Sarah Palin tells Oprah she won't rule out 2012 candidacy

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" features former GOP presidential

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" features former GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Monday, November 16, 2009. Copyright: George Burns, Harpo, Inc. (Credit: George Burns, Harpo, Inc. )

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Sarah Palin, presumptive candidate for president in 2012, or maybe presumptive talk show host well before then? The former governor of Alaska and John McCain running mate didn't exactly rule out either possibility in a wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday.

"There's nothing to worry about," Palin soothed Winfrey, who wondered about the talk show rumors. "Oprah, you are the queen of talk shows."

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But when the queen asked her if she planned to run or had at least thought of running for president, Palin had this to say: "Trig is heading into kindergarten in 2012. I'm looking forward to that. I don't know what I'm going to be doing in 2012 [but] what I am finding clearly [is] you don't need a title to make a difference. Any ordinary American can seize opportunities to let their voices be heard."

On the eve of the publication of her book, "Going Rogue," Palin Monday seized perhaps the greatest of them all for a new author - a full hour on "Oprah." It was an hour spent clearing the air, and settling scores.

The McCain campaign, in a word, got torched. When her daughter Bristol's pregnancy was revealed, the campaign wanted her to put on a happy face. She said she told her handlers, "This is not to be glamorized. . . . I didn't want that message getting out there that we were giddy happy to become grandparents."

But the message got out anyway. Palin noted how she would want to say one thing about something, and a news crawl would later appear on TV that conveyed the exact opposite.

She described a campaign that wasn't just overscripted but - almost literally - out to lunch. Campaign officials told her what to do, say, wear and even what to eat. "There were a lot of things we should have been worried about [and] not spending time about what I should be eating."

A telling exchange never even made it to air, but was instead posted on "Oprah," which quotes Palin as saying how grateful she was to the Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman for telling her to "be yourself."

It was, she said, "the best advice I got from anybody on the trail." She offered no such praise for her former running mate.

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