By Dave Andrusko
In announcing her decision not to run for the Republican presidential nomination, pro-life former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said yesterday that “I look forward to supporting our nominee” and to “help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.”
Mrs. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, made her intentions official in an email letter to supporters and in an appearance on radio talk show host Mark Levin’s program. She later amplified her thoughts in an appearance last night on the Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News television show.
Mrs. Palin’s decision came one day after pro-life New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took himself out of contention, saying “Now is not my time.”
Mrs. Palin pledged to maintain an active political role. “The consideration was given to what role can I play best to help pursue this mission and succeed in this mission of defending our Republic,” she told Levin. “I believe not being a candidate really you’re unshackled and you’re allowed to be really more active. I look forward to coordinating the strategies that will assist in replacing our president.”
In her message to supporters, Palin began by saying,
“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.”
Appearing on Van Susteren’s show, Palin offered consolation to her supporters.
“I apologize to those who are disappointed in this decision,” she said. “I’ve been hearing from them in the last couple of hours but I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that, really, you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country. I think that I’m proof of that.”
Although there is always a chance another candidate could emerge, the Republican presidential field appears set. The pro-life candidates include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, former senator Rick Santorum, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
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