July 3rd, 2009
04:03 PM ET
14 years ago

GOP source: Palin decided it was 'time to move on'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she would not seek a second term and would soon step down as governor.

A Republican source close to her political team told CNN that it was a “calculation” she made that “it was time to move on.” The governor’s “book deal and other issues” was “causing a lot of friction up” in her home state, the source said, adding that he believes that she is “mapping out a path to 2012.”

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. jt

    Palin has no political future, but by all means GOP, spend all your money on this lame racehorse. Sanford not only has no political future, every day he remains in office is another black eye to the GOP in a region where they cannot afford it.

    But what else would we expect from the crack strategy team of the GOP?

    July 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Happy independence day!!

    Oh Mike, you don't want Obama to quit, you love him! He's doing a great job, and you know it!

    July 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Lady

    Palin quit her job – is that what we teach our children when you have had enough to quit? Something else is brewing. Her name must be linked to something else and we just haven't heard about it yet. It is a lame excuse if she quit so she could run for President. Bet that looks good on her resume. Maybe she will go out into the wilderness and try to be friends with the moose and bears instead of killing them. At least there we don't have to hear about her at all.

    July 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Observant

    Bill in Illinois...Palin running does not guarantee a win for Obama in 2012. Obama is screwing up his re-election without her help with all the government spending and unemployment growing, not to mention that no-one in the middle calss is benefiting from his policies. Like you I voted for Obama...wish I could get that vote back. That being said, never in a million years would I vote of Sarah Palin. I am hoping that someone strong emerges in 2012 that actually want to help America and Americans.

    July 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Julio


    I am here to reveal that Governor Palin is being investigated for something out of ordinary. She was caught doing something that when revealed, will be a deception for most of her supporters. If she keeps her job the scandal will affect the Republican more deeper. Since, she will be forced out of office.

    So, for the sake of the party she is stepping down. But the investigation will go forward. In three months the media will have a huge story to sell.

    Can't you read her face during the announcement?
    Can't you see the deception on her speech?
    Why you think she doesn't attack President Obama or the Democrats during the announcement?

    She is done folks.

    Wait and see.

    July 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. BILL, WI

    This is probably more due to the fact that she has over $500,000 dollars in debt defending herself from the petty ethics complaints filed against her by the Democrats. If the tactic is NOT impeachement which would be determined in court, but by endless vindictive complaints which would be handled in committee set up by the Democrat state legislature. Complaints by the way that she had to pay out of her own pocket the legal fees to retain a lawyer to defend herself against those bogus charges. Sadly none of the complaints were ever found to have any real merit, and for that the Democrats and the DNC should be proud.

    July 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. USA Patriot

    Wow. She actually thinks she has a chance. FAT CHANCE!!!!! If you can't take the heat to keep a job you already have – what makes you have the guts to expect people to believe you are qualified to do something else that's crucial to the people?

    July 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Scott in Colorado

    Yes, I agree it is time for Sarah Palin to move on. Guess quitting in the middle of a crisis is ok with Alaskans? Would she have quit the VP? The woman is scary stupid.

    July 3, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Mike b

    Maybe she can talk to Sanford about moving on.

    July 3, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. James

    Just as all the GOP presidential hopefuls were dropping like flies and I thought Palin was regrettably the only hopeful who was still standing, she comes and quits because responsibility is just too much for her.

    July 3, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Anita

    CNN, you need to put up the entire video of Palin's speech to fully grasp what comes from her heart without the teleprompter, (unlike Obama) , much less no notes to peak into while she delivered her astounding rehash of what she had for Alaska. She did speak from her heart and this what the democrats are so scared about.....this is why they want to destroy her. Come one CNN, be fair and balanced! Do not be like MSNBC!

    July 3, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. timz

    I bet Alaskans are wishing they'd elected Tina Fey instead.

    July 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. T

    She is absolutely correct about it being time to move on........time to move on from being "waterboarded" with Micheal jackson gossip and trivia by all of the so-called news networks. I was on Micheal jackson overload since last Friday and being kept in the dark concerning world affairs and politics. The events in Iran and north korea did not just suddenly dissapear, the conomic situation didn't just miraculously fix itself, health care and the energy bill didn't fix themselves either, they were pushed aside and ignored by the so-called news networks .

    As far as sarah palin goes, I think she lives in a bizzaro-world all of her own making. But I have to thank her for being the breaking point at wich "actual news" was once again brought to the forefront.

    July 3, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    The only thing she's mapping out is a radio show in a time block before Fred Thompson, lol.

    July 3, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Anita

    Palin spoke out like a true conservative. She was candid and pointed out what she had done for Alaska in in 2 years with great accomplishments in a true partisan working relationship, which Obama failed to do. She even vowed to work behind the desk with whoever becomes the governor to advance what is best for Alaska. You democrats left wing radical should start listening to what Palin is saying again without the teleprompter and notes at best! Palin is the true and honest politician so far!

    July 3, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Excuse me?

    To Private: are you such an idiot that you think the next Presidential election is in 2010? Shows what a moron you are for thinking Palin is worth the dirt on the bottom of my shoes.

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

    Yeah, abandoning your post because it is no fun anymore will make you look really good as the Presidential candidate, Mrs. Palin!

    July 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA


    you're kidding right, Obama running for whitehouse, winning, and transitioning from Senate into Presidency is the same thing as quiting in a middle of your term for.....?

    It is this 75 IQ Republican mentality why the country is in the state it is, ass far as Alaska being in a good state, it is very easy to be in a good state when for every dollar you pay to the federal government you get 2.25 dollars back. Try being California and only getting 75 cents back. I guess that is why Californian freeways are crumbling and Alaskans are building a bridge to nowhere.

    July 3, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Lary Craig

    Private,your statement shows how ignorant and moronic you are,thinking that the next presidential election is in 2010

    Just goes to show you what kind of people support the GOP-uneducated,ignorant people

    July 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Donna, Orlando FL,

    Yes Donna you're right, except Alaska will be better off.

    July 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. thanks

    guess this level of "executive experience" was too much. i'm relieved. now she's not going to be running for president. one who cannot finish a term as governor for a state smaller than seattle, houston, etc. surely shouldn't be promoted to such an important position. looks like adulterer newt and mormon romney are the last men standing. too bad romney's own party has hang-ups with his religious choice.

    Happy Fourth of July America! The AIP crowd is going home.

    July 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Former Republican Female

    Sarah Palin, please do us all a favor and go someplace, sit down and be quiet.

    You are such a phony but John King and CNN love you.

    July 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. A cheater and a quitter

    How dare you leave your responsibilities when your state is going through an economic crisis?

    you may take pride in being called a maverick, but it shows no character to leave your office just because you cannot get anything done.

    Now why would ANYONE want you to be president after you've flaked out of your job?

    July 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Jay

    PATHETIC!!!! There is no excuse, this is childish behavior. She was elected to office and then quits?!!! BWAHAHAHAH. WAS I BORN YESTERDAY? This lady is insane!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. tomiwa

    Just check out the power of tongue!. I have read people say on this blog "Sarah Palin go away" a countless. Now your prayers are answered.

    Good riddance though lol!

    July 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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