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I could beat Obama, says Palin

Sarah Palin has said she could defeat US President Barack Obama if she was to seek the White House in 2012.

In an excerpt from an ABC News interview, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said she was considering a presidential run.

When asked directly if she thought she could defeat Democrat Mr Obama, the former Alaska governor replied: "I believe so."

An Associated Press-GfK poll this month found Mrs Palin the most polarising of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

The poll said 46% of Americans view her favourably, 49% unfavourably, and 5% do not know enough about her to form an opinion.

Yet among adults who identified themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents, 79% view her favourably.

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