Sarah Palin tells Newsweek: I can win

Sarah Palin on the cover of Newsweek, July 2011. Newsweek

Sarah Palin graces the cover of Newsweek
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Will she or won't she. That is the question still being asked as the GOP field for the presidential nomination heats up with candidates like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann making headway, but not breaking away.

Looming over the GOP field, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is still holding out - not revealing her intentions, but giving enough signals to keep her in the mix, in the news, and on the cover of Newsweek for at least the fifth time since bursting onto the national scene at the 2008 GOP convention.

"I believe that I can win a national election," she told Newsweek's Peter Boyer in a rare interview with the press. "I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around," she said. "But I do believe that I can win."

Of course, every candidate states that they can win, whether they believe it or not. In Palin's case, she may be taking her time in deciding to get a better feel for whether she could fully make good on her statement that she could beat President Obama in 2012.

Consistent with her stance over the past few years, Palin said her decision about running will be based on family dynamics.

"If it came down to the family just saying, 'Please, Mom, don't do this,' then that would be the deal-killer for me, because your family's gotta be in it with you."

But it seems - based on the Newsweek article - that the family is not opposed to Mom entering the race. Husband Todd Palin told Boyer, "Do I want her to run? It's up to her. I mean, we'll discuss it. But she's definitely qualified to run this country. And she's got a fire in the belly to serve."

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