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Howard Dean Worries If Sarah Palin Runs For President She Actually Could Beat Obama

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is telling his fellow Democrats not to eagerly encourage Sarah Palin to run for President, thinking that she would be the easiest for President Obama to defeat. Dean is warning his party, “she wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

In an interview with The Hill, Dean predicts:

“Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway.”

Especially if high levels of unemployment persist, Dean realistically says all bets would be off regarding what conventional wisdom might normally suggest. Despite Palin’s possible ability to be a formidable challenger, Dean still thinks that Jon Huntsman would be the strongest Republican candidate. Dean thinks Huntsman “is a moderate on some social issues and has a strong record as a governor and also has international experience that I think is lacking in every other candidate.” Although with such an endorsement, that could likely be akin to a kiss of death for Huntsman amongst Republican primary voters.

(h/t The Hill)

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