Sarah Palin has put the “brutal” 2008 campaign behind her and has the next presidential race in her sights, with a flurry of national TV interviews and a high-profile appearance Thursday at the Republican Governors Association meeting.
Palin's stepping-out has been a marked departure for a vice presidential candidate who was held to tightly controlled appearances for much of the campaign.
She's indirectly but unmistakably put her name in play as a potential presidential candidate, saying she'll “plow through that door” if it's God's will and conditions are right.
Palin has spoken forcefully to deny any responsibility for her ticket's loss. She has blamed the policies of President Bush, the handicap of representing the incumbent party and the nation's financial crisis for the GOP defeat.
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“I think the economic collapse had a heck of a lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally,” she said Tuesday on NBC's “Today” show.
Palin said she resents rumors she said were spread about her and her family during the race.
“I did not know that it would be as brutal a ride as it turned out to be,” she said.
Her comments seemed aimed as much at operatives from John McCain's campaign who have reportedly said she was ill-prepared on foreign policy and other issues as well as those who were astonished by her expensive campaign wardrobe.
Palin said she neither wanted nor asked for the $150,000-plus wardrobe the Republican Party bankrolled, and has been trying to put to rest the flap over the fancy clothing.
“I did not order up these clothes,” she said.