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. Brian

    This will cost McDonnell a alot of votes. Keep up the good work Palin!!

    November 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Kevin

    That should rile up about 20% that were already going to vote for the GOP. Good use of Money??????

    November 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. phyllis

    Sarah Plain must have the biggest ego of all times. She is such crazy woman. Please people don't listen to her. She has her on self agenda, and it has everything to do with money and fame. Thank you.

    November 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Citizen

    Why can't she just stay in Alaska and spare the rest of us.

    November 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Leslie

    Ms. Palin needs to stay out of politics. She wasn't good at it when she was governor or Alaska, and she's not good at it now. She quit being the governor so she could make millions writing her book – she broke her promise to run the state of Alaska as governor. She's a quitter. She has stated that then Senator Obama quit on his state of Illinois, but at least he was running for a higher office – he didn't quit on his constituates to write a book and make money.

    November 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Rob

    Did these calls only go out to "Joe Six Pack" and "Joe the Plumber"?

    November 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Joshua Ludd

    I don't live in the state, but to be honest.. I've never been one to vote for the values of ignorance, corruption, and gross unprofessionalism.

    November 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Chad

    Palin just keeps on doing her thing regardless of what the liberal kool-aid drinkers think of her. We need more politicians like her!

    November 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. blf

    Palin has principles???? Whom are we kidding? Trailer-park trash Sarah and her dysfunctional family have no principles except self-promotion. I consider her a detriment to any candidate she supports.

    November 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Janet from California

    Just go away, Sarah! You are irrelevant!

    November 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. please

    What are Palin's values? Children should not have babies out of wedlock unless they are hers, children should not use birthcontrol because they won't have premarital sex (unless they are hers), animals don't mean anything to the world and should be hunted from helicopters, quit before you finish your job...great values.

    November 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Mimi

    It is really important to vote for the person you like to choose as a leader with good principles and values. We need strong leaders for this great country, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Ex-Governor
    Palin's principles were proven to be the core for todays' democratic
    and patriotic society.

    November 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Rich

    Oh, woe is me! Sarah Palin called a Democrat who has an inside track to CNN! How will we survive the day. Should we send flowers to that oppressed Democrat? Will the sun rise tomorrow??

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Robert J 1

    This woman is moron.. Why does the media pay any attention to her at all/ She is simply disgusting!

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Sarah Palin has values? So what are the values of a quitter?

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. joe

    Sarah Palin? Values? You've got to be kidding!

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Barrie

    Isn't it moose hunting season yet?

    November 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. al

    Sarah, please just go away!

    November 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Can't she just go away? I don't know whether it's the media wanting to see her fail in a spectacular fashion (again) or it's like watching a strange side show like going to the Jesus theme park in Florida.

    November 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. W l Jones

    Its appears foreigner interferning in our states election "Alaskaian' which is a no no in the eye of conservative. Said enough.

    November 2, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I hate Robocalls regardless of party. They're just obnoxious. If you want to ask for my vote, pick up a phone, dial my number, and talk to me.

    November 2, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. historian

    Just another way to promote her book and enjoy the free advertising for it.

    November 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Mike

    Why would anyone in Virginia listen to this lady of no substance?
    I sure would not, Mike

    November 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Will

    Vote for "values", such as executing random coloreds and allowing corporations to poison our drinking water.

    November 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Just another example of Sarah Flexible Principals Palin, who will change her opinion and bend her 'morals' (such as they are) for convenience. Hopefully her stupid robocalls and the unwelcome intrusion of her voice into people's homes will contribute to the Republican defeat.

    November 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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