Palin doesn't think she's to blame for defeat

PHOENIX (AP) -- Was it Sarah Palin's fault? She doesn't think so.

She was asked this morning if her selection as John McCain's running mate might have been a factor in his defeat yesterday.

She responded that nobody should give her that much credit. Instead, she says, voters were swayed by what she called a "woeful" economic situation.

But she adds that if she cost McCain even one vote, she's sorry -- because she believes McCain is the definitive American hero, and that she "had believed that it was his time."

Just under 40 percent of voters who were surveyed at the polls yesterday said Palin would be qualified to become president if necessary. And about four in 10 independents said Palin's selection had an important impact on their decision -- with a narrow majority of them supporting Obama.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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