Washington: Former Alaska governor Sarah
Palin ruled out running for the US presidency in 2012, telling
supporters that she could help the Republican cause more by
working to elect others.
"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," Palin said in a letter posted
on her website.
"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," she wrote.
"In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to
assist in replacing the president, re-taking the Senate, and
maintaining the House."
Palin, a darling of the ultra-conservative Tea Party
movement who was Senator John McCain`s surprise running mate
in 2008, had tantalized supporters for months, launching a bus
tour with stops in crucial early-voting states.
But her showing in the opinion polls never really lived
up to the media hype and independent observers didn`t believe
she could make a credible run and unseat President Barack
Obama in next year`s November elections.
Her decision came the day after New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie also disappointed those wanting a shake-up of the
Republican field and leaves an expected two-way battle for the
nomination between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
With Obama seen as vulnerable due to the faltering
economy and stubbornly high unemployment, Republicans are
desperate to find a candidate who can rally the conservative
base but who also doesn`t turn off independents.
Many in the party have lingering doubts about Romney, the
current front-runner. Some US Christians view his Mormon faith
as odd, a cult or even a heresy and others see him as an
Perry, hailed by the right as the savior of the race when
he jumped in on August 13 and leapt to the front of the field,
has failed to sparkle in early debates despite burnishing
strong conservative credentials.
His popularity has plummeted and former pizza company
executive Herman Cain has gained ground, new polls show.