Watch CBSN Live

Sarah Palin Hopes to Create "Special Relationship" with Margaret Thatcher

FILE - In this May 1, 2010 file photo, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses the 2nd biannual Michigan Defending the American Dream Summit in Clarkston, Mich. Palin has taken to her Facebook page, Monday, May 24, 2010, to complain about her new neighbor _ a writer penning a book about her. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) ** zu APD0894 ** AP

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may travel to London, and while there, she hopes to visit one of her political heroes, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"I would love to meet her and hope I'll be able to arrange the trip in the future," Palin wrote in a Facebook note.

Speculation started about such a meeting after Britain's Daily Mail reported that Palin's representatives had requested a meeting with Thatcher, and that she accepted.

"We had an informal approach asking if Lady Thatcher would meet Mrs Palin if she comes to Britain and we said yes," a spokesman for Thatcher told the newspaper.

Palin wrote that she received an invitation to visit London, which included an offer of arranging the meeting. She did not say from whom she received the invitation.

"I cherish her example and will always count her as one of my role models," Palin wrote of Thatcher. "Her friendship with my other political hero, Ronald Reagan, exemplified the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom."

The Daily Mail reported that a trip to the United Kingdom by Palin could "cause potential problems" for current Prime Minister David Cameron, "who is trying to defuse an acrimonious confrontation with Mr Obama over the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for

View CBS News In