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Sarah Palin hints at presidential run in 2012

GOP superstar Sarah Palin said in an interview Sunday that she was open to a presidential bid in 2012, and that President Obama wouldn't win if elections were held today.

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Still, the tea party activists are a “natural base” for Palin, Republican strategist John Feehery told the Associated Press.

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“The more she can talk to them and talk to conservative evangelicals, the more she can have a passionate following and appeal to a fairly large swath of GOP voters and independent voters,” he said.

But Feehery said he is skeptical that Palin will run for president. “What she is doing, frankly, I think, is trying to make some money,” he told AP.

Other highlights from Palin's Sunday interview:

Eric Holder should resign: While giving Obama faint praise for sending more troops to Afghanistan, Palin criticized the administration, and specifically Attorney General Eric Holder, for trying the Christmas Day bomber and other terror suspects in civilian courts. “These are acts of these war that these terrorists are committing. We need to treat them a little bit differently than an American who is worthy – an American being worthy of our US constitutional rights. I don't think the terrorists are worthy of our rights that people like my son fight and are willing to die for.”

Rahm Emanuel should also resign: Palin criticized White House aide Rahm Emanuel for his insensitive language – he recently apologized for describing some people as “retards” – and for giving the president “poor advice.”

Obama's chances in 2012: If the election were today, “I do not think Obama would be re-elected,” she said. But he has a chance if he gets "tough" on terrorism, she added. “Say he played the war card. Say he decided to declare war on Iran, or decided to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do. But that changes the dynamics in what we can assume is going to happen between now and three years.”

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” not a priority: “I don't think so right now," she said on repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. She added, "I'm surprised that the President spent that on his State of the Union speech when he only spent about nine percent of his time in the State of the Union on national security issues. And I say that because there are other things to be worried about right now with the military."


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