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. AmFem

    Hooray for the people of Alaska! Hopefully, we will all be celebrating the demise of her political future if she decides to run for (gag) president. We just got rid of a linguistics buffoon... do we really want another one so soon? The American people are not THAT stupid!

    I can't think about this yet, because it gives me a headache in my left eye.

    July 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Bob Dole

    lol...Here come's all he toothless hillbillies out of the woods.

    July 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Trueman

    Look out Obama Hussein the terrorist loving socialist, here comes Sarah the Barracuda to clean your clock with all of her executive and foreign policy experience. Real America rejoice!
    Somebody hide Katie Couric...

    July 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. EJ

    No way should could win.

    July 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Mary

    Sarah, please run in 2012...comic relief is a good thing!!

    July 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. John Silvertooth

    Hard to say what will heppen next but she just made Tina Fey the richest person in the lower 48!

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Dwight Frye

    As long as Obama is not allowed to rely on his teleprompter crutch, Sarah Palin will embarrass him in a debate! Bring it on - hooyah!!!

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Bethie in TX

    Sarah is a beautiful, intelligent woman. However, she doesn't do well under the microscope of national politics. She may be pursuing a career that she has already been trained for–something in journalism or talk shows. She would probably be great at that. She'd just be wasting money to run for the Republican nomination, IMHO (even if she'd be fun to watch).

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Terry

    Palin in 2012 ? What a Godsend for Tina Faye and Saturday Night Live !

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Jared from Halifax

    Sarah who?

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. hard to believe

    Through my pretty long life I have seen policians come and go – and I have seen the voters continually settle for less. Somehow we have mixed up the "star" power with the ability to rationalize and compromise, the ability to have introspection, and critical thinking, and finally, just plain good education all the way around. Palin is a "star" that her fans adore, but she does not have the abilities needed to run this country. I'm not sure who is more foolish – Sarah or the people that support her.

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Don Howard

    Every since Solomon and Sheba women leaders have proven their qualifications. No wars,
    their country has prospored,no corruption and little or no moral values lost. (Except Sheba)

    July 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Cillian 1977

    Folks, just because she want to run in 2012 doesn't mean she'll get the nomination for the GOP. Many high profile Republicans have already said they are planning to run and since most of them aren't as stupid as Sarah "I can't name two publications" Palin, one of them is bound to beat her out.

    Either way, if she did by some miracle get the GOP nomination, she just handed President Obama his second term. Thank you Palin!

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Pat

    If she ran for a second term she would be trounced. She's herself more of an idiot in the last year than she did on the 2008 campaign trail.
    She would not have won her second gubernatorial bid, and she will fail in her bid for the 2012 nomination.
    She's a moron. Her party knows it and the country knows it.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! :-) This is the song Democrats are singing as they cross their fingers and pray hard for a 2012 sequel to the "Obama/Biden vs. Palin" general election.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Jim

    Breaking news? What a joke!
    And why do people still talk about Sarah Palin for president? Oh, please! She’s straight out of Pleasantville. She’s merely a “pretty’ republican mannequin with a prerecorded voice box. This country can’t be that ignorant or blind!

    Sarah, give my regards to Lawrence Welk! And please check your calendar; this is the beginning of the 21st Century, not the 20th!

    Jim
    Portland

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. TB

    Sorry folks, better regroup.

    Obama will not be reelected. He's already showing his true colors, lack of intelligence and voting "present" mentality just as he did as a Senator.

    If you reelect him, you're the idoits (with boobs)

    Same for Pelosi and the rest of the DC crew.

    Don't make me say I told you so.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Beverly in NC

    Palin is delusional if she thinks Republicans are going to let her create another disaster ticket for them again. This "dumb as dirt" extremist needs to disappear back to being the nobody she actually is and take care of her dysfunctional family and handicapped child.

    Palin is fooling no one anymore. She is a national joke. If the Republicans are stupid enough to run her again, then let them, it will ensure another Democratic Party landslide for Obama and for more huge losses in the Senate and the House.

    I'd just as soon not ever have to listen to this moron and her hate rallies again but if the Republicans want to ensure their total and complete defeat in 2012 – then let them use her to completely and finally end their existence as a Party.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Carlos

    In 2008,Mccain was the option for the GOP so they needed to support this woman because they didn't have any other alternative,but now I can bet to anyone that she is going to play with sharks and it's going to be ugly,take a seat and watch how little Sarah learns some politics lessons....

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Sam O.

    If she can run the country half as well as she has run Alaska, I say she has my vote. I'm sick of the inexperienced "Hope and Change" community organizing bozo we have destroying our economy and pushing us all down the socialist path of misery. Sarah Palin was feared as too inexperienced to be VP, but I don't hear any liberals crying out about the insanity and buffoonery of VP Joe Biden. Bet if she were a Democrat, libs would be swooning over Palin. But then, she would not fiscally responsible, anti-big government, and pro-America if she were a liberal, right? And as far as "women's equal rights," it's commendable for a woman to aspire to fulfill her dreams and potential, but it's conditional as to her being a Democrat. If she's a Republican, then she's a bad mother and bad wife. That kind of equality for women is always denied Republican women by liberals. Mistakes made by Hillary Clinton are ignored or minimalized by libs and the MSM, but exaggerated and magnified when done by Palin. Doesn't the hypocrisy bother ANY registered Democrat?

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. George Greenman

    I can care less if you are Republican or Democrat Sarah Palin is simply not that smart. For Republicans to sit there and ignore the fact that she clearly lacks the intelligence it takes to be CIC is beyond ridiculous. You have other great candidates, why are you all putting your hopes and on her? Did you all see her interviews? Did you see the bumbling mess that she made during those interviews? How can you ignore that? At least Barack and Joe Biden have degrees in law. This lady has a Bachelors in journalism. That doesn't spew extreme intelligence to me. I want a leader, a smart very educated leader. Not some person who barely knew what existed outside of Alaska up until last year. Come on people use some logic.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. think please

    This is sad actually. Forget Palin, she is irrelevant here. Now news coverage and negative actions have probably forced a high ranking politician to "retire". Many may view that as a good thing but it sets a terrible precedent. Who will want to even serve under such conditions? This country has been spiralling slowly for some number of years, now it appears to be approaching freefall.

    July 3, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. coach

    Well gollee!She sure is special!

    July 3, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Feral

    Palin could beat the pants off of Obama.
    I hope she runs.
    Enough of this wealth=spreading,out of control government spending and taxes to cover cow farts.
    The Left is crrrrrrrrrazy!

    July 3, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Private

    Let me get started early. Madam President Palin. Can't wait till 2012. USA USA USA!

    July 3, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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