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

First on the Ticker: Palin will not run for re-election

GOP sources tell CNN Palin will not seek re-election.
GOP sources tell CNN Palin will not seek re-election.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce Friday that she will not seek a second term, three sources tell CNN.

Palin has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at her home in Wasilla. The governor’s office offered no further details about the subject of the news conference, but the sources tell CNN that Palin will announce her decision to forgo another run.

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

As the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin is considered one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2012. 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.


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soundoff (422 Responses)
  1. D

    No, Sarah. Please stay in Alaska. We don't want you in 2012.

    July 3, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This is most logical. She revealed her achilles hills during the ill-fated presidential campaign.

    July 3, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. ThinkAboutIt

    Oh, GAG! That means she'll have more time to say and do silly things to keep herself away from her family (Trig, in particular) and desperately trying to be in the spotlight.

    Our country is great, but we certainly do have wacky reasons for people to be considered celebrities or even worth paying attention to.

    Even with a couple years to work on her image and maybe even read a newspaper or two, this woman was and always will be an airhead.

    Karl Rove, though, is probably salivating at the prospect of another vote-getting, born-again "Christian" who'll bring in the right-wing sheep votes. (He's probably also hoping we'll get attacked again on our home soil so he can throw Palin out there as someone who'll somehow "keep us safe").

    Like I said, GAG!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. ThinkAboutIt

    What a staged photo – spokesmodel hands and that drippy look on her face.

    How can anyone take this Caribou Barbie seriously?

    July 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Dwight Frye

    No Sarah, don't stay in Alaska. We DO want you here, now more than ever!

    July 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Shantal S.

    Another Rethug down, more to go :)

    July 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. fred

    Perhaps we can institute an intelligence test requirement for Presidential Office say an IQ over 120...then we'll be sure she won't make it. Please America, let the people that can actually think logically run the Country. Let the morons stay at home and tend to their family

    July 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    @D. No, we actually want to hear her whiny voice and see those stupid winks. What better way to ensure the GOP's disasterous loss of another presidential election than to have this political lightweight as their nominee? As tough as it would be to bear, she is their best chance candidate to make sure the GOP is forever known as the flat earth, Christian fundamentalist (american taliban), and utterly clueless party

    July 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Here come all the liberal Obamabots with their usual hate. Their fear of Sarah Palin is ever evident.

    July 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Ricci

    She should run as senator, get the experience needed otherwise she does not stand a chance for the white house.

    July 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Guy

    Knowing how power hungry she appears to be, its an OBVIOUS ploy for a 2012 presidental run. Either inadvertately or by the OCD media, it seems shes trying anything and everything she can to stay relevant. Although, if shes smart she'll run for alaskan senate. Even in 3 years its too premature for her to run, needs more expierence(and knowledge of world events). I say that in the nicest way possible.

    July 3, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. MoodyBlue

    In this picture, I think Sarah is telling everyone just how close Russia is to her back yard.

    July 3, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Indiana Mike

    Thank God! Now maybe she will disappear from the news.

    July 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Brian

    LOL please run in 2012. make it easy for us dems

    July 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. S M R

    On one of the close-ups of Palin today shows her standing in bright light with diolated pupils. This can only mean one thing: some kind of upper , cocaine. I'd give her a u.a.

    July 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Color me unsurprised.

    An analogy to a minor-league ballplayer is apt: if you get your "cup of coffee" in the majors, would you be happy going back to play for the Podunk Boll Weevils?

    July 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Nutty

    Palin should stay away from politics – she's not smart enough, and her views are skitzy

    July 3, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Q

    HEE HEE HA HA!! She's actually gonna run! This is gonna be great! Most amusing news story yet! Sides hurting...can't breathe!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Ro

    She should run just so we can see her fumbling in a debate against President Obama.

    Sarah Palin is the biggest fool on Earth if she thinks that she has the qualifications (academic, intellectual, political, charismatic or otherwise) to hold her ground against Barack Obama.

    She could barely take on Biden during the VP debates, she was appalling!

    After all the fiasco in her home state of Alaska regarding misuse of power, using taxpayer money to take her children on trips and the entire scandal surrounding her daughter's called-off marriage, Palin should know better than to throw herself in the national limelight.

    July 3, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Tom

    Great news! She'll make a fine US presidential candidate come 2012. And the Democrats now have a major pick-up opportunity in the Alaska governor's race next year!!

    July 3, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Republican not buying it..

    Hilliary got serious consideration due to being First lady to a very successful President Clinton, coupled with experience as Senator of NY.... She had credibility going into her campaign – while on the other hand, this airhead with boobs has already proven to be the farthest thing from a credible Presidential contender. It will not end well for her. Thank goodness.

    July 3, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Bethie in TX

    Yes–please run! It will be entertaining. There's no way she could win the nomination, but she'll make the race much more interesting.

    July 3, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. 2012

    madame President Sarah Palin, that sounds very nice :)

    I wonder if CNN will post this?.....it not anti-Palin.

    July 3, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. JoeR

    as bad as Obama is, Palin would be a step up

    July 3, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Lisa, Saugus MA

    Maybe she is just simply sick and tired of all the negative publicity she has had to undergo. Granted some of it was her own doing but some due to the insincerity of others (i.e. Letterman).

    I wish Sarah and Todd Palin and their family all happiness. I hope she enjoys her children, her new grandson, etc. If she decides to run in 2012, well then that will be up to her. People need to judge her at the time because she will I am sure continue to grow as a person and most importantly a woman.

    July 3, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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