Sarah Palin thinks she could beat Obama in 2012; Donald Trump also considering presidential run
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.
Lisa de Moraes
| November 18, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
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