In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin says that she's "seriously considering" a run for president in 2012 and believes she could beat Barack Obama.
In the interview, scheduled for broadcast Dec. 9 as part of Walter's "Ten Most Fascinating People," Palin said she is discussing a possible campaign with her family.
"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 tea party favorite said.
"If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?" asked Walters.
"I believe so," Palin replied.
In an interview with the New York Times scheduled to run Nov. 21, the former vice-presidential candidate also told a New York Times reporter that she's considering a run.
In an interview to run Nov. 21 in the Times' Sunday Magazine, reporter Robert Draper asked Palin if she was mulling a run.
"I am," Palin said.
"I'm engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here," she said.
Palin said the hardest part of a campaign would be "Proving my record."
"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. It's been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have."
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