Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, answers questions after returning to Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008. Palin's brother Chuck Heath Jr. listens, left.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin describes the election campaign as "pretty brutal."
In fact, she tells NBC, she didn't realize "it would be as brutal a ride as it turned out to be." Palin tells "Today" there were times when she "wanted to shout out, 'Hey wait a minute, it's not true." But the former vice-presidential candidate says it's just the nature of American politics, so "you take the good with the bad."
Palin also said she had expected the margin between Barack Obama and John McCain would be closer. But she said Obama "did a great job articulating his ability to usher in change." She added that the Republican ticket "represented too much of the status quo."
Palin denies rumors that she and McCain were at odds during the campaign. As for the future, she says she's not ruling out any potential "open door" of opportunity that may lie ahead.
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