Sarah Palin with Star of David Magen David 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )
WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin said on Wednesday that she will not seek the Republican presidential nomination, in 2012, ending months of doubt and leaving the Republican field largely settled.RELATED:Poll: US Jews 'grumpy' as Obama's Jewish numbers fallWashington Watch: For love or money?
Palin had shown little sign of joining the race to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama but made it official in a letter to supporters and in an interview with conservative talk radio host Mark Levin.
"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," she said in the letter.
Palin's star had faded since her opening days as John McCain's vice
presidential nominee in 2008 when she burst onto the scene as a relative
unknown and quickly became a conservative star and promoted herself as a
She has been polling far behind the main challengers for the Republican
nomination, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain, and most
Palin-watchers had long since concluded that she was not going to run
based on a series of equivocating statements.
Her announcement came a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
opted against running. The only woman in the 2012 race now is Minnesota
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is popular with the same social
conservatives who find Palin an electrifying presence.
In her letter, Palin said "my family comes first" and that her decision
was based on what she was able to accomplish in congressional elections
last year when her support for several Tea Party conservative candidates
helped propel them to victory.
"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," she said.
There seemed to be no temptation by Palin to run for president as a third-party candidate.
"I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama's
re-election and that's the last thing our republic can afford. So the
consideration is not there for a third party, no," she told Levin.