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Recapping the race, Palin says she's disappointed but honored

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged governors to take on energy and health care reform as well as to lower taxes and spending in their states to lead the Republican Party outside of Washington D.C., since governors are able to take action, she said.

"We're not just one of many voting 'yay' or 'nay' or 'present,'" she said, taking a jab at President-elect Barack Obama and other legislators. "There is no 'present' button in our office."

On John McCain, who plucked her out of Alaska to become his vice-presidential nominee, Palin said she liked to tell his story on the campaign trail: "Things he could not say about himself because that’s just the kind of man that he is, so humble."

"The judgment of the majority is not for us to question now," she said of the election. "There was disappointment after a loss in a national election like that, because you run to win."

But she went home with good memories of the girls and special-needs families she tried to represent, she said. Palin mentioned -- who else? -- Joe the Plumber, who only got tepid applause, as well as the Colombian-born "Tito the Builder" who had recently obtained citizenship and owned a construction company.

"We are now the minority party, but let us resolve to not become the negative party," Palin said. "Losing an election does not have to mean losing our way."