Sarah Palin: I Want to Play a Major Role in National Politics, 'If People Will Have Me'

"It's kind of like a relationship that you have when you're young, when, when you're with someone and they say, 'Oh, I love you the way you are -- now let me change you.' I just was trying to explain to, to Schmidt and some others, that, really, John McCain chose another maverick, chose an independent person, who is not part of the machine, and not part of being a, a, a packaged product, if you will," she added.

McCain aides said the decisions were eventually John McCain's and that Palin had to go with the strategy of the campaign team.

"And we did go with the strategy. And we lost. And that's fine," Palin said.

Palin writes that Schmidt increasingly turned against her, saying some amazing things, such as, "You gotta get off that Atkins diet," and that he was hiring a nutritionist for Palin.

"I write about it in the book, though, that funny episode where he came to me during debate prep, when, of all things, we're talking about national security issues, and we're talking about the specifics in the war on terror, and where we should be there and -- and he wanted to talk about what I eat," she said. "And he got it all wrong anyway, assuming that I was on the Atkins diet. And I tried to correct him, and, and he wouldn't hear any of it. He thought that that was his role, was to shape me, even my diet, according to what he wanted in this package."

Sources told ABC News it was an uncomfortable discussion, but it was never about brain function. Instead, aides were concerned that Palin had been dieting and losing too much weight, the source said.

"That's nice. That's good to hear. And had he asked, I guess I could explain that, remember when I came on the campaign trail, I had a 16-week old baby, and I finally quit nursing, and yeah, lost a little bit of weight because of that. But it was nothing for anybody to worry their heads over. I was perfectly fine, and perfectly fine today," Palin said.

Schmidt also pushed back against Palin's claim in the book that he suggested she was suffering from postpartum depression.

"As I wrote about that in the book, it was told to me way after the campaign that, that yeah, that's what he, he believed, was that, I, and perhaps other women, suffer from postpartum depression," Palin told Waters. "And I, I thought, how unfair to women who do suffer from postpartum depression. It's serious. It's not something to joke around about, or to use as a political excuse for someone's interview that went wrong."

Knowing what she knows now, would Palin still do it again? The former governor told ABC News' Charles Gibson in September 2009 that she didn't even blink when McCain asked her to be his running mate, and despite the tension she described that existed between her and McCain's staffers during the campaign, Palin said she would do it again.

"[I] would do it again in a heartbeat," Palin told Walters. "In fact, if you think about it the administrative experience was more than Joe Biden had, more than our President Barack Obama had."

Palin and the Media

Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska in July fueled widespread speculation that she may pursue other more lucrative ventures, such as a book deal. But now that the book is off her checklist, will Palin hit the airwaves, possibly as a talk show host?

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