Palin takes small steps out of her campaign bubble

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) -- Sarah Palin is sitting down today for her first extended interview since becoming John McCain's running mate.

The Alaska governor is back in her home state, where she's also attending the deployment ceremony for her son's Army brigade, which is being sent to Iraq later this month.

The McCain campaign has been preparing Palin for the interview for days. McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says Palin will do more interviews "when she feels comfortable doing it." He adds that the GOP vice presidential nominee isn't "scared to answer questions."

Her interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson is the only one scheduled for her so far.

Palin returned to Alaska yesterday and made her first campaign appearance without McCain. She's expected to rejoin him next week and spend much of the fall campaign at his side.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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