Palin grabs the cover of Newsweek

  • Updated: July 11, 2011 - 8:35 PM

 

Sarah Palin thinks she can win the White House. That's what she says in a new magazine article out Monday.

Newsweek has an in-depth piece on the former Alaska governor and possible presidential candidate, complete with an evocative cover photo with the proclamation "I can win."

The article, which revisits Palin's political career in Alaska in some detail, appears to be part of a strategy in Palin's camp to frame the potential contender in light of her more populist, independent political roots, as opposed to her more recent fire-breathing, Mama Grizzly, Christian conservative persona.

To that end, the piece runs in sync with the national premiere of "The Undefeated," the documentary that examines her career from a pro-Palin perspective. It opens in select cities this week.

"I believe that I can win a national election," Palin said while interviewed in Iowa, where she attended a screening of the film. "I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I do believe that I can win." But, she hedges in the article, she still hasn't made up her mind to jump into the GOP race.

SURPRISINGLY TIGHT RACE FOR CONGRESS

California's 36th Congressional District has been in Democratic hands for more than a decade. It was never a district Democrats thought they might have to worry about after its longtime representative, Jane Harman, stepped down in February.

But the race has turned into a surprisingly close, bitterly partisan contest, with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat, fighting off a challenge from Republican businessman Craig Huey in a runoff election Tuesday.

The contest is the first test in California of a nonpartisan election system passed by voters last year in which the top two vote-getters in a primary face each other in a runoff, regardless of party, if no candidate wins a majority. Many had expected that both runoff candidates would be Democrats in a district that snakes down the city's western edge from Venice Beach to San Pedro.

But Hahn, once the heavy favorite, now appears to be in a tight race with Huey, according to polling done by both parties, as he continues heavy spending.

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