Reviving a popular Republican line of attack—that Obama voted "present" dozens of times while in the Illinois senate—Palin said, "We don't have a 'present' button as governor. We are expected to lead, we are expected to take action and not just vote 'present.' So there's a big difference, of course, between the executive and legislative branches and our experience."
The Republican governors event in the Twin Cities marked the first time since John McCain made her his running mate—excluding her convention speech—that Palin appeared in public without the top of the ticket by her side.
Palin is slated to begin campaigning on her own Monday, and she told reporters she's eager to travel across the country.
"I intend to give this campaign all that I have to give," she said. "And I look forward to these 60-plus days on the trail. My family looks forward to this, we're up for it, we're excited about it."