Palin's Not Running: 'I Can Be More Effective' Helping to Elect Others

By Staff | October 5, 2011 | 7:26 PM EDT

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin exits the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

( – Sarah Palin announced Wednesday she will not run for president in 2012.

The former Alaska governor and Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate in 2008 broke the news in a letter to supporters, which conservative talk radio host Mark Levin read on his show Wednesday evening.

As Palin told Levin, "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I can be on the right path, not as a candidate for president at this time -- and we'll see what the future holds in terms of me personally in a political career. But in the meantime, all of us -- let's join together to wake up America, put us back on the right path. We all have a role to play in this."

Palin said she will not be a third-party candidate, and said she will be active in "helping coordinate the strategies that will assist in replacing our president, retaking the Senate, maintaining the House, helping good constitutional conservative be elected to governor's seats around this nation. I look forward to using all the tools at my disposal to get the right people in there who have a  servant's heart and understand what it is that our country was built upon -- free men and free markets, and how we can continue those right principles -- put them into practice to get our economy back on the right track and to keep our country safe."

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In her official statement, Palin wrote: “As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision,” Palin wrote. “When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.”

“My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year,” she continued. “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.”

“We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the ‘fundamental transformation’ of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.”

Palin said that in the weeks ahead she will help to coordinate strategies aimed at achieving Republican victories in the presidential and congressional races.

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