Governor Palin announced on Mark Levin's radio show today that she is not running for President in 2012. I might say more tomorrow, but tonight I am going to keep this short and simply say that I respect her decision. I wanted her to run, expected her to run, and believe she would have won had she run.
Having said that, she never promised us any such thing. She always said she didn't need a title to effect change. She has maintained throughout that she was still praying about it. And she has said countless times that this was not about her. We the people wanted her to run and we the people encouraged her to do so. Am I happy with her decision? No. But again, I respect it.
The Governor Palin I have supported these past three years, the one I've been privileged to come to know, is indeed the real deal, and so for tonight I will leave it at this: I continue to stand with Governor Palin. As I ended a recent post:
I don't know which road Governor Palin will take in all this, but I am certain of this one thing: wherever the road leads her, she'll find me still walking beside her when she arrives.
I meant it then, and I mean it now.
Click here to listen to the interview with Mark Levin.
Here's the letter from the Governor that Mark read on his program today:
October 5, 2011
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