Sarah Palin on 2008 Loss: 'I Wasn't at Top of Ticket' Asked about losing to Barack Obama while in India By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Mar 19, 2011 8:22 PM CDT 73 comments Comments The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks at a conference organized by a media house in New Delhi, India, Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photos/India Today) (Newser) – Republicans might have fared better in 2008 if Sarah Palin was atop the ticket—suggests Sarah Palin. While speaking today at the India Today Conclave, the former Alaska governor was asked why Republicans couldn't defeat Barack Obama in the election, reports the Hill. She tipped her hat to Obama's strong campaign, and said he was able to convincingly bill himself as a change candidate. When India Today's editor then argued that she also represented change, Palin said, "I wasn't at the top of the ticket, remember?" Palin says she wasn't claiming she should have been the nominee.