BOISE -- Sarah Palin is in Boise to campaign for Republican Vaughn Ward -- who is vying for a seat in congress.

Ward admits that in recent weeks -- he has experienced what he calls mis-steps.

But Wednesday night, he says he mis-spoke while debating his opponent in Post Falls.

It had to do with a question about U-S expansion -- whether Puerto Rico should become a state.

Ward answered, The problem with extending statehood to some, to any other country, is that then the infrastructure requirements...cost an enormous amount of money. Let's focus on what's important here. It's about putting Americans back to work. It's about putting this country right again. And I don't see that and I don't care what state it is or what country it is that wants to become a part of America; it's not time, it's not going to be time. Let's focus on us first.

Labrador, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, responded: I just need to correct, Puerto Rico is not a country, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It's about time that we took some civics lesson and we learn what Puerto Rico is.

Ward then said, I really don't care what it is. I mean, it doesn't matter. I don't care.

Thursday, during a radio town hall event in Boise, the issue came up again.

There is speculation by some that Sarah Palin's visit to Boise is to help repair some of Ward's negative press. Whether it be the accusations that he plagarized on his website, or the revelation that he did not vote in the 2008 presidential campaign that he worked on.

Ward says Palin's visit is for none of the above.

We've been pursuing this for months and a matter of fact, this almost happened a month ago and we knew this was starting to happen. The timing of it was just the timing of it.

Labrador says Palin is making a mistaske about who she chose to support in Idaho.

If you think about it, the Boise Tea Party endorsed me. The local grassroots people are endorsing me. Idaho chooses life, said Labrador. I wish she would have taken the time to talk to local grassroots people.

Palin arrived in Boise Friday morning just before 9 a.m.

A rally will be held at the Qwest Arena beginning at 11 a.m.

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