July 3rd, 2009
04:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to step down as governor, not seeking re-election

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month. She will not seek election to a second gubernatorial term in 2010.

Palin, a Republican, was elected governor in 2006. She was tapped as Arizona Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate last year.

Palin said she was transferring authority to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn in on July 26.

"People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska," Palin said at an announcement from her home in Wasilla.

"Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine."

Palin added in a statement that she was "determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path. ... Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional 'Lame Duck' status in this particular climate would just be another dose of 'politics as usual,' something I campaigned against and will always oppose."

A Republican source close to Palin's political team told CNN's John King that it was a "calculation" she made that "it was time to move on."

The governor's "book deal and other issues" were "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."

Another source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Palin "thinks she has accomplished goals she has set forward. ... She sees what a positive influence she has had on people's lives from traveling the country in the last year."

As the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin has been considered one of the front-runners for the next GOP presidential nomination. Her decision not to seek another term as governor is sure to stoke speculation that Palin is seriously eyeing a run for the White House.

In an interview last month with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Palin said she was unsure about her re-election bid because she needed to focus on her state and her family.

"So, no decision yet on either 2010 or let alone 2012?" Blitzer asked.

"No decision that I'd want to announce today," Palin responded.

– CNN's Peter Hamby, John King, Mark Preston, and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.

(Updated at 4:45 p.m. with additional information)


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soundoff (454 Responses)
  1. Bob North Carolina

    The Best of the Bunch—On The Road Again To the White House–Obama, Your Worse Nightmare Is Happening–Go Sara Go!
    In your face Obama.

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Interesting...

    DAVE – You want to see hate? All you need to do is surf over to the Free Republic website. Wow! Lot's of hate-filled conservatives over there!!

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Paul

    Sure, blame liberals for the failed ideologies of the conservative party... how convenient for you. Do you ever take responsibility and accept the fact that you lost control of the house, the senate, and the oval office in 2 years because you're all insane?

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Chad

    "Decent American":
    Your name calling is childish. Just as your like-minded friends call Obama a "tyrant," you now propose "usurper"? I guess getting an overwhelming number of electoral college votes and 52% of the popular vote is usurping? Do yourself a favor and Google "2000 U.S. election."

    July 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. jm for sc

    Sarah Palin will give President Obama a confirmation on his second term.

    July 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Mary

    Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why do right wingers say Obama is a dictator? He cares about US! Unlike the GOP. Still no new ideas, only criticism.I mean, come on, why would she quit, when she only had a year left? Finish that year, then do whatever. I hope nothings wrong in her life. I do think she's clearing the way to run for POTUS.She still isn't there yet.

    July 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. so tired with all this

    My only consulation is life sometimes is that the intelligent people still left in this country, of which that number is certainly decling at breakneck pace, refuse to comment on news articles on the various interent news sites.

    July 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. AW

    What a quitter!

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

    There is a scandel coming and she wants to quit before she is forced out.

    July 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Sad to call myself a dem

    am a dem and voted for Obama but just reading the vile things being said on this blog makes me sad.

    So the woman isn't running again. Why can't grown up people address that issue. Why say such vile things against a woman who from everything that had been reported on her did a good job as governor. She was fiscally responsible, even getting oil revenue back into the hands of every man, woman and child living in Alaska.

    So maybe she will run for Senate. Why can't she. MN just elected a comedian didn't they? We had an actor as President. Sonny Bono was a congressman. People come from all different backgrounds and I thought that is what made America a great place. My fellow dems on this blog are downing her because she is a woman who doesn't think or act the way that they do. I thought that was the democratic way. Barney Frank is gay, Ted Kennedy rich, Jennifer Granholm foreign…I think you get the picture.

    Give the woman some peace and quiet and stop acting like children. It will come back to bite you in the rear.

    July 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. time for a change

    the idoits are in full circle today attacking sarah palin geez Obama the real dummy who should of never been in office and is not qualified the only thing on his mind is basketball

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

    She had to resign because there is film of Sarah in a 3-some with Mark Sanford and "Maria".....

    July 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. hugh ~ cal

    My reaction is to cheer, but I'm positive this is just so she can start her campaign for president against Barack Obama. All I can add is, Good Luck Sarah, you're going to need it!

    July 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. AW

    or she must have some family emergency b/c this makes no sense, but then again has Palin ever made sense?

    July 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. SF Serg

    Was she on a farm? I thought I heard sheep and cows in the midst of her scattered words?

    July 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Laura Smith

    Sounds like Palin thinks its not worth her time to continue to be Governor.

    July 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. EAS

    I don't care if you're a liberal or conservative...she owes an explanation. Period.

    July 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. MADinAZ

    I guess she just couldn't stand that Michael Jackson was getting more news coverage.

    July 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. bill

    it is pathetic how the left asks like they are a party that cares, that fights for the rights of people etc etc... you people are the biggest haters in the country. Sarah is not quiting due to indictment or divorce or any of the other stupid crap you haters are claiming. EVERY complaint against her has basically been thrown out. Maybe she is just tired of the left wing crap media constantly attacking her and wants to focus on her family.

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Tehran, Tn

    Happy 4th and the gift to America is you stepping down. Thank you Alaska. Just think if she was VP, you cant quit. What are you teaching the children in American: quit when it get hard and dont use protection when having sex.

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. LLB

    I can understand all the men bashing of Palin, that's what men in America do to women politicians (including Hillary) but you women need to look at what she has done!! She appointed only the second women EVER to Alaska's supreme court and the women was more liberal than Palin's personal views (prochoice/pro life respectively). The other candidate was an ultra conservative male. Look at Alaska's budget and look at her accomplishments. McCain didn't pick her because she was a beauty queen. Palin has taken a much more balanced approach in leading than Obama has and Obama claimed to be The One to "reach across the aisle." Are women in this country going to continue to get snowed but smooth talking men? It's really time for some changes but it isn't going to happen as long as women bash other women and continue to elect men who tend to be tyrant like. We are 54% of the voting population and we have less than 20% representation. I'm a Democrat but I am paying attention. It isn't Democrats and Republicans who cheat on their spouses and continue to play this game in Washington – it's men. Shame on you women who are participating in throwing stones at Palin!

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. BOB S

    They ALL quit early, they ALL posture, etc... Why are you libs slamming her for doing what must be done to accomplish a goal?

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Bill/CA

    This is a victory for the people of Alaska, who played second fiddle in Palin's priority list ever since she was the VP nominee and then spend the last eight months trying to extend her 15 minutes. I will give her credit for finally putting her state first and doing what was right for the people of Alaska and stepping down. That being said, if she is resigning in order to focus on a presidential campaign, she should think again. Right before the election, polls showed an overwhelming majority of people did not think she had the experience to be VP, and I don't see how leaving the governorship less than three years in is going to make her more experienced. Maybe she'll just fade off the scene and go back to raising all those kids she keeps having (and their kids).

    July 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. KJR

    Her state has one of the biggest deficits.

    She can't criticize Obama if she's running up her own deficits.

    So she decided to quit.

    She can make a lot more with speaking engagements and books, and travel the country without criticism or worrying about her personal spending.

    Fluffy bunny is a quitter.

    July 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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