July 3rd, 2009
04:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin to step down as governor, not seeking re-election

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month. She will not seek election to a second gubernatorial term in 2010.

Palin, a Republican, was elected governor in 2006. She was tapped as Arizona Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate last year.

Palin said she was transferring authority to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn in on July 26.

"People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska," Palin said at an announcement from her home in Wasilla.

"Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine."

Palin added in a statement that she was "determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path. ... Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional 'Lame Duck' status in this particular climate would just be another dose of 'politics as usual,' something I campaigned against and will always oppose."

A Republican source close to Palin's political team told CNN's John King that it was a "calculation" she made that "it was time to move on."

The governor's "book deal and other issues" were "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."

Another source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Palin "thinks she has accomplished goals she has set forward. ... She sees what a positive influence she has had on people's lives from traveling the country in the last year."

As the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin has been considered one of the front-runners for the next GOP presidential nomination. Her decision not to seek another term as governor is sure to stoke speculation that Palin is seriously eyeing a run for the White House.

In an interview last month with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Palin said she was unsure about her re-election bid because she needed to focus on her state and her family.

"So, no decision yet on either 2010 or let alone 2012?" Blitzer asked.

"No decision that I'd want to announce today," Palin responded.

- CNN's Peter Hamby, John King, Mark Preston, and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.

(Updated at 4:45 p.m. with additional information)

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soundoff (454 Responses)
  1. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Wow...lol...a 10 minute speech in which she rambled and complained about the federal govt. and then in the face of that and other tensions she will simply quit. Republicans are just making this too easy.

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Hot Chick

    She wants to steal MJ 's fun...Not news

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. SF Serg

    My God she sounds worse than last November. She obviously hasn't studied or practiced her public speaking since last November. Will she be ready to run in 2012?

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. James

    CNN... funny how you will let a comment through that says "Obama the Arab" through but won't post mine because of the word "Dumbya" being in it, or maybe my last post attempt with "Grinchrich" and "Palyin" in it.

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Sofiane in SC

    Now, she will have more time to listen to Rush Limbaugh to soften her vision for the future and gain the heart of all Americans

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I will totally vote for her and support her! She is amazing. She is one of those rare smart people that never tire, never give up, and manage a job, a family and a STATE with a cheerful smile.

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. daunt


    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Douglas

    If she does run, I find it very hard to believe that she will get the nomination from the GOP. She is seen as a joke. I know that it's harsh critique but it's a fact. People aren't fooled for long and no one wants someone in the White House who doesn't have the ability to do an interview on television. Say what you want about Hilary, but at the very least the American public wouldn't have been embarrassed about having her talk to foreign heads of state. Could you imagine what foreign nationals would think of us if they sat down with someone like Palin. Are credibility would go right out the door. No way does she get the nomination.

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Bob North Carolina

    The Best of the Bunch—On The Road Again To the White House–Obama, Your Worse Nightmare Is Happening–Go Sara Go!

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. james

    Gee, that's too bad. Palin is more than fresh air blown into the moribund GOP, but they can't seem to make something out of her, they let the media crush her to death.

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Andy in Tennessee

    She is back on TV !!! ( preparation for 2012 begins ). I wish she would GO AWAY

    July 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Jane in WI

    oh yeah, and to the poster "Zero" you are an ignorant racist. Must be republican.

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. B.C

    I smell a scandal.

    Hope not. Her 15 minutes of fame should have run out a long time ago.

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Susan in NC

    Ding Dong the witch is dead!!!!! Maybe I can start looking for jobs in Anchorage now.

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Heidi in Houston

    Maybe that six page Vanity Fair article was the one that finally sent her over the edge. Perhaps she's too thin skinned to be in the national spotlight. Can't take the criticism. Hmmm...

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Franco Tirado

    "Palin and Obama, what a pair!! Surely the country can come up with someone better than either one of these people. Palin is a trainwreck, but Obama is a disaster! America, take your pick!"

    The reps choose Bush for 8 yrs. Now who was worse? Who is the war criminal? who brought misery to our families and our economic??

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Kimmy

    Well you know she has something lined up. Fox?? Her husband can't support the family. My guess is that someone found out something she was doing wrong and a threat was made ~ step down or we blow the whistle.

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. cedgar

    Go Sara!
    Hope she does what she needs to do!
    She has more going for her than ANY ONE in the President WHOLE
    All the President cabinet is NOTHING but Clinton has been!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Bill E

    Frankly, I don't see her as a successful candidate for Prez, but as RNC chairwoman, she could certainly breath life back into the party.

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. jake

    Zion and Scott you sound like no matter what you will vote for obama in 2012 so shhhhhhh it... The only idoits are on this board who thinks that Obama will doing a good job he needs to be impeached

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. nytitleguy

    I am a recently retired NY state judge and consider myself a conservative republican...I would never vote for her...she ruined McCain's chance at the White House...and now she's quitting on the people of Alaska...what next ?...when things get tough in DC, what's she gonna do ?...quit again ?...she is an embarrassment and should just go away...she in NO way represents the mainstream Republicans of this country...can she still see Russia from her front door ?

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Emma

    She is the same Sarah – always keeping the public entertained and
    speculating about her next move. It gets her so much attention.

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. tcaudilllg

    @B.H.: not the best, but far from the worst.

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Kathy

    She has already failed at her First Job, which was successfully parenting her children. How did anyone ever get the idea she could run a STATE, when she can't control her own child?

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. zippy

    Palen will win in o12, you libs will see' shes better than obamma

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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