— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
MIAMI -- Palin tried to tamp down speculation of a 2012 run –
speculation some say she has fueled with doing several TV interviews
just days after she and McCain lost their run for the presidency.
At a press conference here during the Republican Governors Association
conference, Palin instead focused on what governors could get done.
"The media wants to dissect the past" and talk about 2012," Palin,
flanked by a cadre of Republican governors, told a room with 27
television cameras and more than 150 reporters. "As far as we're
concerned the past is the past."
Palin, introduced by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, made brief remarks
and took just four questions in what -- in total -- wasn't much more
than 10 minutes. Organizers had said there would be 20 minutes of
Palin said her being here is not about the next presidential race, but
about governance and providing "good service" to the people they are
serving "in our states." As part of a panel this morning, though, Palin
will engage in a bit of the dissection she accuses the media of wanting
to engage in as she makes remarks on the future of the Republican Party.
Palin added at the news conference that Republican governors can "usher in the bedrock principles that do make up the Republican Party."
"The media likes to focus on us as individuals," but we are a group, she said. She said she is "proud to be a part of this team. We are united."
But Palin, some would say, has encouraged the focus on her individually. She has done a slew of interviews, intensifying her own spotlight -- a stark contrast from the limited press access to her on the campaign trail.
Palin added that the governors know what it takes to get the economy back on track, also mentioning health care, energy and other issues.
She offered less pit bull -- yesterday still focusing on Obama's connections to William Ayers -- and more conciliator. She said she wanted to "reach out to the new administration" to "offer support" and "solutions."
Palin was asked why she has been speaking out, when she held few press conferences on the trail.
"The campaign is over," she said bluntly, adding that she didn't want to get into questioning the McCain campaign strategy.