July 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Palin steps down as Alaska governor

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 26, 2009.





FAIRBANKS, Alaska (CNN) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska's governor Sunday before stepping down from her post, telling a Fairbanks crowd that she is resigning "to chart a new course to advance the state."

"Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state ... I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one's last year in office," Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

"With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," Palin continued. "And I have never felt you need a title to do that."

Palin announced in early July that she would step down this month. She has attributed the decision to tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months.

The complaints were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans, Palin has said.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. independent

    Sometimes you have to quit, to show you are not a quitter. Or something like that.

    July 26, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Independent

    This is suppose to be a big WHOOP???? I really don't care....

    July 26, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. heyzeus

    On on that day, the IQ of government in Alaska again went up into the double digits!

    July 26, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Proud member of Global Zero

    We have unemployment numbers high, two wars, a disaster in the Gulf, and all you can talk about is Palin?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 26, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Bill

    How many more years do you intend to beat this horse? In a year you can repeat the scenerio of the BP spill and Obama's delayed response and lying about it. Ah, but I suspect that won't happen.

    July 26, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Nathaniel C.

    "This day in Ticker History..." CNN rolls out a new feature intended to reignite old controversies and incite more political division and partisan entrenchment, rather than to encourage a constructive, peaceful dialogue that can actually move us forward.

    Shame on you, CNN!

    July 26, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Bob

    CNN, why is this even a story? She resigned. So what? Who cares? Maybe you should report on the army of liberal journalists that descended on Alaska when it was announced she was running to dig up anything on her they could. Maybe talk about all of the money that the state was spending on defending her from frivolous charges as to why she resigned. We get it, you don't like her. Fine. Move on please.

    July 26, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Bubba

    She quit as governor to become a community organizer because it paid better.

    July 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Baby Boomer

    I guess after running the Henry Gates story last week CNN knew they had to run some more "This Day in Ticker History" stories or else they would have looked like biased. May I suggest next time someone has one of these great ideas, you take a pass on it. That way we don't have to rehash these kinds of stories. After all, who really cares about Sarah Palin resigning at this point. What we care about is the damage she is trying to do to the entire country now...

    July 26, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Ed L

    She's still an idiot

    July 26, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Linda

    I would love to hear from any resident of the state of Alaska as to what, if anything, Sarah Palin has done for her state since she resigned from her post as governor. All that is reported in the media is how much money she continues to make from her book and her speaking engagements, and how her support of other right wing tea party candidates has affected elections in other states. As someone who considers her not qualified for any public office and who never understood why she has such appeal, and since she gave as a reason for resigning her desire to help the state by not being a "lame duck", I am just curious. Frankly I don't think she resigned for any reasons other than her own selfish ones – to make money for herself and for her family – which by itself is not a bad idea, but she could have at least been honest about it.

    July 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Indy

    It is unfortunate that the truth is never told about Palin leaving her position. She was caught red handed with fraudulent expense claims against the state she claims to love. She thought she was a Queen that could tow her royal family around the country at the states expense. The truth was going to come out about her fraud and abuse so she took the chickens way out of office as she was caugh red handed. Since then it has been a very long year of lies and speeches without solutions and the only thing she has been successful at is firing up the un educated and getting every penny out of her followers that she can. There is not one positive thing she has done since be run out of office, the only difference is she is not charing Alaska for her royal life, and now she charges those costs to her cult followers

    July 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Cosmo

    "... before stepping down from her post, telling a Fairbanks crowd that she is resigning "to chart a new course to advance the state." So how much has she advanced Alaska in relation to how much she has advance her own finances? Truly pathetic.

    July 26, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. America Shrugged

    She found out it's more lucrative to be a TV star and run around the country spewing nasty RW rhetoric than actually do the job she was elected to do in Alaska. This proves to me that she is actually a weak leader and can't take the heat when the going gets tough. President Obama from day one has been taking heat from the RW, but he hasn't stopped working and pushing through his agenda for HCR, reguulating Wall Street, equal pay for women, 2 great Supreme Court justice picks, etc.. That to me is leadership. Keep moving forward Mr President.

    July 26, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. FM

    "With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," Palin continued. "And I have never felt you need a title to do that."
    May be it is time to ask people in Alaska what she has done to them since she left office. I presume none!

    July 26, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. uncredulous!

    Coming up next on MTV: The Palins! Tune in on this weeks episode as Todd and Levi duke it out over who's the bigger buff dog, and Sarah gives the real truth about why water flows downhill!

    July 26, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. hangemhi

    Must be a slow news day. Let's play some oldies!

    July 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Granny Griper

    So may I ask what has she done for Alaska since she quit as governor, she didn't step down she quit plain and simple. How long do you think she would have lasted as VP with all the things that have gone on since the election. She would have done flew the coop lol

    July 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Gil

    Pathetic Palin stepped down to get the big bucks while setting up a defense fund that was illegal. This woman is a laughing stock and so are those that are so ignorant that any of her words makes sense.

    July 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one's last year in office."

    Funny how she didn't mention that to the people of Alaska when she was campaigning for and later sworn in as Governor...

    July 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    July 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    I guess this is something NEW in Ticker History from CNN – hmm, interesting!!!

    "With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," Palin continued. "And I have never felt you need a title to do that."

    Have you ever thought that you did not need to QUIT to "fight for what is right and the truth..." PA'IN, if you were ever to run for President, you will NOT get elected for this reason – you are a QUITTER and a money-hungry monger!

    July 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. who cares

    You betcha! Too bad it has put her out there even more.

    July 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Quitter from Wasilla is a MORON.

    July 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The first day she became a quiter! Part of the issues that I have with her is that she can't seem to finish a job. How many presidents, Senators, Representatives and Governors have quit when they realized that they have no longer any major (or minor) ability to get things done? I can't image Reagan, Clinton or Bush doing that. How does she come up with this crap?

    July 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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