This week’s cover of TIME is an exclusive interview with Sarah Palin by Jay Newton-Small.
In the story, Palin says of President Obama: “Two words: Jimmy Carter.” Palin also notes, “In battleground states, he’s polling at 40% or below. The country is rejecting his agenda. My vision of America is diametrically opposed to his. He sees America as the problem. I see America as the solution.”
That a politician of Palin’s stature often wrestles with her schedule is a reflection, aides say, of her being a mother of five without a nanny. The Friday before the elections, for example, 2-year-old Trig had a routine operation related to his Down syndrome, and Palin did not want to commit to any events until she was sure that he was recovering.