“I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision… 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,” Sarah Palin said on Fox New after closing the door to a 2012 presidential campaign.
The former Alaska governor, and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, ended months and months of speculation on Wednesday by announcing her decision not to throw her hat into the ring.
While she isn’t hitting the trail as a White House candidate, Palin clearly intends to remain a player on the political stage.
“In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the president, re-taking the Senate and maintaining the House,” she said in a statement posted on Facebook. She also says she’ll continue “driving the discussion for freedom and free market.”
Some Highlights from Palin’s flirtation with 2012 presidential race:
September 3, 2011 – Palin wows Tea Party of America rally in Indianola, Iowa, with what sounds like a campaign stump speech. It was widely anticipated that she’d use the speech to announce her candidacy. Two days later, she gave a speech at a Tea Party Express Rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.