Palin Won't Run for President in 2012

Palin Won't Run for President in 2012

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - October 5, 2011

Sarah Palin ended months of speculation Wednesday night by announcing on conservative radio host Mark Levin's show that she will not run for president in 2012.

"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," reads a statement Levin read on air. "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."

Speaking with Levin via telephone, Palin pledged to remain active in conservative politics. “The consideration was given to what role can I play best to help pursue this mission and success in this mission to help defend our republic. I’m thankful I believe not being a candidate, you’re unshackled and allowed to be even more active,” she said. Palin dismissed the notion she might run as a third party candidate. “I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama’s election, and that’s the last thing our republic can afford.”

Palin remained coy about her presidential intentions all summer. Speculation about a possible White House bid mounted in May, when RCP broke the news that the 2008 vice presidential candidate was the subject of a documentary film touting her successes as Alaska governor and her credentials as a conservative leader. She then embarked on a bus tour from Washington, D.C., through historical sites on the East Coast, stirring more conversation about a possible run. Palin also toured the Iowa State Fair, widely considered a must stop for presidential hopefuls, the weekend of the Ames Straw Poll. And over Labor Day weekend, she headlined a Tea Party rally in the Hawkeye State.

In the end, though, she passed on the opportunity to run but pledged to “continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for president," according to the statement. “In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the president, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.”

Her decision comes the day after another potential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, opted out of a presidential bid.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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