Sarah Palin said her decision to step down as governor of Alaska came after much "prayer and consideration." Now, she's speaking to the media about her future.
Let the guessing game begin. What will former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin do? Will she run for president in 2012? Will she get out of politics all together? Will she become a TV talk show host?
Palin is giving lots of interviews but we're not getting answers to those questions. Instead, she is trying to set the record straight about why she resigned.
She spoke with ABC News reporter Kate Snow during a weekend fishing trip.
Kate Snow: People are confused. Why did you make this decision?
Sarah Palin: You know why they're confused? I guess they cannot take something nowadays at face value. You know, conditions have really changed in Alaska in the political arena since Aug. 29, since I was tapped to run for vice president.
When that opposition research, those researchers really bombarded Alaska, started digging for dirt and have not let up. They're not gonna find any dirt. We keep proving that every time we win an ethics violation lawsuit and we've won every one of them.
But it has been costing our state millions of dollars. It's cost Todd and me. You know the adversaries would love to see us put on the path of personal bankruptcy so that we can't afford to run."
Kate Snow: But why not stick with it and try to pass your agenda?
Sarah Palin: You don't just embrace the politics of usual of a lame duck session, milk it the way most politicians do, say it's a paycheck and I get to travel around. No! That's politics as usual. I'm being honest with the people whom I love. I don't need a title to be the one to usher in what it is that needs to be done in our state or our country.
Kate Snow: Are you running for President in 2012?
Sarah Palin: Don't know what the future holds. I'm not going to shut any door... who knows what doors open.
Kate Snow: Could this be the end of your political life?
Sarah Palin: I said before, I stood in front of the mic the other day, you know, politically speaking-- if I die, I die. So be it.
Also in the interview, Palin was specifically asked if she's interested in being a TV talk show host. She said she just hasn't thought about it, however eyes will be on Palin to see what she will take on next.
Poll Shows Strong Support for Palin
Meanwhile, a new USA Today-Gallup poll shows that 43 percent say they would be "likely or somewhat likely" to vote for Palin for president.
The poll also shows the majority of Americans, including many Democrats, believe Palin has been unjustly attacked by the media.
Fifty-three percent say the news media's coverage has been "unfairly negative" -- that's up from the 33 percent from those who felt that way last September.
*First aired July 7, 2009.