Palin's full statement on 2012 decision
October 5th, 2011
06:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin's full statement on 2012 decision

(CNN) - Read the statement after the jump.

October 5, 2011

Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation's governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the "fundamental transformation" of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I've always said, one doesn't need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let's unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Ron Smith

    Big business decided behind closed doors she will not run. Simple as that.

    October 6, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  2. Matt

    "As always, my family comes first. ... When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order."

    So, uh, her family comes first. But, umm, God comes before her family. So, uh ... huh? I guess the only clear thing to say is this: Sarah, congratulations, you've finally made a right decision.

    October 6, 2011 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  3. Bemused

    Translated: she knew she would get crucified in any debate. People used to only hearing her soliloquies, would finally realize the emptiness of her position. Sarah, just go away!

    October 6, 2011 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  4. William

    Who cares?

    October 6, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  5. john

    What we all knew was coming. The job of President looked "too shackling" to someone of her enormous ego and tiny ability.

    October 6, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  6. GG

    Rock on Sarah!! 2016. Do you know what two words scare a liberal? "Sarah Palin"

    October 6, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  7. Todd in DC

    Shocking. Now all she can do is get a talk show on Fox and a reality show for her family. But money isn't important to her, it's the PEOPLE she cares about.

    October 6, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. roverho2

    Good luck with that quitter!

    October 6, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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