February 4th, 2009
12:36 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain lends a hand in Virginia governor's race

McCain will campaign for Bob McDonnell next month.
McCain will campaign for Bob McDonnell next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain will cross the Potomac next month to campaign for Bob McDonnell in the Virginia governor’s race, making him the latest prominent Republican leader to lend a hand in a campaign certain to draw national attention as the GOP seeks a much-needed victory this November.

McCain’s Senate office confirmed the visit, as did a McDonnell campaign official.

Bobby Jindal, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson all campaigned with or raised money for McDonnell in 2008, nearly a year before election day.

According to McDonnell campaign manger Phil Cox, McCain’s former running mate Sarah Palin has also been offered an invitation to campaign for McDonnell, but nothing has been finalized. However, Cox said Palin staffers “have indicated the governor wants to help.”

Palin launched a political action committee last week called “SarahPAC,” which will allow her to travel around the country stumping for candidates.

McDonnell announced Tuesday he will step down from his attorney general post on February 10 to devote his attention full-time to the governor’s race.

He will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary race between former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, former House delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. p

    Republicans represent a particular type of personality in American society. Unfortunately it's the bully, the money grubber and the bitter, sardonic unapologetic A-type who thinks their way is the only way. This bitter nonsense between what you call liberals and republicans has stalled the nation's growth to the point of no return. How do you relearn how to become humane? McCain just can't help his instincts because he plays the game the way every politician does, with dogma first and humanity last.
    And "watcher", you are ignorant, crawl back into your hole toady.

    February 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Considering McCain's campaign skills and experience, I think Bob might want to say 'thanks but no thanks to that bridge to utter defeat'. You betcha!

    February 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    as a Virginian i sure won't be voting for McDonnell.

    February 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. ran

    It looks like the Democrats will win that race. McCain and company are a kiss of death to any one seeking office. They maybe worse then if Bush was to endorse the guy.

    February 4, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. JIMBISCIELLO

    HEY JOHN
    WHY DONT YOU TAKE SARAH PALIN WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO TO VIRGINIA.
    THIS WAY YOU CAN BE INSTRUMENTAL IN SETTING UP A HUNTING TRIP WITH HER AND DICK CHENEY.
    I THINK THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN HELP....
    JOHN I RESPECTED YOU BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN- UNFORTUNATELY I LOST RESPECT WHEN YOU STARTED PALLING AROUND WITH TRAILER TRASH FROM ALASKA

    February 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Shane

    Laughable!

    February 4, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Kasie

    Losers campaiging for losers.

    February 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Sheri

    FADE AWAY McCain and change your depends

    February 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Bafun

    look at his face. He is not healthy.

    February 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Loser

    The economy is SOUND!

    February 4, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. houston chic

    Mccain shouldn't lend those howdy doody arms out to anyone!

    February 4, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Oppy

    And, after wnaihctg both McCain's and Obama's speeches on TV Tuesday night, McCain no less than NEEDS to run Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as his VP mate.

    February 17, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Cyrus

    -Ma'am, we here at the FBI have no sense of humor, as far as I am aware.pretty sure skoopy is a sir and not a ma'amThat'd be one skoopy looking broad, otherwise ! (ducking )

    February 18, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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