July 3rd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Republicans react to Palin news

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association released a statement Friday in response to the Palin announcement:

RGA Statement on Governor Palin’s Announcement

Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers issued the following statement in regards to Sarah Palin’s announcement today that she will not seek reelection in 2010 and will step down from the governorship on July 25th.

“While we regret the news announced by Governor Palin today, Alaska will continue to have a Republican governor through 2010 and we are confident the state will elect a Republican in next year’s election.

The RGA’s focus remains firmly on the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia this year, and the 37 gubernatorial elections that will take place in 2010. We know that winning these races is the most important task facing our Party over the next two years.”

Filed under: RGA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Zero.

    Six Blogs to throw Crap at Sarah Palin. Nothing about Barack the Wimp Obama..

    July 3, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. zeke

    I really made an effort to understand her comments today. I concluded
    that she was having a meltdown.

    Leaving her position as Governor will not help her credibility as a
    viable candidate for President.

    July 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. MartiM, Plano

    There is no way Sarah Palin would resign a governorship early, except for a compelling reason...suggestions include: 1) She can't continue with a lucrative book deal without resigning due to conflict-of-interest rules; 2) Troopergate (or one of the other slimy back-stories) is about to hit the fan; 3) She's going to go underground for a period of time to allow other Republican presidential hopefuls flame out while she studies up on things like sentence structure, foreign policy and economics, and springs upon an unsuspecting public in 2011. Thoughts, anyone?

    July 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Paco

    What a maverick she is. [ Eye wink ]

    July 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Rejoice Alaskans..You're Free.

    July 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Brad(R)

    Ha wow. Keep insulting Palin..its easy to see all of you liberals are scared of her especially from this comment from dsinger "Goodbye....and please don't come back."
    Perfect evidence rite there,your "savior" is blowing his life rite now so keep insulting the republicans,we'll see who's in office in 2012..

    July 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. RJ

    To LJ, Colin Powell was my first pick as a REPUBLICAN but he was too honest for the GOP, so they go and pick a goofy, insane, hypocryte this country has seen in a long while, you need to open your eyes before you fall down!

    July 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Florida Joe

    Someone please tell Sarah Palin that the word "progress' is a noun not a verb. She keeps talking about how she wants "to progress" the state of Alaska.

    If she is going to bone up on public speaking, current events and everything else for 2012, then that might be a good place to start

    July 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Tan, Palo Alto, CA


    – Alaska is facing a $1.3B deficit (a state that depends on oil revenues as a major source of revenue! An equivalent per-capita debt would $70B for California! Well, try to explain that... )
    – Sarah insists that sexual abstinence works - yeah right... just like those Vatican folks that protected the Boston child abusing priests for decades until… they all got caught! 😦

    Unfortunately, one less gun/religion clinging moron in high office doesn't translate to one less gun/religion clinging moron in the world! 😦

    July 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Alexis

    I think there is something big that's about to blow out, this is why she stepped down. Think about it people, isn't being a governor a better position for you to stay in the national seen than being a regular citizen. As usual the Republican are not telling the truth, there is something behind the fact she is stepping down. Wait and we all we'll see what I'm saying.

    July 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. JFK

    Anyone is better than Palin. Maybe she can work for Sesame Street now!

    July 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. A cheater and a quitter

    Palin is a coward who, like Sanford, is running from their responsibilities.

    July 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. KJR

    If only Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Bill Kristol, and Grover Norquist would join her and retire, then we would truly have a much better country.

    it's going to take a few more months for the current administration to cleanup the huge damage done to this nation over the past 8-20 years. But by next year, the economy will be growing, and our reputation in the world will be rising.

    We don't have smarter people in foreign policy than Clinton, Mitchell and Holbrooke. We don't have smarter people in economics than Bernanke, Summers, Romer, Volker, Gross, Dimon and Buffett.

    it's breathtaking how much smarter and more competent the current administration is than the last administration.

    Every four years is a national IQ test. We usually get someone who is mediocre, who most of the country can relate to. And that's a disaster ... because it's a very tough complex job that requires someone with analytical depth, judgment and emotional balance that is far beyond the abilities of most people to understand.

    We are very lucky to have Obama in the White House. In 4 years and in 8 years, this country will be in much better shape than it has been in many years.

    The economy will thrive, our foreign policy posture will be strong, and we will make solid progress on energy, education and healthcare.

    It's always darkest before the dawn. Obama can't cleanup 8 years of terrible leadership in 4 months. But we are on our way. We are on the verge of another generation of greatness in America.

    July 3, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Marissa

    Brad I hate to break it to you but I am a registered Republican. I think this woman was the downfall of Mccain. I simply couldnt vote for him when he picked that mornic woman. I switched to becoming an independent , I am a moderate. I have two friends who had a picture of them with GEORGE W BUSH on their mantle. They voted for Obama too...... and the husband had met Mccain personally many times. Stop making assumptions that all liberals are the root people who can not stand Palin. Mccain would have won if that was simply the case now wouldnt he. ?

    July 3, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. dexter

    If she goes underground, hopefully it's because someone has buried her alive.

    July 3, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Pel

    I really wonder why she is stepping down? Did she not just make a snappy remark to Senator Kerry when he stated the wrong repug gov was being asked to step down. Now she is doing what, stepping down. Unbelievable, you would have to be pure dumb, not to know there is more to this.

    July 3, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Ed Young

    Maybe Ms. Palin is going to take some advise from Tina Faye and try to make it as a white "Oprah". If that doesn't pan out she could become Rush Limbaugh's "Ed McMahon". Let's all join together and send our good wishes to the state of Alaska on there good fortune.

    July 3, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. RJ

    If the GOP even considers letting her run because she will need their permission, they will have sealed their fate for 2012, write it down, I said it, you`ll see I`m right!

    July 3, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Jane

    One word for it...........TRAINWRECK!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Marissa

    For those who hate Obama you may be right , if the economy doesnt pick up in the next 12 months hes going to be in trouble. But one thing I can feel in my bones so strongly I would put money on it , is maybe a Republican will win in 2012 but it sure wont be PALIN ! Cant you see shes mentally unstable?

    July 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Leah

    First Nevada GOP sen. Ensign admits extramarital affair

    Follow by Gov. Sanford who confessed his mistress is his soul mate on a national TV

    This week is Gov. Sarah Palin is quitting her day job (couldn't finished her first term as a governor)

    I am looking forward to GOP news next week CNN!

    July 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Geoff

    Is anyone advising this woman? I mean anyone that likes her.

    Her book is going to be titled' "How to Commit Political Suicide"

    July 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Patrick, Lake Stevens, Washington

    So what!

    July 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Abraham L

    ONe of two possibilities – 1. BIG BIG scandal about to break, or 2. she knows without doubt that she would lose the next election because now that Alaska is not overflowing with oil tax revenue she is exposed as not being able to run the local PTA. Being cast out in the 47th smallest state would not exactly look good on a resume when trying to run for president, you betcha. Hopefully in a few days she is going to fade away dan quayle style and become a funny punchline for a year or two until nobody remembers who she was.

    July 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. David Newport, OR

    everyone loves a quitter.

    July 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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