November 2nd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. David

    Bring McDonnell down!! Go Sara!!!

    -David

    November 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Brad Daggert

    Palin is no factor at all why report on her. She is out of the picture and out of the limelight. Let her rest in peace. This is not news.

    Stick a fork in her...she's done. Leave her to be in peace.

    November 2, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. SuperHiro

    Stop covering this woman!!!!! She is not an elected official and its honestly just cruel to Republicans to imply that she might one day hold national elected office. Please, please please CNN, let this woman fade into obscurity WHERE SHE BELONGS.

    November 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Tyran

    Conservatives twisted hypocritical values will not put food on the average American's table! Let's reject these politician's "devisive" ideologies American people! Let's help and stand up for each other or we will have no future!

    November 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Davy

    She should stay at home and spend her quality time with her kids. Shame on you, Sarah.

    November 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Rush

    Why are we still listening to this quitter?? All she brings to the American people is fear and smear and critizism. We are tired of this kind of person playing politics instead of seriously work for the American people.

    November 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. hooverguide

    Risky business. Most of we, the people, don't have Sara Palin's principles. Most of we, the people, would have finished out a term we were elected to serve.

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Bugl3t

    Sarah's VALUES? Are you KIDDING? Let's see what they are:

    1) When the going gets tough, quit.
    2) If you can't say anything nice about someone, make up a lie.
    3) She's a bully.
    4) Do unto others before they do unto you.
    5) Talk the talk, but in case of your family, don't walk it.
    6) Me first.
    7) Liar.
    8) Braggart.

    Well, I am sure I could get to 10 fairly easy, but others posting here will do that for me...

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. GIBBS

    you go girl..................we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. catmom

    Sarah's principles???? Quitting the job that you were elected to just because it was no longer lucrative? Promoting teenage pregnancy? Being divisive and racially polarizing? Acting like a Diva?........

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. RML

    Is "Sarah's principles" on the ballot?

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Frozone

    What values? Quitting when the job gets tough or do as I say not as I do?

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Steve

    Why does CNN hang on everything this wannabe does? Ignore her and she may go away.

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Loreen

    Sarah values are not one I would embrace.
    Nothwithstanding any thing said since she
    appeared on the political scene I base my
    judgement on the evening everyone was
    introduced to the running mate of John
    McCain.
    I watched and listened late into the
    evening as Ms Palin criticized, insulted
    the other party with all of her children
    watching and listening and thinking to
    myself that she wasn't helping her
    children see how criticism and insults
    reward applause –
    Keeping her children up late so the
    family look appealed to the voters –
    I thought as a good mom, the kids
    should of been home sleeping and
    not listening to all the rocks being
    thrown

    November 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. chelle

    "Sarah's Values"???? What pray tell are those? And why would I care what her values are? She's not running for office – heck – she just ditched the office she held!!!

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. big chrisser

    why are still listening to anything about this dolt or her views
    on anything? just wondering

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Vote for Sarah's principles?

    Does this mean McDonnell will "spread the wealth" by taxing Virginia's biggest industry and divide the money among its citizens (guaranteeing himself an 80% approval rating), rip off his state with BS per diem, preach about teenage abstinence, clothe his family with campaign money, bumble his way through interviews for which he's completely unprepared, declare that people who disagree with him aren't "real Americans," then quit halfway through his term and cash-in?

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Charlotte, NC

    Sarah Palin is DERANGED!! She doesn't know the 08 election is over!! Apparently she sees herself as a national political figure, which is so sad.

    Sarah, please go away and take care of your herd of children.

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Walter GW

    To those lib loons that thought that Sarah Palin would just go away, she hasn't and she's going to be your worst fears materialized. Get ready lefties, marxists, maoists, your ride till 2012 will be bumpy. Go Sarah !

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Dave

    So what exactly are Sarah's principles? The last time I checked, the only principles I recall her exhibiting are incompetence, hypocrisy, opportunism, greed, and deceit. Not exactly the principles I long for in a candidate…

    November 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Chipster

    Principles? What would those principles be? This woman must be 10 feet tall when she stands on the stack of lies she told during the 2008 campaign, From claiming not to support the pork barrel spending for a bridge to nowhere (she did support it, then didn't when it wasn't popular but she took the money just the same!), to claims that the state airplane was sold on eBay for a profit (it didn't sell on eBay and lost money), to nasty accusations that Obama was "pallin' around with terrorists" because of a neighbor who was involved in radical activities in his youth.....The vicious exaggerations were shameless. This woman is anything but principled. She should slither back into the hole she came out of. You can wrap garbage in a pretty package but it stinks when it's exposed to the light of day.

    November 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Could you all tell me why this
    untalented and inexperienced

    northern lights lass has any

    traction anywhere?

    November 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Starcruiser

    Good, I'm glad Palin in getting involved, thus destroying another far rightwinged Republcan's chances to get elected. She is serving as a beason to help identify those whom we need to make don't get elected.

    Thanks Sarah...

    November 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. hdrider69

    Still a nut job. Why is she even mentioned in ANY news story anymore. Why can't the media let this also ran fade away..into obscurity..where she belongs.

    November 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. barbara

    i dont see a problem with this. if you like her value system then you will vote for her, when and if she ever runs, or you will vote for the person who shares those values (mcconnell) on tuesday. no big deal. if you dont like her value suystem then vote democrat. its that easy.

    November 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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