GETTYSBURG - It's too hot in central Pennsylvania, according to Sarah Palin, but while it wore out those on her bus tour, she snuck in a jog as reporters and supporters searched for her whereabouts.
The Palin-crazed media and faithful fans found her late Monday afternoon, as she and her family paused their northbound road trip to rest up at a hotel on the outskirts of Gettysburg.
National reporters trailed the Palins throughout the day, during their stops at the National Archives, Mount Vernon and Fort McHenry. When her bus was spotted at a hotel minutes from the historic battlefield that she was expected to visit today, reporters flocked and fans posed for pictures next to the Constitution-emblazoned motorcoach.
Rumors swirled that she would be heading back out later that evening, and with a group gathered watching one hotel exit, she drew stunned looks as she and her daughter Piper walked up from behind the crowd and said hello.
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Dressed in a long-sleeved white t-shirt, black running shorts and athletic sandals after a late-afternoon jog, she posed for pictures and took questions from the gaggle of on-lookers. She noted the steamy weather that caused her and her family to postpone their expected Gettysburg battlefield tour until Tuesday.
She continued to play coy on her presidential ambitions, saying that there "truly is a lot to consider" before she decides whether to run and describing the current GOP field as "already quite strong."
The former Alaska governor also said she expects that a fiscal, "common-sense" conservative could do well in Pennsylvania, calling that position critical to solving the country's current problems.
"It's not a radical agenda at all - it's all about allowing the private sector to grow and prosper by keeping more of what we earn and reinvesting in our businesses so we can create more jobs," she said. "That's not a radical, obsessive, partisan position to have at all, to get the economy on the right track."
After her chat with those camped out at the hotel, several said they came away with a positive impression -- and several others noted that she was shorter than they expected. She took about five minutes of questions after she fulfilled at least a dozen photo-op requests, and then took off in a silver SUV, saying she and Piper had to go pick up some extra socks.