Barring any October surprises, it looks like the GOP presidential field is set.
Mark Levin announced on his show that Sarah Palin sent him a statement indicating she will not be seeking the GOP nomination for president. She said she can be more effective in helping elect other conservatives to office. She also said her duties to her family had an impact on her decision.
I wonder who she’ll endorse.
He also interviewed Palin, you can listen here. She ruled out a third party run. Good for her.
If the statement is published online I’ll update this post.
Update: Via ABC News, here is Palin’s statement:
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
Update 2: Nicole Wallace must be so disappointed.
Update 3: There’s a big memeorandum thread with plenty of links if you’re interested in the reaction to this news.
Update 4: The Other McCain and Poh Diaries linked – thanks!
Update 5: I agree with Dan Riehl’s take on the announcement. Palin has a bright future ahead of her, and she’ll play a pivotal role in advancing a conservative agenda.