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CNN, Univision and NBC all score interviews with Sarah Palin

October 21, 2008 | 11:25 am

Is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin starting to warm up to the media elite?

After doling out just a few select interviews in her first month on the campaign trail, the Republican vice presidential nominee is granting a slew of sit-downs to national television networks this week, including several outlets that until now have not had access to her.

Today, Palin is speaking with CNN correspondent Drew Griffin during a campaign stop in Reno. Their 15-minute conversation will air repeatedly during this afternoon’s edition of “The Situation Room,” beginning at 1 p.m.

Then she’ll pop up on Univision this evening for her first interview with a Spanish-language network. Anchor Jorge Ramos spoke with the GOP candidate about her views on immigration, Latin American leaders and NAFTA, among other topics. The segment will run on the network’s 6:30 p.m. newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” with an extended version on the 10 p.m. news magazine “Aqui y Ahora.”

And tomorrow Palin will make her first appearance on NBC News when she and Sen. John McCain speak with anchor Brian Williams. The two-part interview will air Wednesday and Thursday on “NBC Nightly News.”

The back-to-back sit-downs come after a period in which the McCain campaign curtailed access to the vice presidential candidate. Before this week, she had spoken to just a few network anchors: ABC's Charles Gibson, Fox News' Sean Hannity and CBS' Katie Couric. Her meandering and vague answers to Couric were widely mocked. But recently, Palin has stepped up her interviews with local reporters and begun answering questions from the press corps accompanying her on the campaign trail.

-- Matea Gold

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