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July 7th, 2009
09:02 AM ET

Palin: 'I am not a quitter; I am a fighter'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Sarah Palin's not a quitter, she wants the public to know.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/07/art.palin.interview.cnn.jpg caption="Sarah Palin's attorney said there is no legal reason that compelled her to resign as governor."]

"I am not a quitter. I am a fighter," Palin told CNN on Monday while on a family fishing trip, on the heels of her Friday bombshell announcement that she was resigning as Alaska's governor.

Palin did her interview standing on the shores of Dillingham, Alaska, wearing hip waders. She granted 10-minute interviews to CNN and three other news networks Monday.

She resigned because of the tremendous pressure, time and financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months, she said. The complaints were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans, Palin said.

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Filed under: Controversy • Politics
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  1. Jaxie

    I hope Sarah makes it all the way to the White House in 2012. She has what it takes. It takes a strong woman to have small children and still be as active in politics. Good for her

    July 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  2. OpenBook

    This woman should be our next president. She has the USA at heart in all she does.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Tom Armstrong

    So? 7 out of 10 Republicans think Palin is sooo wonderful.. Well, here's something to think about. It was largely because of Ms. Palin that I voted for Obama!
    Yes, Palin IS wonderful. She is the best thing to come along for the Democrat party is a long time.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  4. Larry

    Ever time Pain is in front of the camera it gives us another reason not to vote for her.

    Only she and her dysfunctional Republican party think she can win an election.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  5. Ellie, MD

    This woman is unbelievable. She holds a Press Conference with the media and then quits, but then claims not to be a quitter?

    On WHAT PLANET is this woman from? Sarah Palin needs to look up the word "quitter and resignation" in the dictionary. She's really laughable complaining about being called a "quitter" when she indeed QUIT!!

    Folks need to stop trying to make excuses and trying to rationalize or marginalize this woman's lack of integrity and leadership.

    Other Governors, even the "lame duck" ones, DID NOT QUIT. They honored their contractual obligations to their state and the hard-working constituents who supported them and voted for them.

    Sarah Palin obviously has NOT learned anything from the presidential campaign in regards to the national media. If you don't want to be labeled a quitter, then don't QUIT!!!! It's just that simple.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  6. nancy

    In my opinion she IS a quitter. if she can't take the heat of the Govenors office, then she needs to get out of ploitics all together. She is a media hound and CNN needs to stop fueling her EGO.

    July 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  7. G .Watts

    Today the world should be still too lay to rest god's chief musician as in psalms 41. He ha sbrought us joy that sounded across racial bearers, enemy lines,countries overlooked, and provided for the sick and shut in. "we are the world " and we can make the world a better place. I'm honored to have had the pleasure of metting him and going to neverland and I hope they can aloy him to rest there. My prayers are with the family and Iknow he will live forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  8. Peggy

    I think CNN has done it again. For over a week and a half now we have heard about nothing but Michael Jackson. There are some of us out here that feel there is much more going on in the world that we DO NEED TO KNOW about other than a man who dangles a baby out a window, has had several molestation cases against him, which he bought his way out of, and a personal life style that no child should know about.
    The shame of the whole thing is that several others died during this same period, with barely a mention. Farrah Fawcett received a "by the way", with her funeral announced in ticker at bottom of screen. Ed McMahon, as well know as MJ, David Carradine in early June barely got a mention. Billy Mayes died, and most recently Robert McNamara, a man who deserves just as much praise as any one listed above.
    Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think America deserves better than what we are being force fed by the media. It seems sad to me to think of all the important news going on around the world, that all we have to listen to on the "news" is a lot of "hoopla" about a man that yes, was a good dance, a good singer, but he was also a "not so good" role model for our children. SHAME

    July 7, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  9. Scott Seiter

    Pressure? Bad time? What would have happened if she became the Vice President of the United States?

    July 7, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  10. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    I wish she would speak english and not alaskaese, I just can't follow a conversation with this women

    July 7, 2009 at 9:21 am |