In the third and final exclusive interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, ABC News' Charles Gibson asked the Republican vice presidential candidate if Barack Obama should have picked Hillary Clinton as his running mate.
"I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do. What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way, she handled those well," Palin said.
The McCain-Palin ticket has enjoyed a nearly 20-point swing in the polls among women voters since the Republican National Convention in St. Paul last week, which seems to be attributable to the buzz around the Palin pick. Clinton is back on the campaign trail this weekend, with two rallies in Ohio, but she has been reluctant to criticize Palin. (Will she have new talking points this weekend as part of the Obama campaign's Get Tough Now strategy?)
Watch Gibson's exclusive interviews with Gov. Palin tonight on "World News" and later on "20/20," which will broadcast a one-hour special edition at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
In her hometown of Wasila, Alaska, Palin talked domestic policy with Gibson. The Republican vice presidential candidate said she was opposed to earmarks, which she called "embarrassments," and says she was in favor of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" at one time because she favored infrastructure being built in Alaska.
Palin on the Bridge to Nowhere
CHARLES GIBSON: You have said continually, since he chose you as his vice-presidential nominee, that I said to Congress, thanks but not thanks. If we're going to build that bridge, we'll build it ourselves.
SARAH PALIN: Right.
CHARLES GIBSON: But it's now pretty clearly documented. You supported that bridge before you opposed it. You were wearing a t-shirt in the 2006 campaign, showed your support for the bridge to nowhere.
SARAH PALIN: I was wearing a t-shirt with the zip code of the community that was asking for that bridge. Not all the people in that community even were asking for a $400 million or $300 million bridge.
CHARLES GIBSON: But you turned against it after Congress had basically pulled the plug on it; after it became apparent that the state was going to have to pay for it, not the Congress; and after it became a national embarrassment to the state of Alaska. So do you want to revise and extend your remarks.
SARAH PALIN: It has always been an embarrassment that abuse of the ear form -- earmark process has been accepted in Congress. And that's what John McCain has fought. And that's what I joined him in fighting. It's been an embarrassment, not just Alaska's projects. But McCain gives example after example after example. I mean, every state has their embarrassment.
CHARLES GIBSON: But you were for it before you were against it. You were solidly for it for quite some period of time...
SARAH PALIN: I was...
CHARLES GIBSON: ... until Congress pulled the plug.
SARAH PALIN: I was for infrastructure being built in the state. And it's not inappropriate for a mayor or for a governor to request and to work with their Congress and their congressmen, their congresswomen, to plug into the federal budget along with every other state a share of the federal budget for infrastructure.
CHARLES GIBSON: Right.
SARAH PALIN: What I supported was the link between a community and its airport. And we have found that link now.