Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she could beat President Barack Obama in 2012 and is “looking at the lay of the land” for a possible presidential campaign.
In the interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters., Palin said she is undecided about whether to run. “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said.
Sarah Palin isn’t running for President yet, but if she does, she says she’ll win. “I believe so,” the ex-Alaska Gov. said when she was asked if she thought she could beat Obama.
Though she lost the election to Barack Obama when paired with John McCain in 2008, Palin thinks she could win in a rematch.
“I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and…trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” Palin told Walters, in an interview that will air Dec. 9 as part of “10 Most Fascinating People” year-end special.
Her declaration, reported Wednesday, was largely ignored by other politicians as it comes as no surprise.
Once vague about her plans to run for president, Palin has actively ramped up her rhetoric in recent months.
She has created her own political action committee SarahPAC and has been dropping hints right and left about her wish to run.
“If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this,” she told Entertainment Tonight last month.
She also confirmed her consideration of a 2012 campaign in an upcoming New York Times Magazine profile.
“I am,” she told the Times, when asked if she was weighing a bid. “I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here.”
A recent AP poll shows Palin to be the Polarizer-in-Chief, splitting the public with a 46 percent favorable rating to a 49% unfavorable rating.
In the past, Republican “architect” Karl Rove has questioned Palin’s presidential ambitions, pointing at a lack of “gravitas” displayed by her participation in reality television.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart called Palin a “whiner” and said she needed to “man up” if she wants to run for President.
Meanwhile, in a move Palin might herald as a point for her team, liberal billionaire George Soros privately told Democratic donors there may be better places for their funds than Obama, the Huffington Post reported.
“If this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else,” he said, according to multiple sources.
Perhaps still stinging from her 2008 trial-by-fire in the media, where she was regularly mocked for her lack of experience and knowledge of international affairs, Palin now admits her main challenge will be convincing the public of her qualifications.
“I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn’t have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record,” she told the Times. “That’s the most frustrating thing for me – the warped and perverted description of my record and what I’ve accomplished over the last two decades.” [via ABC News and NY Daily News]