July 3rd, 2009
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP source: Palin decided it was 'time to move on'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she would not seek a second term and would soon step down as governor.

A Republican source close to her political team told CNN that it was a “calculation” she made that “it was time to move on.” The governor’s “book deal and other issues” was “causing a lot of friction up” in her home state, the source said, adding that he believes that she is “mapping out a path to 2012.”


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. ol cranky

    From a political perspective, I can't imagine it will look good in a future run for POTUS if she couldn't complete an entire term as Governor.

    July 3, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. cassa

    Standing for election implies a promise that you honor, value, and will do the job. I hope folks will remember this egregious abdication of responsibility should she indeed put herself up in 12.

    July 3, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. CMG

    Hopefully, she is not only "moving on" but in addition, "out of the country."

    July 3, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. mary

    I just hope this means she's going for 2012, it will be a great 2 years of Tina Fey and watching this nut doing interviews.

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Polar Bears Against Palin

    What an unstable broad. Get lost, Caribou Barbie.

    CNN, bring back the Michael Jackson stories. Please!

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Eric

    She QUIT!!! Bottom-line is she quit her job. Now is this what we want for a national leader? There goes another REPUBLICAN! She said absolutely nothing to excuse this action. She's chasing the money, don't talk ethics Governor you need some.

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. john

    Bye never come back

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Donna, Orlando FL

    Sorry 2 see her quit. But I trust her for the best interest. I hope she does run in 2012. Hope she does finds what she's looking for along down the line for the future of her, family & running for President.

    I wish her all the luck from now & into the future. Alaska will never be the same w/o Sarah Palin.

    SARAH PALIN 2012

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. louise

    I would be willing to bet a dollar to a donut that Ms Palin has a big job lined up with Faux News. It's amazing how many illerate people they hire to rile up the right-wing idiots in this country. Anyone have the same feeling. In the end, it is all about money.

    July 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Clint, in Lynnwood Wa.

    Somebody please shut this windbag up.

    July 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. DBoy

    Party time in Alaska Tomorrow, A true "Independance Day", from the ruling Hillbillies.

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Q

    This will not look good on her political resume.

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Gail Browaski

    I can not believe the reporters on CNN today think and report that Palin is stepping out of "government" because she believes she can do more elsewhere. The only "government" she is stepping out of is the state of Alaska. I believe she feels she can be more effective(aka: powerful) on the national level. Is she qualified? I have not seen it . I will wait to hear the rest of the story....

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. jimmy-ohio

    sure,,,,,,,and the real reason will come out next week

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Sam Rose

    Why isn't she serving out her term?

    Isn't that what the people of Alaska elected her to do?

    Unless she is ill–I can't think of any other acceptable reason why she wouldn't serve out her term?
    Well then in my opinion
    -this shows a lack of integrity.

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. David Jones

    Oh, Sarah! You don't have the guts to serve out your term as the legislation becomes more difficult. When the going gets tough, Sarah heads out the back door.

    July 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Idaho Dem

    How is walking out on your constituency in the middle of your term (after having sorely neglected them for three months last year) showing the kind of leadership that's required to be a head of state? She's too busy writing her book to run her state...huh? C'mon...she's not *that* flighty, is she? How embarrassing for her state, and her fans.

    jj

    July 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. adamandkanani

    So- This quitter can't even handle the job of being a governor but she wanted to be vice-president and now thinks she can be president?

    Some leader. She is more concerned with book deals and talk shows than anything.

    I bet we find out some real dirt on her now. She is a useless tool and I am amazed any moron takes her seriously.

    July 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Private

    Go get em Saracuda. Put them racist and sexists socialist Democrats in their place. Madam President Palin in 2010

    July 3, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. MBFLA

    You might want to keep your day job. It's not as though Todd works and you have a lot of kids to feed. Yes, you got some nice clothes running for VP but who will pay for your health insurance bill?

    July 3, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Debbie Green

    GOODBYE SARAH!! So glad to see you go! Yeah, predator control my you know what. Why don't you go live out in the middle of nowhere and be "self sufficient", perfect life for a murderer of innocent wildlife. Somebody who refuses to listen to other humane ways to deal with something that was there LONG before you ever were! Good Riddance to you and your dysfunctional family!

    July 3, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. NotforSarah

    I dont think so

    July 3, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Dave in Houston

    Quitter!

    Can't even finish one term in the least populous state in the union!

    July 3, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. IndyVoter

    OMG. The insanity just doesn't end does it? Are you serious? Who are these people who are going to vote for her? This is beyond scary! What a joke, no. a circus act.

    July 3, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Ashley Mead

    How irresponsible for her to leave office in July and not even finish out her term. But that is Sarah Palin for you, irresponsible in politics, in her family and now in her responsibility to the state. I can only wish the State of Alaska better luck and better fiscal responsibility. It remains to be seen if Sarah has learned any lessons from her last outing in national politics or if she will make a spectacle of herself once more.

    July 3, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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