November 2nd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
4 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. Irma in North Carolina

    Who does she think she is? She acts like she is running for the governers office there. So she told another lie about voters getting irriated by the automated phone calls. Then she turns around and does it her self.. Another religious group of Sarahs sticking their nose in this.

    November 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. John

    Vote for Sarah's principles, i.e. quit before you finish the job. Or would it be the ones where parents prevent their teen age daughter from getting pregnant out of wedlock? I want to see which politicians raise their hand when asked, "Do you support Sarah's principles?"

    November 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Doc in Virginia

    Her strong values of quitting, quitting, quitting and quitting. Then her strong values of quitting, quitting and then quitting.
    Her appreciation of stretching the truth farther than most, her valuable ability to sniff out a buck whereever or whatever it is under, and again her ability to quit.

    November 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    If I was a candidate for any office, the last thing I would want was an endorsment from an intellectual light-weight like Sarah Palin.

    November 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Steve in CT

    It's about time someone pushed for voting values, not "Vote Party" or "Vote Politician". Spending our vote for party or politician is akin to mindless sheep driven by a shepherd. The bottom line of values is to vote for what you personally consider the right thing. That's the power of your vote.

    November 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Rob

    What a joke.

    November 2, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Brad

    Which values are that? Quitting a job that you wanted and people gave you before the end of your term for no apparent real reason?

    November 2, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. D. Calvert

    Sarah Palin has values??? Now THAT is news! This is the governor who paid herself a per diem for travel expenses while she was staying in her own home? The (Ex) governor who quit before her term of election was up? The list of both petty and substantial transgressions on Palin's part is fer too long to go into here, but the point is that Sarah has values all right – anything that is good for Sarah' s public exposure and/or pocket book is valuable. It's a phenomenal example of her narcissism that she would even urge voters to vote HER values in an election that ostensibly is not even ABOUT her!

    So go ahead, Virginia – vote for Sarah – oops, I mean McDonnell, who says he 'didn't even know about the robocall campaign.' Either he's clueless, he's not telling the truth, or once again Palin has gone 'rogue.'

    November 2, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Not my President

    I'm voting for Mcdonnell, but Palin just needs to go away. She was a mistake by John Mccain and if anyone is stupid enough to vote for her for president in 2012, then God help us, Obama will have an even larger landslide victory.

    I think independents have woken up in VA and have realized that the change they wanted ( a change from the Bush policies) is not the change they recieved from Obama. He hasn't accomplished anything except to put us further into debt.

    November 2, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Mclame sux

    this is rich..a quitter calling the residents of Virginia.Come on Virginia don't believe the hype..Palin and the rest of the GOP are a bunch of whiney quitters...Don't be fooled by that pig in lipstick

    November 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. amazed

    We should sue John McCain for bringing Ellie May Palin into our living rooms and having to listen to her nonsense. The lady cannot run her own famiy much less anything else.

    Go away Sarah, just go away.

    November 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. chris L

    Vote for Sarah’s principles…. Really?? Why don’t she run for Governor of Va instead? It seems like she is setting herself up to run in 2012, I don’t care what anyone commentator says right or left… watching out for her because she does have a base after the last election and she is making good use of it…it just makes me shudder to think that it could happen, after all she is the one that turn me away from McCain last election...

    November 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. David, WA

    What a stupid woman, Sarah Palin is. Whatever she says to do, most people will do the opposite. She's guaranteed a lose for the candidate she's endorsed.

    November 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. sharon, newport news, virginia

    well I just changed my vote!!!! I am now voting for the Democrat. Please Virginians do not vote for someone who endorses anything that Sarah Palin believes. What an ego!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Republican candidate has stooped to a low and I hope it costs him because now if he wins, she will claim it was because of her.

    November 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. mroth

    Sarah's values? Bwwaaa haaa haaaa. Teen abstinence with a pregnant teenager, fighting with a 19 year old and a TV talk show host while quitting a job she was elected to do. Yeppers. Sarah's *values* are a joke.

    November 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Virginia Independent Voter

    Given the current double digit spread favoring McDonnell, I decided not to vote in this election. Why bother? However, since Sarah Palin is throwing her hat behind McDonnell, you can bet your sweet $ss that I going to vote for Deeds now. I will never vote for her or anyone she supports.

    November 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Angie

    Love it......Glad to see that Sarah is out there spending some poitical capital.....Vote McDonnell!

    November 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. simp

    well this nit wit may have done the democrats a hugh favor by making these calls Mcdonnell you poor sap, you should have told this moron palin you did not need her endorsement and now it may be to late which is a plus for the democrats. LOL

    November 2, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Scott

    Yeah, vote your values: like greed, self-righteousness, and ignorance.

    November 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Bob from Pittsburgh

    “Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for Sarah’s principles,”

    I am confused. What are those principles she is talking about?

    Is She talking about asking for a responsibility fro voters and leaving he watch half way there?
    Or is she talking about running for a position she is not qualified to do?
    Or may be is the way she carries on with her own personal life?

    Would you call that good principles?

    November 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Expat American

    Palin values are nothing more than racial and religious bigotry, ignorance, isolationism, and uneducated patriotism that is blind to the world outside the U.S. However, all is forgiven if you stick out your chin and wrap all that up in folksy jargon and a tired pageant bikini.

    Please disregard the fact that educated America and global new sources thrashed Palin and her bigots like rented government mules.

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. jas

    What a joke! She makes me sick, and I wish she would go away and hunt something! She has no principles, are you kidding me!

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. whitepersoninVA

    What a Moron!

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. bob p

    looks like the old politics as usual for Palin, the biggest hypocrite in American politics.

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Russ

    Why would anyone want to vote for Sarah's values? She stretches the truth about most things and just plain lies about the rest. Oh, and quits her job in the middle of her term. Yeah, that's who I want leading the state. Someone with Sarah's values. A lying, name calling quiter. Give me a break!!!

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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