WASILLA, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to her father.
She also blamed Bush administration policies for the defeat of the GOP ticket and prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
"I'm like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door," Palin said.
Amid speculation in Alaska and nationwide about Palin's political future, she'll also be on NBC's Today show today and CNN on Wednesday, and she plans to attend the Republican Governors Association conference in Miami this week.
"It's amazing that we did as well as we did," Palin said of the election in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News. "I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo … that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10-trillion debt in a Republican administration?''
In the wide-ranging Fox interview, Palin says she neither wanted nor asked for the $150,000-plus wardrobe the Republican Party bankrolled. "I did not order the clothes. Did not ask for the clothes."
Palin faced criticism over the tens of thousands of dollars spent at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. RNC lawyers have been discussing with her whether what's left of the clothing and accessories will go to charity, back to stores or be paid for by Palin, a McCain-Palin campaign official said Friday.
Palin's father, Chuck Heath, said his daughter spent Saturday trying to figure out what belongs to the RNC. "She was just frantically … trying to sort stuff out," Heath said.