Sarah Palin pursuing "higher calling" after her shock resignation

Monday July 6, 2009

She surprised even her closest friends with the announcement that she was stepping down as Alaska governor on Friday.

And with speculation surrounding the reasons behind her quitting over a year before her term was up, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been providing clues to the mystery through her social networking accounts.

The 45-year-old has fuelled reports that she may be considering a run for the White House in 2012 after posting that she is free to pursue a "higher calling" on her Facebook page.

Dropping a further hint, she said she is "now looking ahead and at how we can advance this country together".

And Mrs Palin's former running mate John McCain hasn't ruled out a return to politics for her. "She will continue to play an important leadership role in the Republican Party and our nation," he says. 

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