As Sarah Palin guest co-hosted NBC's "Today" opposite Katie Couric's guest appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," she started out with a joke about her infamous 2008 interview with Couric.
Palin fumbled when Couric asked the then-vice presidential candidate what newspapers she read, responding, "all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years."
On Tuesday, she first appeared reading a newspaper, with several pages on her lap and stacked alongside her. She also joked that a woman on the street had asked her where she was going, and that when she said, "30 Rock" — the location of NBC's New York headquarters — the woman told her husband, "I told you, Tina Fey is here!"
The former Alaska governor, who referred repeatedly to the "lamestream media" even as she appeared on one of the most mainstream of news outlets, has clearly grown more comfortable in the spotlight since her interview with Couric. Host Matt Lauer joked that she was "technically part of the lamestream media" for the duration of the show.
The former local TV sportscaster and current Fox News contributor used "Today" to show off her sense of humor and promote more conservatism on the airwaves, suggesting at one point that Oprah Winfrey's OWN should have more conservative voices.
She also said again that she has not seen HBO's "Game Change," which portrayed her selection as John McCain's running mate, saying she wouldn't waste her time on it.
Palin, who voted for Newt Gingrich in the Alaskan caucus, also offered a tepid endorsement of Mitt Romney, telling Matt Lauer, "I've been of the mindset that anybody but Obama will be so much better for our country."
She referred repeatedly to what she said were Obama's "failed socialist policies."
Asked if an alternate candidate — perhaps her — coud be nominated at the Republican National Convention this summer, she said there was no perfect candidate but that all of the four men now in the race had their strengths.
Lauer noted that despite her divisive effect on voters, Palin had the power to stir her base — and said that Romney didn't.
"He will have that ability," Palin said. But she left open the possibility that another candidate could surpass him in the delegate count to win the Republican presidential nomination.
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