(SIOUX CITY, IOWA) - In response to a report by The Politico citing reports of strife within Sarah Palin's campaign team, traveling press secretary Tracey Schmitt made her way to the back of the campaign plane to deliver a rare in-person statement to reporters traveling with the governor.
"Unnamed sources with their own agenda will say what they want," Schmitt said. "But from Gov. Palin down we have one agenda, and that's to win on Election Day."
The Politico reported that "stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign's already-tense internal dynamics." Reporter Ben Smith cited four sources close to the governor who said that Palin has "decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them."
Though Palin kept her distance from the traveling press throughout most of the campaign, the dynamic suddenly shifted last weekend, when she took questions from the media on three separate occasions over the course of two days.
Palin decided to hold an impromptu press conference on the tarmac in Colorado Springs on Sunday without first notifying her staffers. She again took questions at an ice cream shop just a few minutes later but has not made herself available to the traveling press since then.