Palin hints at possible Thatcher visit
Right-wing darling Sarah Palin said Monday she hopes to arrange a meeting with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher during an upcoming visit to London.
Responding to a report in a British newspaper, Palin confirmed in a posting on her Facebook page that she had received an invitation from an undisclosed source to visit London, with a possible meeting with Thatcher during the trip.
Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, described "Iron Lady" Thatcher, 84, as a political heroine and role model, who like herself, had risen from modest beginnings to forge a successful political career.
"I have received an invitation for a visit to London, and part of that invitation included the offer of arranging a meeting between myself and one of my political heroines, the 'Iron Lady,' Margaret Thatcher," Palin wrote.
"I would love to meet her and hope I'll be able to arrange the trip in the future."
In birthday wishes to Thatcher last year, Palin said the former British leader, who served for 11 years from 1979 until she was ousted in 1990, had offered a "blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the status quo."
"She started life as a grocer's daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister -- all by her own merit and hard work," Palin said. "I cherish her example and will always count her as one of my role models."
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