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July 4th, 2009
04:01 AM ET

Palin Stepping Down as Alaska Governor

Governor Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month, and will not see re-election in 2010.

Palin, a Republican, was elected governor in 2006. She was tapped as Arizona Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate last year.

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be sworn in on July 26. He'll join us this morning in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

A Republican source close to Palin's political team told CNN's John King the governor's "book deal and other issues" were "causing a lot of friction up" in her home state, and that he believes that she is "mapping out a path to (the GOP presidential nomination in) 2012."

Veteran GOP strategist Ed Rollins, however, questioned that assumption. "You don't just quit with a year and a half to go. You certainly don't do this as a stepping stone to run for president."

What do you think about Governor Palin's decision to step down with a year and half left in her term?

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  1. suhail khan

    sarah palin is a nice person good mother very attractive hot as the lingo goes please she is not a politician keep her out i guess she realized it her secret is out as soon as she opens her mouth

    July 4, 2009 at 5:35 am |
  2. Chris

    She is an idiot clearly. But there seems to be something that made her step down suddenly – I would not doubt that her her husband Todd and herself are in trouble for more "small government" business dealings !

    July 4, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  3. John from Illinois

    In my opinion Sarah should have not been asked to run with McCain. She really was not ready for such a important role no matter what the GOP think of her. The RNC put her there to stand up to Hilary Clinton and in my opinion set the down fall of republicans for a long long time !

    July 4, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  4. Watts

    Palin quit Politics for the same reason anybody would, as the liberals kept beating the poor woman in the ground. They wouldn't stop, REASON, they are scared to death of her.

    July 4, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  5. Larry

    She has always displayed delusional behavior.

    The fact that the Repubs chose her as a running mate in 2008 showed the Rep party was coming apart.

    July 4, 2009 at 7:00 am |
  6. sylvia busey

    POOR PALIN, SHE IS LUCKY SHE IS GOVERNOR, NOW SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO GET A JOB GREETING WAL-MART CUSTOMERS, SO IF SHE QUIT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT SHE MADE A BIG BOO BOO. SHE IS A JOKE AND ALWAYS WILL BE. SORRY BUT TRUE

    July 4, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  7. Charles

    I wish Mrs. Palin and her family all the best, it seems her heart is in
    the right place but the debates last fall clearly shows she is not qualified to be VP or President.

    July 4, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  8. Hirams Grove

    In listening to Sarah Palin's resignation speech one is struck by the lack of logic and reason. Pundits and prognostigators are trying to make sense out of nonsence. In reality, the speech was a string of rambling and disconnected thoughts. This is someone who sounds on the verge of a breakdown; who has become overwhelmed by the public lens intensely focused on personal and professional behavior. I think she just wants to go home.

    July 4, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  9. JPG

    TJ your bias is showing concerning the Governor of Alaska resigning. I suppose, the Senator from Illinois running for President, and missing most votes in the Senate is a better model.

    July 4, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  10. Angie from Oklahoma

    I would like to respond to the line of questioning that CNN reporter Don Lemon had with Lt. Governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell. I love CNN, but what I just witnessed was bias and full of personal opinion on the part of the reporter Don Lemon. His line of questioning was way out of line. Don Lemon's job is to report the facts, ask questions to get to the facts without bias or personal opinion. The new Governor of Alaska's job is to run the State of Alaska. I believe the appropriate line of questioning should of pertained to how he planned to do that. As to the fears that the Alaskan's have over the abupt resignation of Sarah Palin, ask the out-going Governor why she passed the ball, instead of shooting the 3 pointer.

    July 4, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  11. Donald Plane

    Can't blame her, the media, especially reporters like TJ Holmes and Campbell Brown have consistantly taken negative attitiudes towards Ms. Palin, her family and anything she says, does or wears in public. Enough already. TJ Holmes' interview of Lt. Governer was very baised, asking over and over again the same questions with a negative slant. If the reporting on President Obama had been this slanted everyone would have been crying racial foul.

    July 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  12. Tom Z

    To all my friends;

    For those of us who have a "love/hate" feelings with Sarah Palan;
    we owe a Thank You to her!!!
    Nearly two hours yesterday No Michael Jackson mentioned on the media!!
    This morning's front page papers, NO Michael Jackson!!

    Thank you!!

    Have a nice day!!

    July 4, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  13. michael armstrong sr.

    sarahs a buitiful lady with a loving family thats proubly had enogh of the mud slinging that goes with politics she can be just mom now good luck sarah .

    July 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  14. Monjambon

    After her shenanigans this past election year, I highly doubt the Republican party would even consider her as a serious presidential candidate. She's a media hungry, backwoods politician still just trying to get her name back in the news.

    July 4, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  15. Khalid S.

    Sarah is passing the ball, leaving the court and escaping the arena in the middle of the game, while her team is behind...I am glad winners like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant did not learn that strategy!!

    July 4, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  16. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    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.
    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 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  17. S Bartley

    I think there is a reason for her stepping down. I think John McCain made a huge mistake for choosing her as his running mate. I truly believe she lost the election for him. She doesn't appear to be a very smart lady. I'm surprised she could run Alaska as long as she did.

    July 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  18. Robert W. Patton

    So, Governor Palin is stepping down, makes me wonder about her fortitude, if elected President would she quit if the national or world political climate got hot or rough. Let the soccer mom with red lipstick stay in Alaska. I question her motives and staying power.

    July 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  19. Sasha Pruett

    I'm glad she is gone. I by no means want to ever 'accomplish' being an airhead, an embarrassment to the country and world with no political sense to be vice president, president, or even press secretary...who can only parrot what other aides tell her to say and still can't get it right, who won't answer questions head on during the one VP debate she had, who shoots animals from helicopters and holds press conferences in front of a turkey slaughterhouse, who picks on a late night talk show host who's bad joke in her mind turned into something lewd and distasteful....NO, I'm not sad to see this fool slink back into whatever she came out of...If I had the opportunity, I would tell her, Trig, Truck, Track, Train, Truffle or whoever the hell is in her life, and any of her supporters the same thing to their faces...good riddance, you cocky self righteous, moronic excuse of a politician and embarrassment to intelligent and progressive women everywhere!

    July 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  20. Barb

    Sarah Palin asked her children if she should resign her position? Whoa! She's even goofier than I thought!

    July 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  21. Michael Coudret

    Would like to see Tony Harris challenge Obama like he does Palin!! I like his challenge of Palin's decision to resign. I would like to see him do the same for Obama but have not seen any hint of this type of reporting.

    July 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  22. Very Sceptical in the Midwest

    The "politics as usual" line began to get a bit weak as time went on in Ms. Palin's announcement. It was used much too frequently to be effective after the sixth time it was thrown out there, almost as a way to try to convince herself and everyone else that what she was doing made perfect sense. It is very evident that there is something else at work here, legal troubles?, health issues either for herself or family? exactly what, is not yet clear. Contrary to what Ms Palin indicated, her "reasons" for resignation were blurry to most. I don't care what anyone says, you don't run out or run away before you finish the job unless there is something very troubling hanging over your head. This is obviously not the end of this story...... stayed tuned.

    July 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  23. Marsha

    Get a hold of the Vanity Fair article – Palin's relationship with the truth is a little tenuous. I expect some scandal will open and she will believe herself to be in the clear since she's left office before it blew – this is the kind of "truthiness" the McCain campaign staff talks about in that article.

    She gave no actual reasons – if she thinks she can't effect change as the governor, why will she be able to effect change as a private citizen – If she quits now, how would she handle the heat of some real stuff like Obama's dealing with if (I can't even think it) she were to be president?!

    July 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  24. Khalid S.

    It is almost comical to compare Palin to Obama...like comparing some high school basketball bench player to Michael Jordan..but since some one just did that..so here is my thinking on it...

    Barack Obama left the US Senate to take on a MUCH BIGGER responsibility of running this country, which had been RUN DOWN by slogan masters and tax cutters for the rich... Palin is leaving the court and the arena because the Full Court Press of challenges is On...what a low level small time player as a US political office holder she is...

    July 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  25. 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 8:26 am |
  26. Jerry Chase

    Sarah Palin has shown now that she is a Quitter who does not finish the job. Therefore, she should not be considered for any other positions in the future.

    July 5, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  27. Randy

    I believe this Administrstion is not working for the U.S or it's people, they are crippling this country and demoralizing it's people. Impeach these people and start a new system, but I guess it's Ok we only pay for it right? Randy

    July 5, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  28. Doug - Dallas

    It proves the country made the right decision last November. I can not begin to imagine what would have happened if Palin was our current VP. If the pressure in Alaska was to much, how could she ever deal with the pressure at the national level? It's easy to govern when everyone supports you, but the true measure of governing ability is when you have to deal with adversity and still get things done. On that score, sarah Palin received a F.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  29. b.orsini

    Its about time,she plays games. Blames eveyone else for her short comings.

    July 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm |

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