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Posted at 8:34 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Sarah Palin thinks she could beat Obama in 2012; Donald Trump also considering presidential run

By Lisa de Moraes

Reality TV stardom -- the straightest road to the White House in 2012?

Two reality TV series stars are telling two different ABC journalists they're seriously considering a run at the Oval Office.

America's new reality TV star Sarah Palin taped yet another appearance for ABC -- this time to tell Barbara Walters she thinks she could beat President Obama in 2012.

Nearly simultaneously, NBC's "The Apprentice" star Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos he's seriously thinking about running and will make his mind up by June.

"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 star of TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" told Babs, borrowing from yet another reality TV star, Martha Stewart.

"I am thinking about things," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "And I'm looking at this country, George, and what's happened in terms of respect. And the respect for this country is just not there... I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us. They feel we're fools. And almost being led by fools. And they can't believe what they're getting away with.

"When you have billions in dollars in deficits with a country, those are the trade wars I like," Trump said re: China. "You don't have to do business with China. You don't have to do business with other countries," he added.

"Would I rather be in the race or not be in the race? I can tell you, I love what I'm doing. I'm having a great time what I'm doing. I'd rather not be in the race," Trump told Stephanopoulos, adding, "But it could be fun because I'd like to see some positive things happen for the country."

And what of Sarah Palin? "I would take her on. I like her, but I'd take her on," Trump said, well, Trump-ily, in the "Good Morning America" that aired Thursday morning.

Palin's interview for ABC -- where she's been what they call in the biz a "recurring character" on the network's "Dancing With the Stars," seen in the audience rooting for daughter Bristol and taping segments congratulating "Dancing" on reaching its 200th episode or giving pointers to Bristol as she rehearses -- will air Dec. 9 as part of Walters's annual "10 Most Fascinating People" special.

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 18, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
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Democrats have had CONTROL of Congress since 2007 and all they have to show for it is the embarrassing "OBAMACARE", which does not solve problems, only creates new problems, new regulations and taxes.
This country is at a tipping point, Democrats have proven over and over they are "all talk and no action". They simply don't have the horsepower, they've proven they don't know how to get things done. Professors and scientists are great... but they live in a world of "theory".
It takes an entirely different skill set to actually implement and get things done.

Posted by: ohioan | November 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

PALIN 2012!
Because in your guts, you know she's nuts!

Posted by: HughBriss | November 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Almost all of the opposition to Palin comes from (1) "feminists", (2) leftist extremists, and (3) insecure "men". All can be safely ignored.

Their problem with Palin is that she (1) doesn't whine, (2) doesn't demand double standards, and (3) doesn't shift blame. To her, "feminism" is just a lame excuse not to DO something, not to carry your own weight (which it is).

I'd vote for this women if only to throw a bomb into the establishment of half-wit baby boomer do-nothings who have been taking our country absolutely nowhere for the past forty years. All I've seen since 1970 is a bunch of idiots standing around demanding that "someone else" take the blame, pay the bills and do the hard stuff.

Palin, one of the few contemporary public women in America who doesn't wallow in her perpetual victimhood, more than adequately carries her own weight - as a women, as a politican and as an American. Better yet, she has the right instincts.

(And, as we all know, any office holder of any capability, can easily surround themselves with all the advisors and tsars they need to do the job.)

Posted by: OldSoldier1 | November 18, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Clown and Kitty will Elect Obama easily
The well known clown, Don Trump and well exposed kitty; Sarah Palin will not only entertain Americans and the public around the Globe but will make easy for Obama to win the second term more easily without losing sleep and empty his pocket.
But, before the sun rise for the Presidential election this pair will be thrown out from the platform of the Republicans and Trump and Palin will be disappeared for ever. In reality, the media guru Don is using Palin and her Tea Party popularity for his own advantage for a time being.
But unfortunately if blinded Republicans select this pair and some foolish independents vote for them and get elected, not only America will be different but the World will be different for S

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | November 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The ugly truth is that Capitol Hill would chew both of these pretenders up & spit them out.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | November 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@OHIOAN & OLD SOLDIER1 ohioan bush was president for 8 years and what did he do about health care?,let me remember,oh that's right nothing.all he did was to destroy what stability we had.oldsoldier1 let me give more reasons to oppose this moron 1.she's a moron 2.she thinks her proximity to russia some how gives her foreign expirience? 3.she's a quitter is that who you want for president?4.from what i have read she's racist 5.she doesn't know her butt from ahole in the ground.6. she's a moron,moron,moron,moron,

Posted by: efran_garcia | November 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that both of these czars of the reality show mentality are jokes, particularly Sarah Palin. They share inflated egos which allow them to actually believe that they could lead this country.

Obama for sure in 2012!

Posted by: nazabailey | November 18, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising, Palin is an egomaniac with an inflated sense of her own abilities. The truth is she couldn't even hack one term as governor of the least populated state in the union. Republicans would extremely irresponsible to nominate her and put her in the world's most demanding position. Let's hope they truly do put "country before party" for once.

Posted by: War4Sale | November 18, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow American comedians must be salivating at the thought. They won't even have to write the jokes. In Canada the approved politically correct way to say F***ing Retarded is Sarah Palin.

Posted by: and0839 | November 19, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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