Dressed in black jeans, leather jacket and helmet, Palin opened a campaign-style East Coast bus tour by joining tens of thousands of participants in the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to honor military veterans.

Palin's political action committee says the bus tour of historical sites on the East Coast is part of an effort to educate Americans on the country's founding principles, although it has been vague about the details

and drew grumbles from riders who said she was politicizing the rally for military veterans that takes place each year during Memorial Day weekend.

"I don't think you should be using this to run for public office, this is to honor vets," said Richard Orndorff, of Winchester, Virginia, who arrived at the Pentagon before dawn to line up for the ride.

'NOT THE PLACE FOR POLITICIANS'

"This is definitely not the place for politicians," said Ed Ellis of Middletown, Virginia.

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