Katie Couric and Sarah Palin are getting to be a daily act.
Tonight, the Republican vice presidential nominee will be shown explaining to the CBS anchor a remark she made in Ohio on Monday about Democratic rival Joe Biden's longevity.
"I do look forward to Thursday night and debating Senator Joe Biden," Palin is shown saying. "We are going to talk about those new ideas, new energy for America. I'm looking forward to meet him too. I've never met him before. But, I've been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in like 2nd grade.
Backstage afterwards, Couric asks: "You made a funny comment, you've said you have been listening to Joe Biden's speeches since you were in second grade.
"It's been since like '72, yah," Palin replies, in an excerpt of the interview released this afternoon by CBS.
"You have a 72-year-old running mate, is that kind of a risky thing to say, insinuating that Joe Biden's been around awhile?" Couric asks.
"Oh no, it's nothing negative at all," Palin answers. "He's got a lot of experience and just stating the fact there, that we've been hearing his speeches for all these years. So he's got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know, I'm the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he's got the experience based on many many years in the Senate and voters are gonna have a choice there of what it is that they want in these next four years."
Palin's uneven performance with Couric last week has already been memorably lampooned by Tina Fey on "Saturday Night Live."
UPDATE: In the interview aired this evening, Palin also allowed that human activity might be contributing to global warming, a slight softening of her stated position.
She stood by her opposition to abortion, even in the "horrific circumstances" of rape and incest, saying she is "unapologetically pro-life." She said, however, that she does not foresee sending people to jail over the issue, but would hope that people would "choose life."
"I would like to see fewer and fewer abortions in this world," she said.
Palin also said that while she believes in God's hand in creation, she would not try to stop the teaching of evolution in public schools. "Science should be taught in science class," she said.
She said that she does not begrudge those who have made the "choice" to be gay, though many would dispute whether homosexuality is a choice.
"I'm not going to judge people," she said.
In a second installment of their first joint interview, Palin and her running mate John McCain agreed to disagree on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- she favors it, he opposes it.
"You expect two mavericks to agree on everything?" McCain asked, saying it would be "boring" if he and Palin agreed on every issue.
"You can say a lot of things about us, but we're anything but boring," he said.
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