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“Let us not get bogged down in the small squabbles. Let us get caught up in the big ideas,” she said as supporters chanted, “Run, Sarah, run.”

On her Sunday appearance on Fox, Mrs. Palin defended speaking before the group, which takes issue with both political parties.

Asked whether she sees herself as a member of the tea party movement or a member of the Republican Party, Mrs. Palin said, “I think the two are, and should be even more so, merging.”

“Because the tea party movement is quite reflective of what the GOP, the planks in the platform, are supposed to be about — limited government and more freedom, more respect for equality. That’s what the tea party movement is about. So I think that the two are much entwined,” she said.