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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    more non news about Boob Palin

    November 19, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. jayindenver

    Wow. A story on CNN's political ticker about Sarah Palin. Now there's something you don't see every day.

    November 19, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Mike in LR

    They obviously didn't need any more help. They beat the big spending liberals without Sarah Palin. Good for them.

    November 19, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Mike from Brooklyn

    C'mon, now - this is surely not a hot news item!!! Is it such an obvious requirement to call on Palin that it's noteworthy these guys didn't?? I am starting to agree with those people who accuse CNN of finding any excuse to post something/anything about Palin! As I write this I'm looking over at the "New in Ticker" box - 3 out of 10 items, or 30%, are about Palin! Actually, "Obama won't read Palin's book" is listed twice, so sloppy editing IS the case along with a Palin obsession. CNN: if we all ignore her maybe she'll finally go away!

    November 19, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. PAUL W.

    I'd say the real reasons were the same as why he didn't invite Rush Limbaugh. Who wants to be associated with a mean-spirited lie-aholic? Aside from stirring up angry mobs with inflammatory rhetoric and bald-faced lies, what does she really provide the GOP? Fresh caribou meat? I honestly don't know.

    November 19, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Richie

    One twit tweeting.

    November 19, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Sensible Joe

    The reason why Palin wasn't invited to these state governor races for one simple, obvious reason: the woman is a lightning rod that stirs up too much trouble and attracts too many questions with her wild rhetoric and slim grasp on facts and reality; she ends up being divisive rather than unifying "the base." Hence the split between conservatives and the victory of a Democrat in NY-23 after her meddling there.

    November 19, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Peace

    We all know as they knew, that she was a liability rather than an asset to campaign for them!

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

    Why Palin's name keeps coming up is beyond me. An empty head is a hundred times worse than an empty suit.

    November 19, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. sifto77

    it was only because of Palin that Hoffman got as many votes as he did–the female running was a democrat at heart–why would repubs want her? she always voted with the libs–

    November 19, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Sandra

    I wouldn't want her there either. Good choice not inviting her! That's probably why they won.

    November 19, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. kkst2004

    CNN... Palin is a story because you look for any tidbit that can be turned into a story about her so you can plaster it up on your website and get people to believe this trash. Do you have a whole section of your newsroom devoted to Palin.... the "Palin-team"?

    November 19, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Joe

    See you libs are always looking to trash her and stir up dirt where there is nothing. Where were you when the Russian politicians refused to shake our fearless learder Obama's hand? And where was the analysis why? Because it was bad publicity for the beloved left? In the tank for the left.. . .

    November 19, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Mark

    Why was she not there? Because she's a liability. Duh.

    November 19, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Matt A

    If she had gone to Virginia and campaigned for McDonnell. I might not have voted for him...

    November 19, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Liberal4Obama

    Because she is TOXIC

    November 19, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Boston Guy

    Is Sarah all that important? No! When the tough get going she quits. Maybe these two idiots didn't want a bigger idiot around their campaign. It's like who cares anymore about Sarah Palin? Stop trying to make news about her CNN. Isn't there anything else you can report on?

    November 19, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Dennis

    Why is CNN so obsessed with Sarah Palin?

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

    I suspect the short answer is that they didn't want her.

    November 19, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Tom C

    It does'nt make any difference on what she does. The political atmosphere between dems and repubs is poisonous. No one at this time can bring this country together accept the Lord himself. There are too many egos, holier than thou, prideful, greedy, power hungry people in politics. There are no compromises even coming close to fruition. It is really sad.

    November 19, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Chas

    DUH! A question that was answered before it was asked. She certainly didn't help the Congressional race in NY.

    November 19, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. MIKE

    Why can't people just be honest and stop being politically correct.....They didn't want her because she turns off independent voters..that's the truth.
    Politicians make me sick they can never be truthful!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Mikey G

    This is a storry??. I really think AC has a crush on Sarah. CNN just can't get enough of Sarah. How many reporters does CNN have, following Sarah's every move? More then the 11 AP fact chckers.
    Uffa

    November 19, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. yougottobekidding

    Big deal! Nothing of substance to report CNN?

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

    Finally 2 high profile Republicans were smart enough to see that Palin would have chased away independents and moderates from their respective campaigns. It's time for the Republicans to wake up and realize that they won't get anywhere in 2010 or 2012 without the independents and moderates and as long as Palin and other right wing ultra conservatives run the Republican party, the independents and moderates will choose the lesser of two evils...

    November 19, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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