Since her failed bid for the vice presidency, Palin has also stepped down as governor of Alaska. The controversial decision put her back in the spotlight in the summer of 2009. "I resigned as the governor of Alaska because I wasn't going to run for a second term," she says. "It was at a point where...my state of Alaska was being hampered by my presence there, being shackled behind a governor's desk."
Palin says she can better serve Alaskans by fighting for their needs on a different plane. "I'm going to get out there, and I'm going to fight for Alaska's issues ... as an ordinary citizen without having to worry that everything that I were to say would result in another lawsuit or ethics violation charge."
As for Palin's future, there has been plenty of buzz that she's gearing up for a 2012 presidential campaign. "I'm concentrating on 2010 and making sure that we have issues tackled as Americans to make sure that we're on the right road," she says.
"I don't know what I'm going to be doing in 2012."
Another rumor is that Palin will be getting her own talk show. So does Oprah have some new competition to worry about? "Oprah, you're the queen of talk shows. There's nothing to ever worry about," Palin says.