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July 4th, 2009
05:05 PM ET

Alaska Lt. Gov. Parnell on Gov. Palin's Decision to Step Down

From copy editor Tracy Murphy:

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin dropped quite a bombshell when she announced she was quitting yesterday. She is turning over the reigns to her Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell. CNN’s T.J. Holmes spoke with him this morning and got his take on her announcement and stepping into a new job.

You can watch T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen every Saturday and Sunday on CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

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  1. Tom Z

    Don;
    Thank goodness for Sarah Palin!
    However you feel about Ms. Palin, (pro, con, don't really care), yesterday for almost two hours there was NO mention of Michael Jackson on the media!
    The morning's NYT, MJ wasn't on the front page!
    Anyway, Happy Fourth of July!
    It's what really matters today!
    Tom

    July 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  2. Sandacious

    She gave you a hint..."spent $500k in legal fees." Why be a lame duck gov when I can make money now! Why else would her fam say "hell yeah."

    July 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  3. LEN CORMIER

    Don after watching all the CNN broadcasting the last ten days. I have never heard who was the person who made the 911 call? Is that not a key person in the home of the time Michael Jackson died??????

    July 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  4. patty south carolina

    SARAH NEEDS TO COME CLEAN WHY SHE IS STEPPING DOWN BECAUSE IT WILL COME OUT WHATS DONE IN THE DARK WILL COME TO THE LIGHT SANFORD CAME OUT SO SHE NEEDS TO COME CLEAN THINK ABOUT IT SHE IS AFRAID HE WILL TALK SO SHE IS GETTING OUT QUICK SHE IS A LIER AN SO IS HE THEY TALK ABOUT FAMILY VALUE SHE AND SANFORD HAD AN AFFAIR THATS WHAT MY GUT FEELING IS TELLING ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Khalid S.

    Sarah Palin for HERSELF only... Watch her make some MONEY!!! Governorship is too much work!! Hockey mom, Pitbull, Lipstick etc...those were slogans of last year...She is moving on to More Money this year!!! Not to be concerned about Basketball example... she probably could not even spell the word in three tries...

    July 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  6. Ann-Va.

    What planet did Sarah Palin come from?In her little "quitting"speech she blamed everyone she has ever come in contact with for her own shortcomings & real stupidity.Those that thought she was the answer to their prayers better hope those prayers aren't answered,unless it means that she go away & is never heard from againWhat was that about dead fish floating???This is not someone that ever belongs in public office.If the far right ,who worship her ,don't see her in a different light now,then maybe the rest of us,who do see through her,will have to pass out free light bulbs to them.This woman is not qualified to be anything!!

    July 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  7. MG

    The news coverage of Sarah Palin has been painful in it's negativity and blatant gossipy coverage of a talented woman who should have a bright political future....and I hope still does. I can't remember anyone getting anything close to the battering that she has endured....a lot of people in the media should be ashamed of the really lousey excuse for the so called news reporting and coverage she has received..

    July 5, 2009 at 1:38 am |
  8. hhmmmmm

    I'm not sure I "get" what's she's up to. I do hope it all works out well for her family whom seem to have gone through a lot. Not sure is she's doing this for political reasons, personal, monetary... It'll be intersting to see what's next. I found it interesting that Ebay has one of her yearbooks – it says she signed it for some church group's fundraiser. Seems like a nice thing to do. Not sure if it's her church or what. What is next for SP??? Time will tell.

    July 5, 2009 at 6:48 am |
  9. Charles

    I wish the best to Mrs. Palin and her family, she could be the best
    person in the world but she is not and never was qualified for the
    office of VP or President of the United States.

    July 5, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  10. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    I posted this yesterday on another blog, Take it or leave it:
    Let’s be honest, folks (Wink). This woman is about as stable as a three-legged chair. She lives in a fantasy world, as do many Americans; after all, 43% of the voters chose McCain and Palin. If some of you were to take a really close look at her record, you would have to conclude that she has always been looking out for her own interests. Her actions as Mayor of Wasilla were clearly self-serving and geared toward her big-oil and gas buddies. As governor, she sold out to the same big-oil buddies in exchange for a few dollars more toward the yearly stipend which each Alaskan gets from the oil companies.
    Look at her travel expenses, which were just a free perpetual vacation for her whole family. How about her “Road to Nowhere”, or her 4,000 square foot house supposedly built by “Todd and two of his buddies”. We all know that it was built by the same company that built the Wasilla Sports Complex, the same company that caused Senator Steven’s downfall. If you read nothing else, at least read that great vanity fair article.
    Wake up, people. This is politics as usual all across the country. That’s what happens when you elect the worst instead of the best, whoever they may be.
    As far as her resigning as governor, I think that her book deals have made her as wealthy as she has aspired to, and she is proving that she really never did care about the citizens of Alaska. Or maybe, as one other blogger suggests, she is anticipating a scandal.

    July 5, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  11. SKIP

    Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation is a great political move for her & our country. Once they thought about it, the majority of Alaskans are actually proud of Sarah Palin for taking first steps towards 2012. This was an appropriate day (Independence Day eve); for her to take some time with her family, focus on immediate strengthening of state and national objectives; all without having her hands tied by holding political office. If Congress and the Obama Team can announce things like the "Cap & Trade Energy Bill" on a Friday; as they have done many other major sneak through bills; then why can't our Governor let the local media know her news first and on a Friday? She also wasn't taking up state time to do it; as she did it on a national holiday and wasn't at work, so no ethics violation. The mainstream media is going crazy with this, like a pack of dogs chasing their tails. Keep on surprising them Sarah.

    Our nation is finally waking up to the realities of the Nov. 08 election results and now we want our country back. Sarah is not a quitter, but instead a fighter who thinks outside of the box. She is the square peg that won’t be forced into the round hole; a “complex conservative” (coin termed by my spouse) that both political parties and the media can’t figure out; which is what scares them so much. She may be living outside of the continental United States now; but will end up taking the country by storm come 2012 and move to our country’s capitol.

    Gov. Palin gave an excellent speech on Friday (without Speechwriters or Teleprompters); showing intelligence, good eye contact, speaking honestly and directly from her heart straight to the heart of the average American and didn’t require any hand holding (as she writes her own stuff). On the other hand, Obama pays his 28 year old speech writer $175,000.00 (one of the top paid people in Washington) and doesn’t normally do any speeches without a Teleprompter and his personal speechwriter. Think about it. Who is actually the better speaker, based on “their own merit”? Sarah is head of the pack without a doubt.

    The mainstream media needs to report ALL statistics correctly and not falsely quote or intentionally misconstrue facts. The "Mainstream American" is beginning to see through the smoke and will now hold their feet to the fire; which is fixing to get really hot. All ethics charges were filed after her nomination for VP candidate and were pushed by the mainstream media’s attack on her and her family. The 15 false ethics charges (cases she has won) have been dropped. By stepping down, she will prevent millions more of state money spent in her defense and wasted time spent by state employees on defending more charges. Not one of them was proven valid, but continues to cost the Palins thousands from their personal budget.

    Sarah is the opposite of Obama in so many ways; budget conscious, a supporter of capitalism, honest, supports our constitution, ethical, patriotic, believing in and not wanting to control her country and more. This is the opposite of Obama and multiple other governors & senators who have left their gubernatorial or congressional responsibilities gathering dust, continued drawing a paycheck from the government coffers, and traveling while in the process of running for higher political office. She can now spend days or weeks away from the state and will not do this on the public dime. What an unusual political candidate; a real, honest, hard-working, ethical, middle-class person; not wanting to waste her state’s money. WOW.

    July 5, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  12. chuck b / coastal n.carolina

    I was not impressed with her as a candiate..... this shows her true color -- YELLOW. When things get tough,she want to bail.What does she think will happen in Washington, if she were there..... she would bail then too. I'm embrassassed for women everywhere...if she is the best the GOP has to protray a strong woman in the 21st centrary....she is a fool

    July 5, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  13. Carly Reimer

    Victim card again?

    Alaska was the 'victim when she was media-seeking instead of running the government. And again Alaska is the 'victim' as she bales when it gets tough.

    Higher calling? What, a talk show? How shallow.

    July 5, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  14. Daisy

    And MG mentions Palin's talent. And that would be what????
    She is cocky, sassy, and irrisponsible. So things were not so exciting as governor Alaska. She got bored and wants to move on. Gosh darn! Look out your window at Russia and see what's going on there! I'll give her this; she is very attractive and would make a great model for big glasses and pony tails.

    July 5, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  15. Larry

    I'm glad this country was wise enought not to elect the Republican ticket.

    Higher calling? What is her higher calling?

    I think she is up to her neck in something. Maybe we should pull her passport. This was too sudden, for a glamour girl who wanted to be president last week.

    July 5, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  16. Parisa

    The media outlets (like CNN) seem to care quite a bit about Sarah Palin. I would liken the media's obsession with Palin to their weird fixation with Paris Hilton. I would be willing to bet that the majority of the nation DOES NOT care. I live in NJ, she is irrevelant to my life. Heidi, why is the elite media so obsessed with her? Instead why not do a story on real solutions to healthcare or why the government isn't really prosecuting the fraud on Wall Street?

    July 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

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