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. stag

    S. Callahan....stop the begging. You and your family need to take care of your own problems.

    February 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Jackie in Dallas

    The blind leading the blind???

    February 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. ray

    these republicans are becoming worst than the cave men , these pathetic humans will stop at nothing to destroy this country more than they alredy done.

    February 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. I see though McHate

    John McCain is so jealous of President Barack Obama because McCain is not smart, not cute, not wise, not educated, not blessed or loved by most people as the President is.

    February 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Rob

    Sounds like Bob McDonnell is clever enough to keep Sarah Palin away.

    February 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Janice

    With McCain/Palin in VA everyone please watch out for the Country First Dude and Barbie. Remember they struck the nation with no clue as to how to run their own race.

    February 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Ben

    The go to argument of republicans as to why they supported Bush was that there was not another terrorist attack after 9/11. Logically, this is laughable to me because if you credit him for no attacks after 9/11 wouldn't you also have to blame him for 9/11. Also, shouldn't you all support Obama now, since there has been no attacks in the past two weeks.

    February 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. John

    Is McCain now a loyal Republican party man again?

    Or is he being a "maverick" again?

    We report, you decide.

    February 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. kc in va

    McCain and Palin – stay out of my state! Virginia spoke loud and clear on Nov 4. You and your Repub cronies can take a hike!!

    February 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Remi N.

    If McCain was that good on campaign, he would be in the White house now.
    Why get a Looser to campaign for you... ? Ohh I forgot, he is bored and needs some to do. Please McCain, don't forget to call Sarah Palin, I'm sure she is somewhere in the wood, looking to kill a bear for Valentine dinner.

    February 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. kayla

    OLD MAN RIVER.

    February 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Amy

    Amazing how politicians from out of state want to influence in state politics...kind of like how Bush asked Pawlenty to get out of the Republican Senate race so Coleman would be the clear favorite in the 2002 Senate race.

    February 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Keating 5

    Yes, McCain's record is sooooo spotless. Why don't we talk about the Keating 5? Why do republicans not want to talk about his indictment for PARTICIPATING in the Savings and Loan scandal? Those who say Obama lacks experience need to look at the experience they were voting for.

    February 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Al, NY NY

    Go ahead and send the Ghoul to Virginia. His lisp and family values platform will help a lot. He and the Lipstick Fido would be off any sane person's recommendation list but I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. Don't the 2 of them have differing opinions on many issues though? Rudy is Pro-choice and gay rights while Fido thinks the earth is flat, dinosaurs and humans cohabited the earth and abortion and gay rights are evil. Kind of contradictory yes?

    February 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Taking cover

    Impressed with the attitude change of Obama supporters...

    February 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Meh

    So there> In what way? I didn't see any signs of that during the campaign, that's for sure.

    February 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Adaora-Houston

    Does this mean Caribou Barbie can do all the shopping she wants while campaigning! Yep Pee!

    February 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Adaora-Houston

    "Does this mean Caribou Barbie can do all the shopping she wants while campaigning?" Yep Pee!

    February 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Mari

    The Republicans just DO NOT GET IT!

    McCain lost the election because he had NO ideas, he was exactly like Bush...... and his campaign was about, hate..... lies..... fear and division!

    If I were McDonell, I would say "thank but no thanks!"

    February 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. DJW

    Sorry Senator McCain but Vriginia has changed!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Why so scared?

    Why would democratic voters be afraid of McCain campaigning for this candidate?

    If they really believe what they espouse (that McCain can't help their opponent) then their candidate wont suffer just because he lends his support, right?????

    Hooray for our democratic process...McCain support whomever you want...it is your American right!

    February 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Annette

    The joy luck club....

    February 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. MattK

    CREIGH DEEDS IS WHAT VIRGINIA NEEDS

    February 4, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. KMAN

    When is that LOSER from Alaska going to start actually governing her state and doing what she is paid to do instead of spending all her time promoting herself? Alaskan's obviously aren't the brightest people in the world since they elected her in the first place, but you'd at least expect them to demand that she spend at least some energy governing their state.

    McCain can't win an election outside AZ, so why would anyone want his support in their campaign? Doesn't this guy want to win???

    February 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. suzyku

    Anyone who listens to this man, mccain, is seriously wrong! He has nothing to offer anyone anymore, he's a senile old puppet of limbaughs, no thoughts of his own, a mere parrot, a danger!

    February 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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