Palin takes reporters questions, quiet on Stevens' political future

NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has had a rare exchange with reporters.

Outside a New York firehouse near ground zero of the 9/11 attacks, Palin took questions about the political future of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and fighting terrorism.

Opening statements began today in Stevens' corruption trial. He's alleged to have concealed gifts on Senate financial documents. He's also running for re-election, and Palin was asked if she supports his bid. Noting the trial had just started, Palin was noncommital, saying, "We'll see where that goes."

On fighting terrorism, Palin said the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will "lead to further security" for the U.S., adding, "We can never again let them onto our soil."

Since John McCain chose her to be his running mate, Palin has yet to hold a news conference and has only granted three major interviews.

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

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