Palin And Trump Consider Presidential Bids In 2012

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Palin and Trump consider presidential bids in 2012Sarah Palin hasn't decided if she'll run for President in 2012, but she believes she can beat Barack Obama in an election.

During a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Palin said "I believe so" when asked if she could defeat Obama. The unofficial leader of the Tea Party said her candidacy hinges on whether it makes sense for her family.

The former governor of Alaska said she learned a lot about politics during her time as Senator John McCain's (R-Ariz.) running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Palin claimed that she was "thrown under [the bus]" by some of McCain's top aides, and she said those lessons have taught her to be more selective about whom she can trust.

Palin admitted that harsh scrutiny from the media would be a major challenge in a potential bid for the nation's highest office.

"Other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have," she said during the Walters interview, quoted by CNN.

Business tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump is also considering a presidential run. In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America on Nov. 18, Trump said he'll make his decision by June 2011. Trump, who would run as a Republican, said he will step in if "the country continues to be taken advantage of by the world." 

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