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Palin Recently Said She Had Met McCain Only a Few Times

In an interview with Roll Call two weeks ago, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said she had met presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) only once or twice.

McCain tapped Palin Friday morning to be his running mate in a surprising move, given that Palin and McCain weren’t exactly buddies.

In the interview on Aug. 14, Palin said she did not remember the exact time she met McCain, but said it was in 2006 at the Republican Governors Association meeting. She said she met with McCain twice then, including one meeting with his wife.

From her office in Anchorage just two weeks ago, Palin called a possible vice presidential bid as “out of the realm of possibility.”

“So, when I consider this out-of-the-realm-of-possibility hypothetical about ever being tapped for vice president, I don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about it,” she said at the time. “I spend my time thinking about what Alaska can do to contribute. How can we produce? We’re ready to produce.”

She said the national party had asked for some of her speeches from her 2006 bid but implied it was for her speaking role at next week’s Republican National Convention. She said she did not consider any of her communication with the Republican National Committee to be anything more than that.

“Those who are putting on the GOP convention, or the RNC” have asked for my speeches,” she said. “But, no, I wouldn’t consider that any kind of official vetting. So, again, more evidence of this out of the realm of possibility.”