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Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's receiving encouragement to run for president from an unlikely source — Rev. Al Sharpton.

The MSNBC host and civil rights leader tweeted that during a meeting on the red carpet at the 40th anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live on Sunday, he encouraged Palin on Twitter to make a bid for the White House — but not with the intention of winning.
He also tweeted a pic of the two, glammed up on the red carpet and posing for photographers.
Palin hasn't shut the door on a run, but after skyrocketing to conservative stardom following her failed VP bid alongside Sen. John McCain, her standing within the GOP has recently diminished.
    She's still the stuff of late-night comedy shows, however, and on Sunday got in on the joke. Host Jerry Seinfeld turned to the audience and took a question from Palin, initially pretending to mistake her for Tina Fey, who impersonated Palin on SNL.
    "No, it's Sarah, Sarah Palin," Palin said. "How much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?"
    "I don't think there's a number too big," Seinfeld replied.