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. worriedmom

    I am glad to see McCain supporting him. The sooner we get Kaine out of the State the better. Sorry D.C. you are inheriting Kaine.
    He did nothing for Virginia except put us in debt!!!! he was too busy with his nose up Obama!!!

    February 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Obama Obama

    Sarah just created "SarahPAC" just to be able to fund her way and flights around where she wants to go... is she taking her family too?? Geesh.. Another Republican taking advantage of things!

    Go HOME both Palin and McCain!

    February 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Chris Mannoia

    You know, with John's past track record, I'd want him to stay out of my race.

    Obama '08/-12

    February 4, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    Oh well, McDonnell ship has just sunk with the addition of the 2 morons.

    February 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Sue in MI

    I hear there's a governor way up north who now has a PAC to pay for her flights to help any Republican in need. And she's stopped giving interviews (again) to the awful biased media, so she won't even take any of the candidate's air time.
    Plus her baby doesn't seem to need her time, nor her state.

    February 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Survivor

    BooHaHa!! I'm not sure I trust his judgement anymore and the self Promoting Palin will try this door too! She is everywhere and just as much a Diva as ever – (whoever in the McCain campaign said that was "Spot On")!

    The GOP folks smile and their lips open wide and reveal the sharp teeth hidden beneath.

    February 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. fearful for my country

    I voted for McCain for 2 reasons only. One, I hate Obama and two, I like Sarah Palin. He needs to go on and retire now. He's done.

    February 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Pound Gap

    Terry McAuliffe will defeat what ever comes his way. He is smart and what we need in Virginia.

    February 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Ruben

    I gave J. McCain a chance in the last election. He did very poorly and he should look at the mirror and say it's time to stay away in politics completely. John should revisit his camptivity moment and rethink more about the current political theater. The comedy of the past no longer applicable in this generation/situation.

    February 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Eleonore

    You are history old man. Retire to your ranch !

    February 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Mickie

    If Palin wants to help she should keep her mouth shut! Maybe McCain can coach him with "our economy is strong" - that should help.

    February 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. carlos

    started today with the idiot former vp and now we again have the other two idiots: the ignorant palin and clueless mc c.......beside who would want them to campaign for? of course, another idiot......down with the repugnants......as for cheney....pathetic!!

    February 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. watcher

    How on earth did we Americans vote Obama, a puppet of the most liberal wing of the democratic party, into office over McCain? The same way we Americans picked McDonald's as our favorite restaurant. It's all ad dollars and a memorable logo.

    February 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Robin

    S Callahan,

    What part of this bill will help your family members?

    Will 50 million to the Endowment of the Arts put them to work?

    How about the 246 million dollar tax break to movie producers?

    Or the billions that will go to teach people "smoking is bad for you"? Will that help them get back to work.

    Then there is 4.6 billion to ACORN. Will that stimulate a job for them?

    We need a stimulus, that is obvious. But until it is pork free and rid of Pelosi and Reid's pet projects I will flood my senator's email box with, VOTE NO, VOTE NO, VOTE NO.

    February 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Come again!

    His campaigning skills certainly helped him! Ha, ha, ha.....too funny!

    February 4, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. kayla

    PLEASE REPUGS GO AWAY.

    February 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. w.l. jones

    Virginia with those coming in your state run but don^t look back you might catch somthing that your state can ill afford in these economic time.

    February 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. steve r.

    With the support of these right wing clowns, it looks like another victory for the dems. :)

    February 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Alicia

    I always liked Senator McCain....but he lost the election. I think that losers like him and Palin should fade away. I know he is in the Senate and all, but this is getting ridiculous.

    Wonder when Sarah will show up to stir up the bigots and hate mongers? The flubs she made were genuinely showing her lack of knowledge and being out of her league. I feel bad it started to make Senator McCain look like a joke, which he is not.

    Does Palin notice that Senator McCain gets invited for his opinion on issues and not her?

    February 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Joan , Ontario

    Mr. McCain is acting like he did during the election when he suspended his campaign. Now he is posturing again and pretending he knows all the answers. Remember how this attitude worked out last time.

    February 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. That One!!!

    McCain will campaign for Bob McDonnell next month****take Palin and Joe the Fake Plumber with you .......seriously you need to sit your old Hog Jaw down

    February 4, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Hey John, give him a hand and make him a loser to!!!

    February 4, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Peter

    In 2000, he was the Maverick...Now Im ashamed to know of him.

    February 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    John McCain what a joke you lost all credability when you pick Sarah palin as a running mate. Country first my a–

    February 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. To Matt: I find your 'die' comment a little harsh

    unless your meaning was to have him add some color to his hair, then I suggest the spelling dye.

    Otherwise telling McCain to 'Die' seems over the top

    Ja*k a$$ comments from repubs in 3,2,1 ...

    February 4, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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