She made the announcement on the Mark Levin radio program. “After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of theUnited States,” Mrs. Palin said. “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,” Palin explained. “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.”
“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,” Mrs. Palin added.
Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, was once expected to run for the White House after becoming a figurehead for the anti-government Tea Party movement.
Though Palin was once considered a forceful possible contender in the 2012 contest for the Republican presidential nomination, many among the GOP establishment have signaled in recent months that a Palin candidacy would not get their support.
Voters, too, have provided little incentive for Palin to get in: In the latest CBS News poll, 74 percent of Republican primary voters did not want Sarah Palin to run for president. Only 23 percent wanted to see her run.
During the interview on the “Mark Levin Show” Palin was asked if she’s considering running for president as an independent candidate.
In response to the question she said, “I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama’s reelection, and that’s the last thing the Republican party can afford. So the consideration for a third party is not there, no.”
Mrs Palin’s decision appeared to complete the Republican field. It came the day after the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, confirmed that he would not be seeking the party’s nomination.
It means that Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, and Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, are now the two clear frontrunners.
Perry released a statement on Palin’s decision on Wednesday. He said, “Sarah Palin is a good friend, a great American and a true patriot. I respect her decision and know she will continue to be a strong voice for conservative values and needed change in Washington.”
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called Palin a “dear friend” and a “strong voice for the conservative movement.”
“Governor Palin is a dear friend of mine and I think the world of her. She has been a strong voice for the conservative movement,” Bachmann said. “She has a lifetime of opportunities ahead of her.”
When asked abot her plans for the future, Palin was characteristically coy. “We’ll see what the future holds in terms of me personally in a political career, but in the meantime, all of us, let’s join together to wake up America, put us back on the right path. We all have a role to play in this,” she said. [via Huff Post, The Telegraph and CBS]