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. DBoy

    The "Sarah Palin Show"
    The new prime time talk show, live from the Trailer Park,
    Coming this Fall.

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Travis

    It just amazes me how many of the enlightened and tolerant liberals just absolutely hate this woman. She keeps making news because the media outlets like to see the pavolvian reaction that liberal idiots demonstrate everytime there is a new Palin story.

    It has not been the redneck right that has kept her in the news. Rather it has been the whiny left.

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Earl

    Palin has her hard-core followers, But a majority of Americasn see her as a bad joke who offers fluff while the GOP (and the country) needs substance.

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. joesmom

    Palin thinks her Christian Taliban will get her into power, but anyone with a brain knows what a kook she is. Besides, I would never vote for someone who couldn't put together more than two sentences without butchering the English language.

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. SB

    Please, CNN, accept my comment for the very first time.

    Seriously, most of you people are utterly frustrating. First and foremost, President Obama is highly qualified. He's very smart, having studied at some of the best universities. Most importantly, he's real. He has a personality and exudes class.

    For those of you arduously supporting Governor Palin, are you serious? She's done nothing but create laughs and a whole lot of head-scratching. She's repeatedly demonstrated a severe lack of knowledge on very rudimentary concepts (Remember her interview with Katie Couric?). She's of very little substance. Her responses always tout Alaska, energy, and oil options, but, really, beyond that she's as vague as can be.

    Please, Governor Palin, do run. (Somewhere.) Just not for President.

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. JB

    if she thinks she has any chance at all of winning a presidential campaign, I want what she's smoking!

    July 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. DaleW

    Nothing like a massive dose of vicious, snotty Liberal bile to make one's day. Thanks.

    July 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Mary

    If she decides to run, she will need to go to finishing school and loose some of that 'Joe six pack' funky talk.
    I would hope she does not try and run, she is under qualified, and I don't mean because she is not an insider. Her biggest qualification is that she is not an insider - but her poor judgement in having a private email account used for government business to try and work on the sly, is unforgivable. Likewise turning in perdium requests for her time spent in her home was 'not' a mistake, she got caught, she paid the tax on the money - but if she was someone else she would have been thrown in jail for embezzelment. Yes folks, embezzelment.
    Further, her 'excited' association with Henry Kissinger has to be looked at very carefully, wherever that man is, there's trouble, no matter the gender of the presidential candidate or their so-called insider or outsider relationship to Washington. What does Henry think he is? Our king? The man has been around for too many years, likewise Senator Ed Kennedy - time for the old dogs to retire and let some young blood in our government.

    July 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Robert

    IMO, here are the four most likely scenarios for Gov. Palin once she is done:

    (1) Working towards Presidential run in 2012;
    (2) Working towards run for the US Senate;
    (3) Seeing what politics does to people, vis. the vicious attacks on her daughter and son, and simply saying "the hell with it" and retiring to be a mom and advocate for special needs kids;
    (4) Hunting down all the illiterate, veins-popping-with-rage, nincompoop CNN.com commenters in most of the above comments and kicking their sorry asses one by one.

    Of those four, I could care less about (1) and (2) and could totally understand (3), but I sincerely hope a healthy does of (4) happens.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. tedious898

    Dwight Frye July 3rd, 2009 3:27 pm ET

    As long as Obama is not allowed to rely on his teleprompter crutch, Sarah Palin will embarrass him in a debate! Bring it on — hooyah!!!


    HA HA....A constitutional professor...honor student at Harvard.... would be embrassed by someone with journalism degree. It took her 6 years to get that.

    Did you graduate grade school?

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Dee

    What a bunch of hateful ignorant people visiting in here – she probably just doesn't want the tax increase Obama has promised.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. DBoy

    You should know all about that, being from Northern Idaho.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Patti


    Oh- Nancy, about draining that swamp- you'd better start running now- your time is up. Soon, we'll have someone with integrity in the Senate that will make you and your little bots in the House look like the sell-outs that they are.

    Keep slipping 300 page amendments into your bills giving your friends our hard EARNED money. We see it all.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Ed

    Very good move. She was the only reason the McCain ticket came within 2 million votes of Hussein Obama in the first place. Given the horrific presidency that Obama is having, and how he is systematically destroying America from the inside out, Palin cannot lose in 2012. Obama's own epic failure has guaranteed that. We could run a bag of dead mice and easily beat him by a landslide considering how 4/10 people who voted for Obama are now furious they were so duped and so stupid for believing him. Republican lanslide in the Congress in 2010 and landslide presidency in 2012. It always takes a Republican to clean up the messes the dems leave behind and this time is no different.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Chris is Laughing

    LOL!!! The Witch of Wasilla is the gift that keeps on giving – to Democratic Party! Thank you, Scary Sarah!!

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. AmFem

    Jim- Haven't you read anything about McCain's own staff blaming Palin for losing the election? Get a clue.

    Course one of his other contenders for VP was Sanford, and we know how that ended up. Yeah! Let's hear it for the party of family values!!!

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. A man's man

    Another nail in the Republicant coffin. The party of NO is on it's way out and I for one am very happy about that. And I consider myself a conservative. The Republicant hopefull,s had the sites locked in on a Palin Joe the Plumber ticket and now thier hopes will be dashed.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Sad to call myself a dem

    I am a dem and voted for Obama but just reading the vile things being said on this blog makes me sad.

    So the woman isn't running again. Why can't grown up people address that issue. Why say such vile things against a woman who from everything that had been reported on her did a good job as governor. She was fiscally responsible, even getting oil revenue back into the hands of every man, woman and child living in Alaska.

    So maybe she will run for Senate. Why can't she. MN just elected a comedian didn't they? We had an actor as President. Sonny Bono was a congressman. People come from all different backgrounds and I thought that is what made America a great place. My fellow dems on this blog are downing her because she is a woman who doesn't think or act the way that they do. I thought that was the democratic way. Barney Frank is gay, Ted Kennedy rich, Jennifer Granholm foreign...I think you get the picture.

    Give the woman some peace and quiet and stop acting like children. It will come back to bite you in the rear.

    July 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Cathy

    if she runs for president – GOD HELP THE USA

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. DM.

    Who cares. Her 15 minutes are up.

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Elaine B

    According to pals in Alaska, she is likely stepping down because she would not win reelection. We think all is so rosey and wonderful up there, but there are people starving in northern alaska because food and fuel is so expensive and warming is taking its toll on their native means of getting food. Businesses in the south of the state do not like her much either because she has no interest in developing the infrastructure. What she is good at is raising money for the GOP. But for all her cuteness and spunk and maverick-ish-ness, that gal has to memorize her lines. She makes Bush II look brilliant by comparison. I love John McCain but I cannot forgive him for making a shoot first and think second woman a political star.

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. WeBoDavid

    Is she quitting or just not seeking reelection? I predict she is a flash in the pan. Even Republicans will not select her as their nominee. If they do I predict more gains by the Democratic Party in the US House, US Senate, state Houses and Governonrships even in an off year election with Democrats already in control.

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Steven

    Can't wait to see candidate Palin running against President Obama. Oh man, this is gonna be a hoot! 😀

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. John Dinwiddie

    The most frightening thing about Palin running for
    president is the number of voters who are ignorant
    enough to support her has become so large that she
    might have a chance.

    A part of just how terrible a leader can be is not
    always a matter of conspicuous evil but whether
    Weltanschauung matches reality. Palin's attitude
    toward the environment amounts to a death sentence
    for the country, perhaps for the world. There are
    millions of people in the United States who would
    consider that statement hysterical, hyperbolic. They
    had better be right.

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Jamey

    I guess she has done all the damage she can in Alaska.

    July 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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