Alaskan reaction is documented in the Anchorage Daily News, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and Alaska Dispatch and KTVA Channel 11.
The statement is replicated below (go HERE to listen to the full interview):
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!
Later, Palin further explained her decision on Greta Van Susteren's program on Fox News:
So for the time being, it appears that Sarah Palin will continue her role as a motivator and agitator, promoting candidates in a multitude of races who, in her opinion, best exemplify her values. To her credit, she did not cite any of the anklebiters by name who may have propelled her into remaining on the sidelines.
The Washington Post recorded reaction by some Republican candidates. Rick Perry wrote "Sarah Palin is a good friend, a great American and a true patriot. I respect her decision and know she will continue to be a strong voice for conservative values and needed change in Washington", while Michele Bachmann said "Governor Palin is a dear friend of mine and I think the world of her. She has been a strong voice for the conservative movement...She has a lifetime of opportunities ahead of her".
Politico didn't seem too surprised at Palin's decision. They noted that GOP operatives have long expected her to pass on a 2012 race. Furthermore, she did not build an infrastructure that could have been used as the foundation for a campaign, her political action committee did little to build a staff and she remained on the Fox News payroll as a contributor while 2012 candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich saw their contracts terminated.
In the final analysis, it was a good decision by Palin. While she had the most fanatical core cadre of supporters, Palin also showed chronically high negatives, even among independents. In head-to-head polling vs. Barack Obama, she consistently graded out worse than other prominent candidates. There was also too much personal baggage -- much of it contrived and exaggerated by Palin's critics. A Presidential campaign would have focused far too much upon her personality and family, and not enough on her platform. Finally, she suffered the humiliation of being out-polled against Obama in her home state in June 2011 -- and I guarantee you, most of us Alaskans think Obama sucks.
It might seem improbable that Sarah Palin would consider becoming somebody's running mate in the future after she was on McCain's ticket in 2008. But Sarah Palin is unpredictable, if anything. Palin also believes in responding to what she considers a call to public service. If a demand for her inclusion on a ticket grows, it is entirely possible she might accept. It's a long time between now and next summer, and anything can happen.
So before you conclude we won't have Sarah Palin to kick around any more, remember than in 1962, Richard Nixon said "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more". We all know how that worked out.