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N.H. GOP Insider: Palin run unlikely

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The vice-chair of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential team in New Hampshire told The Washington Times Wednesday that he thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will take a pass on running for president.

“I have no inside knowledge, but I would be very surprised if Gov. Palin decided to run this time,” said Steve Duprey, a national Republican committeeman in New Hampshire. “She is tremendous at raising money, has a tremendous support in the base, but it would take an incredible allocation of time to do well in New Hampshire and I’m not sure she is gearing up for that”

Mrs. Palin recently traveled through New England on a bus tour of historic sites, stopping in New Hampshire and in Massachusetts, where she warned that the universal health care law that Mitt Romney signed into law as governor of the Bay State and that requires people to obtain coverage could come back to haunt him in the presidential race.

“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing,” she told reporters, according to the Boston Herald. “It’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and our own families and our own business men and women making decisions for ourselves, not any level of government telling us what to do.”

Whatever the case, Mr. Duprey said the tour served as a firm reminder to every Republican candidate and the party that “she is a strong and important voice in the party.”

“So there was nothing but upside for her coming here,” he said.

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