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. yougottobekidding

    Aren't the media tired of Sarah Palin? What's this dumber and dumber?

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

    WOW!! this is a real news story.....and what a headline....

    turns out she wasn't missing anything....

    give it a rest....

    November 19, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. rta

    the real reason she did not appear with mcdonnell and christie is because they knew if they wanted to win, she would not enhance their chances. let's be clear, they can't control her and she does not do anything that is not self serving and divisive. she energizes her base by spewing hate, profiling, relishing in revengful, fear mongering tactics and she wants to pigeon hole the republicans into her way of thinking. she is about drama and does not have the guts to go to the urban areas in the country because she is a white supremist in disguise, hiding behind a wink. it is too bad most people can't quit their jobs in midstream and go on a book tour and spout hate all day and get paid for it.

    November 19, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Liberal Libra

    When she said she would not seek to run for President in 2012 on the Oprah show, the members of the audience clapped.

    Clearly this woman strikes such a nerve that the audience didn't mind hurting her feelings to her face! Not to mention the fool she made of herself in an interview, yet again on TV. I say keep talkin' Palin its a reminder how dumb you really are.

    November 19, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. In the know

    She is in it for the money and glory.

    November 19, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Minnesotan

    So many Republicans; so few Clown Cars.

    November 19, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. haren

    I would rather believe Levi Johnson than Sarah Pailin's book.
    She quit governorship to make money.

    November 19, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. josh

    CNN, why don't you rename the "ticker" the "Palin ticker", since that's basically what you keep reporting. Why are you so obsessed with her?

    November 19, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. james

    Every day the Comrade News Network has to have something on the ticker to try to denigrate Palin. It's farcical. And every time they do it they help her sell a few more books and convert a few more people to Palin's Army. Why are the lefties like CNN so completely terrified of a Palin presidential campaign?

    November 19, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Jack in Florida

    They know enought to distance themselves from this moron.........what amazes me even more are the number of americans flocking to her book signings................I would like to know what planet they are from and the flavor of the kool aid they drink????

    November 19, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Marguerite

    Nice try. Sell it to people dumb enough to believe that nonsense. Palin does more harm than good for the gop – too bad so few have the spine to say so.

    November 19, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. TangledThorns

    Very interesting regarding McDonnell's campaign. The media was making it look like he was avoiding her. Glad the truth finally came out. I bet if she did campaign for him he'd have way over 60% of the vote. Shows how weak Obama is at this point.

    November 19, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. freshmint

    maybe because she's totally irrelavent. Thats like asking why perez hilton was missing from the campaign trail...

    November 19, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. The Dude

    Just look at what happened to the people that she 'helped' and that pretty much explains her absence.

    November 19, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. James Hare

    I was deeply disappointed that you fired Lou Dobbs. He did not leave on his own. I guess the libral networks cannot tolerate divergent thinking. I know my family and I will no longer watch CNN.

    Lou Dobbs will rise from the ashes and Kick your ratings back to the dark age.

    Jim Hare

    November 19, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Royster

    The bottom line is....Sarah Palin helps Herself first.
    How could anyone in this country be so naive as to think a person like this could ever be an effective elected official again in the US? She shows up when she wants, her book is nothing but a vindictive lashback at everyone she ever perceived 'hurt' her, she poses for pictures then calls the same pictures 'sexist'...how long does the list of faux pas, bloopers, and innuendoes have to get before this person is revealed as the self-centered person she really is?

    November 19, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Texas Doc

    Its simple Christie and McDonnell are not teabaggers. They ran good campaigns and understand majority politics, something Palin (dumber than a sack of hammers) does not understand.

    November 19, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. NVa Native

    McDonnell didn't want Palin around because that would blow his deceptive disguise as a moderate, which of course he is not.
    McDonnell is a religious radical who follows strict neo-conservative ideology and has his allegence with the Pat Robertson theocracy movement.
    Many of us in Virginia know the true McDonnell.

    November 19, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Jim

    it's pretty obvious why she wasn't there ... she's a boat anchor around their necks and an embarrassment to them.

    she is an embarrassment to me, and I'm not even a republican ... or a democrat, for that matter.

    November 19, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. capnmike

    Wouldn't it be nice if this ignorant lying whining loser would just get lost altogether! We are sick and tired of hearing about her and her trailer-trash family...enough already!

    November 19, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. marilyn

    Stop with Sara Palin!!!! This media frenzy is sickening. Cannot believe all of the "so-called" talking heads don't see thru this woman. She is definitely a phony from top to bottom inside and out.

    She tries to come across as Holly Homemaker when she is nothing but a dumb, money-hungry dominatrix.

    November 19, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She was missing because those two republican candidates didn't want to lose. We see what effect Palin had on ther NY-23 race.

    November 19, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. inofritzn

    Obsession. CNN's new fragrance. Obsession for Sarah Palins

    November 19, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Penny

    Sounds good, huh? Truth is, both Christie and McDonnell, had they been straightforward, would have added: "besides, we wanted to win, and Palin has a history of losing elections"

    November 19, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Maureen

    Why- really why....because she would have ruined their chances..that is why

    November 19, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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