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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin finally makes, or at least announces, her decision on the election. She remained quiet on the topic for most of the election season, leaving hope for some of her constituents that she might run, and this late in the game, her silence was announcement enough for most. However, Palin released a statement anyway on Wednesday.
“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,” said Palin in a statement on her decision.” 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.” During a radio interview on the “Mark Levin Show” shortly after she released her statement, the radio host asked if Palin would run 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.” “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.” The former vice presidential nominee added, “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.”
On the “Mark Levin Show”, she elaborated, “Not being a candidate really you’re unshackled and you’re allowed to be even more active.” Rick Perry, the Texas governor who is still barely holding on to front runner status, released a statement after Palin made her announcement. 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.” Palin’s announcement comes just days after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stated again that he is not going to run for President, despite the constant media speculation to the contrary.