Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's scheduled trip to India next month may not be winning her many friends in New Hampshire.
"I know, presidential candidates like to travel abroad to boost their foreign policy credentials. And Palin needs those credentials badly," said New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline, in a blog post Wednesday evening. "But I find it hard to believe that, presumably less than a year from the primary, someone who makes a trip to India a higher priority than a trip to New Hampshire is a serious presidential candidate. Chalk this up as one more bit of evidence that she's probably not running."
An aide for the former Alaska governor tweeted earlier Wednesday that Palin would be making a trans-continental trip to India in March to speak at the India Today 2011 conclave in New Delhi.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, who is considering a 2012 bid for the White House, has not visited New Hampshire since she was John McCain's running mate.
The New Hampshire Union Leader is the Granite state's largest newspaper and its editorial page is very influential among conservatives. And New Hampshire plays a crucial role in the race for the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
Since the 2008 election, two books tours, speaking events, and campaign stops during last year's midterm elections have taken Palin to Iowa and South Carolina, which also help kick off the primary and caucus season, as well as other crucial states in the road to the White House.
CNN has reached out to Palin aides, but has not at this time received a response.