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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in the forefront of speculation about the 2012 Republican presidential race, wouldn't go there on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Wednesday. Romney chose his words carefully and seemed more interested in saying nice things about Sarah Palin than in talking up his own prospects.

"If you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it'll be a clear indication that I've decided to run for president -- that's not in the cards any time soon," Romney told the comedian.

Palin, of course, is a Fox contributor, and Romney said she has proven to be a "remarkable, energetic, powerful figure in my party -- attractive too." He isn't about to go negative, he said. "That's not going to come from me. Did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her [reality] show?"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Romney, who lost the 2008 GOP nomination to Sen. John McCain (who subsequently picked then-Alaska Gov. Palin as his running mate), said most of his grandchildren, in "a bit of a family poll," wanted him to seek the White House. That's as far as he would go in indicating his intentions.

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Romney ran strongest against President Obama among likely Republican candidates, but Palin was slightly more popular among Republican voters.

Watch some of Romney's exchange with Leno below.



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ma659

I am really getting disgusted with the same comments about Sarah Palin:" Well, she's a nice person and she's good lookin' but can she be a president?"
Come on! How discriminatory!
Is that all you people care about is her looks?
How many voted for Obama because of his looks?
And when was the last time you ever heard a MALE politician spoken of in this manner? "He's a nice man and he's attractive but can he be president?"
You people need to read HER policies! You need to see the person behind the face! Why are so many so critical of her tv exposure? Can't you be a strong politician with strong convictions even though you have tv show? An EDUCATIONAL tv show at that! How many people tune in to just see what's up with the Palins? I thinl most intelligent people are tuning in to learn more about the people of Alaska and its wilderness and beauty. And if you're looking for drama and issues, go watch Snookie and her pals! Did you notice that The Situation (when he was on DWTS) hasn't a brain in his head?
I have never in my lifetime seen 1 woman gather together so many people to help her fellow Republicans take over anything!
Any woman that can garner that type of support and bringing together of a country will have my vote!
You see what Obama did! Nobody even knew WHO he was and we still don't!

December 18 2010 at 8:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
grantairlt

I think it is time to find a man or woman that is unapproachable by Corporate America to get the gov't back in the hands of the people, for the people by the people. That person will be very difficult to find as CA has their money everywhere to influence the vote. Maybe it's time to run the lobbyist out of gov't and put a stiff penalty on the process to eliminate it by passing a law that prohibits this activity. When caught the lobbyist does 10 years, the member of gov't goes down for 10 and here is the biggy, the CEO of the Corporation that put up the money goes for 15 Years. That should take care of the lobbying.

December 03 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anniesez455

Palin is a remarkable patriot and I believe should be recognized as such. I hope to have the opportunity of having her represent us as a politician in the future. Palin type people make me feel good about my goverment!

December 02 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Brenda everett

I cannot understand why Rangel is not going to jail why are the american are not calling for jail

December 02 2010 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Sheila

What's Mit afraid of? Certinally not Palin. Why can't the Republicans be honest with their opinions about Sarah Palin? She is all glitz and any Vegas gal could do the same and get their face in the media too. Sorry $$$$$ Sarah......it's over . Save your millions you've made off stupid people these last two years

December 02 2010 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oldgabe

This man would be an outstanding president. It is so nice to have a man that has lived and is living a life as he. I 100% respect him for his classy comments regarding Sarah Palin. Romney and Palin are 100% Red White and Blue Americans. Romney-Palin or Palin-Romney as far as I am concerned the best ticket available.

December 02 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ciannaci

Absolutely LOVE SARAH PALIN, even though the mainstreet liberal leftwing media has tried to destroy her and her family for two years. Double standard alive and well and the wimp Media could not report the truth or the facts if it smacked them in the face....

December 02 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
stoneybpi

I gotta love this Obama 'resigned' his seat as seantor slur ... Do any of you vicitms of public education grasp the concept that being elected president requires the electee to 'resign' tp assume the higher office? Would you have lambasted McCain, had he been elected president, for 'reigning' as senator/ On the other hand, Palin flat-out quit before her term as governor was through to seek other career options as erstwhile pundit, overpriced podium hog, author, gadfly and resident loudmouth. Trying to weakly assert this was because she was drievn out by Dems for ethics violations is thin. If she were truly 'innocent', she'd have done the Momma Grizzly thing and fought back. If she somehow becomes US President, will she quit when the going gets tough or is she just (as many of us suspect) all show and no 'go'?

December 02 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
kfritzgp

Sarah Palin is a very nice person but she really is not quaified to run for any public office. The very fact that she at one time was a Governor of a State is a sad commentary (not on her) but the citizens who cast their vote in that direction.

December 02 2010 at 3:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
riddick3882

OmG stop saying Obama didn't complete his term as Senator. Stop comparing that to what Sarah Palin did. She quit for no reason. He quit because he was going to be President of the freakin United States. HUMONGOUS DIFFERENCE. People who keep saying that are making me, an actual Conservative look stupid. I don't like Obama like the next Conservative but please if your going to criticize him at least have something to criticize him about. Unbelievable we got people who call themselves conservatives criticizing a guy who left his seat in Senate to become President of the United states.

December 02 2010 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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