November 19th, 2009
06:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Christie, McDonnell explain Palin's absence from campaign trail

Palin wasn't exactly a welcome presence in Virginia and New Jersey during both governor's races.
Palin wasn't exactly a welcome presence in Virginia and New Jersey during both governor's races.

CEDAR CREEK, Texas (CNN) – Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell, the soon-to-be-governors of New Jersey and Virginia, both deflected questions Wednesday about why Sarah Palin did not appear with the two Republicans during their respective campaigns.

Christie said he only had three GOP heavyweights visit New Jersey during his campaign - Rudy Giuliani, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney - and each came for a specific reason.

“I had a long standing relationship with Mayor Giuliani,” Christie explained. “Gov. Pawlenty and Gov. Romney both faced the same type of crises financially in their state when they took over that we did.”

McDonnell said his campaign had reached out to Palin nearly a year ago to campaign in Virginia, but said she was overwhelmed with requests at the time. When she stepped down as governor of Alaska in July, McDonnell said, their visitor lineup had already been set - a full four months before election day in Virginia.

“We thought she was a good leader for the party as the governor of Alaska and had some good reforms in the state, but she was in such incredible demand frankly for the longest time we were not able to work out anything for her to come in,” he said. “And then after she decided to leave office we had pretty much already arranged all of the folks that we had for the home stretch for fundraisers, including several current and former governors, and so we pretty much had our strategy set at that point.”

Christie and McDonnell made the comments at a news conference held during the Republican Governors Association's annual meeting near Austin.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Sarah Palin
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Or it could be that she would have cost them the election...probably more likely in Christie's case than McDonnell.

    November 19, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Jay from jersey

    why would she come to nj? are we not part of the "real america"

    November 19, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. MissyW

    C'mon, at least be truthful. You know the reason neither wanted her on their campaign trail was because of the true nature of who she is.

    Would you want a inexperienced, head in the sand, self serving quitter vouching for you? Of course not! The only people who really think Sarah Palin is important are the "night of the living dead" like zombie republican fringe and the "only for the ratings" media who don't understand the damage they do by keeping her relevant!

    November 19, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Obama = WORST president EVER

    You're kidding with this story, right? Clearly, Christie and McDonnell didn't need help beating the Dem losers put up against them.

    November 19, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. really, you have to explain this dumb box of rocks?

    how about she would have pulled you down to the bottom of the lake like she did in the NY race

    don't explain, we the poplace know and don't want her either

    November 19, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    While Palin repeats GOP talking points, Virginians probably were more interested in complete sentences. When you add her $100,000 cost for speaking, it just seemed like a lot for "death panels" and "drill, baby drill."

    November 19, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Would you want an unthinking ideologue associated with your campaign? It really wouldn't have hurt Christie since Corzine had so much going against him. Corzine had to over come: a bad economy, blame for the bad economy, a property tax structure that hadn't been changed in years, a low charisma when dealing with party bosses and the public, and the perception that he had something to do with the corruption of other.

    November 19, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. all praise to Palin who does a lot with nothing

    she has got no skills, but is still getting paid

    gotta respect that

    but when this wears out, Hooters would love you

    November 19, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Tracy

    Its all about making money for her right now .... she'll keep saying "back assward" things during her book tour but then what do you expect. These GOP guys need to fend for themselves for now.

    November 19, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Norm

    Her not being there was probably the reason they won...

    November 19, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Gary

    Hahaha – right....More like she is a liability.

    November 19, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Ed Tallahassee

    What did you think that they would say? That they were facing weak Democrats so they wouldn't need someone polarizing like Palin that could fire-up the Democrats and they could start gaining traction.

    November 19, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Monty B.

    What credibility would Palin have brought to those campaigns? What could she possibly have positively contributed to them?

    She's been in the national spotlight for just about a year now-why on earth would *seasoned* politicians WANT or NEED her to help them campaign? Why would her opinion or support matter?

    She didn't even serve a full term as governor of Alaska-what could she possibly have brought to the table for Christie/McDonnell?

    November 19, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    .And then after she decided to leave office we had pretty much already arranged all of the folks that we had for the home stretch for fundraisers,.....

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    Yeah sure you did! Scheduling glitches, yadda yadda yadda. Tell the truth and shame the devil: the lady is bottled POISON!! You all did not want to turn off the few rational RethugliKlans left in your state by flooding a fundraiser with the Sarah Sickos! Furthermore, she's turned into such a liability and is such a loose cannon that they would've risked the cancellation of "credible " (R) personalities at their fundraisers. NO ONE wants to be seen or associated with this vacuous dingbat. At least not if they want to be taken seriously or re-elected.

    For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for thee dear Sarah.

    November 19, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Greg

    Thanks again CNN, I couldn't get through my day without 15 articles on Sarah Palin. You got to be kidding me. A couple articles below this one it gets even better. Sarah puts up her first tweet on her new Twitter account. People on CNN.com could care less. The extremist who care about Palin are over at FOX. Give it a rest.

    November 19, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. I pay my taxes

    I'm glad NJ finally has a republican governor. And Virginia did the right thing. More republicans needed to combat the tax, spend democrats. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are disasters.

    November 19, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. JC

    Why would Palin show up? Who is she, politically? She is a failed vice presidential candidate and a former governor of one of the least-populous states who served less than a term before resigning to promote a book. She was barely a blip on the political scene when McCain tapped her for the '08 campaign, and now she has dumped all her political life for book tours and interviews on Oprah. Why in the world would any candidate want her stumping for them?

    November 19, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Frozone

    You can see the fear in these newly minted Republican governors' eyes. Better not get on the wrong side of Boss Palin or you'll be ousted from the GOP in no time!

    November 19, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Big D

    CNN, why don't you just find a way to put a camera on her 24/7 and do a Palin version of the "Truman Show".

    November 19, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Cathy Reid

    Lucky for you, she did not show up. That would have been a big black spot on you. She is like the plague.

    November 19, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Steve

    I am a lifelong Democrat who voted for Christie. If half-baked Alaska would have stepped foot in New Jersey campaigning for Christie, I have no doubt it would have changed my vote (and many others) to Corzine

    November 19, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Jim

    Who cares?

    November 19, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Tram

    Why would anyone want to be endorsed by a dingbat like Palin?

    November 19, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. nancy

    who cares?

    November 19, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. petena

    Obviously she eas missing as they wanted "damage control". Else, they would end up tanked like McCain.

    November 19, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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