Elisabeth Hasselbeck to campaign with Sarah Palin

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the staunchly conservative panelist on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View,” will introduce Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at two rallies this weekend in Florida.

“I am more than honored to be there, so I will be flying there to travel with her and meet some pretty interesting people, I have a feeling,” Hasselbeck said on the program today. “That’s an honor, I’m excited to do it, and I’ll have some stories I’m sure on Monday.”

‘Take some pictures,’ responded co-host Joy Behar. ‘I want to see her wardrobe.’

In recent weeks, Hasselbeck has sparred with her fellow “View” co-hosts about the presidential race, vociferously defending Sen. John McCain and his campaign tactics. The exchanges have grown increasingly heated, particularly between Hasselbeck and Behar. On Wednesday, Hasselbeck asked Behar if she wanted “some more Barack Obama Kool-Aid.”


The intense on-air arguments have sparked speculation that Hasselbeck was considering leaving the program, a notion that has been squashed by her representatives.

‘Elisabeth is passionate in her beliefs and enjoys being a part of this dynamic group of women and engaging in daily conversations,’ her agent, Babette Perry, said earlier this month.

-- Matea Gold