Sarah Palin concedes she went off-script as the Republican vice presidential nominee, but says she has no regrets and wishes she was given more freedom on the campaign trail.
She also would not rule out another campaign for national office in the interview airing at 10 tonight on Fox News Channel.
Asked about going "rogue" as some advisers to John McCain said, she told the network's Greta Van Susteren that she is independent and every once in a while would say something "from the heart" at rallies.
“Maybe it wasn't written in the script, but so what. Geez, if this is all going to be so scripted and kind of like a movie screen and we have to follow verbatim everything that somebody writes for you, I don't want any part of that. That's not who I am and that's not who John McCain is either. So, if I went off script once in a while, I can't for the life of me remember any one time where it would have harmed him, or the ticket. So I don't regret it,” she said, according to excerpts released by Fox.
“I would have preferred more opportunity to speak to the media more often, because there were a lot of things that I think it could have, should have said that could have, would have helped John McCain," Palin added.
In the interview from Wasilla, Alaska, Palin also repeated defenses of herself on the $150,000 the Republican National Committee spent on her outfits and denials that she did not know that Africa is a continent or the members of the North America Free Trade Agreement.
Of the election outcome, she said, “At the end of the day, American voters spoke. It’s the will of the people that it was not our time and our message was not the message of change that the majority of voters wanted. So be it. Now, OK, that said, chapter’s closed now. And now let me, let John McCain do all that we can along with our supporters to help unite the nation and progress under a new administration.”
Asked about her plans for 2012, she said, "I can't predict what's going to happen a day from now, much less four years from now.”
“You know, I have -- faith is a very big part of my life," she added. "And putting my life in my creator's hands -- this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.”
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