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Sarah Palin for president? It's possible, she says.

Sarah Palin says if nobody else is up to the job, she could run for president. But her political clout is on the line in Alaska with the flagging US Senate campaign of tea party favorite Joe Miller.

By Staff writer / October 28, 2010

In this publicity image, former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is shown by the family boat in Dillingham, Alaska, in a scene from the reality series 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' which premieres on TLC on Nov. 14.

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Is Sarah Palin just toying with us about running for president in 2012? Or did she really mean it when she told "Entertainment Tonight" she could run.

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Interviewed at her home in Wasilla, Alaska, for a segment to be broadcast Thursday evening, Ms. Palin told the show's Mary Hart:

“I think, still, it is too early for anybody to get out there declaring what their intentions are. For me, Mary, it’s going to entail a discussion with my family, a real close look at the lay of the land, and to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion – whether there are any candidates out there who can do the job.”

But then she added, “If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this.” (It was unclear whether she was using the collective “we,” the editorial “we,” or the royal “we.”)

No reaction yet from Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, or the other Republicans frequently mentioned in the same sentence as “2012.”

One who has reacted to the notion of a “Palin for President” campaign is veteran Republican political operative and megafundraiser for this year’s midterm elections is Karl Rove – her fellow Fox News analyst.

Mr. Rove told the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that Palin lacked the "gravitas" to be president in 2012, presumably referring to her main activities – giving well-paid speeches to the party faithful, tweeting 140-character policy pronouncements without elaboration, and having her own reality show titled “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

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