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Palin would be "formidable" in 2012 presidential polls: McCain

August 22, 2011 - Washington

US Senator John McCain has said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would make a "very formidable" challenger if she did jump into the 2012 presidential race.

McCain, however declined to say whether or not he thought Palin, his running mate in the 2008 election, should run.

"That's a decision that is so personal," he said, but added: "I think she would be very formidable," the BBC reports.

He also said that it is too early to comment, as "a lot of things are going to happen" that will likely change the game.

"I remind you that in 2007 at this time, I was done, if you might recall. My campaign was doomed. A lot of things are going to happen. I hear, for example, maybe Rudy Giuliani is going to get in the race. I think he would be very formidable," McCain added.

He also refused to criticize any hopeful candidate, because he knows "the pressures of being on the campaign trail."


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