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Cathy Maples, the defense contractor from Alabama who bid $63,500 on eBay to win a meal with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, says that her expensive purchase was motivated by a desire to see "somebody with ethics" run for the White House.
Though the Palin administration in Alaska was subject to numerous ethics complaints, Maples presumably is unfazed by them. Quite the contrary, in fact. "I would love to see her run," Maples, 53, told Fox News in the video below. "We need somebody with ethics."
Maples, a self-described conservative and Sarah Palin fan, also said she acted preemptively to spare the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee from a potentially uncomfortable dining date with an adversary. Opponents were equally eager to win the four-hour meeting with Palin, with the proceeds of the auction to benefit wounded American veterans.
"I thought that was very unfair and I don't like things like that and I was willing to go higher just so she wouldn't have to go through with that," said Maples.
Maples said that details of the meeting are yet to be set.