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. Texas Doc

    Call me simple, but I am still trying to get a fix on what this woman stands for. Seems like a whole lot of fluff and very little substance.

    November 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. kate

    And Sarah's values are.............................??????????????????????????????????????????????

    November 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. idesign

    Palin Power!!!

    November 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Thomas

    I am afrad we can't vote for Sarah's values here in Virginia. Virginia govs stay their entire term. We don't have any quitters running for Gov.

    November 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. themoi

    Let's see....would that incude quitting a job before it's finished, teen pregnancy, chasing the almighty dollar, bad mouthing father of grandchild, shameless self-promotion......shall I go on?

    November 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Rick

    Just what are those "values"?

    Seems to be a muddled mess of "this is what I say, this is what I think, and this is what I do!!

    Cannot get a clear read on her! Leaves office early, publishes a book, chastises the father of her grandchild, Hubby is off doing his own thing, and her son is media fodder."

    Give her the $1.25 million to shut up!

    November 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. M

    Are you kidding me???

    November 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Dennis

    If you define "Sarah's principles as "lying" "hate-mongering", "fear mongering" and "screwing the hard working Americans", then "no thank you. I am trying to be a better Christian then that.

    November 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. usualone

    What values?? She doesn't show responsibility by quiting the governorship. She takes monies for her book while she is in office. She spews hatred towards those who disagree with her. It is mind boggling to think she has any values worth copying.

    November 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Disgusted Independent

    Unbelievable. Did the Democrats hire Sara Palin to destroy the Republican party? There seems to be no other explanation for the stupidity of such a decision. The GOP seems to swallow these suicide pills like they're candy. I'll never be a Democrat, but at this rate I'll never return to my party as long as these idiots continue to make choices like this.

    November 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Barb

    The whole world has gone crazy....Palin is a joke, and this is what Americans are left with. We're circling the drain if we even think about electiing this twit.

    November 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Preston

    "Sarah's values", one presumes, include cheerfully abandoning the office to which you were elected. Yup, quite the role model for all aspiring candidates and leaders. When the going gets tough, quit. Too bad she wasn't around to give her sage advice to Lincoln and FDR.

    November 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Palin told reporters that voters get “irritated” by the automated calls being used at the time by both presidential campaigns,"

    This is 'vintage' Failin Palin. Sarah will not be tied down by the responsibility that comes with staying true to HER own comments, or values. She will shift like the wind and do whatever 'suits Sarah best'. We all know people like Sarah, they are the two-faced, professional victims of the world, grounded by nothing BUT their selfishness and insatiable greed.

    November 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Al G

    Who cares what Palin has to say vote Sarah's which way is that dupe???or stupid???

    November 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Robert S

    This is one time I really approve of what she is doing. She might have deep sixed the Republican nominee. The Republican social causes are fringe values: xenophobic, isolationists, homophobic, biggoted. The big tent of Republicans that Regan espoused and Republicans cherish is not what they seek now.

    November 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. carol

    Please, Virginia, do not vote for her principles! She has none.

    November 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Kim in AZ

    What an egomaniac, urging people to vote for "Sarah's principles". Especially considering the guy doesn't even want to be associated with her.

    November 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Donna

    Keep talking, Sarah! I WANT people to associate 'conservative' with 'arrogant and feather-brained.' every time you open your mouth, you help promote the inevitable demise of the GOP.

    November 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. TPaine18

    What is with this obsession over Mrs. Palin? CNN, let it go, just let it go. It's like childish revenge at some spurned high school crush. Yeah, CNN was crushin' all over the Sarah, and now it's pay back time for her not showing the love. So few love CNN like CNN does anyway.

    November 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What a delusional moron this one is..... does she list among her "values" her incredible skill at quitting and lying?

    November 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. victim of republican greed

    What are the principles of an unprincipled former governor?

    November 2, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. T. Reed

    I was undecided, now I will vote for Deeds! I don't want someone with Palin's values of making the taxpayer pay for her children's airfare. I don't want someone who will abuse their office to carry out personal vendettas!

    November 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. jean

    If you are a loser and a quitter then you should vote for Sarah's values. This woman has more guts than a 400 pound hog.

    November 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    Betcha it was really Tina Fey, doing it for the liberals. What better way to alienate an intelligent voter. (But it would probably HELP The Repubs in GA.)

    November 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. wi liberal

    Sarah's "values"?? What a joke! Be stupid, quit when things get tough, blame the media for everything.......JOKE!

    November 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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