Ending months of speculation over her White House bid, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on Thursday announced that she would not be seeking the Republican presidential ticket in 2012, saying “my family comes first.”
“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.
“My family comes first and obviously Todd (her husband) and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision,” she wrote to her supporters.
Palin’s announcement ends months of uncertainty over the 47-year-old photogenic Republican leader’s political plans.
Palin had fanned speculation that she was considering a bid for the presidency when she announced a summer bus tour with stops in early-voting US states.
Her announcement comes a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ruled himself out of the race.
Ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry lead the Republican pack to challenge Barack Obama for the White House in 2012.