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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  1. carol

    QUIT QUIT QUIT, Sarah Palin quitter, we definitely dont need a quiter for president. Please stay in Alaska, you said it yourself that "my son needs me" we dont need you in 2012,
    The GOP needs a life jacket now, surely i hope it will not be Palin. Talk about death sentence for GOP if this woman runs for president 2012

    July 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. JB

    The incredible ignorance reflected by the vast majority of comments posted here truly indicates the intelligence of the American voting electorate.
    A misinformed and uneducated public will get exactly what it deserves. Just wait and see.

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

    Palin would not progress past the primary election if she runs for President.. But she doesn't know that. Hopefully she will set her sights on a Senatorial seat instead, even though she just does not fit the description of an astute politician. How come you Palin supporters love her so much?

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

    Wow, now she can go hunting with Dick Cheney, you betcha!

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. alaska

    Most of the comments here are anti-palin/republican but all lack substance. Not a single person said anything that wasn't regurgitated from the biased liberal media retoric spewed during the campaign. No facts, just ignorance. I'll be the first to admit skepticism toward Palin or any cadidate for that matter but I also think that with the way the country is being run we need a strong conservative leader who is willing to make real sacrafice and not just bow to popular opinion. The commenters here seem to have made up their minds about who they will vote for in 2012 despite the fact that there are 3.5 years left in this term. Remember how popular Bush was 6 months into his first term.

    July 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Bev - NYC

    Step[ing down at month's end? I smell a scandal coming up ?

    July 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Robulous529

    Dumber than a rock and a house plant combined.
    Looks good in tight-fitting cloths and her hot-for-teacher glasses.
    Couldn't make an informed decision if her life depended on it.
    Hasn't a care in the world for education or the world around her.
    As conservative as the day is long and loved by the GOP base.
    Looks like the DNC will control the Executive and both Houses for as far as the eye can see. You betcha!

    July 3, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. S

    @MJM who said "He may make her look stupid, but I sure would believe what she says before I would believe him."

    Providing you can actually understand what she is saying.

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

    That picture must have been taken while she was describing President Obama.

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

    One year from now when BO's economic policies are in full swing, most of you will be asking how this could have ever happened. Sara P may or may not be the best choice for the GOP in 2012, but we have hit rock bottom with the idiot presently in the White House. She would be a welcome "change".

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

    Palin 2012

    Palin 2012

    Palin 2012

    Palin will win against Obama and the media.

    She has 3 and half years to save us. This is the end to career in Alaska and the beginning to her career in the White House.

    July 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Sarah

    She was probably jealous of all the press Michael Jackson's been getting this past week so she just had to do something to get back in the spotlight.

    July 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. JohnB

    opps everyone is reporting she is resigning at the end of July guess she isn't going to finish her term. If that's true I've changed my mind.. she's got no chance at another political office.

    July 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Chris

    If she wins the election in 2012, I wonder which Horseman (Horsewoman?) of the Apocalypse that makes her.

    One would hope that Americans don't want George W Bush with ovaries in the Oval Office, but it seems that's where Palin is fixin' to go. I would prefer the Republicans find somebody who is a natural leader, eloquent, and unabashedly conservative, unlike recent Republicans carrying that mantle. But who knows? Maybe with three years of debate prep, Palin might be a match for Obama.

    Heh, sorry, that just sounded funny. Can you imagine Palin debating Obama? Obama could cheat on his wife with an aide while snorting blow off her stomach DURING THE DEBATE, and he would still demolish her. That would be great entertainment.

    July 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. James Michael Roberson

    My guess is someone has something on her and forced her to resign. Maybe now that she is no longer Gov. people will quit making fun at her ignorance and stupidity. Cry cry poor little me I can't take no more I quit.

    July 3, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. mark

    Any conservative can beat Obama in 2012. Don't forget that America, by a clear but not necessarily subtantial margin, voted for tax hikes in the middle of a recession. Anyone with any college level economics class under their belt knows that this will deepen the recession and probably create a depression. It doesn't matter who paid the taxes, you voted for a hike. You're getting what you deserved, so enjoy the downward spiral. You have about 6 more weeks to blame this on Dubya, and then the Obama's stewardship of the economy will the front and center. As more and more of you lose your jobs, will you finally take responsibility for your actions?

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

    JB, she is not smoking anything.

    However, Presisent Pothead smokes EVERYTHING.

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

    There is a picture of Sarah Palin giving fellatio to her husband (I suppose).

    If any of you remember that one pornographic video of the Sarah Palin look-alike, you'll be able to find the picture yourself.

    Use Google Images, search "Nailin Palin."

    That's why she's stepped down so suddenly; the picture itself is recent.

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

    Sarah will now devote herself to National Defense, watching those pesky Russians from her front porch.

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Jason Johnston

    There are two reasons for all of the negativity directed at Sarah Palin: (1) the news media's biased portrayal of her as ignorant, and (2) because she is a conservative. These have caused the naive news audience to uncritically assume that she is unintelligent and therefore unqualified for the executive office.

    Defending this truth would only fall on deaf ears (Obama could have been made to look stupid by anyone who wanted to: consider his claim that there were 57 states, giving region 1 DVDs to Gordon Brown, being overly dependent on teleprompter, mistaking a White House window for a door, consistently saying that the Iraq War was lost but then taking credit for winning the war in his Sovereignty Day speech, et al.).

    Unthoughtful bullying liberals just beat their chests and scream names at Palin like "idiot" and "moron" and then assume that they've won the argument. However, the fact of the matter is, liberals voted for an obviously unqualified man has made his share of mistakes (for example, pushing through a stimulus package that hasn't produced of the projected results) and has broken multiple campaign promises already (why aren't liberals anyone upset that Obama is going to "indefinitely detain" Guantanamo detainees? The news told us that the coutry was outraged and embarrassed about Guantanamo. What happened?). But no one knows this stuff because they only pay attention to liberal mainstream media which ignores Obama's missteps to make liberals think that he is smart and intellectual.

    Sarah Palin is a great and successful woman who has done many things to help Alaska. She would finely govern the U.S. if she were voted in as president in 2012 (even if conservative-hating Charlie Gibson wrongfully assumed that there was a settled definition of "The Bush Doctrine" in his interview with Palin and even if she responded awkwardly to anti-conservative Katie Couric's ridiculous questions).

    If she ran for president, I would proudly vote for her and the conservative portion of the country would too (even if we are ignored by mainstream media and Hollywood).

    July 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Niki Birdsflight

    I just remember that she had offers to go into talk shows....that may be her goal. Surely she knows her political life is dead so she may go to ....Sarahwood....where she can ...shine...and make money. Why not ? we are used to idiots in the limelight....and they make money. Bet it's her new goal. She better grab it before she gets too old. She is on the verge of not being a marketing entity. Look at these fools in reality shows...they make a ton of money because idiots are watching. Sarah Palin would be perfect until she gets too old. Hurry up Sarah! Grab at your last chance to make a buck.

    July 3, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Thomas

    It's all about PR !

    A bright shining lie!

    July 3, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. JP

    Thanx Sarah!

    Finally something upstaged the smarmy homosexual, drug-addict, child molestor MJ coverage.

    Some here still badmouth her as not qualified as POTUS, but Obama's only qualification is that he's black. She's far more qualified than he ever was.

    Maybe she wants to take care of the child that Obama worshippers would have killed and tossed in a garbage grinder.

    Maybe she figures she accomplished the goals she ran for in the first place and has no interest in being a PERMANENT, CAREER politician. If that's the case, GOOD FOR HER!

    Maybe she just said to heck with it after winning all her court suits brought by the Dimmocrats.

    Or maybe, she's going to do a Ronald Reagan on the NEW Jimmy Carter: Barack Obama. That's something for you commie wannabes to worry about.

    July 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Jerry, St. Louis

    Maybe she just wants to take off some time to kill some bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and anything else that gets in her sights. Wouldn't it be great if Sarah and Dick went on a hunting trip together?
    Maybe by 2012 Sarah will be pregnant and she can stand before her adoring followers patting her belly and saying ' look what a good christian I am'.

    July 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. kate

    She had hardly any experience when she ran with McCain and now she's quitting early, making sure she REALLY won't have the experience or knowledge in 2012. Someone please explain to me why anyone would want a president who quits their job, leaving those who voted for her in the cold, to pursue her own selfish self-interests. Leaving Obama hatred aside, someone please explain how that's a good thing!!!!

    If she plans on running in 2012, I sure hope she's taking some time off for an education. Starting with high school government would be a good start.

    July 3, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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