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

First on the Ticker: Palin will not run for re-election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/08/art.spalin0608.gi.jpg caption="GOP sources tell CNN Palin will not seek re-election."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce Friday that she will not seek a second term, three sources tell CNN.

Palin has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at her home in Wasilla. The governor’s office offered no further details about the subject of the news conference, but the sources tell CNN that Palin will announce her decision to forgo another run.

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

As the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin is considered one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2012. 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.

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soundoff (422 Responses)
  1. RUTY

    It's about time. Now–maybe she can become a mother to her children instead of being a motor mouth to the world. Thank you God.

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Loving America

    Leave the woman alone. She cannot spend any more money than Obama already has. He is not perfect and neither is she. If you have nothing nice to say, keep your comments to yourself. We all have our faults. Right? I think we should give her a chance.

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

    ""She sees what a positive influence she has had on people's lives from traveling the country in the last year." ....

    ... and she can see Russia from her house ... what she can't see is that she is not and never will be presidential material. Took her six years to get a 4 year degree!

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Annunciata Conde

    Your list of comments reveals the depth of ignorance, the breadth of fear and the roots of the Godlessness now so prominent in the minds of our erstwhile proud nation. Palin is not afraid of your commentators. Nor am I.

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Glenn

    That's great news... I'm sure her 2 supporters will miss her greatly...

    July 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. sara boyd

    think you are a wonderful addition to both your state and country....and could see you as a senator at this stage of your life and family committment. But as a mom I know what a toddler and young family and grandchildren demand. Its not money or political clout ...its time... time that a president or vice president could not posibly have.....its one thing for one state to rest on your shoulders but quite another for all the states ......I hope you are making an annoucement that will open the door for the leadership of the party to rebuild this country but will also enable another to step up into the stage for the national position.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Joe

    Sarah Palin runs for President – Night of Election, she asks someone what the President does.

    This woman is the DEFINITION of a Front. She's pretending to be an intelligent, balanced, and progressive woman. She has issues with letting her emotions run her. See her scandal as Alaskan Governor and who she could and could not fire. She has issues with understanding what she is trying to become, see Vice President and her not knowing what the heck the job is about. She has issues with progress and being a hypocrite. See her pregnant and suddenly single daughter post lost election. Palin needs go to school, and learn what it means to not play House or Governor. The LAST thing the US needs is a President who assumed rather than knew.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Flannery

    OMG...........PLEASE Sarah, run for the White House....help us out of this mess of a "Change" Obama is putting us in!!!

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Rocker

    She figured she had nothing to loose because she wouln't have been re-elected. The National Meat grinder awaits you again, Sarah. This time you'll be swallowed whole. What a delusional dunce...

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Andrea


    Oh brother I agree with you. Laugh all you want about Palin people, but I find this development frightening. Many may find this woman to be an imbecile, but you are naïve, short sighted, and arrogant to think that she could not win. I voted for "hope", for Obama, and so far he seems like a "ghost president". I just can't see him, strange as this may sound. It's like he's not there. I hope all our jaws are not dropping come Election Day 2012.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Tim Fisher

    She was not one to dig into college course books and material, seeing how it took her, what, 6 yrs. to get a degree in journalism? I doubt her ability to "crash course" in learning the names of world leaders, let alone the definition and what it takes to be President of the U.S.is going to happen in the next 2 yrs., before hitting the "campaign trail!"

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. wowbagger


    She is just telling all of you lib Bas**rds to shove off.

    Then she will kick back and just enjoy living in big wonderful Alaska.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. jimii

    Wow! She is so taken by her own reflection in the mirror – and so unqualified to be President of these United States. Can you imagine her trying to cope with the multi messes that Obama stepped into when taking over for W?

    I am sure there will be a number of people that will support her because she is "just like us, or them" but since when do we want an average person who went to 4 or 5 colleges to barely get her degree and all the other traits that make her like the average person. I want a leader who is inteliigent, enlightened, respected, can understand how all the problems in the world impact each other – anyway – 8 years of Bush was enough – please no more of this insanity. Oh, I forgot – she is qualified because she can see Russia from her back yard.

    She is clueless except she does know how to play the media game. There ya go again – jeepers.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. aware

    Governor Sarah Palin has not been brain-washed by our misguided pseudo intellectuals or our radical far-left universities who no longer recognize truth, have disgarded knowledge and are clueless when it comes to wisdom. Governor Palin is tough enough to speak truth to power. She has a moral center and a true code of ethics. She is authentic! Neither she nor her daughter aborted their babies for the sake of convenience.

    She will bring change we can believe in!

    I am an Independent sick of Washington ego maniacs and power hungry manipulators! 🙁

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. PT

    If the Republicans nominate this "dim wit", the public would know that all means justify the end. And, no, I don't want to have a beer with her.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. am better

    she is afraid she is going to lose reelection thats why. 2012 is going to be entertaining election. lol does she really think she can lead this great country? she talk trash, she has no respect for others, can't manage even her own family. Go ahead caribou entertain us with your illiteracy. she claims she has journalism degree but never showed what she learned there may be it is b/c she didn't understand what she was studying. Alaskans are lucky now.

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Marge

    LOL!LOL! stepping down????? Not running for re-election????? I guess when 'your' own party turns against you,it's time to go! LOL!LOL!
    Maybe she will use this time to learn how to read....
    There's NO 2012 bid forthcoming.....Dumb Sarah is done!!!!
    Well Done Sarah! LOL!LOL!

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. CS


    Don't forget to add grammar!

    July 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. kathy

    our president is just spending money with his families. and president mother in law is still staying in white house. what, president daughters are babies. in history this is the first time, president mother in law is staying in white house. and just not for 2 or 3 months,
    more then that. amercian public are weak.

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Bob

    Sarah, You are the best. Ignore the idiots that fear you. You will be the first woman president (not "Her-Thighness" Hillary). You will be the leader that saves us from the Marxist that is our current president. Conservatives voted for you, not McLame!

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. ccm1991

    Can she still see Russia from her house?? Good riddance! She is a mental moron. And of course everyone is speculating she will run in 2012. I would not hire someone for a higher position if they cannot even fufill their current position. And this whole boo-hoo the national media is trying to take me down BS and there is a "Full court press to get me" is ridiculous and a cop-out!!!! Nobody cared about her or knew who she was until the election. An election that SHE CHOSE TO BE A PART OF!!!!!

    "I am going to make an executive decision as an elected official by no longer being an elected official." That underscores how much of a moron she is. She went to four colleges in five years, why? If she loves her job sooooo much why is she quitting? If she is such a great point guard, why is she walking of the court? I have a strong feeling there is skeleton somewhere in her closet.

    It would not bother me if she stated that she wanted to spend time with her family or some other personal reason. I can totally relate to that. But she delivered some conviluted speach that made absolutly no sense.

    Fox News, here she comes. What a joke.

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Mike

    Palin, or any other good conservative, will do the job on the campaign that McCain was too confused to do. She'll put Barry's socialist nuts in a vice and squeeze til he cries the Star Bangled Banner with pride.

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. whaley41

    Why are you dems and liberal idiots so afraid of Sarah? She is smarter than any one of you! And you know she will win!

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Britt

    can't be no worse than what we have now. Obama will hand us over to the taliban or china before 2012.

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Miguel

    Great! I see the haters of my former party (and CNN's lapdogs) are out in force against their perceived victim (just like good socialists, National Socialists, thay is).

    As an art teacher in demo-destroyed California, I say come on ahead, Sarah. Palin's power is beyond their comprehension. We know she stands for the working man and woman, Not for the corrupt DC/Chi-town insider/traitors of the entire elitist academic culture of the East, North East.

    Recent "educated" lefties are a wholly ignorant lot who knows nothing but that they know they are smarter and better than the real people. Never did I meet so many educated fools parading forth as if they knew something than did I during college.

    They presided over stupifying us, as has Ca. State government's Cal Ed has presided over stupifying all of California's kids. All they know how to do is Tax and Wreck and Control-marm us to death. Creation is beyond their ken.

    July 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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