met with the real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-star at his penthouse at the Trump Tower in New York. The pair then joined their families for dinner at Famous Famiglia, a touristy pizzeria joint near Times Square.
A Trump aide told ABC News that Palin requested the meeting, which not surprisingly prompted a media maelstrom as the two made their way to dinner.
"She's a great woman, a terrific woman and a great friend," Trump told reporters, per ABC. "I'd love her to run," he said, referring to her potential 2012 bid.
For her part, Palin praised Trump's "independence" and "his willingness to speak his mind." She told reporters the two have a lot in common and said they are "on the same page" when it comes to GOP candidates and issues.
Last month, Trump ruled out his own bid for the White House—before hinting that he might jump back into the race if no frontrunner emerges in the GOP field. Asked if the two might share a presidential ticket, Palin replied, "That sounds exciting! Sounds unconventional!"
In an interview on "Fox & Friends" this morning, Trump said that he and Palin did not discuss a joint ticket, but hinted the governor wants him to run for president. "She's love me to get back (into the race)," he said, per GOP 12.
While Palin's camp is still being cagey about her schedule, the former Alaska governor is expected to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today before heading north on her continuing "One Nation" tour.
(Photo of Trump and Palin: Craig Ruttle/AP)
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