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(NECN: Alison King) - Will Mitt Romney make a Presidential run in 2012? Speculation is growing after Romney made an appearance on the Tonight Show. But if the former Massachusetts Governor has Presidential dreams, he may have a hard time breaking into the public spotlight thanks to Sarah Palin who seems to be everywhere these days.
Mitt Romney: If you see me sign up for a gig on Fox News it's a sure sign I'm running for President.
Mitt Romney, on Jay Leno Wednesday, continued his coy routine on his plans for 2012, but he did get in that not so subtle jab at Sarah Palin, an official Fox contributor, who is also playing coy about her plans.
The comparisons between the two Republican frontrunners are made daily among political observers and in the battle for high profile media coverage. Palin wins hands down.
There is her book tour, her prime time interview with Barbara Walters, and who could forget the proud mom cutaways during "Dancing With the Stars." Daughter Bristol came in third.
Still, Romney, a former governor, businessman and turnaround king has intellectual heft on his side -- a widely regarded expert on the economy.
So who's a Republican to choose?
The latest poll shows Mitt Romney on top of the list of possible Presidential candidates in 2012 - squeaking by President Obama by one point. But Palin has a one-point edge over Romney in the primary, which makes many mainstream republicans crazy -- though they're often reluctant to admit it.
Mitt Romney: If someone's looking for someone to say something negative about Sarah Plain - why, that's not going to be me. I mean, did you see what she did to the Halibut the other night on her show? I'm not in for that.
The fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans did see what Palin did to the halibut on her reality show: Palin's Alaska highlights the challenge facing Romney -- though many feel his carefully crafted, deep grassroots organization will likely put him on top in the end.