Palin Thinks She Could Beat Obama in the 2012 Elections

Palin Thinks She Could Beat Obama in the 2012 Elections

Sarah Palin gave the most powerful hint yet that she is going to run for president in 2012 in an interview with Barbara Walters.

"If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?" asked Walters.

"I believe so!" responded Palin.

The feisty challenge comes as she begins a media blitz. She starts a 9 day and16 city tour next week to promote her new book, America By Heart.

There's also her new TLC reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough—a former Republican congressman—doesn't think Sarah Palin can win. "Nobody thought Barack Obama could win four years ago, and I don't think Sarah Palin can beat him in '12," said Scarborough.

But it's the votes for Bristol Palin—not her mom—that has the nation buzzing.

On Good Morning America, the morning anchor commented, "It's on fire on the internet—people calling into ABC with lots of commentary and complaints about the results, and accusations that its all politically motivated."

Brandy was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars despite a perfect 10   performance, propelling Bristol into next week's finals.  

"I'm still trying to process what just happened. I really don't know what to say," said Brandy after being eliminated.

Some claim Tea Party activists are manipulating the online voting system in Bristol's favor.

A conservative website, HillBuzz.org, told readers, "You can make up email addresses. As many as you want." And a contributor blogged, "Lord have mercy. I voted 300 times."

But, ABC says they have security systems in place to prevent vote-rigging.

Cops say that a 67-year-old Dancing with the Stars fan in Wisconsin was so angered by Bristol's dancing that he opened fire on his own TV screen with a shotgun, triggering a 15-hour standoff with a SWAT team. His wife says he was drunk.

Brandy and her partner Maks Chmerkovskiy danced on The View Thursday, but he refused to join in the controversy on air. When asked for his take, Maks shook his head and pantomimed zipping his lips.

On her Facebook page, Bristol wrote, "The haters are already pulling out all the stops this week to destroy."