Palin Talks Turkey on Campaign, Health Care

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In her new book, Going Rogue, already in stores, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spoke about her faith, her future - and her run for the vice presidency.

During her stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. Palin spoke exclusively with CBN News about what she would have done differently during the 2008 campaign along with some frank comments on abortion and other key issues.

Palin Takes the Reigns

The book tour, full of rope lines and loud cheers, had the feel of a campaign and in a way it was - maybe not so much political as redemptive.

The key difference this time around? She's the one in charge: "And I love it," she told CBN News. I love the liberty. I love the freedom of being able to say what I want to say and to speak to whomever I want to speak with."

Click here for part one of Palin's interview with CBN News.

So what would she do differently now that she's no longer on what she calls the "Vice-Presidential B Team?" She laid out a few suggestions in her book. Among them: reacting quicker to the economic downturn.

"The economy started crashing there in September and the campaign was very slow to shift gears and kind of shift direction and start talking more about solutions to get America's economy back on the right track," she said.

She also disagreed with the McCain team's decision to stay away from candidate Barack Obama's ties to his controversial pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

"I wanted to talk about Jeremiah Wright and some of the things I thought were problematic, but that was kind of off base and we didn't talk about them," she said.

Palin: It's Not About Revenge

Going Rogue, has been portrayed in the media as a score settling affair.

"No it's certainly not a book seeking vengeance or any kind of vindication," she insisted. "It's answering questions that people have asked of me and after a year of a lot of false reports out there I'm excited to have the truth out there."

While her critics say she's being petty, a full read of the book shows mostly kind things written about nearly everyone Palin worked with.

However, there is also major criticism for Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., top aides Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace.

Remember the rough interview with Katie Couric? Palin claimed Wallace pressured her to do it, misrepresented the subject matter and even told her that Couric suffered from low self esteem.

Wallace has since fired back saying Palin's account is pure fiction.

"She hated me from the beginning," told the Rachel Maddow show Thursday night. "I try not to take it personally. The fact is, she wrote a book based on fabrications."

"That's not true at all," Palin told CBN News. "But I have gone a year with a lot of Americans having a lot of questions about the media strategy in the McCain campaign and this was my opportunity to answer those questions."

Palin on Health Care Abortion Funding

At this point, there's no looking back for Palin. She is focused, for now at least, on helping conservatives win in 2010 - not tipping her hand on 2012 presidential talk.

She's speaking out on issues such as the healthcare debate - particularly the controversy over abortion funding.

"It's very complicated and it needs to be made simple," she said. "We need to be told as Americans will there be taxpayer federal dollars going towards this procedure of abortion or not. It's as simple as that."

She added, "The majority of Americans don't want to see their tax dollars, federal dollars going toward abortion and - and I thank the Lord for this - poll numbers are proving more and more there are more Americans today than there are fewer Americans understanding, respecting the sanctity of life and they call themselves pro-life."

Palin may sound like a presidential candidate, but for now, the only road ahead of her is filled with adoring fans. It may be a sign of things to come.

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