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. Sherry da Vet

    She couldn't keep a commitment to the people of the state Alaska for one FULL TERM. Is it the article in Vanity Fair SNL jokes jokes on Letterman or what??? Is she that thin-skinned and if that's the case , what happens in 2012 and she wants to enter into politics again and she shakes her responsibility again for a change for the sake of individual freedoms? Advancing in another direction is politico speak for "I can't do 2 things at once so I need to concentrate on my presidential run in 2012 without the incumbrances or responsibility of Alaskan needs."

    July 3, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. fay

    Why is the left so afraid of her???

    July 3, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Gasol

    I think she is afraid of dealing with the financial crisis that every state is facing at this time... she's giving up rather then facing the people... classy as usual.

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Maggie

    Is there another indictment brewing that she knows she can't duck?

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Lizard King

    OMG! This is a clear sign that she is under the illusion that she can be President! Good help us all!

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Leon

    Anyone who doesn't realize Palin is a first class moron is an even bigger moron! What an absolute imbecile she is.

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Wayne Moore

    Now, if Obama could only follow her example...

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. James

    Oh no, we in the lower states are will be seeing here down here as she starts what SHE thinks is her Presidential bid...God help us! Congrats Alasaka you got rid of a dork!

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    No gumption! Another governor who puts herself first and the voters of her state second. Doesn't look good on a presidential resume... wonder what's up? Promises made ... promises not kept ...

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Marty

    you betcha!

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Vincent

    This is a good woman who is passion for this country and her family.

    She has my vote for President.

    Please run and save us from the mistake this country made with Obama.

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Rick Williams

    Probably an expose coming out in the National Enquirer.

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Denna

    At last. Now maybe this ignorant, divisive woman will finally disappear. I certainly hope she isn't doing this so that she can run for president. I wonder what is going on? Is she being smart or has something happened that will become apparent in a few days? We'll see.

    July 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. ilan

    She's a fraud, always was, always will be. I actually think she is the real secret lover of the SC governor...

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Inquiring Mind

    Could be there's another little hydrocephaloid in the oven. After I saw that Madonna and child picture of Sarah Palin, my first thought was: "Sarah Palin is a carrier of the Curly Howard gene."

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Hey Zack – in referring to Palin's numbers, do you mean her IQ? If so, then I agree.

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. doug

    Everybody loves a quitter.

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Elwood Burton

    It is no surprize about Gov Palin. She should not have been picked by John McCain. I was a supporter of him until that horrible day when he chose her to be his running mate. John why could you not see the writing on the wall.

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Interesting...

    Hmm. Did Sanford ever take a trip to Alaska?

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. jodog

    I betcha she is gonna get some schoolin.

    July 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Pete

    Obvious move by Palin for something greater, perhaps for the White House in 2012. She was constantly attacked, unwarranted, by the liberal media. Perhaps her strategy is to "hide out" for a year or two and come back when the media least expects it? I don't know if I agree, but contrary to what most believe, she is a very intelligent woman, and she's most definitely go something up her sleeves.

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. MGE

    Can't wait to see a transcript of her rambling. Does she ever take a breath or make a complete sentence. It is exhausting trying to follow her train of thought!

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Leo Moranti

    Here comes the media blitz to speculate she is going to run in 2012....GOD HELP US!

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Kermit

    What the hell was that announcement/speech about??? Has she ever been tested for ADHD? It's like her staff put a bunch of statements on post-it notes, wallpapered her office with them and released a superball. The speech was written as the ball hit a post-it note...
    And where are these comments on Trig – I've never heard a single one. Maybe, like Letterman, she too confused her kids...

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Marty

    Let's see – Sarah is stepping down ! Could it be she is contemplating going back to school and study geography, communications, sex education for minors ? That will be a pretty heavy load for Sarah for a two-year study program with final exam set for 2012 !

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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