Washington: They are two conservative
political rock stars who can work a room and galvanise a
crowd, and both are flirting with a run for the White House,
the grand prize of US politics.
But is there room enough in the narrowing field of
Republican presidential contenders for both Sarah Palin, a
former vice presidential candidate, and Michelle Bachmann, a
One female politician vying for the White House is
rare enough, given that a woman has never been at the top of
either the Democratic or Republican presidential ticket.
Observers say it is astonishing to contemplate two
women -- especially with such similar political profiles --
battling to stand in the November 2012 elections, most likely
against President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
Some pundits have noted that both Palin, 47, and
Bachmann, 55, boast good looks, conservative family values and
a strong Christian faith -- similarities suggesting they may
cancel each other out in a showdown.
But longtime political pundit Larry Sabato said that
while it was unlikely that both women would toss their hats
into the ring, the fluid Republican field could accommodate
the pair of them.
"They could both run," Sabato, who runs the University
of Virginia`s Center for Politics, said.
"There`s room enough, simply because the field is so
broad anyway that it`s possible that the winner in Iowa and
New Hampshire could get just 20 or 30 percent," he added,
referring to the first races for the parties` nominations.