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

"[It] wasn't my best interview. Surprised after that first segment that the -- the McCain campaign went on to schedule a second, then a third, then a fourth, then I think even a fifth segment. I kept thinking, you know, we're not really connecting. This isn't really going well. It reminds me of that old saying that you, you don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying in the water."

But the result of that interview -- which Palin said was unfairly edited -- was that she was considered unqualified to be vice president. Palin says in her book this impression was reinforced by deliberate leaks to the press by some anonymous members of McCain's staff.

When asked why she thought these staffers were trying to destroy her reputation, Palin replied. "Well, for some people, this is a business. And if failure in this business is going to reflect poorly on them, they had to kind of pack their own parachutes, and protect themselves and their reputations, so they wouldn't be blamed. I'll take the blame, though, because I know at the end of the day what the truth is. And if it makes them feel better to be able to say, 'She's the one who caused the downfall because she had a lousy interview,' then so be it."

Palin has repeatedly said the media held double standards when it came to her -- whether it was criticism about her clothing bill, or her lack of experience. Republican strategist Mary Matalin said of the criticism, "She has been pilloried beyond anything that is acceptable in politics."

Palin agreed.

"Oh, there was so much bull crap out there, about my family, about my record, about my state, and it really hurts when I hear the negativity about the state of Alaska, and of course my family," Palin told Walters. "It's a lot of bull."

Campaign Strategy

Palin may not have much in common with President Obama when it comes to policy, but they both do share a love of basketball.

"Basketball was my life, growing up, yes," Palin said.

So does she think that the president should have women on his basketball team when they go and play?

"I have looked in those photo ops for a couple of women, haven't seen 'em yet," Palin responded, laughing. "Yes I do, yes."

However, Palin admits that she has a slight height disadvantage when it comes to playing basketball with men.

"Well, I think he'd have that height advantage and he would -- he would smoke me if we were on opposite teams. But maybe I could make a good team on the basketball court anyway, with both of us playing our appropriate roles," Palin said.

She may hold her own on the basketball court, but throughout her book Palin writes that McCain's aides complained she didn't play ball when it came to campaign strategy.

Palin said she wanted to attack Obama primarily for his association with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but that McCain aides wouldn't let her.

"I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussions of such associations," Palin writes. But campaign officials told ABC News that it was McCain's decision not to discuss Wright because it would have ugly, racist overtones, and there would be no control of the issue.

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