Friday, 03 July 2009
Palin took no questions after a brief news conference in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, with Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and much of her state cabinet at her side. She gave no indication of her future plans.
"I'm not seeking re-election" in 2010, Palin said, adding she would transfer authority to Parnell on July 26.
Palin, 45, said her decision came after much "prayer and consideration." She did not want to waste time on "political blood sport" and cited public criticism of her actions and her family since the 2008 campaign.
Palin complained during the unsuccessful 2008 campaign about having her comments "filtered" by the mainstream media.
"I look forward to helping others -- to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence," she said.