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Sarah Palin Asked To Discuss Factors Behind 2008 Election Loss

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First Posted: 03/19/11 04:16 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Amid speculation that she could run for president in the next election cycle, Sarah Palin addressed the loss she suffered alongside then-presidential candidate John McCain in the 2008 election.

In an interview with India Today's Editor-in-Chief, Aroon Purie, on Saturday, Politico reports that Palin suggested then-candidate Barack Obama effectively executed his campaign message as running on the platform of "change." After it was pointed out to the former Alaska governor that she too could have constructed her public image in a similar way, she reportedly replied, "I wasn't at the top of the ticket, remember?"

According to Politico, Palin's response drew laughter from an audience watching the exchange, prompting her to add, "I wasn't saying I should have been." She went on to say that she remains undecided on whether she will run for president in 2012. The potential candidate recently suggested it could be months before she makes her plans known.

The Hill reports:

When asked about the greatest lessons she learned from 2008, Palin did not mention the friction between McCain's camp and hers. Instead she said the experience informed her public relations strategy.

"One thing I learned is that you cannot trust the mainstream media to accurately report on [your record and accomplishments]," she said. "You have to have the boldness, the courage to set the record straight yourself."

Palin said that she puts her "foot down to ensure that people will have the right information." She suggested Republicans take a page out of her playbook when it comes to holding their ground with the press. According to The Hill she said, "Too often, Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep sometimes."

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