Nightly News | May 31, 2011
>>> we turn now to politics. sarah palin spent the day the way she spent yesterday. on a bus ride , taking the media along for a ride, stopping at sites of historical persistence drawing crowds, talking to folks, mostly getting attention, as she is right this very minute, and causing people to ask what she's up to as we will in a moment. tonight our chopper here in new york found the bus in a jersey city parking lot , not moving, at least for the moment. so first we start with how an alaska politician ended up in jersey by way of philly, and that job tonight falls to nbc's mike taibbi . mike, good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian . how are you? i'm outside the liberty bell in philadelphia, sarah palin 's last stop before heading up the turnpike, a trip you know well, to get to new jersey. but if this is the run-up to an actual campaign for the white house , brian , this is as odd and unconventional a political trip as anyone can remember. which is just the way sarah palin says that she'd want it to be.
>> thank you so much for your help today.
>> reporter: outside her hotel after visiting the gettysburg battlefields, sarah palin autographed anything put in front of her, including a t-shirt worn by one fan and in one of her few statements to a press corps straining to follow her said again she hasn't made up her mind about running.
>> i don't know. i honestly don't know. it's still a matter of looking at the field.
>> reporter: her one-nation tour began with a motorcycle ride outside the pentagon on saturday.
>> how are you?
>> reporter: and by its conclusion will reportedly take her from washington, d.c. to new hampshire. she's posted no schedule for reporters to follow. no need, she said.
>> i'm having a great time with our family and our alaskan friends and our pennsylvania fans who met us here today.
>> sorry p.
>> reporter: however, the political reality is even though in recent polls more than half of those questioned view her unfavorably she inspires passionate support among her conservative base including those who couldn't get close to her at the liberty bell .
>> go all the way, sarah!
>> reporter: on this trip, though, she's mostly been stopping, in baltimore and pittsburgh's fort mchenry , and with reporters and photographers scrambling to keep up by convoy, even by air in the occasional coffee shop .
>> thank you, guys, did you get my coffee?
>> reporter: it was a cat and mouse game with the press by design, which her supporters said made no difference.
>> even without telling people where she's going everyone's finding her. so i think she's a really important person for the conservative movement and i really hope she runs.
>> reporter: there's that question again. will she or won't she?
>> when will you decide, governor?
>> reporter: and once again the same answer. maybe.
>> truly there is still a lot of time for folks to make up their mind and jump in and get their campaigns together. the field isn't set yet. not by a long shot.
>> reporter: well, as the chopper saw, palin and her family have now checked into that hotel in jersey city , which is just in shouting distance of ellis island , liberty island , likely stops on tomorrow's agenda. but first tonight dinner in manhattan with another would-be contender for the gop nod who turned out to be a pretender, donald trump . brian ?
>> oh, just too much rich material there, mike, but we're going to leave it right there anyway. mike taibbi at the liberty bell in philly. one of the stops along the cavalcade today. mike, thanks.