Sarah Palin Explains Decision to Step Down, Opens Door to Take on Barack Obama

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Explains Decision to Step Down, Opens Door to Take on Barack Obama

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 7
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is revealing more about why she made the decision to step down as the state’s governor at the end of the month. She said her decision came from her independent, maverick personality and she left the door open for a pro-life presidential bid in 2012 taking on President Barack Obama.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee last year, told CNN that "all options are on the table" for her political future and that she wants to stay involved in the political process.

She also told ABC News that she understands there could be negative ramifications of her decision to step down.

"You know, politically speaking, if I die, I die. So be it," she said.

"That caught people off guard," she said of her unusual decision. "It’s out of the box and unconventional. That’s what we are as Alaskans and certainly how I am as a public servant."

Palin talked more about her decision-making and what she hopes to accomplish from here.

“We have so many people who offer advice, but I’m going to continue to be, whether some of ‘em like it or not, pretty darn independent, and not get wrapped up into a strong political machine that hasn’t been extremely successful in some ways,” she added on the Fox News Channel.

Asked if she wanted to be president, she repeated she did not know what her future holds.

"I want to work, right now, for people who are going to work in office or out of office for the right things. Those principles that built up America, those who are inspired by the values of America, and will not deride or apologize for the values we hold as Americans. I’m gonna work for those people," she added.

Palin also suggested the decision may have come about for family reasons.

“Most candidates, most public officials get to look into a camera and say, ‘You know you better leave your hands off my kids. Well I haven’t been able to say that. And that double standard that’s been applied, that’s been a little bit frustrating,” she said.

She said Obama is taking the country in the wrong direction and that she has a lot of fight left in her for the future.

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