February 4th, 2009
12:36 PM ET
5 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. Irma in North Carolina

    John are you going to have Sarah help you out you better she is famous for having hate come out of her mouth. I think you should try and Help the President get this country back on track. But all you and your party members in the senate want to do is go against what the President wants to do to help the country get rolling again.

    February 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Truth Hurts

    Conservatives are a pure joke!! Anything to try and still the spotlight after they ruined our country!!

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. beevee

    This old man is trying to spring back into limelight again after losing presidential bid. Instead he should behave like an elderly statesman and he will gain more respect of people.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Florida Democrat

    McLame is the best thing to happen to Virginia Democrats. He and Sarah Failin are the poster boy & girl for all things out of touch and out of date in America. All they need now is for Bush to get out there campaigning to remind everyone how dangerously inept and fiscally irresponsible Repukbicans still are.

    February 4, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. BB

    Waste of time McSongbird.

    February 4, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    John, why not have your brother campaign in "Communist Northern Virginia?" He did such a good job for you and all. Just sayin'

    February 4, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. centralscrutinizer

    SarahPAC will allow her to stump all over . Great we will never be rid of her. Doesnt she have a state to ruin.... run i mean

    February 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. regina

    I'm not sure this is the place I should post this, but I wonder why the news media does not report on the very vocal support President Obama has from the PEOPLE. WE are definitely behind him and what he is trying to do for our country. CNN, do you not read the overwhelming pro-Obama posts sent in to this site? I reallize that during the campaign you might have been reluctant to report this out of fear of being labeled biased, but I think that not only have the PEOPLE spoken, but WE are still speaking. WE want this country "fixed", you should all listen to US and quit giving a weighted voice to the unpatriotic, vitrolic, uncaring, hateful, fat-catty people who could care less about our country and only want government by the rich and for the rich and who are desparately trying to hold on to undeserved and unearned power. Please, news media, let the
    PEOPLE be heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Humored In Texas

    Hey, Uncle Grumpy, GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And personal to Outspoken:

    Who stabbed who in the back!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    I would be careful with Mr. McCain. David Letterman found out how gracious Mr. McCain has been. McCain's support of the Virginia governor's race should send jitters through the republican candidate. Enough said!

    February 4, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. ruty

    Poor old John. I really think HE thinks HE won the election. What a pathetic old man.

    February 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. For Ward in Va

    McDonnell dosen't even "believe" in the science of evolution. Last thing we need in Va is another neanderthal with a law degree as our Governor. McCain – yea, bring the angry old white guy loser back, and his lipsticked little-pit-doggie too. Macaah!

    February 4, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. sg

    I'll vote for for the Repub. The current Dem is a fool and I don't want to see another Dem in the Gov's office for while. I hope Kaine runs the DNC into the ground.

    February 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Dan

    Good Luck, Mcdonnell. I wish you well in your campaign. It is time to keep these spendthrift Democrats out of the governance. It is a sad story that we American people put them in power for a change and they want to change us. They are coming up with stimulus package which is unbelievable. Count on our full support to you as we must keep these democrats away from power. They want to use our taxpayers' money to their own gains.

    February 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Obama and Gaffe-man

    Mr McCain–the Man Who Should Be President-I am just sorry he did not play the Obama game during the election and cheat to win. It would have been worth it. Obviously most Americans do not care about integrity–Obama won.

    February 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Felicia

    John mccain is a loser, i would'nt want him campaigning for me at all, all the bad advice he gave. The republicans are so scarred of change but guess what it's here.

    February 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Obambi

    I am just sorry this man is not the Pres. However, Americans wanted a smooth-talker and they got it–let's hope things do not further deteriorate under Obama and the liberals.

    February 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. carlo

    He couldn't win his own race! Now the coward won't even vote on the recovery package! What a wimp

    February 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. D-MI

    Breaking news:

    McDonnell has also enlisted the coaching staff of the Detroit Lions, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, and the producers of Ishtar. Stay tuned...

    February 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Simmy

    He can't do any worst than he did for himself. This guy has a change since he wasn't selected by McMundane. LOL!

    February 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Beverly - Atlanta

    Charlize SAID IT ALL. NO NEED FOR ANYMORE COMMENTS.

    February 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. pencils for sale

    He is a traitor.He said he can get bin laden but wont tell the president how.If anything happens to us I will hold him directly responsible.

    February 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. gregg45

    wait.. lets ask the new faith base whom we should get,,,

    February 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    When is this old thief, John McCain, going to take a long hike.

    February 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Charlie

    I guess all of you on this site are still living in the past and think the election for President is still ongoing, well wake up folks the election is over and now you are dealing with the losing issues of President Obama on the national and world stage. Let us here in Virginia deal with the likes of Hillary's head boy and good ole MORON (Should be Moran). This is going to be an interesting election here in Virginia.

    February 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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