BY Michael Saul
DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
They hoped to win the keys to the White House. Instead, they got tickets to Yankee Stadium.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential aspirations collapsed in humiliating defeat in Florida last year, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the failed GOP veep pick, enjoyed a game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
The GOP political duo and their spouses exchanged laughs, smiles and small talk as they watched the Yanks take on Tampa Bay. At one point, Giuliani snapped a photo of his wife, Judith, with Alaska's First Couple.
Giuliani invited the Palins to the game when he learned they would be in town this weekend.
On Saturday, Palin was in upstate Auburn, marching in a parade to raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the former secretary of state who bought Alaska from Russia.
Sunday night on Long Island, the self-described pit bull with lipstick received an award from Independent Group Home Living Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people with disabilities. Palin's youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.
While her trip here was billed as nonpolitical, she found time at an event on Saturday to criticize President Obama's national security and energy policies, as well as his handling of the nation's economic crisis.
But Sunday's meeting at the ballpark was purely casual, a source told the Daily News. Giuliani, who is eying a bid for governor in New York, and Palin, who may run for the White House in 2012, were just enjoying the game, the source said.
The Palins left sometime in the sixth inning for the awards dinner.
"We brought her here because of her advocacy and her stance as a parent," said Walter Stockton, head of the group that honored Palin. "Whether she was a Republican or Democrat really didn't matter to us."