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Sarah Palin rebuffs David Letterman's offer

At least she didn't say "when hell freezes over."

Sarah Palin Thursday brushed aside David Letterman's olive branch to appear on his show, while adding, "It would be wise to keep Willow away from" him.

For his part, Letterman had a comeback, on last night's "Late Show": "I think everything's going to be great because (Palin) called today and invited to take me hunting."

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Yes, a safe joke following the ones earlier this week about her daughters - which led to Wednesday's eight-minute on-air apologia in which Letterman confessed to bad taste though insisted he was referring to Palin's adult daughter, Bristol, and not her 14-year-old, Willow.

On Wednesday's program, he also asked Palin to appear on the show, but in a perfunctory statement issued by her spokeswoman Meg Stapleton on the Alaska governor's Facebook page Thursday, this is what she had to say: "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

Meanwhile, the Palins got vocal support from John McCain who said in an interview with Reuters: "I don't understand why Letterman would say that about a young woman. (The Palins) deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts."

Don't expect that to happen, but don't hold the collective breaths for any more "Late Night" jokes about the Palin daughters either.

"I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl," Letterman said on Wednesday's show.

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