Boston.com has more on her visit to the Bay State:
Sarah Palin toured Revolutionary War sites in Boston before heading to New Hampshire on Thursday, but insisted she wasn’t trying to step on Mitt Romney’s political toes as the former Massachusetts governor formally announced his campaign for president.
Still, Palin wasn’t shy about suggesting Romney would have to work hard to persuade independent and tea party voters to support his candidacy, given his defense of Massachusetts’ near-universal health care law, which Romney signed in 2006.
The law became a model for the national health care law signed by President Barack Obama. That law is unpopular with Republican voters in general and self-described tea party voters in particular.
“He’ll have a bit more of a challenge with the independents who make up the tea party movement wanting to make sure that we’re not going to … have any excuses or perceived political reasons to grow government,” Palin said.
Romney has defended the Massachusetts law while calling for the repeal of Obama’s health care law, saying it should be up to states, not the federal government, to decide whether to expand coverage.
Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate, said she agreed with giving states greater power than the federal government but still sounded a skeptical note.
“Even on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and in our own families,” she said.
Palin made her comments in response to reporters’ questions after stopping by the Bunker Hill Monument in the city’s Charlestown section, which memorializes a June 1775 battle between American colonists and British forces.
Earlier in the day, she toured the historic Old North Church and the Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End neighborhood. She also stopped by Parziale’s Bakery in the largely Italian area to order pizza and cannolis.
Update II: (h/t TENCOLE) These two videos, courtesy of The Right Scoop, are from Governor Palin’s bus tour, possibly shot in Middletown, CT. The quality is a bit shaky at times, but still worth watching.