Oct.6 - Sarah Palin ends speculation by confirming she will not run in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. Paul Chapman reports.
Sarah Palin's finally ended months of speculation about her presidential ambitions. The former Republican vice-presidential contender's confirmed she won't be running for the top job in next year's election. Palin revealed her decision in a radio interview and in a letter to supporters. In her letter she said her family came first. Palin burst onto the political scene in 2008 as John McCain's vice presidential nominee. She was relatively unknown but quickly became a conservative star with the 'mama grizzly' image she painted for herself. Since then her star has faded. She's been polling way behind the main challengers for the Republican nomination. Many observers had already concluded she was unlikely to run after a number of equivocating statements. Now the speculation is over the only woman in the 2012 presidential race is Michele Bachmann, popular with the same social conservatives who found Palin so electrifying. Paul Chapman, Reuters