August 17th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
13 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. Ted

    Good for him. Palin is a moron.

    August 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Gordon Shumway

    They're both losers; leaving when the going gets a little tough.........

    August 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. TCM

    Doyle made no mention of Palin, you did, CNN...after all, the libs see the handwriting on the wall....they're all going's just funny how you want to drag Palin into it!

    August 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    Back to the cheese farm for you!

    August 17, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Melissa

    Good for him. He has more brains than Failin' Palin.

    August 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Caesar the Great

    He didnt so much decide as the good people of Wis decided. He ran this state into the ground and is now getting out before the people could vote him out.

    August 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. My fellow Americans

    Good to see Wisconsin has a governor and not a quitter.

    August 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Of course he took a swipe at Sarah Palin...he's a Democrat.
    But doesn't he wish he had even half as many people as she does excited about what he's going to do for the country. He's done. She's just getting started!

    August 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Jack Walden

    Palins case is different. She can easily dye her hair blonde and have Faux News instantly hire her. She then has the right platform for her Bimbo eruptions than on facebook.

    August 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Claudia in Houson

    Palin's an idiot and everyone should know that when it takes a person 7 years and 5 colleges to get a degree in journalism, well there's your answer. If you notice Palin's plan is not to be interviewed and to avoid that she just stands before a crowd spreading lies, Palin doesn't want a one on one with anybody.

    August 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Pragmatic

    Palin cut and ran ... too "whatever" to finish out her term of office. Governor Doyle shows other elected officials how its done – with dedication and respect for the people who elected him.

    August 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Willie

    Most Americans Democrat and Republican are for honoring commitments/contracts no matter the adversity. Sarah Palin set women back a hundred years by abandoning the people when things became difficult. What if the men and women in the Alaska National guard abandoned the people when things got rough in a National Disaster or Iraq?

    August 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Shawn - GA

    Not when you serving the term out would do more damage then good.

    Get off your high horse, there was no reason for the comment other than to be an elitist like the rest of the Democrats we hear from lately.

    There was law suit after law suit in that state which was a major distraction on the state. (all of which have been thrown out so far by the way).

    I am not sticking up for Sarah so much as I am tired of people on both sides running their mouths

    August 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. JOHN

    those of us in Wisconsin say, "THANK GOD!"

    August 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Brian - Trinidad

    It would be nice if someone in the mainstream media pointed out to these Democrats that Obama did not serve out his term in the Illinois Senate to pursue his ambitions, did not serve out his term in the US Senate to pursue his ambitions – some might even say he took the Senator's pay and perks but did not serve in the Senate at all. Amongst all the nasty remarks made about Palin's resignation, someone should also point out that she decided not to take the Governorship's pay and perks when she knew in her heart that she could not do the job with 100% dedication.Doyle on the other hand,is apparently not guided by those principles.

    August 17, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Steph

    Now, here is a governor who is quietly doing his job. He isn't jetting around the globe (or hiking the Appalachian Trail), appearing on talk shows and getting into fights with the media. That is so refreshing...

    August 17, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. fellow from chicago

    Another Governorship that the Republicans will re-capture. Thank you President Obama for giving us these opportunities this year and next, not the least your position in 2012.

    August 17, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. BrandonR

    That swipe was a little on the absurd side. I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, believe me, but to take a swipe at her in a situation that has absolutely nothing to do with her is a bit ridiculous and over the top.

    August 17, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Typical Republican

    I hate it when those darn Dems point out that Palin QUIT. We republicans think she is GREAT for quitting. It was a very cool thing to do.

    As us Republicans always say:
    When the going gets tough....
    A) Torture someone
    B) Shoot a friend
    C) Make up an ABSOLUTE Lie
    D) Have an Affair
    E) Cry like a moron at a town hall meeting, or
    F) Quit

    And if you are a them ALL!

    August 17, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Deuce

    When you gamble too much, you may upset the odds. Then there is a Faulse Favorite. Which loses..

    August 17, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Alfred E. Neumann

    For CNN, a day without slamming Sarah Palin is like a day without sunshine!

    No matter how far to the left they have to go, it's never too far left for CNN!

    August 17, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    ie.., Jim Doyle wouldn't care one bit about millions of Wisconsin's taxpayer money spent on lawsuits that have ALL been ruled as BOGUS in court.

    August 17, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Deuce

    Trouble is.... Everytime Obama opens his mouth, he upsets the wrong people.

    August 17, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. sharon

    good for him.

    I wonder what 1/2..........sarahpanel thinks?
    no .......not realy.

    August 17, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Gary, Indiana

    And please don't run for President either.

    August 17, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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