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.”

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Wil B

    What ever happened to finishing the job you were elected to do? I mean jeez, at least Clinton stayed around even after he was drug through the mud of impeachment.

    This woman is a piece of work.

    July 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. hjs3

    Sorry but I sense something isn't quite right here......

    July 3, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Precious

    Now Sarah Palin can come back with a SLAM DUNK! She can now fight back in a wide open court, instead of in a back room.

    The Court is yours Sarah. Let's play BALL!

    July 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. jaye

    Palin is a whack job – and the world knows it.

    July 3, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Keith Johnson (Fremont, CA)

    I wish her the best of luck with her life outside of politics. I doubt she plans on running for something again in the future, considering that she just took her political career back behind the woodshed and shot it.

    I mean, if someone quit their job as a the governor of a state, I'm sure as heck never going to vote for them to be President of the United States. I doubt Alaska will replace their existing Republican senator with someone who quit being Governor, and it will be over five years until their Democrat senator is up for election (2014).

    July 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. SoSaysSam

    She "calulated," 🙂 her math is as bad as her english. What a quitter!

    July 3, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. barbara swanberg

    I pray she just goes away!

    July 3, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Larry from RI

    A dolt and a coward to boot – go figure, who saw this coming?

    I hope the GOP gives her the nod to run for anything again in her political life because that will immediately guarantee the job to her opponent!

    July 3, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. John Black Hills/SD

    Palin is an irresponsible quitter. She should be ashamed of herself, the GOP should reconsider who calls themselves an elected republican. If the GOP is okay with this bizarre behavior by an elected republican, the party is lost. All we have to do is look at the national news to see the freaks who are elected under the banner of the GOP.

    July 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. mike,texas

    It was about the money not the country.

    July 3, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Ekbaaaaaaal from NC


    If you cannot handle a governorship , how do you think you would have handled a Vice Presidency??

    Thank Goodness...

    skrew ya

    July 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Vick

    muhahahahah i can do better job than her

    July 3, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. TRUTH

    she should have never been in politics , wonder what the Dems found on the hag, please Obama go after Arnold orgy govenor of CA. go DEMS

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Lt.Dan

    Just listened to Palin's "speach," she has come completely unhinged. This woman is not stable, thank God she is not in the White House.

    July 3, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. David Newport, OR

    only a stupid republican would consider voting for a quitter.

    July 3, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Samuel B.

    I'm going to wait and see how far Palin is "moving on" before I start cheering. About a week of her not being in the news for some sort of bizarre comment or behavior ought to be a good indicator.

    Come to think of it, maybe she's taking over Michael Jackson's concert tour. After all, they're two peas in a pod as far as strange behavior is concerned.

    July 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. bella

    Sara Palin might think she is a lame duck! More likely, she is a "cooked goose"!!

    July 3, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Samuel B.


    Yes, Palin spoke like a true conservative. About every dumb and bizarre thing she said was reminiscent of something a brain-dead conservative would say. Now how about you take your stupid remarks and get lost along with Palin?

    July 3, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    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."

    What does "the book deal and other issues was causing a lot of friction up in her home state"??? That's just strange. Why cant she write a book, or continue to be governor? Something's odd.

    Seriously, with 52% of Americans not knowing who the leader of the GOP is, the far-right is in deep trouble!

    July 3, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom

    The GOPers are SO funny!! All you've got is complaints about a.......... teleprompter!??? Seriously. You've got nothing and you just keep proving to America how petty you people are!

    July 3, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Lee

    Is Mark Sandford going to name S.Palin as one of his ladies?

    July 3, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. bella

    Did anyone else think her speech sound really childish? Vengeful? Nasally? Abrasive?

    July 3, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Jack from California

    Walking out on your job is "time to move on"? WOW talk about wacko!

    July 3, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Denna

    I have to wonder why she is 'moving on' in the middle of her term as governor. Is there something bad blowing in the wind or did a high ranking RNC official talk her into it 'for the good of the party"? Should be interesting to find out – and we will if there is anything really going on.

    July 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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