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Cheesesteaks, Pakistan and debates

From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Palin
ventured out for cheesesteaks Saturday night, taking a break from her
debate prep to get the city's specialty sandwich, wit whiz.

Palin went to Tony Luke's in South Philly, bypassing two better known establishments: Pat's, where John Kerry
asked for a cheesesteak with provolone in 2004, and Geno's, which has
run afoul of local groups for a sign on its exterior demanding patrons
order in English.

Palin ordered a cheesesteak for herself and daughter Willow, with Cheez
Whiz and fried onions. She told a pool reporter she watched Friday's
debate.

"McCain did awesome," she said. "He was great. He was absolutely on his game."

She also said she was excited for her debate with Biden on Thursday.

"Look forward to it," she said. "Look forward to getting to speak to Americans through that debate, absolutely."

Palin spoke to one patron's friend on his cell phone, and answered a couple of questions on Pakistan from another. Michael Rovito asked her specifically whether U.S. forces should cross the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

"If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," she said.

As she placed her order, the woman behind the counter instinctively asked her name. When Palin answered "Sarah," she looked up with a straight face for a moment and then cracked up laughing, according to a pool report.

On Pakistan, McCain had to answer for them on ABC's This Week. "This business of, in all due respect, people going around and -- with sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's -- that's a person's position, this is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitive policy statement made by Governor Palin," McCain said. "And I would hope you wouldn't, either."