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. Mat

    Why must we endure more news about her? What does she do? She does not hold any political office what-so-ever and she still makes the news. Why? What makes her important other than an individual that makes people feel better about themselves just by knowing they are smarter than that bimbo.

    November 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Reagan was wrong

    "...urging them to “vote for Sarah’s principles”

    So I guess she wants them to vote for avarice, shiftlessness, and stupidity?

    November 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    First she says vote Sarah's values – then vote "your values" as though the two are the same.

    Quite a leap -

    November 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. steve

    What the Dems need to do in NY 23 special election is to run the Ad from RNC attacking the conservative candidate Doug before they endorsed him or played video clip of newt gingrich criticizing Doug for not living in the district and Bill Owens would win in a landslide.

    November 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. white female

    This is so great, please run this woman in every state, city , and town that the repubs has someone running, until the 2012 election.
    We love seeing them show of such stupidity, and shame.
    The repub is such a joke around the country, while the country try to upgrade our standard, and stop the fighting and hateful things from going on, all they do is keep it up. Grow up people, this is such a fake showing of country first. You just can't stop the foolishness, can you.
    GET OVER IT , WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB. WE ARE NOT FOLLED BY YOUR WORDS OF HATE, AND LIES.

    November 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Water-Boarding Victim

    This woman is absolutely amazing, she referrs to these robo-calls as irritating to voters, and a way of "Old Conventional Ways of Campaigning"........

    But yet again she does exactly what she criticized less than a year ago....I mean does Sarah Palin even realize how much she CONTRADICT's her self, it's just amazing how stupid this woman operates......

    This has to be one of the most un-organized, hypocritical, un-intelligent politician in recent history, what a pathetic attempt at trying to act like a mainstream knowledgeable politician, I mean this woman is bad, really horrible in her approach to almost everything she does.....

    CNN please stop toreturing us with this extremely "FAKE" and "PHONY" person......

    November 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Lila

    She signed the Death Warrant for McCain's presidential bid, now she's working on McDonnell.

    November 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. MAngeline

    The last thing I would want to do is "vote for Sarah's values." The only thing she is right about is voters getting irritated by those robo calls! Other than that she is an "empty suit."

    November 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Lou - Manchester, CT

    Palin's WHAT??? Principles??? From a woman supporting the party of NO NO NO?? Even so, why is she relevant in the state of Virginia - far, far, away from the frozen north of Alaska?

    People of Virginia – no matter who you vote for, vote based on your OWN principles, not what some shill from the Republican says to do.

    November 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. markus

    it's nearly 11AM est, I'm reading this, and realized I suddenly have ZERO desire to eat lunch.

    I'll vote based on MY principles, not on some whack-job Fringe-Right weather girl charading as a politician.

    November 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. CR

    The fool actually believes she's relevant.

    November 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Gentwelve

    Sarah's principle's ??

    How about the "Adolf Way" or "think like Stalin"? This gal is a bona fide fascist in the making.....

    you betcha!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She needs to get a life. Thank God I haven't received any calls from that loser.

    Sarah Palins Values – Lie, divide & incite hate

    November 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Virginia resident

    Stop the political robocalls!! My peaceful house has be bombarded by these harassing calls, despite being on the 'Do Not Call List'. I was not planning on voting, but I have decided to go ahead and vote against the responsible parties of these calls!!

    November 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. David Chacon from Alaska

    What Sarah doesn't say is what her "values" are.

    She has raised taxes on the most important industry in Alaska to a marginal rate of over 85%. She has interfered in the free market with her ill conceived pipeline legislation (AGIA). She has a record of quitting when the challenges are too tough for her (which is often) – not only as governor, but also as an oil and gas commissioner. She uses her young daughter Willow to face the boos of a crowd at a hockey game.

    Sarah's values are not only un-Christian, they are evil.

    November 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Linda

    Conservative populism and the voters know it. Stading on principle, country first!

    It's Palin power, baby!

    November 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Jamie

    What principles would those be? Its all about 'Sarah'. McCain – you really created a monster here! Thanks!

    November 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Milo Ippolito

    Vote for Sarah's principles?

    Palin's high opinion of herself is beyond narcissism. It’s become painfully clear that she suffers from mania. It is a matter of time before she crashes to the ground.

    Premature memoirs aside, her story is not going to end well.

    November 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. rta

    she robocalls virginians and mcdonnell did not know. she does not endorse him, but her own values. what is up with that. her values are what exactly. quit a job, divide and conquer, spout hate, go for big bucks for her and her family by any means necessary. sarah, don't need your values or your robocalls.

    November 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. lucy

    She is nuts!

    November 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Melissa

    And doom the whole country to failure. Palin is uneducated, closed minded, hateful, vengeful, and an embarrassment to women around the world. The LAST thing anyone should ever do is support Failin Palins values. I'm going to be seriously annoyed if I get one of these calls.

    November 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Harold Ikels

    The only thing more annoying that Sarah Palin is the constant articles on CNN about her. It's over, they lost, stop putting her in the spotlight and she will go away. I doubt Fox News even has the coverage of Sarah Palin that CNN does.

    November 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Chanel

    So she's jumping into the "old conventional ways of campaigning" But what other choice does she have? The Republican nominee does not want her around.

    November 2, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Jack

    If McDonnell wins and follows "Palin's principles" he'll quit as governor before his term is over.

    November 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Lynne

    So Sarah's values, considering that she said that robo calls are an old tactic which she is now embracing, includes hypocricy.

    November 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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