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. Palin_is_a_loser

    Despite the pretty face, there is little doubt that she touches herself just as much as anyone else! :)

    Now, she has more time to cling to guns and religion! She is the best way to send the right wing nuts back to the Stone Age!

    July 3, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    It just amazes me that people are still going on and on about "President Obama ruining our country and socialism and... whatever! That Obama followers are fools and we will find out in the long run." The man is doing EXACTLY what the MAJORITY of the American People want! Do you still fail to understand that this is WHY he was elected?!? President Obama is not evil... YOU, rather, are the minority. Get over it!

    As to Palin, I think she was used by the Republican Party. BUT, I also think that her big ego let her believe, fasely, that she was actually qualified in the first place.

    July 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Palin_is_a_loser

    Right wing nuts / losers,

    It doesn't matter what you say... until at least 2016, it's pay back time!

    Until then, cling on to your guns & religion, and keep touching yourself! You will feel better! :)

    July 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. chuck

    HA HA HA.. LOL – QUITTER – she QUIT! She had a conference to explain that QUITTING is GOOD. Are you Kidding me? What kind of self serving dribble drabble.... what a load of alaskan buck s*it.

    She wants to put government in the hands of private enterprises. Was she asleep for the last eight years. Government in the Hands of Madoff, MCI and Enron. She is a day late and years behind and can't even finish her own terms.

    The worst part is that her fan base are a bunch of looney quitter whiners too, blaming their troubles on anything that doesn't look like them. YUCK YUCK YUCK. You betcha!

    July 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Anonymous.

    It appears there is a leaked photo of Sarah Palin doing er... fellatio to a man.

    It's on google images.
    "Forget Nailin Palin, why not see the real thing?"

    Could this be the reason why she resigned?

    July 3, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. jt

    Flaky – to say the least. Alaska will be a much better place.

    July 3, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Tatianna

    For the past 8 years and beyond, dems hatred towards an opposing political party has divided this nation. Embrace your hate. Enjoy your hate. Relinquish it. Your hate will kill you before the rest of us die! Its tempting to believe reps will never sit in the Oval Office and gain majority of congress. 52 percent of American electorate has run around like a bunch of howling ninnies chanting likdd a horde of Jim Jones followers, who cant get enough of the poison kool-aid. For the first time in my adult life, I am not proud of my country having Obama as president.

    July 3, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Chris is Laughing

    This is just the precursor to a big bombshell that has yet to be dropped. You don't quit with 1.5 years left in your term and expect to run for president. We're missing a critical piece of information – and I think when that bomb shell drops we're all going to be laughing!

    July 3, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Richie

    Can we finally stop hearing about her now?

    July 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. JeffinDenver

    Ms. Palin represents REAL change and hope. She is not a fraud like so many current national leaders. She reminds me that this country truly needs someone like her who would stand tall for our troops, some one who would ACT tough, and not just speak well, against America's enemies and someone who is NOT a big spending liberal. Communtiy organizing? Pooh... ! God pray for this country. Alaska will miss executive her efficiency and effectiveness. If she decides to run for President I will support her and I am a DEMOCRAT!

    July 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. ConcernedAmerican

    An aside to those of you out there to whom this applies, liberals and conservatives alike:

    If you are trying to convince people that you are educated enough to have a learned political opinion, you might want to take some orthography lessons or use a spell check before posting to CNN.

    July 3, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Paul

    Sarah Palin: Forcing rape victims to give birth to the rapist's babies in the name of pro-life values.

    What a nightmare. Liberals are scared of her because she wants to take away their freedoms in the name of her God, but she also has a snowballs chance in hell of winning over the moderates of this country. The neo-cons will dance around her and the true small-government Republicans will balk at the level of social control she wants the government to have over people.

    The neo-cons better hope and pray that Americas economy goes down the tubes, because if we start to see recovery by 2012 then they won't stand a chance at getting their hands around the neck of American society to instill their own twisted ideals of morality. Of course, it's been fairly obvious that since McCain lost that neo-cons want America and its economy to fail so that they can blame the liberals and reclaim power.

    Personally, I hope we see moderate Democrats and Republicans come together as a new third party, one who's goals are to shrink the government down while increasing freedom and equality by finally supporting issues such as same-sex marriage.

    July 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. jwninsouthcarolina

    May be she wants to spend some time in Argentina!

    July 3, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. SeaninOrlando

    Um "JeffinDenver", way to fall for the FoxNews propaganda machine.

    Sarah Palin is in no way a "change" from the way our country has been run when it was run by conservatives, unless you mean change for the worse- she has no clue what it means to actually GOVERN, just ask Alaskans.

    I hope she does run, it'll be the funniest thing ever to see Sarah Palin debating Barack Obama.

    July 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. jd

    MCD, San Francisco, CA July 3rd, 2009 4:29 pm ET

    It just amazes me that people are still going on and on about "President Obama ruining our country and socialism and… whatever! That Obama followers are fools and we will find out in the long run." The man is doing EXACTLY what the MAJORITY of the American People want! Do you still fail to understand that this is WHY he was elected?!? President Obama is not evil… YOU, rather, are the minority. Get over it!

    You have got to be kidding me, the MAJORITY of American people do not want big government, big government spending, no action taken on threats like North Korea and Iran, TRIPLELING the deficit, driving DOWN the economy,... do you FAIL to understand this is NOT why he was elected. .. He represented CHANGE well you got your change, he has done nothing but worsen an already bad situation, I'm not going to say he is evil and i do not want him to fail, at the same time i think he has already failed and hope he is not re elected.....NOW WE TRULY NEED CHANGE.... Obama is an in experienced coward and a fool, 143 days as congressman.. He clearly did not and does not represent what americans want.... what we want is him GONE

    July 3, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. selina

    WOW! I have read some of the comments here & I have to say the liberal vitreal (sp?) is disgusting! ARE YOU LIBERALS ALL THAT UNHAPPY? Seriously, she is the barbie doll epitome of exactly what all women's lib'bers have promoted for decades....strong woman, career, family, success, and balls bigger than a man. To oppose her so bitterly as many of you have means that she threatens you. I find that so immature and emotionally based. Liberals need to grow up. I'll go ahead and tune CNN off again for a few months.

    July 3, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Republican Mess

    Hopefully she is planning a tour to teach young people the benefits of birth control!

    Palin along with her fans are all dumb religious hypocrites.

    July 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Josh

    Maybe shes taking a sabbatical because of the videogame she has coming out called Bulletwitch? In any case, I hope she takes a trip to Russia and gets lost in an avalanche. We already had 8 years of "W" and I am pretty sure we don't need another buffon in politics. Maybe she can get a job as a stunt double for Tina Fey?

    July 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Jessica

    She represents the extreme right conservative wing – the equivalent of an American Taliban – and this is coming from a Jesus loving Christian. I'd say let her run – perhaps it will rid the party of this toxic constituence. People bash Bush all the time, and I do agree that he made mistakes although I supported him. Our republican party needs someone stronger to go against BHO. He's a machine.

    July 3, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. pam

    I've said it before and I'll keep saying it. The vitriol on both ends ot fhe political spectrum (here and elsewhere) is truly embarassing. Methinks that the truly wise and articulate can't be bothered posting on these smear sites, but for myself, I like to read to see what folks are saying. This topic is no different than others. Our collective ignorance and pettiness belies our place on the food chain!
    If you believe that Obama has brought the change you were seeking, then good for you. I, for the first time in my adult life, am afraid for my country. We are being dragged down and there is no one standing up to the "President." No on on either side of the aisle .. it's absolutely disgraceful.
    As for Palin – I'm no fan, but if Obama can hunker down for a few months and get himself 'up to speed' on issues ('here's what you should say....') then I'd bet a buck Palin can do the same. She can learn to speak better publicly (for you apoplectic democrats – love to see you foam with hate ! It's BDS all over again!) and since she has way more chutzpah than O, she may have a shot at it.
    We'll see if the republicans can float someone other than a so-called church going do-gooder whose repressed sexuality lands him on PRIME TIME like cellulite photos on the cover of the National Enquirer.
    God helps us all. We don't have a candidate worthy of our support.

    July 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. emile

    Yeah, that's VITRIOL.

    PS, it's a good idea to use words that you can spell when you're trying to make a point in a political discussion. You've already mastered the caps lock key, so you're a step ahead of most subliterate republitards on the internet.

    Funny, the vast majority of the supporters of right wing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran were poor, uneducated rural people. We have the same problem in this country. Why is it that so many right wingers are uneducated hicks? I guess they are the only ones dumb enough to swallow the GOPs ridiculous nonsense.

    July 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. antillian

    Its funny how whenever a political figure like Palin is brought up in any article or any other criticism on the right they somehow have to bring Obama into the story....its like they have really nothing better to think of.

    look the sky is blue........its Obamas fault

    water is wet.....................its Obamas fault

    leafs fall of a tree............its Obamas fault

    People the article is about Palin!! nobody els so please don't try and divirt the issue.
    P.S. to my favorite phoenix 86 we know you don't like colored folk, we really get it.

    July 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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