Sarah Palin has announced she will not stand as a Presidential candidate in next year’s election.

The former Governor of Alaska has declared she will not run for the White House next year. Palin was the running partner of John McCain in 2008 for the Republican Party – the election was won for Barack Obama and the Democrat party. However, it was that election that put Palin on the national – and indeed international radar. Despite losing the election race in 2008 Palin is a figure that hasn’t gone away – having released her own book and has even had her own television series.

Palin’s daughter, Bristol, has also become something of a ‘star’ appearing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and she too will soon get her own television series. Palin’s political views have often made her a controversial figure with some and a figure for satire for others. Actress Tina Fey has portrayed the former Alaskan Governor in numerous sketches winning her much acclaim for her portrayal. Even former Star Trek actor William Shatner has taken swipes at Palin for comedic affect – reading extracts from her autobiography.

Palin’s political views saw her being dubbed by some as “George Bush in a dress“. The current Tea Party movement within the Republican party is partially down to Palin and it shares many of her own political views. For some time now there has been speculation¬† over whether or not she would run for the presidency in 2012 but there are a number of other candidates who have entered the field and some of them have over shadowed her according to political commentators.

In a statement Sarah Palin said she had come at the decision not to run after much consideration. “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. My family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision.” She wrote in a letter to supporters. Palin will though give her support to the election campaigns but has not, as yet, endorsed another Republican candidate.

 

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