Palin Addresses Rumors in Media Blitz

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CBNNews.com - In a media blitz since the election, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is saying she isn't sure what her political future holds for 2012, but that she'll "plow right through" any door God opens for her.

In a series of interviews since Monday, the former vice presidential candidate said she'd be open to reaching for the ticket in four or eight years if the opportunity was presented.

She would go for it if "it's something that's going to be good for my family, my state, my nation," she told Fox News early this week.

Speculation over Palin and her future in politics has roared among Republicans since the election, Nov. 4. Since then, reports from anonymous sources have implicated that Palin was to blame for McCain's loss and that a rift had occurred in the campaign.

Embracing the Media

Now, Palin is embracing the media with a flurry of interviews to speak out against those rumors and allegations.

Tuesday, she appeared on NBC's "Today" show with Matt Lauer, where she shot down claims that she was the cause of McCain's defeat.

"I think the economic collapse had a heck of a lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally," she said.

The Alaska governor also addressed the fanned controversy over an alleged $150,000 in clothing expenses footed by the Republican National Committee.

Palin said she was puzzled by the amount of attention her wardrobe got at the end of her run.

"I'm flabbergasted that anyone would say I spent money on clothes for me or my family," she told Lauer. "Neiman Marcus and Saks: I've never been in those stores."

Palin also told Fox News on Monday that she neither wanted nor asked for the wardrobe.

"I did not order the clothes. Did not ask for the clothes," she said. "I would have been happy to have worn my own clothes from Day One. But that is kind of an odd issue, an odd campaign issue as things were wrapping up there as to who ordered what and who demanded what."

Palin will sit down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Larry King for two more interviews, Wednesday. She will also make an appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting this week.

Future Competition

Many see Palin's appearances as the beginnings of her race to the White House in 2012. But if Gov. Palin did run, she'll have tough competition.

Among the potential candidates are Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Other popular GOP leaders, including former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have also planned stops in Iowa soon. Iowa is traditionally the leadoff caucus state in the presidential primaries.

Outside of plans for a White House bid, Palin could seek a second term as Alaska's governor or take a Senate seat in 2010.

McCain on Palin

Unlike his running mate, Sen. John McCain has kept a low profile since his concession speech, only making one appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Tuesday.

McCain defended his former running mate, saying that she did not damage his presidential bid. He dismissed the anonymous rumors as typical campaign sniping aimed at her following their crushing defeat.

"I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does," McCain told Leno during the interview. "I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin."

"The people were very excited and inspired by her. That's what really mattered, I think," McCain said about her draw at a campaign rallies. "She's a great reformer."

Sources: The Associated Press, NBC News, Fox News 

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