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By Nicholas Johnston – Nov 17, 2010 5:05 PM MT Thu Nov 18 00:05:48 GMT 2010
Palin Says She Could Beat Obama 2012 Presidential Election

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Photographer: Randy Snyder/Getty Images

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she believes she could beat President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election and is considering whether to run.

Palin said in an ABC News interview that she’s “looking at the lay of the land” for a possible presidential bid and “trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family.”

When asked whether she could beat Obama, Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, replied, “I believe so.”

ABC released excerpts from the interview scheduled to be broadcast on Dec. 9.

In addition to regular appearances as a commentator on the Fox News Channel and a program, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on The Learning Channel cable network, Palin has been raising her profile with appearances and by speaking out on policy.

In a separate interview with the New York Times published today, Palin, 46, said she is still considering whether to run for president in 2012 and “having that discussion” with her family about it.

The former Governor of Alaska, Palin was picked by Republican Senator John McCain to be his running mate in 2008. A Nov. 13-14 Gallup poll found that she got support from 16 percent of Republicans to be the party’s candidate in 2012, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and trailing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who was supported by 19 percent.

She endorsed more than 80 candidates in the 2010 elections, and at least 50 of them won, the newspaper said. She also raised more than $10 million for Republican candidates and the party, the newspaper said.

Her political action committee raised $2.5 million between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 and contributed $190,500 to candidates and Republican political committees, Federal Election Commission filings show.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.

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