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. Mr. Meteoritical

    That wasn't a "robot call". Sarah Palin is actually a robot, programmed by fools to act like a moron.

    November 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. John

    If Sarah Palin actually had values governing her own life, she'd be in sackcloth about now.

    Perhaps her witch doctor can guide her to the local Wal Mart for the appropriate after Halloween costume she can charge to the RNC?

    Or perhaps she could engage her post teen ex future son in law in another unchristian verbal battle on the national stage?

    Or she could begin to actually take care of Trig?

    Or she could just fade away where she belongs.

    November 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. William

    Sarah Palin says "Vote with your valuables"! Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving.

    November 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Bush's Favorite Things: Blanky, Bikey & Nappy

    Interesting coming from someone who possesses no values herself.

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. American Expat

    I cannot for the life of me understand why the Conservatives see so much in this woman! If you see her mouth open, you start looking for which foot will go in there next. She has about as much chance of becoming President as the Newt, and that is way down the list of possibles - near rock bottom! She is probably the most unqualified person in recent history to be even mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate. But, then again, I hope she does become the GOP nominee in 2012. The Democrats will win again by a tremendous landslide!

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. pshaw

    Division and hate:

    Now does that come from the Bible or from the Founding Fathers? Or is that a military thang?

    You really need to site your references Sarah.

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    And here are Palin's ideas of "values:"

    – Quit your job when the going gets tough/you get bored – and rationalize your decision

    – Use your children as political props

    – Claim to be "Christian" to cover for all your bad behavior, including being a mean-spirited liar

    – Steal from the taxpayers by taking a housing allowance while living in your own home

    – Be shallow and narcissistic, trading on your looks and getting mad at people who call you out for being pretty darn dumb

    – Blame everyone else for your mistakes and never take responsibility

    – Lie about "death panels" when as governor you whole-heartedly supported end-of-life consultations

    November 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Bill

    Please keep the robocalls coming Gov. Palin. It will insure a Deeds victory.

    November 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Well, so far she hasn't called me, thank God, although Bob McDonnell has tied up my phone and filled my mailbox with junk. Out here in the mountains of SW Virginia, Sarah is pretty popular with those that keep rusty old pick up trucks as lawn ornaments,but lets face it many of those people aren't going to give up a few hours of deer hunting to vote for anyone. Strangely Creigh Deeds campaign hasn't done mailing, phone calls or even many sign around here, and he's a mountain boy himself.
    Seems the Dems all but gave up on Virginia.

    November 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Starcruiser

    Good, I'm glad Palin in getting involved, thus serving as a beacon to help identify all her far rightwing extremist buddies whom are trying to sneak into office. Up until now, it's hard to tell them apart. At least now, we'll know whom NOT TO VOTE FOR.

    November 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. tired already

    Go home Palin and take care of your family...enough already

    November 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    Thank the living heavens that I'm on the do not call list.

    November 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. sue

    I am an Alaskan and am truely happy that this person is no longer out governor. Her words and actions are of a third-grader and her focus is only herself.

    She is an embarrassment to all Alaskans and citizens of this country.

    Her only words and actions are criticism; there isn't any brain matter to come up with a working solution to anything.

    Beware!

    November 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. chop

    She must want everyone to vote Democrat...... So vote DEMOCRAT! make Palin happy..........

    November 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Minnesotan

    "Palin robocalls....." So there's the difference between a fleshy Palin vs. a robocall Palin? Pull the string in her back and hear her say something stupid.

    November 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Rick in OH

    Perhaps former Governor Palin should clarify what those principles are, because, at least from my perspective, the only ones I can discern are diversity intolerance, climate change denial, war mongering, hatred pandering, religious self-righteousness, and a convenient aversion to the truth.

    November 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Voltaire

    If I get a robocall from Palin or any other of those GOP demagogues in the next 24 hours, McDonnell loses my vote.

    November 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    If I had got a call from Sarah, I would just hang up on her. Would not even listen to her supposed principles, because I see what kind of principles she has, none.

    November 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Are we stupid or what

    Does anyone really care what this woman thinks or does? Since she quit her governorship she is outside politics. Even her own party doesn't think she is ready for the big time. She is just another talking head like Rush, Hannity, Beck, Steele, Gingrich, Armey and others. All of these Republican'ts are irrelevant in today's world except in their minds.

    November 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Olivia, Atlanta

    Strategic move and might be well advised. If the GOP wins she can claim her calls put GOP over the edge. If the GOP loses she could just say that she was limited to participate more for fear to alienate the moderates or that she was called at the last minute. Both ways she wins. The robocalls also implictly reminds people that she has a book where to read about Palin's "principles" (which ones?) By being not specific she doesn't want to alienate either moderates or ultra conservatives.. Hummm . She seems to be well advised!

    November 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    why is anyone still listening to this ungreatful moron. she is the typical bottom feeding republican with a mouth .and the media keeps putting her on the Agenda of daily news .. no one cares what this idiot has to say .. she needs to go back to ALASKA and help watch the boarder with RUSSIA because you know she can see russia FROM HER BACK YARD LOL :)

    November 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. db

    Why the obsessive reporting of the comings and goings of this relatively minor figure? Could it be an attempt to bring negative attention to the GOP and distract attention from the disastrous policies, foreign and domestic, of the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress?

    November 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. dick delson

    I don't understand why ANYONE cares about what this woman has to say. She is a mental midget and a quitter. I do hope the GOP puts her up for President in 2012. That should be a comedy of errors.

    November 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Tony

    Palin seems to be on the right side of these things so far. She correctly backed Hoffman and he looks like he's going to run away with his district thanks to her endorsement.

    November 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Al - Washington

    It's interesting how the Fox News network has been labeled as an arm of the Republican party, yet in this article, the phrase that most caught my attention is that a "democrat," who recorded Sarah Palin's comments about voting, provided it to CNN. Why to CNN? Did this democrat also provide it to the other news outlets, including Fox? Did this democrat do this as an "arm" of CNN?

    November 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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