Before a gaggle of television cameras and reporters on Thursday morning, Gov. Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former vice presidential nominee, said she didn't want to talk about her losing presidential campaign but instead focus on the future of the Republican Party.
''The past is the past. It's behind us,'' she told reporters before her scheduled speech before the Republican Governors Assocation meeting in Miami.
''The campaign is over,'' she said. "Suffice it to say I, like every other governor, understand it is very important that we're speaking to constituents. And you have to do it through the media so we're doing that today.''
Her focus, Palin said, was to use her political celebrity to highlight the work of Republican governors.
''We're focused on the future and the future for us is not that 2012 presidential race,'' she said. "It's next year and our next budgets and the next reforms in our states.''
In a speech before the governors, Palin took a cue from her appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live, saying not much had changed in the year since the last conference.
''I had a baby. I did some traveling,'' she said. "I very briefly expanded my wardrobe. I made some speeches, I met some VIPs, including those who really impact society, like Tina Fey.''
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