Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Resigns... Now What?

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Sarah Palin may have resigned as Alaska's governor -- but no less from the national spotlight.

While the former Republican vice presidential candidate left her long-term political plans unclear, she refused to address speculation that she's planning to run for president in 2012.
   
"It is because I love Alaska this much, sir, that I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame duck session in one's last year in office," Palin said during her farewell speech to Alaskans Sunday. "How does that benefit you?"

Palin said she plans to campaign for political candidates from coast to coast. She also plans to continue to speak her mind on the social networking site Twitter -- one of her favorite ways of reaching out to her supporters.

Friend and foe alike have speculated that the former governor may seek higher office in Washington, D.C.

"I will be an interested observer. I do want to see a women elected president. I hope it's a democratic woman," Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said. Clinton ran for president in the last election, but lost the Democratic nomination to now President Obama.

It seems Palin hasn't ruled out any options. Her political action committee, Sarah-PAC, has already raised more than $1 million this year.

"What she's heading to is a lot of money and continuing fame. So she's not giving up anything, she's gaining a great deal.," Larry Sabato, director for the Center for Politics, said.

Meanwhile, nearly 20 ethics complaints have been filed against Palin. She cited the resulting investigation's financial toll, both on her and the state, as her reason for stepping down.

Former Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was officially sworn in as new Alaskan governor Sunday. Palin offered some parting advice.

"Wherever the road may lead you, we have that steadying great North star to guide us home," she said during her farewell speech. "So let's all enjoy the ride and I thank you Alaska."

Palin's first order of business as a private citizen is to speak at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in California, Aug. 8.

There's a lot of talk about a book deal, that the former governor may host a television or radio show or even run for president. For now, it's anyone's guess.


 

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