November 2nd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin robocalls urge Virginians to 'vote your values'

Palin recorded an automated phone call for Virginia voters.
Palin recorded an automated phone call for Virginia voters.

Story updated at 11:00 a.m. EST to correct transcript of robocall

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) – Sarah Palin isn’t staying out of the Virginia governor’s race after all.

Less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls to elect a new governor, several Virginians reported receiving robocalls on Sunday from the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, urging them to “vote your values” on Tuesday.

But the recording makes no mention of the Bob McDonnell, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who has been reluctant to embrace Palin during the governor’s race, out of fear that she might alienate some of the independent voters who have helped him climb to a healthy lead in the polls over Democrat Creigh Deeds.

“Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote to share our principles,” the former Alaska governor says in the call, which was provided to CNN by one Democrat who recorded it. “The eyes of America will be on Virginia and make no mistake about it, every vote counts. So don’t take anything for granted, vote your values on Tuesday, and urge your friends and family to vote, too.”


Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for Palin, confirmed the authenticity of the calls.

According to the call, the phone blitz is being paid for by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition, the state branch of a national conservative group founded by former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the campaign had nothing to do with the phone blitz and was not aware of the robocalls until he was told about them by a reporter.

Last October, during her vice presidential bid, Palin told reporters that voters get “irritated” by the automated calls being used at the time by both presidential campaigns, calling the tactic part of the “old conventional ways of campaigning.”

CORRECTION: The Faith and Freedom Coalition passes on cleaner audio of the call, which makes clear that Palin tells listeners to "vote to share our principles," not vote "for Sarah's principles" as had been earlier reported.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Virginia
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. sherry

    Boy this sure takes the cake.....Talk about someone that loves themself....Sarah Palin just loves the spotlight but can bring nothing even remotely intelligent or worthwhile to it.
    I think she just likes to hear her voice.

    November 2, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Connie, Indiana

    What values? It seems to me, it isn't about values, it is about promoting ones self. We have all seen "Sarah's values, personally I wouldn't want her values..

    November 2, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Steve

    I was this close to voting for Bob McDonald and now since receiving this call I am going Democratics all the way down the ticket.

    November 2, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. josh

    it's all about the benjamins

    November 2, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Eric in Denver

    3 for 3 on November 3. Good bye party of socialist and liberal values. Oh wait that may have been a little repetitive. 2010 the conservative party will be running the senate and congress!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Peoples Voice

    You mean like abort your responsibilities half way through them?

    Believe in witch doctors? Make fun of your special needs child? Have so little control over your daughters, they get pregnant out of wedlock?

    Do you mean all of those "values"?

    November 2, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. BB

    I decided a couple years ago that if I receive just ONE robocall from a political candidate, I will NOT vote for them. While this may not actually be from McDonnell's campaign, I'm sure his team ok'd the go ahead.

    November 2, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    I always said that it was a gross error to hold Sarah Palin up to ridicule. She is energetic, highly intelligent in the Marilyn Monroe style, tenacious, consumed by hate, and dangerous.
    No bimbo, Sarah.

    November 2, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Buck

    And why should people listen to Palin's views on family values. You got to get your own family values in line first before you start asking others to see things your way.

    November 2, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Gary's Opinion

    I dont' know how we can stop this march towards more deficit spending, bigger government, more government in healthcare and eventually more taxes. The Republicans are bad, the Democrats are much worse. I guess until we get a third party that has fiscal responsiblity, voting Republican is our only reasonable option.

    November 2, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. haren

    What sucks in this country is not political party but journalist.
    When you don't ask folow up question to a senator like Lieberman that why he does not support public option on deficit worry but willing to spend money for war for Israel, than you can smell that media is also sold to Insurance co. for their Adveritizing dollars.

    November 2, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Jeff in Houston

    Let me save you some time Sarah: "Get out and vote for anything or anyone that will arrest the development of the human spirit and the advancement of reason and knowledge." No. That won't work. Too many big words.

    November 2, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Tram

    Is she really this nuts?

    November 2, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. haren

    This country is going down the drain there is no democracy only corporation rule, and stupid selfish uneducated people.

    November 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Rico

    How easy this woman forgets what she once critisized as wrong and now doing it herself. What a hypocrite.

    November 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    As Stupid Sarah says, "The eyes of America willl be on Virginia".

    God helps us all if you take advice from somome like her.

    November 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. nclaw441

    What are the polls saying about who will likely win this race? I have not seen much about that on CNN.com, so I think I know what the polls say, but confirmation would be appropriate... and balanced coverage. Same goes for NY 23 race.

    November 2, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Ignorance is bliss

    What are her values? The only one I can think of is stupidity.

    November 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. R. O.

    What are her "values"? It's both hilarious and terrifying that this community college co-ed with what might be average intelligence (giving her the benefit of the doubt) can inspire so many. I guess it's easier to like someone on your level.

    November 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Peace

    Am not surprised, it is Sarah, who changes like a chameleon as the situation suits her!

    November 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Nadeem

    The party of 'No' is fast becomming the party of 'nobody', heck they dont even want to assocaite with each other!

    November 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Razorback

    Nothing like a Sarah Palin article to get the liberals' blood flowing and their hate spewing first thing Monday. So much for the party of "inclusion and tolerance".....

    November 2, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. e.c.coleman

    Good for Sarah!
    Thank Goodness that some Conservative leaders who has made a difference is supporting a Republican. Bob McDonnell should be welcoming for any help he can muster at this point. Be an Independent or Conservative, the Republicans must win. Anything is better than a radical liberal Democrat like obama. This Nation deserves better than the out of control, wild spending liberal Democrats!

    November 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Tom in VA

    If only Palin had started her robo-calls sooner! Deeds would have been a shoe-in!

    November 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Yeah – vote for ethics violations, hate-mongering, fear-mongering, inciting assassinations, neglecting your children so they get pregnant and drop out of school, lying, and all the ignorance within the 5 time drop-out from college. Took her how many to get a dumbed down journalist degree.

    Yeah – take VA back 200 years. Go ahead.

    November 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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