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Palin Alaska’s 'greatest gift’ to US: Parnell

world Updated: Jul 05, 2009 16:24 IST
Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, the running mate of John McCain in the Republican leader’s failed presidential bid in 2008, is Alaska’s “greatest gift” to America, says Sean Parnell, who will succeed her as Governor of the state.

“She’s accomplished more in these two and a half years than most governors accomplish in one or two terms. Our governor has been a great governor and she is going to be Alaska’s and is Alaska’s greatest gift to our country,” Parnell told CNN.

Palin had yesterday announced that she will step down as governor of Alaska by the end of this month and would not run for a second gubernatorial term in 2010.

“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” Palin said at a news conference at her home in Wasilla.

“Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘lame duck´ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,´ something I campaigned against and will always oppose,” Palin said.