July 3rd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
5 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
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  1. JFK

    Annie said:

    "This should make all the liberal jerkhead creeps happy. One HONEST human being stands up for our country and she is absolutely slaughtered. I thought liberal meant live and let live not kill, kill, kill unless you have the same belief as the liberal spouting it out of their mouth."

    Annie, I couldnt be happier she is gone. Not because she is a Republican but because she is incompetent for her job! Frankly, she is an embarassment to Republicans and politics as a whole. It goes to show that people are so easily fooled. And if you really believe everything she says or anyone else for that matter, then you deserve all you get.

    Alexis, your right! I bet something big may come out soon with all her skeletons she is hiding.

    July 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Josh

    Thank God! Hopefully that's the last of her, but I doubt it is. =/

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

    I'm glad to see her go away quietly...she has a "brain-disconnect". God help Alaska if she and the clan remain there.

    July 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Brad(R)

    Marissa..
    No i don't think its Sarah's fault he lost. I think she would be a much better VP than the one we have now. He gave the location away of where he'd be moved to in case of a terrorist or attempted attack anywhere near Washington. I don't think she was bad. And George Bush I still respect. He kept us safe for 7yrs and didn't do the popular thing,he did the rite thing. Look at how it is over in iraq and afghanistan now,thats the military's work and his work. No obama in there. I think republicans should of won this year. That's my opinion.

    July 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. gregg

    She was too chipper during her announcement. She's seeing money and fame beyond what a governorship of a sparsely populated state can give her.

    July 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Notice how the people who speak out the hardest against something are usually guilty of doing it:

    Rush against drugs,
    Mark Folley against underage sexual predators,
    Larry Craig and Ted Haggerd against gays,
    Sanford preaching about family values....

    etc...
    etc...
    etc...

    at least when Democrats get caught with hookers, they didn't preach family values before....

    July 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Sharon

    OMG – what a rambling resignation. If her thought is to begin preparing herself for a presidential run in 2012, she certainly didn't chose the right way to enter the race. She sounded pathetic and unintelligent. But then, most of us already knew that. She could crack the books for the next 2 years and would be no better prepared for national office.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. wofpaker

    Sarah Palin is better than any left wing liberal candidate that the left wing Democratic Party can run. She has more character, morals, integrity than all the Demos in the House and Senate put together even the so call blue dog dems. Ba rack does not even come close to being the person that Sarah Palin is. He is a disgrace to the American People. Go Sarah

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. sipiwe

    'I AM SO HAPPY SHE IS OUT OF POLITICS, I was tired of hearing her name, and all of the drama.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Leah

    Palin read the tea leaves and knew her reelection as Governor was going to be very difficult. This is a calculated move to quit when she seems to have accomplished something and to prepare for the Rep. primaries. Palin is all about herself and her quest for power.

    CNN will be nothing but Palin now!! Goodbye Iran, goodbye Michael, goodbye Sanford...welcome the nonstop coverage of this accident waiting to happen.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Beverly in NC

    Palin is a moron. No intelligent person would ever consider this nutjob for anything. She isn't even qualified to be a Mother. She is one huge failure. Alaskans hate her and are cheering her departure.

    She stepped down because a huge scandal is about to break. She has already been convicted of "abuse of power" in her very short time as Governor. She is unethical, erratic, unstable, incredibly stupid, and a horrible Mother. She and Sanford would make a great pair....dumbest and most corrupt ex-governors who got run out of office. Crash and burn for both of them!

    For someone who supposedly hates the media – she sure can't seem to get enough of them. The media actually love her because she is always great for a good laugh.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    What on earth is going on with the Republicans? They are dropping like files.
    Ensign
    Sanford
    Palin
    And that is just in the past two weeks. They are imploding right before our eyes. Amazing
    It continues to crack me up that the right says that the Des are afraid of the likes of Palin. How is afraid of a quitter . She poses no threat but you betcha, she sure is entertaining.

    July 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Hypocrites_are_everywhere

    She will have more time to work on her sexual abstinence concept! Hopefully, she could at least apply it to those Boston child abusing priests and folks like Newt Gingrich (and his affair during the Clinton debacle) and Rev Cutie!

    July 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Biggest mistake in Presiental politics since Giuliani decided to forgo the "smaller"states and campaign in Florida.

    How'd that work out for you Rudy?

    July 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. JFK

    Marissa said:

    "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?"

    If people are going to blame Obama for this mess, then they are idiots. Obama has kept it from becoming a full blown depression. The economy was crashing LONG before he got elected and was outright neglected by Bush. There was virtually little attempt to shore up the system before Bush left office. He simply didnt care since he was leaving.

    July 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Gobama

    Isn't capable of completing a relatively small job of governing a 'small' state, Alaska, for a full term?

    'Stick a fork in her'; she's done politically!

    Can't handle 'little' Alaska completely?
    Sure cannot handle national office even partially!

    July 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Zero.

    The rest of us? Or just the rest CNN. You are not the "Rest" CNN.

    July 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    She is a clueless pathological, egotistical liar! Nothing more, nothing less!

    July 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Moonbeam

    Oh no, no! I am crushed! I love Sarah Palin! I was counting on couple more years of amusement like she provided so far!
    What is it? Did she hike with Marc Sanford? Is this something about Todd (he does look and talk like a goon)?
    Or she simply can't stand Alaska anymore after being exposed to the lifestyles of the rich and famous in better climates?

    Surely, she can't believe that she has a chance in 2012!

    July 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Old White Man Now Independent Party Member

    John King is a staunch Republican who should be over at Fraud News (aka Fox News). I don't watch CNN when John King is on. I never watch any show where John King is talking, spreading his Republican agenda.

    July 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas Forever

    it really doesn't matter who in the GOP says what about this EXCEPT Rush Limbaugh of course.....if he gives the thumbs up...the GOP sheep will follow as usual. And the way he's been in her corner it would not shock me if she conferred with him before she made the announcement.

    July 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Matt

    folks, those who are happy or sad because she's quitting, realize...she's quitting to focus on running for prez in 2012. So keep everything in perspective. As far as her recent attacks on Obama, Kerry, et al (Kerry;s joke WAS lame by the way), I think that, if Ms. Palin has presidential aspirations in mind, she should remember she has to get through a republican primary first, something she has no experience with on a presidential level. I don;t think Romney, Huckabee, possibly Crist, Pawlenty, Jindal, etc are going to roll over for Palin just because of her celebrity status.

    July 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. SNAPPA

    Well, am i suppose to feel sorry? Good riddence.

    July 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Enlightened Voter

    Let's be honest, we all know she realized she couldn't handle it.

    July 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Garofulaar

    Brad(R) and other similar posters. Do you not understand that independents like me will never vote republican again while the likes of Palin and other right-wing religious nut jobs are candidates? You and your like are an embarrassment and will bring this country to its knees (actually, you already have).

    July 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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