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. t22

    This should tighten up the race a little. Really, does she not get this is a moderate state and that her influence could end up hurting the candidate? As a Republican, I can't wait for this woman's 15 minutes going on 15 months of fame to end.

    November 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Marie Laveaux

    I'm sooooo glad I don't live in Virginia.

    November 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. TangledThorns

    Sarah is awesome and I expect her to pwn Obama in 2012. Thankfully McDonnell is an awesome candidate and didn't need Sarah's help.

    November 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Richp

    Who sponsored the robocall, the elephants or the donkeys.

    November 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. EDDIE

    O.K Let's see if this gets past the moderater.What are sarah palins values?Does she even know what sarah's values are.I mean everytime I hear her speak I have to ask my wife what it was she just said.What are her values?And does she really have any?

    November 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Keepin It Real

    Sarah Palin's Values:

    LIE
    CHEAT
    DRAMA
    MANIPULATE
    EXAGGERATE

    If all else fails................write a book!

    November 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. P.G

    Sarah Values?
    -Deny Global warming
    -Preach abstinence
    -Dont bother with the actual facts, they just get in the way.
    -Sit back and wait for the rapture.

    Thank God this dimwit will never get close to the nuclear button.

    November 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. victim of republican greed

    She might help MCDonnell more if she endorsed Deeds.

    November 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Rob

    How about Palin making a last minute move... out of the country?

    November 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. She's on the way.......

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012'

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    November 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Vote for Sarah's values"??? What the heck? She think she's some sort of christ figure now? What a sicko.

    November 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. bob

    I thought robo-calls were illegal now... or at the very least, incredibly lame.

    November 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Independent

    Sarah's principals...HA HA!!! It is called quitter.....plain and simple...she has already backed out on the Iowa speech...

    November 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Genny

    Excuse me but what are her values? Palin continues to send mixed messages about what she truly believes in. During the past campaign it appeared as if she would say absolutely anything that came to her mind or that someone planted there – just in an attempt to get elected. If she had called me with a live call wanting my vote I would have to emphatically ask her what are her true values or is she still speaking from both sides of the mouth!

    November 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Why is it that everyone wants to see what Sarah is up to? It is the same principle that people on the highway slow down to look at an accident.

    November 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Nate from Atlanta

    Virginia, how about this...vote for and by your OWN principles and values. Only you know what best for you, your family, and your state.

    November 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. victim of republican greed

    I thought Sarah got $100K for speaking, but it is nice to see her jump in at the last minute, so she can take credit if McDonnell wins.

    November 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. C from middle GA

    Sarah's "values"?

    - sniping with a teenage boy publicly?

    - quitting whenever she gets bored cuz it's not all about her?

    - hauling her kids around with her all over the state/country on the taxpayers' nickel?

    - quitting as Gov. because she wanted the book deal?

    - sticking her nose in everyone's business but her own family's?

    Yup – love those values...

    November 2, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Laurie

    The values of quitting-pretty refreshing!

    November 2, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Obama Victim

    Sarah Rocks!!

    November 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. sandy

    Is this woman ever going to go away? I cringe at the thought of this woman remaining in politics in this country.

    November 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Ben in Texas

    So I guess "Sarah's Values" would be ignorance, cattiness, greed, and sloth, right?

    November 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Kyle

    I'm still wondering why she thinks anybody in Virginia [or Alaska, or anywhere] cares what she thinks.

    November 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Vi

    Why doesn't she just go away!

    November 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Common Sense

    Yes, Palin's values.....

    Vote for McDonnell so he can quit and Virginians will be left with a governor they didn't vote for.

    November 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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