Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she will not be throwing her hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential race.
Palin made the announcement via a statement to conservative radio host Mark Levin, stating that she believes she will have more impact outside of the race.
“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 statement says. “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.”
Palin’s decision comes just weeks after the release of a bombshell book claiming to blow open shocking details of her private life.
The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss alleges that just one year before she eloped with her now husband Todd Palin, Sarah enjoyed a steamy interracial one-night stand with 6-foot-8 basketball great, Glen Rice. Sarah is said to have met the sportsman in 1987 when he was playing a college basketball tournament in Alaska and she was working as a sports reporter for local station KTUU.
The book also charges that before she became Alaska Governor, both Sarah and Todd dabbled in cocaine use and claims she was once seen snorting the drug off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with friends.
It also details an extramarital affair between Sarah and her husband’s business partner, Brad Hanson, claiming Todd subsequently dissolved their snowmobile dealership after he learned about the tryst, which is alleged to have lasted six months.
Palin’s full statement reads: “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!”
Palin’s decision comes one day after another Republican hopeful, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie announced that he would not be running for President.
Speaking at a news conference in Trenton Tuesday, Christie explained that he felt an obligation to honor his promise to continue to serve as governor.
"For months, I've been adamant about the fact that I'm not running for president. For me, the answer was never anything but 'no,'" he said.
"In the end what I always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today: Now is not my time," he said, explaining several times that it "never felt right" to abandon the state.