Palin will not seek presidential nomination
October 5th, 2011
06:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin will not seek presidential nomination

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, ending months of speculation, said Wednesday she will not run for president, either as a Republican or third-party candidate.

"This has been prayerfully considered," the former Alaska governor said on the Mark Levin radio program. "I can be on the right path without being a candidate."


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  1. Klaark

    I think the media outlets need to issue a collective apology for acting like she was ever going to be a candidate, or even a serious one. For real, guys?

    October 5, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    🙁 🙁 BREAKING: Sarah Palin will not run for president in 2012 🙁 🙁

    This is a SAD DAY for our country!!!!! Sarah Palin – the QUITTER – is NOT running for President!!! I would have LOVED to see her up against President Obama!!!

    Dang – Two days in a row – BREAKING NEWS!! Christie and Palin broke the sound barrier with whispers and shouts of JOY and SADNESS all over the country.............LISTEN – Do you hear the ROAR!!! I'm in Virginia and thought it was another earthquake!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 5, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. ALAN

    Talk about dodging a bullet......

    October 5, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Light In The Black

    Republicans – go back
    Democrats – go forward

    understand ?

    October 5, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Joe

    Someone stated and I quote "She hit the road in a series of moneymaking, self promoting stunts and succeeded in achieving the true American dream: fame and fortune. Good for her.  But all those people who have written checks and invested good faith with their chosen one will be justified in feeling played like any other heartbroken victim of a terrible flirt." 
    Perhaps it's true then that she isn't a "contender but a pretender." Aren't you going to give those fans of yours their hard earned checks/cash back? Looking at your FB, tons of words were flying "run Sarah run!" You mistook their gestures to "run away with their checks/cash." What a shame!

    October 5, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Slavetousa


    October 5, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Pam Miller

    I'm sure the entire country is in shock!

    October 5, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. StanCalif

    Too bad! We need another qualified idiot to run for the GOP nomination! Sooner or later, people will see what this GOP/TP has in mind for us! And it certainly isn't pretty! The "Occupy Wall Street" crowd should create a new political party and sweep the 2012 elections! We are fed up!
    I like the name of their daily newspaper, "The Occupy Wall Street Journal"! Now we new and great name for the "movement" to develop it into a political force. I would suggest "The Patriot Party". NONE of our politicians are "patriots" today. All are servants of "the money"! And NONE of them "get it"!

    October 5, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. PhonyRepubs

    Palin is on the right path" f0r money, honey.
    This opens up many paths for Palin.
    But we are not rid of her especially during this campaign season. She will be out there in full force spewing hate and lies on Obama we can be sure of that!

    October 5, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    "On the right path"??? More like off the path and lost in the woods, Snow Snooki.

    October 5, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Keith

    Yea!!!!! Because I believe she is capable of "accidently" launching nuclear weapons....dangerous!! 🙂

    October 5, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. JP

    Well, now the world can sleep peacefully.... Really, who the hell would elect someone who failed to fulfull her last publicly appointed position, Governor of Alaska. Should people really give her a chance, so that she could resign when it got too tough? Please.

    October 5, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. That's It

    WooHoo Sarah! Way to Go!!!! THANKS on your decision!! That's so lovely for this country!

    October 5, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    When she does something GOOD FOR HUMANITY, report on it. Otherwise she's just one more hate-monger and divider that THIS COUNTRY HAS NO TOLERANCE FOR.

    October 5, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. ANGY

    It's my guess the book about the REAL sarah palin helped this loser with her decision. THANK YOU JOE MCGINNIS!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Politicarp

    What a shocker! She could not hang in there for the long haul in Alaska and people really thought she'd pass up the easy dough she's been making for the harsh glare of running for president. I'm surprised if anybody happens to be really shocked or saddened. You need to be very, very smart and tremendously well rounded to be effective in the oval office. You also need to need to be more concerned with the people rather than yourself or your image. I could not with a clear conscience say that the people come before Sarah or her image. Her days at Fox News may be numbered as her political capital dwindles and her me first persona gets old fast. The Wasila Wonder may just have to settle for much less dough and a much less glamorous road in the coming months. But she said that family comes first. Let's see how much of that is the real Sarah. My guess is not a whole heck of a lot.

    October 5, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. ST

    Who in the right thinking didn't know this. No any plan, no money raised, no educating herself just only teasing people.

    October 5, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. keeth

    Because she makes more money and can get away with more lies outside of the presidency.

    October 5, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Len

    Oh NO.....CNN what are you going to do now?!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Phil

    Looks like our prayers were answered.....

    October 5, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. ObamaCares

    I hope this is the last time we'll see anything about this unimportant creation. Please allow her to ride off into the sunset. Good riddance!!!

    October 5, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. dear God

    I only wish all the Republirascals would make the same decision. Sarah, you finally did something intelligent.

    October 5, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    This is not breaking news. Anyone with common sense knew she was not going to run for President. She doesn't want to actually do some Work. Are you kidding me. She just wants to go around the country at someone else's expense and capitalize off of the very people that she does not speak up for. Please she is a joke.

    October 5, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    Told all those sheep that worship her that she's all bluster.

    October 5, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Just a thought

    Soon she will be joined be the other intellect from Minnesota – Ms Michelle (Tea without the party) Bachmann. Congratulations ladies, it appears you've proven that our educational system works enough to keep either one of you out of the WH

    October 5, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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