Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is seriously considering running for the Republican Party nomination for the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
The former Republican vice-presidential candidate in the last election says she could beat incumbent president Barack Obama.
"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," Palin said in excerpts of an interview to air on December 9.
Asked whether she could defeat Obama if she ran, Palin, who was the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, answered: "I believe so."
Palin, who has just launched her own reality show Sunday, said she is in the process of consulting with her family regarding her presidential bid.
"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.
Speculation that she will run for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2012 began prior to the defeat of the McCain–Palin ticket in 2008
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs described Palin as "the most formidable force in the Republican Party."
Sarah Palin is a seasoned politician having started in politics as member of the Wasilla City Council and eventually elected as Mayor of Wasilla before being elected as Alaska's youngest and first woman Governor.