ABC’s Jordyn Phelps reports:
As speculation swirls over whether former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will enter the race for the 2012 presidential campaign, former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (AZ) said this morning that he thinks Palin can win in a race against President Obama in 2012.
“Of course, she can,” Senator John McCain made said on “Fox News Sunday” this morning. “She can. Now, whether she will or not, whether she'll even run or not, I don't know.”
McCain’s comments come on the same day that Palin is kicking off a bus tour throughout the northeastern United States. Palin’s bus tour starts from Washington, where Palin is attending a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.
McCain went on to qualify his comment, pointing out that a long road lies ahead before the Republican Party settles on a nominee.
“A lot of things happen in campaigns, Chris,” McCain told FOX’s Chris Wallace. “You remember, I was written off a couple of times and were able to come back. So, there's going to be a roller coaster ride for all of them before we finally arrive at our nominee.”
When asked by Wallace about Palin’s lack of popularity among independent voters, McCain said he’s “never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked” as Palin but pointed out that she also inspires many.
“She also inspires great passion, particularly among Republican faithful.” McCain said.