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. Doug - Dallas

    Let's see, what exactly are "Sarah's values"? Distortion of the truth (known as lies), no concept of reality, quitting your job before it's finished so you can make money, and claiming as facts things that are not true, to name a few. I believe this country can live without those kind of values.

    November 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. McDonnell the worst candidate ever

    Palin just lost the race fo McDonnell. By pretending that the race is All About Sarah.

    November 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. michael

    Talk about believing your own hype.....go away, nobody cares what you think!

    November 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Rumsfeld

    Sarah, you are well on your way to megalomania. Public hypocrisy. Your time has come and gone so please quit trying to hang on to an outdated fundamental view of American life. Your actions speak so much louder than your words.

    November 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Denker

    Religion is freedom's cancer.

    November 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Jim

    Its sad that people accuse Pres. Obama of having a cult of personality, and then proselytize for Palin with phrases like “vote for Sarah’s principles” and “vote for Sarah’s values".

    Palin isn't a pitbull with lipstick; she is a golden calf.

    November 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Tom

    "Sarah's values" include shooting wolves out of a helicopter and quitting her term as governor. I hope the good people of Virginia are not fooled by this hypocrite.

    November 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. VernisRobertson

    This so call Robocall should be illegal , it is very stupid like all people have to do is sit back a wait on her call. Republicans can't win on a straight up race because they know that they will get whipped.

    November 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. JZ

    "Sarahs's principals" You mean the gyu is going to quit half way through this term if he wins?

    November 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Pat Dunedin Fl

    This race gives the Repub a healthy lead only because of the
    pat robertson influence and rural ignorance. She just wants some
    credit as she has slipped drastically in the polls and most people
    would not vote for her!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. ptarmigan

    yeah, Sarah's principals of ignorance and quitting... Just what we need.

    November 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Tom, Burnsville, MN

    Great move Sarah!

    November 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. David

    Sarah's values: git while the gittin's good.

    November 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. KG, MN

    Egads! The last thing I would want is to hear this shrill voice on my home phone! I love just how generic the message is so she can use it over and over without needing to specifically mention a candidate by name. Way to get out of needing to be informed of that individual race.

    November 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    CNN don't you think it's time to drop the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee title off Palin name and what are the Sarah’s principles.

    November 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Jeff D

    Why is this news worthy ? If someone makes calls to tell people to vote their values, they didn't dictate what those values should be.

    And you all call Fox News Biased ? Hypocritical of CNN

    November 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Leon

    Palin is pretty hot for 40-something, and probably the best looking female candidate to ever be in gov't... too bad she's dumb as rocks. Glad she's w/ the Republicans. There's dumb Dems, i'm sure - but i'm REALLY REALLY REALLY glad she's a Republican. LOL. Still fine though...

    November 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Bob in VA

    How appropriate that that brainless Palin is doing robo-calls. Oh the irony!

    November 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Mark

    Sarah's values? Dear God, why is this woman considered news?

    November 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Sarah doesn't hold my values

    I'd hang up on her!

    November 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    What a party the republicans are. They just want to win. They even help each other when they don't share the same values. The concerns of the country have no place in their party.

    November 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Mark

    Yawn. What a waste of time, money, and news.

    November 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. kcl

    And those principles would be......???? Does she really think she has sound principles? Please list.

    November 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Stephen

    Unless she's running for governor of Virginia, why is she involved?

    November 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. DFW Lori

    A "vote for Sarah's principles" is a vote designed to bring the US closer to a dumbed-down theocracy. She trumpets "family values" while she runs around like a corporate shill, leaving her children in the hands of caretakers.

    This is one hypocrite who won't crawl back under her rock, no matter how ridiculous she looks.

    November 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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