Sarah Palin, who has been rather coy about her plans to run for office in 2012, finally put speculation to rest after a surprise announcement Wednesday evening. Her move preceded by yet another statement from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reiterating that he will not run, makes it even more likely that the winner of the Republican nomination has already thrown his or her hat into the ring.
In a statement posted on YouTube, Palin told supporters that she and her husband, Todd, "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She explained that her decision not to run is, in part, because she wants to spend more time with Todd and her children.
She declared that she will not seek a third-party election, because she knows that would likely bolster President Barack Obama's chances for re-election. Does this mean the world has heard the last of Sarah Palin? Absolutely not.
"You don't need an office or a title to make a difference," Palin said in her statement. While she may not be seeking office this year, it's likely that she will continue to make public speeches and voice her opinion, while still being supported by a large base of Tea Party voters.
Last month, in Iowa, Palin made a promise to continue to help the Tea Party movement gain steam, according to The New York Times. While it remains to be seen exactly how she will carry out this plan, her fan base has been vocal in showing its support, particularly on her Facebook page.
"Hi Sarah So sad you are not running for president 2012," wrote one fan on Facebook. "I would have voted for you. You are a true American would have been good for this country."