July 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Palin steps down as Alaska governor

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 26, 2009.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (CNN) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska's governor Sunday before stepping down from her post, telling a Fairbanks crowd that she is resigning "to chart a new course to advance the state."

"Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state ... I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one's last year in office," Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

"With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," Palin continued. "And I have never felt you need a title to do that."

Palin announced in early July that she would step down this month. She has attributed the decision to tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months.

The complaints were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans, Palin has said.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Living in America

    I guess the folks of Alaska are taking a day off in celebration today.

    July 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Can't we all just get along?

    Can she just go away?

    July 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. BobH

    That's one small step for Alaska, one giant leap backwards for humankind.

    July 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. jerseylou

    SURPRISE......Now on this day July 26,2010 ; CNN and SARAH PALIN will announce we will never hear from her again.

    July 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. billy

    She isn't too smart

    July 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. gate

    Quitters never win.

    July 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. JonDie

    Sarah Palin quitting as governor in the middle of her term is news?

    July 26, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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