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Hello again and happy fourth of July weekend from Fox News in Washington and -- -- weekend its -- With Sarah Palin stunner of an announcement that she's leaving office later this month.
Saturday Palin posted a statement on FaceBook that cited a higher -- like to advance the country along conservative principles.
To help sort out why Palin is stepping down -- what she does now we welcome.
From Anchorage Alaska's lieutenant governor Sean -- now he takes over from Palin and just three weeks from Austin, Texas the architect of two presidential victories Carl -- And from Little Rock, Arkansas former governor Mike Huckabee you ran for president last year.
Lieutenant governor part -- Sarah Palin called you into her office.
On Wednesday night to drop the bombshell.
In a couple of sentences because I'm sure a lot of people.
Are still a little bit confused why did she say that she is dropping out.
Good morning you know I think.
What I heard from the governor really.
Had to do with the -- on heard that the concerned she had for the costs.
All the ethics investigations and the like the way that that weighed on her with respect to her.
Inability to just move forward -- agenda on behalf of Alaska -- in -- in the current context of the environments and that's what I saw.
So basically she was saying that all of the personal attacks all of the updates -- facts.
That that was preventing her from doing -- job that's why she decided to play.
Well in fact that it -- it was costing them just about two million dollars state.
Taxpayers dollars to sit on the staff -- to deal with the records requests in the life and that.
That was just over the top and I think she's -- word insane and her in her remarks.
Lieutenant governor I know there's bad blood between Palin.
And Alaska's Republican senator Lisa Murkowski because Palin beat her dad when she ran for governor.
But I want to put up Murkowski is full statement about all of that's.
I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents.
Before her term has concluded.
Does senator Mikulski have a point.
-- -- I I was actually disappointed when I saw some senators -- release and does she have a point I don't think so I think what the governor did was actually look out for Alaska's in this and should she made the comment I'm I'm need to pass the ball when I got the full court press on me so we can move Alaska forward the Governor Palin accomplished more in.
Two and half years in office than most governors accomplishing in one or even two terms here.
So in that context I don't think so.
-- -- let me bring you when you're as plugged in to Republican politics.
As anyone in this country.
What are you hearing from insiders that you're talking to about why Sarah Palin decided to step down.
Well -- little perplexed because.
She if she wanted to escape the ethics investigations.
And save taxpayers money she's -- done that but it is.
It's sort of citizens send a signal if you do this kind of thing to a sitting governor like her you can driver out of office also she's not going to be able to escape media attention.
If she thinks somehow that she's going to be able to protect your family gets the kind of things that she's.
Suffered over the last couple months from David Letterman and others.
And it is seeking a role of leadership for -- Change for our country she said in her speech.
She's going to be able to do -- the media if you go once run for president is going to be following her intensely for the next three years.
Governor -- eight.
Are -- the actions of somebody who wants.
A career in national politics as somebody who wants to get out.
Well it's a risky strategy and nobody knows whether it's gonna pay off or not.
And even if she did get out primarily because of that.
And a feeling of being chased that's not gonna stop if she continues in politics the only way to stops as for her completely exit the stage in the spotlight.
And on that point I totally agree with Karl I think -- one thing that I I've wondered about tactically.
Was hastily calling a news conference.
That ended up raising more questions than it did answer them in -- political mentor Ed Rollins the other day on his radio show brought that up that you don't call a press conference.
That creates questions you call one to resolve.
That Governor Huckabee look at almost every politician.
Is on the firing line that you may not have been to the degree.
As governor of Arkansas that Sarah Palin was when she achieved national prominence but what about this argument.
I'm doing this for my state because the attacks against the -- getting in the -- Well if if.
That had been the case for me -- -- quit about my first month because I was a Republican governor and the state where 89%.
Of my legislature where Democrats.
I had constant ethics complaints filed against me even by newspaper editors and a lot of it was because if they can attack you on policy what they do they just.
Absolutely bombard you.
With personal attacks and keep you tied up in court.
Making -- hire lawyers -- been there done that Arkansas was a tough political environment period even tougher for a Republican.
And one of the things you have to -- decide what they're not gonna you know chased me out now what they do they throw all the stuff that you and and they say oh there's a pattern.
Ethical issues actually what the pattern is is a pattern of phony charges being filed with the opposition party.
-- the danger that Sarah Palin faces and let me be very quick to tell you and way of full disclosure -- Sarah Palin fan -- her personally.
I like her points of view I think she's right on the issues.
Did the challenge that she's going to have.
Is that there will be people who say well look you know you think chain issue out of this you won't get any easier for you at other levels of the stage.
All right let's talk about those other novels.
Carl let's talk about Sarah Palin's future does her decision to step down in the middle of our -- not serve out her full four years.
Does that help her or hurt her if she has any hopes of becoming president.
I think it hurts.
When you're sitting governor you have the tactical advantage if you think about running for president.
Turning down a lot of things -- -- an excuse to people except I've got a job to do as governor.
She's -- remove that so now the expectations are going to be she's going to be fully available she's going to be able to come to the lower 48 and she's going to be able to do whatever people ask her to do.
And that's going to be a problem it raises the expectations.
It's also unclear what her strategy is again she said she wanted to lead effective change outside a government.
Well now we're -- people are going to be saying what is it that you mean by that and how are you demonstrated effective leadership for change around America.
I'd like Governor Huckabee I'm a fan of Sarah Palin's but it it.
And effective strategies and politics are ones that are so clear and obvious and people can grasp but it is not clear what her strategy here is.
By -- the governorship two and a half years through term.
-- put yourself on -- national stage that she may not yet be prepared to.
Operated she did a great job -- 63 days during the fall campaign 200863.
Days former emergence in Ohio.
To the Election Day but now she's gonna have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of days.
Between -- the 2012 election in she's gonna raise expectations about how well and how visible she's going to be early on in those in the in this struggle.
Governor Huckabee it -- -- -- and got our guy had.
Well I appreciate the -- jump in here finally you know.
Governor Huckabee had a point he was comparing his experience as governor of Arkansas with governor -- of Alaska and I have to tell you that I think they're they're they're miles apart in terms of what he faced -- vs what she -- she she became a national figure an international figure.
During the last presidential race that's that's a clear distinction what that means is that she not only -- the local.
Press after her the local party after her she had the the national.
National candidates national party after -- international perhaps even.
Beyond that she has plenty of time now within which to define.
Powell she will.
Further her core values that I have to say when she went to Kosovo and visited our guard members in the wounded soldiers.
There and in Germany.
She saw that she doesn't need a title to effect change and -- I bring some hope to it to people they needed.
Well I'd I'd like to have both that Carl and Governor Huckabee to respond to that and let me throw one other.
Quite -- the next day in support of governor lieutenant governor -- Dell's comments are not as our very own bill -- still.
Who was pushing that Palin as McCain's running mate before McCain.
Had seriously considered it said that you know this is a risky strategy but it's that crazy like a fox.
Genocidal convince the skeptics -- -- another eighteen months.
As governor this gives -- an opportunity to write a book makes speeches and travel around the country.
Governor how to make.
I think there's there's some wisdom to that it could be a brilliant strategy the point is we don't know -- it's risky in that there's no.
For gone not conclusion as to whether it will play out.
As to give her some sort of -- -- from the national stage.
Or simply to give her opponents and and -- be be very clear.
In a primary this is going to be an issue she'll have to face will she be able to withstand the pressure and I I think that governor -- comments regarding the Arkansas State I'll be honest with you.
The experience that I had an Arkansas politics was far more brutal than than running for president.
And in a primary it may not be.
Quite the same but I'm telling you when when your opponents within your own team spend millions of dollars.
To redefine you.
It's very very difficult and she'll have to face that if she runs in 2012.
What she can't be a conventional candidate she's never been one she's put yourself in a place where.
Election comes up with something new and novel that demonstrates leadership for effective change outside government as she said in her speech.
That she's gonna be conventional she cannot simply account on going around and collecting chits by campaigning for Republican candidates in 2002 and she's got to demonstrate leadership she also I repeat has lost control of her time.
She had the excuse of -- say on the governor I've got things I've got to do now people are going to be clamoring for in the expectations are going to be out of sight.
She went to Kosovo as governor.
She had a platform there as governor the question now is what kind of idea does she have about the platform she will have during the next three years.
This is a personal decision it's a risky strategy she she's she's she marches to -- own -- it's going to be very interesting to see how she pulls this off.
Finally -- Governor Huckabee only got less than a minute left when you take a look at governor Sanford.
Confessing his personal affairs John -- confessing his personal affairs.
Dropping out as good as governor.
As a possible candidate and twentieth twelve do you feel that your gaining by just staying on your feet.
Off much of -- nasty fight something to confess here today Chris and I we all governor now.
You know I just re signed my deal with fox for the next three years so right now I'm very comfortable doing what I'm doing it and I know everybody assumes that -- you know gonna make another shot at it but honestly it's a brutal experience I'm not sure.
That that's in my future I just don't know at this point.
But right now I know that you know this is going to be a wide open field in and it may be a lot more narrow in the sense of the number of candidates.
But the field itself is wide open and I think we'll see other people emerge we haven't even heard from yet.
The -- governor -- now Karl Rove Governor Huckabee -- -- thank you all so much for joining us this holiday weekend.
And I bet we'll be talking about Sarah Palin some more.
Thanks Chris thank you.
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