Boston (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Thursday her decision to appear in New Hampshire on the very same day Mitt Romney is announcing his 2012 presidential campaign there is purely a coincidence, not meant to step on the former Massachusetts governor's big day.
"I think that's exciting for him, that's great for him," Palin told reporters at her Boston hotel before touring historical sites along the city's Freedom Trail. "It's coincidental that we are in the same territory at the same time, but more power to Mitt as he mounts his campaign and best of luck to him."
News leaked late yesterday that Palin is organizing a clambake for Thursday evening along the New Hampshire seacoast, just minutes from the Stratham farm where Romney plans to officially announce his second presidential bid.
New Hampshire holds the first primary in the Republican presidential nominating process, and Romney is counting on a strong showing in the early state to vault him to the nomination.
Palin also addressed her lengthy meeting at Fox News on Thursday and speculation that she might be jeopardizing her lucrative television contract by ramping up her political activity.
Palin said she met with Fox News president Roger Ailes. She told reporters that she did not offer to resign.
"I did get to speak to Roger Ailes, and we always have great conversations," Palin said.
Following yesterday's meeting, a network executive said of Palin: "Right now there is no change in her status with Fox News."
She said not to read too much into the meeting.
"Any time we get to New York I like to hop in and say hi to the folks there who work so extremely hard and get to see some of the hosts and some of the reporters," Palin said before hopping into an SUV.
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