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Alaska’s Miller mum on whether he’d endorse Palin for president in 2012

Joe Miller, the Tea Party candidate who beat incumbent Sen. Lisa
Murkowski in the Alaskan Republican primary, on Sunday stayed mum on whether he’d back
one of his biggest supporters for the 2012 presidential election.

Miller did not want to approach the question of whether former
Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin
would be a qualified pick for the presidential race in 2012.

Speaking
on “Fox News Sunday,” Miller, who has been backed by Palin in his Senate
race, said that he is focused on his current campaign and that it is
not his “role to comment” on other candidacies.

“I am not going to get distracted by other candidates,” he said.

Miller
also attacked Murkowski for deciding to forge ahead with a write-in bid
for the Senate this November. Miller said that she is not listening to
Alaskan voters. Miller beat Murkowski in the primary by some 2,000
votes.

When she announced her write-in bid on Friday, Murkowski declared that Alaska “cannot accept the extremist views of Joe Miller.”

Miller
on Sunday retorted that his views of transferring power back to the
state from the federal government and reversing government growth are
not extreme views but rather views of “broad-based appeal” in Alaska.

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