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“This could be old news in a year or two - nobody is really focusing on 2012 yet,” Mr. Watson said, though he cautioned that “it seems to me that this isn’t the last of this.”

“If Governor Palin runs for president in 2012,” Miss Kasic said, “I think voters will decide to vote for her based on what she has done for Alaska and what she plans to do for the country. I don’t think most people make voting decisions based on someone’s personal life.”

• Donald Lambro contributed to this report.