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. Dennis K. Biby

    This is the best thing that she's done for her country. She could never win, but she could dangerously guide enough acolytes/fundamentalists to derail qualified candidates.

    October 5, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Good grief and thank God. Was this woman ever in touch that being a celebrity doesn't mean that she was ever qualified for being the President of the United States? Goodbye, Sara.

    October 5, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Dave

    Of course she isn't running, she never was going to. She just wanted to bait the regressive Republicants with the possibility. Now that half-Governor Palin is out, she lowers by one the number of leadership-free tools the Republicants can choose from. Too bad, it would have been fun to see her crawl out of the Clown Car with the others to begin a debate.

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Urbanchristianwriter

    Which means shes running for Vice President..

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Reasonably

    Most intelligent thing for her to do since she's entered the spotlight. Now she can comfortably settle in to her money-making efforts of books, speaking engagements and bus tours.

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps now we will hear less, not more, of her Facebook rantings here at CNN Politics? Oh, by the way. I believe Fair is Fair issued me a "will she / won't she" challenge many months back. In the spirit of bipartisanship (which I truly do support) I tip my hat to you, Fair is Fair. In this instance, you made the correct call.

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. tom

    Did anyone really considered her to be running? Good Gracious. Atleast she's smart enough to know that she can make money throwing stones from sidelines. I thought her 15 minutes are not over when she quit from being a Governor of Alaska.

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Oddone

    Isn't it illegal to lead people to believe that you will represent their interest in any office , but to then run with the donations you recieved??

    October 5, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Nicolas Watson

    Sarah Palin will not run for president

    Good for her. She knows that she is not going to win even in the primary. Besides, she can not have money or crucial support to go for.
    The fact of the matter is: "This lady (negative type of woman) could not take political challenges even in the state level then, how she would be in the Federal Level". I am very much in doubtful about it.
    CNN is too busy with elaborating none important news.

    One occasion CNN is stating as "Worldwide Leader in News".
    But I could see 90 percent of time CNN elaborating with local news. How does this can be "Worldwide leader in news?"
    I would rather say: "BBC is the "Worldwide leader in news".

    Nicolas Watson

    October 5, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Never had a chance anyway.

    October 5, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. bostonmed

    When she serves she devotes herself to herself. Her agenda is simple – ride the wave of media sensationalism home to the bank. She quit her one legitimate attempt and public service and left Alaska hanging mid-term (likely to their benefit). Isn't it time to marginalize her and make her irrelevant. She is the Anita Bryant of american politics. This is old news – time to end her 15 minutes of fame.

    October 5, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. KP

    Good. Though another SNL parody skit or two would have been fun to see.

    October 5, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Jesse

    She wouldn't stand a chance anyway. Let someone with real abilities run.

    October 5, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Disappointed

    Well, this is disappointing! It won't be an easy eliction for BO, Sarah would have made it too easy! I guess we have Glen Rice to thank for this. Hard to believe a little jungle fever made her go coo coo rogue!

    October 5, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Westgrl

    Not exactly breaking news. Her supporters need to finally realize that she has no real interest in actually being a working politician anymore. If she did, she wouldn't have quit being Gov. of Alaska. All she is interested in is being a celebrity politician & making as much money as she can while she can.

    October 5, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. larry hernandez

    Palin never had intentions to run for public office, she will not give up her over-rated ,lame,shameful 'analysist' job
    on Fox News. She is a gutless,selfish,vindictive, aging, washed up personality that prefers to be a THUG from the
    sidelines sending unsupported attacks on much smarter people that were voted in and are finishing their promised
    term in office. Running for office would have 'made' her think on the spot and that is something she does not have
    enough hands to write on. She is an embarrasment to her party and to the USA, we can certainly do better than
    this wannabe.

    October 5, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. marky mark

    The GOP has a chance now.

    October 5, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Carol

    Yes, Sarah we can all be on the right path and not be a candidate for President, and I don't think most of us would consider a third party, either.

    October 5, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. US Citizen 2010

    The Money warrior can't get enough, she's not running so as to continue to take from the RICH TEA BAGGERS and just say continue to be MAD. It's time for another book, a couple of buses, another new home. Now that the PALIN we truly know!

    October 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. sara

    HaHa...Seems "Ms. Muffett" just played the Tea Party and other fringe supporters like a "fiddle"......Sang a song and Beat them out of their dollars for years. Anybody that ever thought she was presidential candidate material, let along President, had to be blinded by 'rage". That leds to irrational thinking Every time.

    October 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Tamir

    A sad day in Political entertainment...

    October 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Ed

    What is "news" about this? This has been known for years, ever since she could make more money being a former politician than a real one. Now can we PLEASE stop hearing about her?

    October 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Luna

    We already knew this. She is a public figure, unqualified, not a real viable candidate. She would lose miserably, and she knows it. She is just seeking attention for herself, and CNN is giving it to her.

    October 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Kim from Pittsburgh

    I (and I think I speak for most Democrats) was sincerely hoping she'd run. 😉

    October 5, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. CKPS

    OMG!! This is SUCH a surprise!! I mean . . . she gave every indication of being serious about running - entering NO straw polls or primaries, appearing at NONE of the debates, committing to NO prsidential policies or plans whatsoever - just as one would expect of any other typical candidate who actually intended to run for office . . . .

    October 5, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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