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Day 3 of Palin Road Trip

Sarah Palin launched the third day of her bus tour today. This morning, she stopped for coffee in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and talked to some locals.

(Picture from SarahPAC site.)

Talking to the handful of reporters who have been able to follow her, Palin said she doesn’t support any energy subsidies (including ethanol). Todd Palin remarked that the family’s “been tested” and could handle a 2012 campaign.

Meanwhile, the media continues to try to figure out where the bus will go next. This morning, Sarah Palin headed off to Gettysburg, sans bus, surprising reporters who thought that the bus’s presence at the hotel meant Palin hadn’t left yet. New York Times reporter Michael Shear has decided to stop trying to follow the bus, writing that “Sarah Palin has apparently decided that she can treat the media any way she wants — and they will be there regardless. And she might not be wrong.” An Ellis Island spokesperson has had enough of people calling and asking if Palin plans to stop there. (They don’t know.) At Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, reporters waited earlier today, hoping that the rumored Palin stop would happen.

Palin, who has long disparaged the “lamestream” media, told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren yesterday that she doesn’t think she “owe[s] anything to the mainstream media.”

“I think it would be a mistake for me to become some kind of conventional politician and doing things the way that it’s always been done with the media in terms of relationship with them, telling them to come along and ‘We’ll orchestrate this, we’ll script this and we’ll basically write a story for you’ media about what we’re doing every day. No, I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand where every stop is going to be,” Palin said.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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