Sarah Palin on attending the RNC in Tampa: "We'll have an announcement in a couple of days."
LOS ANGELES -- It was an odd sight; even for a party where one of the most popular guests was a trained monkey.
But as TV critics gathered poolside at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Tuesday for an NBC reception touting its new fall shows, they were joined by a startling, unexpected figure: onetime GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Palin, looking glamorous in an olive-colored dress, Hollywood-ready wrap-around designer sunglasses and high heels, had crashed the party with her husband Todd Palin, star of a reality show featuring celebrities executing military exercises, Stars Earn Stripes. (to see a photo of her there, click here)
But the only question this Florida reporter had for the former governor of Alaska and Tea Party favorite, was a simple one:
Will we see you at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August?
"We'll have an announcement in a couple of days," said Palin, as an aide insisted journalists direct questions to Todd Palin. "I don't know if we'll do anything fancy as a press conference, but we'll get the word out."
As the GOP convention draws closer, rumors persist that Palin is scouting space to rent in Tampa and supporters wonder if she will be given a speaking slot. Palin declined to speculate on any of that Tuesday, preferring to shift conversation to husband Todd's performance on Stars Earn Stripes, telling another reporter it was "a great opportunity to support a great cause."
Despite her previous statements about "lamestream media," Sarah Palin seemed right at home with the members of the Television Critics Association, chatting amiably with journalists as some pulled out cellphone cameras to catch the moment -- a violation of protocol which later drew an emailed warning from the group's president.
Todd Palin is the third family member to star in a reality show, after daughter Bristol's appearances on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and her own Lifetime show on raising her son as a teen, single mom, Life's a Tripp. Sarah Palin also starred in a TLC series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.