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Obama: ‘I don’t think about Sarah Palin’

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In an interview set to air Friday, ABC’s Barbara Walters tried and failed to pull President Barack Obama into a debate with Sarah Palin.

“You may have heard that Sarah Palin told me just last week that she could beat you if she ran,” Walters told Obama. “Could she?”

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“You know, I don’t speculate on what’s going to happen two years from now,” Obama replied.

“You will not tell me that you can beat Sarah Palin?” Walters pressed.

“What I’m saying is I don’t think about Sarah Palin,” the president confessed.

“Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills,” Obama continued. “But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president. And my attitude has always been, from the day I started this job that if I do a good job and if I’m delivering for the American people the politics will take care of itself.”

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“If I falter and the American people are dissatisfied, then I’ll have problems,” he said.

But Obama didn’t convince Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos. “I don’t think the president’s telling the entire truth there,” Stephanopoulos told ABC’s Robin Roberts following a clip of the Obama interview. “He thinks a little bit about Sarah Palin.”

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Walters had gotten the debate started in an interview with Palin that aired earlier in the week.

“If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?” Walters asked Palin.

“I believe so,” Palin admitted.

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While Palin told Walters she was undecided about whether to run in 2012, the British newspaper Guardian reported Sunday that her staff has been scouting for office space in Iowa.

“In the course of making arrangements for that tour, two aides organising Palin’s visit to Des Moines on November 27 told locals they were looking into office space and other logistical needs for the coming year,” the Guardian observed.

“Some of her staff now appear to be putting the pieces in place in case Palin does decide to run.”

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This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Nov. 24, 2010.


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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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