August 17th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Doyle announces he will not seek a third term

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Wisconsin Democrat Jim Doyle, shown here addressing the Democratic National Convention last year, is not going to seek a third term as governor."]
(CNN) - Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday that he will not seek another term in the governor's mansion - and in the process, took an apparent swipe at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"I have decided that I will not run for a third term as governor," Doyle told a gathering of supporters, but emphasized that he fully intends to serve out the remaining year and a half of his current term.

"Maybe I am old fashioned, but I believe strongly that when you run for a term, you serve the term. You work hard every day in that term and I am going to work as hard as humanly possible over this time to help the people of Wisconsin."

Doyle's comment was reminiscent of recent criticism of Palin who made a surprise announcement in June that she would step down from her office before her first term as Alaska governor was over. Palin transferred power to the state's lieutenant governor roughly three weeks ago amid rampant speculation about her possible aspirations in the next presidential election cycle.

Doyle told the audience that when he initially ran for governor in 2002, he and his wife assumed that, if elected, he would only serve two terms.

"As much as love this job, as hard as I work at it, as much as I think my team and I could contribute in a third term, I believe a governor should limit him or himself to two terms," said Doyle.

Doyle noted that two terms was the norm for most governors and for the president.

Doyle said he was announcing his decision now to allow anyone thinking about running for governor to step forward and get their campaigns going.

In the past few months, Doyle's approval rating has dropped into the mid-40s. In recent years, his approval ratings have been in the 50-60 percent range.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Doyle has been an awesome governor and I wish he would run for another term. He has been a true statesmen, which seems to have become a rarity recently with some the scandals and shortcomings of some of his Gubernatorial colleagues.

    August 17, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. MomofFour

    Sarah Palin hardly had a choice. With the far-left THUGS suing her left and right over ridiculous things deliberately paralyzing the state's business she made a very unselfish decision. Of course the Democrats have no clue what that means. That takes integrity and character. All the Democrats can do these days is attack people. That's their MO

    August 17, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Deuce

    Claud? Who is this idiot? A Black guy was carrying. But you talk about the White-Guy??????????????

    August 17, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. demwit

    With a 40% approbal rating its easy to see why Doyle is jealous of Palin. He'll be lucky if the good people of Wisconsin even allow him to finish his lousy term..

    August 17, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. They call me "Tater Salad"

    No Politician should be allowed to serve more terms in office than our President is allowed! 2 terms for him? = 2 terms for everyone else! No exceptions! If you don't like it? Don't get into politics! It's that simple!

    August 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Dave

    Gee CNN, what OTHER stories can you make about Palin? Maybe you can make EVERY story about Palin if you really try, doggonit!

    August 17, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Deuce

    One thing a business man never does is upset his next door neighbor. Except for Barack Obama. He's that Stuid. (His words).

    Canada can also buy from Japan and China. Alaska would just love to break away from the US. He gets more Stupid (his words CNN). every day..

    August 17, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Obama Victim

    always a lot of shots at Palin's do not know how smart she is.....but she seems to have been smart enough to force the Dems to change their death public options...Sarah says jump...and Obozo says "how high"?? now , about those brains???????????

    August 17, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Frank, Las Vegas

    Good for him. He understands that he was elected to do a job for the full term. Palin's an idiot!

    August 17, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. susie

    Obama didn't finish his term as Senator.

    August 17, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. elana

    Jim Doyle has honesty and integrity and CLASS! And then there is the Baracuuda - ??????? and ????????? and ???????? Nada! Just a desire to put all the money she can in her pocket, and keep telling one lie right after the other!

    August 17, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Paul Lennon

    Do you have any idea how better off we would be if we had term limits in the congress and senate. For that matter every political
    elected office.

    I'd like to hear an argument against it.

    You don't have to be a life long elected official to get how this really works. Besides, if you think the elected officials never leave, take a look at the staffers on capital hill. Their not much better.

    We got a real problem in this country, and it's got nothing to do with who's a R or who's a D.

    I heard Obama introduce a cabinet member in Ceadar Falls, CO and
    the guy used to be the Senator and now his brother has the job.

    What a bunch of a losers.

    August 17, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. DigDug

    Even though you can't see Russia from Wisconsin and thus protect the nation, which is all about job creation, at least Doyle is finishing his term, unlike 'Bailin' Palin.'

    BTW, has Alaska been attacked yet with Bailin' Palin gone?

    August 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Ren from Baltimore

    While I am no fan of Palin's, in any form, I do want to take a realistic look at her life this past year. I doubt if anyone else in this country was ever subjectedto-willingly or not-tthe kinds of pressures that lady went through.

    Look at any "life stress scale" for an idea of what a person can take, psychologically, before reaching a breaking point. I believe she reached that breaking point, which in turn distanced her from her own history of positive forward thrust, family, and sense of duty. Being an effective governor was no longer a possibility; maybe it never was a realisitc goal. I do not fault her for stepping down, not nearly as much as we all fault her for "accepting" the Republican nomination in the first place.

    August 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Kyle

    He didn't run it into the ground. Wisconsin is actually doing decent compared to other parts of the country.

    August 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Deuce

    If your looking for Loonie's. Canada will trade you Dollar for Dollar..

    August 17, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Greg

    I believe he was responding to media speculation that he might follow Palin's example. I don't think the comments were tailored for Palin.

    August 17, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. KB

    Bad-mouthing Palin wa the only way this guy can get into the headlines. I'm not even sure the people in Wisconsin care what their governor does?

    August 17, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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