imageSarah Palin announced this evening that she will not be running for President in a statement made to Mark Levin’s radio program.  ABC News obtained the full statement:

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!

I wouldn’t have been surprised if she jumped in, but I’m also not surprised she’s staying out.  The field is settled and those who were holding out for another candidate need to take a look at the current field and make a decision.  I predict that Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann will benefit the most from this decision.  I also wouldn’t be shocked to see Palin endorse Cain.

You May Also Like

Bobby Jindal Gives Civil Response to #NeverTrump

Shane Vander Hart: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee should take notes from former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on how to appeal to Never Trump.

Towards Understanding the 21st Century Republican Spectrum

Graham: The traditional view of the political spectrum has led to poor analysis and poor decisions. It is crucial to understand how people think and vote.

Gillibrand Says Pro-Life Position is Unacceptable, Compares to Racism

Kirsten Gillibrand: “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable.”

Hinson Launches First TV Ad in Iowa 1st Congressional District Race

Ashley Hinson, the Republican nominee in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District race, released her first TV ad titled “Watch It.”