Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has returned to her home state of Alaska, where she was greeted by dozens of supporters encouraging her to run for president in four years.
The crowd chanted "2012! 2012!" as Palin disembarked her airplane at the Anchorage airport. Asked by reporters if she might run for president, Palin said, "We'll see what happens then."
She said that 2012 seems "a long way off."
The Alaska governor said she hoped to work with President-elect Barack Obama on energy policy. She was returning to the state after spending Tuesday night in Phoenix, where she watched election returns with her Republican running mate, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
As for Palin's supporters, they cheered her return, but some in the crowd wondered what her future in Alaska entailed.
"We're all anxious to get Sarah back and see if she's changed, if she's changed at all, after this national exposure," Alaska resident Dennis Giradot said. "Some of us may be a little bit apprehensive about the Sarah Palin who comes back to us, but we're hoping it's the same consensus builder that she was when she got elected."
"I think she said a lot of incendiary things on the campaign trial so she's got her work cut out for her," another resident, Angie Podolak, said of Palin.
Alaska pollster Ivan Moore said that Palin's return would bring a mixed reception, noting that her more than 80 percent approval rating among Alaskans had dipped because of the national campaign. "When she left she was almost universally liked," Moore said, adding that now "her negative rating has pretty much tripled."
A negative perception of Palin could be further fueled now that the presidential campaign is over and blame over why McCain lost begins.
Criticism of Palin's clothing expenditures and, most recently, her speaking to a prank caller about her presidential aspirations, swirled a day after the election finished.
"I think it was a difficult relationship," a top McCain campaign official told The New York Times. "McCain talked to her occasionally."