By Andy Barr
Sarah Palin is headed to Boston for the next stop on her One Nation bus tour.
After that, "we'll take a break and then we'll be back," the former Alaska governor told reporters gathered at a hotel here before getting on the highway.
Palin was mobbed by roughly 50 reporters as she left New York and devoted most of her time to John Oliver of "The Daily Show."
Oliver asked Palin why the media wouldn't leave her alone and let enjoy her vacation. Palin responded by again stating that she wants to highlight historic sites in the United States.
The former Alaska governor also played down hype over her rumored trips to Iowa and South Carolina.
"It's not just those early states, we wanted to highlight that this is America," Palin said.
Before she headed north, Palin went to the offices of Fox News for a meeting. The company shot down media speculation that the meeting was to discuss her contract as a contributor with the cable channel.
"Right now there is no change in her status with FOX News," said executive vice president of programming Bill Shine in a statement.
Palin went to the Fox meeting after spending the morning at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
"It's one of the symbols of course of our country, and it's a reminder too that immigrants built this country," Palin explained, before boarding the ferry. "So we want to make sure that we're highlighting that on our bus tour, maybe so that the present day immigrants know how much we appreciate them and their work ethic, and their love of country and freedom."
But Palin drew a sharp line between embracing the immigrant history captured at Ellis Island and supporting the DREAM Act, the legislation that would allow new immigrants to stay in the country if they complete high school and are found to be of good character.
"The immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line to become U.S. citizens. I'd like to see that continue," Palin said. "And unfortunately, the DREAM Act kind of usurps that-the system that is a legal system to make sure that immigrants who want to be here legally, working hard, producing and supplying revenue and resources for their families, that they're able to do that right and legally. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act doesn't accomplish that."
International affairs are also on her mind, following a discussion with Donald Trump and his wife over pizza at a restaurant near Times Square on Tuesday night.
"We talked specifically about trade, about what it is that we can do with China and some of these other countries that are speeding past us in terms of economic growth," Palin said. "We need to make sure that we're investing strongly in infrastructure as an incentive for businesses to be able to stay here and produce and manufacture."
She deferred again on her potential presidential candidacy.
"I don't know if I'm going to be running yet-and I'm sorry that I give you guys the same old, boring answer on that, but nothing's changed. When the time is right, you'll know," she said.
However, Palin said she did discuss the campaign with Trump -- though they talked primarily about other candidates.
"We both believe there will be more in the field. There will be people coming and going, but there still is a lot of time," Palin said. "We already have viable candidates in there. But I truly want to see more candidates in there."
Asked specifically who among the potential candidates she likes, Palin dodged by picking the entire field. "All those who are out there already and those who you guys speak of often," Palin told reporters. "I respect all of them."
While the tour's itinerary and purpose remains unclear, Palin took to her SarahPAC blog Tuesday night to provide her own explanation.
"It's interesting when (for the 100th time) reporters shout out, "Why are you traveling to historical sites? What are you trying to accomplish?' I repeat my answer, "It's so important for Americans to learn about our past so we can clearly see our way forward in challenging times; so, we're bringing attention to our great nation's foundation.' When that answer isn't what the reporters want to hear, we've asked them if they've ever visited these sites like the National Archives, Gettysburg, etc. When they confirm that they haven't, it's good to say, "Well, there you go. You'll learn a lot about America today.' (They usually don't want to hear that either!)"
The former Alaska governor also took some time to do some public parenting, making her daughter Piper offer an apology for pushing a cameraman during a previous stop. Palin had Piper hand out two flowers to cameramen and apologize