Besides proving balance and excitement to the ticket in the fall, McCain's reaching out to Palin now would trump the publicity generated from the still unresolved Clinton-Obama tussle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Ultimately, Palin said, she understands that while flattering, the buzz is less about her than it is about what she represents to the Republican Party.
"I recognize that any of the buzz surrounds the fact that I happen to fit a demographic that is appealing to the ticket right now," Palin said. "That's the reality. Again, I happen to fit a demographic at a time that the Republican Party needs to get with it and change and progress and allow others to be a part of public service. It's gender, it's age, it's kind of the maverick being from the outside. It's a combination of things."
A lot of people like Palin's story. They like that she took on established political figures and won, said Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster based in Washington, D.C. When people think of Alaska now, Conway said, it's not "bridges-to-nowhere or whether or not to drill for oil." It's Palin.
"Enter the governor, and she is literally a breath of fresh air, but she's somebody who seems to be serving because she's committed to all of this," Conway said.
As for the recent news that she is pregnant with her fifth child (due in May), Palin said it never played a part in any thoughts she has entertained about a hypothetical vice presidential bid.
"I'm very confident that a pregnant woman should not and doesn't have to be prohibited from doing anything, including running for vice president," Palin said.