Palin says she could beat Obama in 2012

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Former Alaska Gov. 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.

Palin was picked by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 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 Gov. Mike Huckabee and trailing former Massachusetts Gov. 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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