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October 06, 2011

Sarah Palin Says She Will Not Run For President

Sarah Palin joined Greta Van Susteren last night on Greta's show on FOX to explain her decision to not run for President of the United States. The conservative governor told Greta,

“I can be more effective in a decisive role to get others elected” including a Republican President, Republican Senators and Republican members of the US House of Representatives. Sarah said she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the right decision.

October 5, 2011 6:20 PM EDT

Sarah Palin confirmed in a letter to supporters she will not run for President in 2012, saying at this time she can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other Conservatives to office.

Below is a copy of Palin's letter:

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

Reaction from Gov. Rick Perry to Sarah Palin’s announcement that she will not run for President:

Rick Perry:

“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.”


Reactions from her Fans:

Conservatives4SarahPalin blog

Dozens of commenters on, an online hub for Palin supporters, reacted angrily to the news of her decision.

Many of the commenters expressed outrage that Palin had declined to run after months, if not years, of speculation. “To the people who said they knew Sarah Palin wasn’t running,” wrote commenter Jarred113, “You we’re right. She played everybody for the money. Goodbye, cruel world.”

“It’s as simple as this: Sarah Palin is NOT who most of us thought she was,” a commenter called Jules wrote. “She is nothing but a politician that cashed in on her supporters for 3 years to get rich and famous.”

A commenter named Dave Kawaski wrote that he had “never felt so betrayed in my life.” Jeffjackie said he felt “absolutely betrayed.”

“We all look like dupes now to the Palin haters,” he continued.


Wild Thing's comment......

I feel badly for those that have been waiting such a long time for Sarah to make a decision. Many reacted with anger and others were just very sad and upset.

I do wish her well and God bless her and her family.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 6, 2011 01:55 AM


She made the right decision, wish her well and let her keep doing her thing.

Posted by: Odin at October 6, 2011 09:08 AM

She's still young, a mother with kids to tend to, and a bright future ahead of her.

Well, regarding the rest of the Republican primary season, barring a late entry Giuliani candidacy to split Romney supporters, the pool of Republicans from which to choose is set now in the first week of October.

And there lies the problem:

conservative voters split over multiple candidates when a single genuine conservative with conviction is needed now more than ever.

There simply must be made a clear-as-day choice next year for the entire American electorate.

The choice for the American voter should not not be obscured with centrist positions appealing to any middle of the road electorate.

The fork in the road must be a crystal clear, explicit, clear-cut hard turn to the right with a subsequent indisputable mandate. American voters should have a distinct choice next year clearly delineated.

Without discrediting any Republican as Reagan well instructed, I remain a Rick Perry supporter as part of this forthcoming conservative ascendency with both house and senate majorities come January 2013.

Conservative Herman Cain might well lead this as well, but the conservative ascendency would be obscured and delayed without a true conservative to lead the GOP and this new American Renaissance.

Achieving this may well require a consolidation of the conservative vote after the Romney win of New Hampshire primary in January requiring all low performing conservative candidates swallowing pride, withdrawing and pledging endorsement and support to a single true conservative who will then win the nomination.

Posted by: Carlos at October 6, 2011 10:03 AM

You took my thoughts Carlos. I am glad Sarah bowed out. She would have only split the conservative vote enabling Romney to sail into the nomination. Now conservatives are stuck with a choice of two good conservatives, Perry and Cain. I sure hope one of them can garner enough votes to beat Romney.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at October 6, 2011 10:51 AM

Sarah Palin made the right decision, and those "faux" supporters who seek to bash her for doing this, should not be given the time of day. What she has done with this announcement, is to narrow the field down to two "True Conservative", candidates. Perry and Cain.

I have always been and will remain a huge Sarah Palin fan and supporter. I believe that she is going to continue to be a huge factor in guiding this Country back to where it belongs.

Keep in mind,it was Sarah, alone, who brought to life the sleeping giant, that is today called the, Tea Party Movement.

She has demonstrated the ability to get candidates elected, time and again, and this is what she is going to concentrate on, leading up to 2012.

This woman is not going to go away, and those who choose to ignore her, are turning their back, on a true Conservative voice. A voice that is able to reach across to the independent voters, who might otherwise stay at home.

Carlos, is right in stating that Americans need a clear cut choice in the elections of 2012.

It will be interesting to watch Sarah Palin over the next few months. She is going to come out, eventually, and give her support to either Perry or Cain. When this happens the issue will be put to rest and the Voters will have their clear cut choice.

Posted by: Sean at October 6, 2011 11:01 AM

Thank you everyone so very much.

Sean I will always post things about Sarah like I always have. She is not out of our lives and she has a bright future.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 7, 2011 03:46 AM