"There is a kind of this double-standard that's going on," says the VP candidate

By Natasha Stoynoff
October 30, 2008 02:45 PM
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To hear Sarah Palin tell it, she is the last person yearning to be on the best-dressed list.

The Republican vice presidential nominee tells Entertainment Tonight that the controversy over the GOP spending $150,000 on her campaign wardrobe is “absolutely ridiculous.”

In a two-part interview with ET’s Mary Hart airing Thursday and Friday, Palin says “There is a kind of this double-standard that’s going on. I don’t hear the guys being talked about their wardrobe.”

In fact, life on the campaign trail has been full of surprises, says Palin.

“I had not expected that our kids would be a target, and that there would be kind of a double-standard, with some suggestions of some sexism even,” said Palin, who added that she didn’t expect to be scrutinized because of her gender.

But she said she doesn’t take it personally. “I’m not going to complain about that because if my skin isn’t thick enough to handle that today as a candidate then I shouldn’t even be running for vice president.”

Despite the challenges, Palin says her kids are “having a ball” on the campaign trail – especially Piper, 7.

But husband Todd looks forward to a little more alone time in the near future.

“There’ll be time for a date maybe down the road,” she says.

Speaking to The Insider‘s Lara Spencer in a separate interview (also to air Thursday and Friday), Todd revealed personal details about his wife: her favorite color is red, her favorite food is steak, she secretly snacks on chocolate, prefers coffee over tea and sneakers over heels.

Any pet peeves?

“[When I] give her advice,” Todd said. “And when she doesn’t give me enough gas money for snow machining.”

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