July 3rd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Republicans react to Palin news

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association released a statement Friday in response to the Palin announcement:

RGA Statement on Governor Palin’s Announcement

Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers issued the following statement in regards to Sarah Palin’s announcement today that she will not seek reelection in 2010 and will step down from the governorship on July 25th.

“While we regret the news announced by Governor Palin today, Alaska will continue to have a Republican governor through 2010 and we are confident the state will elect a Republican in next year’s election.

The RGA’s focus remains firmly on the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia this year, and the 37 gubernatorial elections that will take place in 2010. We know that winning these races is the most important task facing our Party over the next two years.”

Filed under: RGA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Give me a break , this idiot is leaving for some reason which will probably surface in the near future. Great news for the people of Alaska.

    July 3, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Desmond

    Hope the GOP outdoes itself by choosing Failin Palin as its Prez candidate in 2012

    July 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. ThinkAboutIt

    The only I fear from this woman is her ability to convince simple-minded people into liking her. All our country needs is a female version of George W. Bush: Under-educated, incapable of speaking correct English, swagger and shoot from the hip, holier-than-thou, fear-mongering, egocentric, and pretty much DUMB!

    Thanks – but no thanks!

    July 3, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. andel11

    She is not as dumb as she appears, theres money to be made out there and she is aiming to get it. Now if the political career happens then for her thats a extra bonus, this woman is looking to get rich. That was the conversation she had with the family, do you want to be rich/wealthy or do you want me to continue with this job as Governor and not have a chance to cash in on my popularity while I can, and of course you hear her one person in her family said 'Hell Yes" to her decision.
    The woman is a joke for the Republican but not a idiot when it comes to looking after her own needs.

    Also if she was going to make this statement today, why was Todd away on a fishing trip. I believe he was just in the dark as the rest of the public, she decides her own way, usually down the road to destruction but this time she's out for the money.

    July 3, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Mike b

    When the goings get tough the Republicans get going.

    July 3, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. ThinkAboutIt

    So just imagine if in 2012 she did get elected as president (yeah, right!).

    Anyway, once the going got tough and her political opponents criticized her policies and world leaders weren't fawning all over her, what would she do?

    She'd QUIT!

    The woman is a flake and a narcissist. I also bet one of her closest advisors is Karl Rove (she is, afterall, a female version of George W. Bush).

    July 3, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. ThinkAboutIt

    NoTelePrompTer: Yes, Palin did lie about Obama when she said he "palled around with terrorists." Being on a board with someone who in the past threatened our government is like saying Palin is a pothead because her almost-mother-in-law sold dope.

    She lied when she denigrated Obama's work as a community organizer – tell that to the real people in real neighborhoods that Obama helped. BTW, he never up and quit when things got hard.

    She lied when she denied instigating the people at her rallies to yell threats of assassination and violence towards then-candidate Obama.

    The woman wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the behind.

    July 3, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. ThinkAboutIt

    NoTelePrompTer: We are not afraid of Palin. We are afraid that the American public will once again get suckered in by a person spouting their "born-again Christianity" and their pride in their total ignorance about anything of importance. Been there (8 years), done that. And our country is a mess because of it.

    July 3, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. M.Porter

    I'll say this as politiely as I can...... the woman is not very smart. As an example of a female politician, she is an embarassment . Truely, her only asset is her physical beauty.

    I had forgotten how awful a public speaker Palin is: she rambles incoherently or else lurches from one point to another racing to the end of her sentences without any pauses or pacing. I actually had to leave the room because listening to her is so painful.

    July 3, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Thomasr

    Usual republican rhetoric. Let's win elections then rob from the poor. Governing is to complicated so let's show them government is evil and doesn't work.

    July 3, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Travus Kellar

    Good riddance to a bad politician. Period. Sticking up for Palin makes about as much sense as some of her interviews did...NOT VERY MUCH (in case her supporters needed help deciphering my witty sarcasm).

    This goes to show her ignorance not only as a politician, but as a human being. She has swayed Republicans around the nation to vote across the lines, she was the target of comedy shows, news broadcasters of all kind, and was generally to blame for McCain's loss in the election (thank you for this much...)

    But seriously. Nobody with half a brain likes Sarah Palin. She practically stumbled through any interview she had, she sounded like a complete and total moron, and there is no excuse for such behavior when a person runs for the second most powerful seat in the country.

    So good riddance to her. I personally look forward to her not making it past the primaries, and even more to the chuckles she'll provide me with when she can't answer a single question during an interview.

    July 3, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Eric

    What will the lemmings whine about now? Sadly, she's not stupid; she's more intelligent than a majority of this country.

    July 3, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    No sympathy for Sarah Palin. With her attacks against the media as she broke out on national stage; to the lies accusing President Obama of "paling around with terrorist"; to her divisive speeches and attacks against "community organizers; PALIN HAS EARNED HER UNDIGNIFIED SEND-OFF.

    July 3, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Stu-Florida

    To Brad (R)
    Whew... you're a prime example of why this country desperately needs not only education, but higher education... doofus!

    July 3, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. republicanturneddemocrat

    This lady has a SERIOUS track record of QUITTING.

    Please let this lady be the GOP front runner in 2012. The Democrats will be handed the election on a Golden Platter!

    GO SARAH 2012!

    GOP please elect Sarah Palin as your front runner! LOL

    July 3, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. mike,texas

    Lucky for politics she got a better offer money.The true root of every republican.

    July 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. gwen

    I say don't let the door hit ya in the rear lady! Pathetic.

    July 3, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. zago

    To those obsessed with Obama, read a bit the stament by RGA:

    The RGA’s focus remains firmly on the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia this year, and the 37 gubernatorial elections that will take place in 2010. We know that winning these races is the most important task facing our Party over the next two years.”

    I would think that the RGA is suggesting that gov Palin has been thrown under the bus. Remember, gov Palin had to pay back money that she embezzled from the state of Alaska. She might be in a very difficult situation. Let's see how this whole thing plays out

    July 3, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Kittey

    Wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie
    Dearie, should have said so long
    So long ago

    July 3, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. Jeff

    This statement from RGA says a lot. They don't give a crap about our states, our nation, or anything else. All they care about is control of government. It's no wonder things go to crap, especially the economy, when they are in control. I wish they would all just focus on keeping their extra-marital affairs and stay out of government.

    July 3, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. david

    Perhaps she will lead the Right to Life Movement. A good fit for Ms. Palin.

    July 3, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. SlowGun

    @Brad(R) July 3rd, 2009 6:07 pm ET

    You are allowed to have your own opinion,never denied that. And yeah maybe 9/11 could have been avoided,I wasn't to into politics when it happened so I cant make much of a point on the intelligence he gathered.However,maybe al-qaeda would of never become a threat if Clinton would of stopped accepting money from the terrorists not to take bin lawdon out.

    Brad I suggest you read the 9/11 commsion report. Also Clinto was bombing al-quaeda camps. Bush stopped doing eveything that Clinton was doing. It took Bush three press conference before he finally know how to pronounce al-aqaeda. He never met with the administartion terroists expert in 1:28 on 9/11/01, Even though Richard Clark was begging for a meeting, Clinton, on the other hand met with Clark every morning. Read the report...educate yourself to the facts...bush blew it!

    July 3, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. Jim, Enfield NH


    I assure you that liberals have no fear of Sarah Palin. What they do have is a deep resentment of someone calling their patriotism into question for not agreeing with her views.

    People who seek to divide the country by calling those areas where she is popular the "real America" is an insult that only a demagogue would throw out.

    In my mind, she is sowing the hate she herself reaped.


    July 3, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. SlowGun

    After the holiday, it will come out that she was one of Sanford's other women...you betcha

    July 3, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Mark

    That republican tree is shaking and its interesting what is falling out......next!

    July 3, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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