Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Official: Sarah Palin will not Run in 2012

Official Statement:
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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21 comments:

GetReal said...

I legitimately feel bad for many of her supporters. I know I was really down when Romney dropped out in 2008, they probably feel even worse than I did. Still, at least she's still out to help get the country in a better position.

Anonymous said...

She's made Rick Perry and Herman Cain very happy.

Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

DanL said...

My sincere condolences to the Palin fans here. I really wanted her to run, but think she made a good decision for her family. And I can sympathize with your disappointment, I really wanted Daniels to run.

Anonymous said...

To Jersey, OJ, and others,

I'm sorry for you guys today--I know how disappointing it is. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

-Martha

Noelle said...

My condolences to the supporters of Sarah Palin. I remember how disappointed I was when Romney dropped out in 2008. I imagine Palin's supporters are feeling more or less the same.

When Palin was first selected to be McCain's running mate, at first I was disappointed because I had hoped that Romney would be the VP. After a while, however, I recognized that Palin was possibly the better choice because she would be more successful in energizing the further right wing of the GOP.

In retrospect McCain may not have done Palin any favors by catapulting her into the public eye before she was ready. Putting her in the public eye, however, did make her a lot of money, and more power to her. My biggest regret on her behalf is the vitriol and animosity directed toward her family, especially her children. Regardless of how anyone feels about Palin herself, her children did not deserve how they were treated.

All my best to Sarah Palin, and I would like to personally invite her supporters to look more closely at Mitt Romney, and come aboard the Romney train. Choo-choo!

Mitt Romney 2012

TexasConservative said...

To all the Palin supporters who frequent Rightspeak-I give you my sympathies.

It is very hard to see a candidate you like and admire decline the opportunity to run for president.

But, I trust that Palin will help fight the good fight for the Republican party and will do her best to help defeat Obama in 2012.

Anonymous said...

To all the Palin supporters, especially Rightwingnut...I am truly sorry about Sarah's announcement. I know you have vested a lot of your time, energy and emotions into her. I know how disappointed all of you must be. I offer you my most sincere condolences. Keep your chin up, I expect we'll see her in 2016!

dd

Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised??

We knew it all along,it would be something like this..after much prayer blah blah blah....my family...blah blah blah....blah blah....spotlight was dimming, cant beat romney, cant beat perry...nobody paying me anymore attention..blah blah blah....back to wasilla and finish up on levi johnstone's book. The End

Anonymous said...

dd,

we will see her in 2016 doing what? campaigning for romney's reelection?

Anonymous said...

LETS ALL JUST UNITE GUYS. IM SO SAD PALIN DID NOT GET IN, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH WHAT WE GOT. IF ROMNEY IS THE GUY LETS BE CHEERFUL AND SUPPORT HIM, I KNOW PALIN, AND HUCKABEE, AND RUBIO, AND CHRISTIE AND PAWLENTY AND DANIELS AND BARBOUR AND ALL OTHERS WHO CARE ABOUT DEFEATING OBAMA WILL ALL SUPPORT ROMNEY IF HES THE NOMINEE.ENOUGH OF THE BICKERING AND COMPLAINTS. I DONT AGREE WITH ROMNEY 100% OF THE TIME BUT I AGREE WITH HIM 70% OF THE TIME AND THATS MORE THAN WHAT I AGREE WITH ABOUT OBAMA.

Anonymous said...

I share no sympathy or condolences with anyone.This is not news. Palin was never going to get in because she was all about the spotlight from the beginning. She has done nothing to show she had or was setting up a presidential campaign, you cant just pull a campaign out of the sky, and jumping on a bus tour with media chasing you is no campaign. If anything, this is good news for america and sad news for Obama because he would have loved to win his reelection easily.If you are a Palin supporter, think to yourself this question and be honest. What has Palin done to deserve being the GOP nominee? If you are honest with yourself the answer should be NOTHING. Some have fallen for the sex appeal and screechy screech voice.This is not sad news, but welcoming news for our party. The GOP doesnt need a freak show, they need real answers and solutions. We have good enough candidates running now, no perfect but good enough. Chris christie also would have been a freak show had he joined and I applaud him and palin for having the guts to finally put to rest what we knew all along.

Anonymous said...

I love it how at C4P, they are arguing among themselves as to why Palin isnt running. hahaha...what a bunch of brainwashed lunatics. I do give Palin credit for having the most groupies on her base.

GetReal said...

Hopefully this post is the last hurrah for the anon trolls infesting this website.

BOSMAN said...

Selfishly, I honestly hoped she'd get in. I figured she'd be the nail in the coffins of Perry and Cain.

Saying that, I think her endorsement will be valuable in a close race. Especially if either Cain or Perry knocks out the other leaving only one of them standing.

In Early 2008 as Gov of AK, she stated that she was impressed with Romney and was just shy of endorsing him.

I hope she still feels that way and will eventually endorse him this time around.

I to know how Palin supporters feel. I put a lot of time into Romney's campaign in late 07 and 08 and went absolutely berserk when he withdrew. It took me a few months to get over it.

BTW, I would not rule her out as being on the short list for VP on ANY of the 2012 candidates. She'll certainly be around in 2016 & 20 as well.

It is said that Good things happen to those who wait.

Terrye said...

I am not really that surprised.

Doug NYC GOP said...

All the Palin supporters, who I have tangled wioth over the past year, have my respect and empathy are yours tonight. Having your team not enter or drop out is a bummer. I've been there.

While we may have disagreed on our selected candidtaes, those disagreements sparked spirited conversations and helped make this a great site. For that I am grateful.

Stay proud and hope to enagge with you all soon, in our united fight against Obama.

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Anonymous said...

Guess I'm a little late on this big news. I believe that Sarah has made the best choice for her family at this time. Kudos to her for that. I have always advocated that parents with young children should probably refrain from running for POTUS until they are older. I even thought Obama was wrong to run, for that reason alone. (Now we all know there were a lot of other reasons as well!) I, like Noelle, am very sorry for the way that Palin and especially her children have been treated. There is no excuse for this.

I am sorry for the disappointment of so many Palin supporters that must accompany this announcement.

Anon at 8:32, 8:34, 8:55, and 8:58, you really are a troll and are not welcome on this site. We try to be more kind and respectful on this site than you seem to be used to. If you will raise the level of your discourse, and sign your posts, we would be happy to hear more from you.

AZ

Machtyn said...

I can't say I went bonkers in '08 when Mitt resigned... but I was almost physically sick and felt my heart and stomach drop out for a day or two. Really depressing because, like Reagan in 1976, the GOP knew we lost a great guy. The race after that deflated and only Palin could lift our spirits as a firebrand in McCain's boring rhetoric.

Here is a post I made on another site, but felt it may spark some discussion here:

One thing on endorsements. I think Palin has a couple of choices of whom she can endorse. First Cain, because it really is the “cool” thing to do right now. But Cain is going on a book tour this month. With the first election just 3 months away, that’s not too smart, I think. Also, Cain really does have some good ideas and has experience in the private sector (not as much or as broad as Romney’s experience, but I digress).

Second, she could endorse Romney. Her words on van Sustren’s show about a month ago was very strongly worded against Perry and his cronyism. At the time, the only other front runner was Mitt.

I think Palin doesn’t have a lot of political capital to burn after stringing the ‘nistas along for so long. So she has to pick a winner. So she will likely wait until Feb. to see who will be the eventual winner.

A lot of ‘nistas (unreasonably, imo) do not like Mitt, so she can’t come right out now and endorse him. But (imo again) Romney is a winner and can beat Obama in a landslide (given current conditions). I think Mitt’s stances on a lot of subjects line up well with what Palin would also like to see in the Federal government.

Could she endorse RPaul? Perhaps, but unlikely. See my political capital comment. But I do think she has enough experience as a governor to recognize that RPaul has some really bad ideas mixed in with a lot of his good ideas.

Could she endorse Newt Gingrich? Probably, but see my “she needs to pick a winner” comment. Newt could win, but it would have to be a come from behind win.

Finally, my last comment about her dropout. She probably saw the writing on the wall. After Christie’s announcement, we saw a lot of the big fund raisers breaking for Romney’s campaign. She could see that she would have a hard time dissuading their decision. Second, as she stated, her family comes first. Her family would be brutalized more than it already has been by the MSM (Fox excluded). Third, she could read the polls as well as we could. There was a 60% statement against Palin running by the Republicans who were polled. That’s quite a detractor. Also, it has been my firm position that if she did get the nomination, it would mobilize the democrats and more liberal independents to vote Democrat (anti-Palin) more than anything Obama could do to mobilize his base.

ellie. said...

All good points. Now, it's time to move on and elect Romney.