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. pote

    Seems to me the two new Governors knew that Sarah is a liability for anyone who hopes to attract people of intelligent, moderat views.

    November 19, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Rick

    Your kidding right? Palin could not be missing enough. I feel I speak for the majority- we are sick of Palin. If the GOP, and Palin think they can keep Palin in our faces for three more years, well two, because then Palin would REALLY be in the news running for Pres. I wouldn't vote for Plain just because I'm sick of seeing the name Palin..

    November 19, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. jaydog

    This country is awash with politicians and political stupidity, and the Political Ticker is obsessed with Sarah Palin, a politician who has never held a national office and currently holds no political office. Would you (CNN) care to explain this??

    November 19, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Mark

    Ok CNN isn't liberal?? Just how many anti Palin articles can one media outlet produce in a day??

    I didn't care for her but now im thinking I should back her!

    November 19, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Why do they all lie? Those candidates didn't want to alienate the moderates, so they chosse not to have Palin campaign for them. Now shes a media star and they're fawning all over her. Dems are no different, Biden saying that moneys sent to bogus congrressional districts was just a paperwork error. Bull.. that money was probably stolen. Why do we even believe these fools. To paraphrase an old AA saying, " How can you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving"

    November 19, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. benvictor

    Sarah's book is GREAT! She is the genuine article. She exudes common sense that none of the politicians can ever hope to achieve. Liberals are exposed for the empty vessels they are. As for Obama, she can see right through that guy. Happy to see Sarah doing her thing while the fools make even bigger fools of themselves.

    November 19, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. heheheh riiiiiiiiight

    did you really expect them to say, "Well, the main reason I didn't have her in was that I kinda wanted to win the election," did you?

    November 19, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Karen

    Since when is Pawlenty a heavy hitter. He's more like a heavy load for the state of Minnesota. He's balanced the budget by simply unallotting whatever didn't fit his agenda, and then he took off on the campaign trail. He's no different than other self-interested Republicans.

    November 19, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. James

    It would only make any politician look like an idiot.

    November 19, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Mal

    News flash to Sarah Palin: Not only do the Democrats want you to disappear, so do leaders of the GOP. Please stay home to take care of your family - between Bristol's teen pregnancy, news reports of her other teen daughter's hard partying, and that sweet little baby boy, it sounds like those kids need some kind of parent in their life. Todd's parenting is obviously not cutting it.

    November 19, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. a little sad

    Hmm – an endorsement by someone who defines the office of governor as "lame duck" when they are only half-way through their term and therefore quits.

    I might have turned that down, too.

    At least Sarah's robocalls after she was requested to stay away did not hurt McDonnell's campaign.

    November 19, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. SocialismBad

    The Republicans were trouncing the Democrats in these races and didn't need Palin, even if she was available. The losing Democrats got REPEATED campaign visits from Obama, Biden, Bill Clinton, etc., and look what good it did them. The people decided the Democrats and their failing ideas needed to be thrown out, no matter what the traveling snake oil salesmen (Obama, Biden, Clinton) were saying.

    It IS interesting that Sarah Palin had a much busier schedule than the President and Vice-President of the USA! I guess they really didn't have anything more important to work on.

    I can hardly wait until 2010 when the Democrats all get the heave ho!

    November 19, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Mitch

    Kinda like how none of them wanted GWB to campaign with them during the election but blamed it on his schedule....after all he needed that time in Crawford to clear brush before he left to Camp David for vacation.

    November 19, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. jenn

    In other words, Sarah's special brand of crazy wouldn't work in VA and NJ.

    November 19, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. me

    Sarah's Tsunami......WOW......

    November 19, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. felicia

    yeah right

    November 19, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. me

    She's campaigning a full year before everyone else :) Cool....

    November 19, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Ken, Centreville

    Why was she missing? Perhaps the real question is: why doesn't she go missing more often?

    Perhaps Pat Robertson considers her a liberal.

    November 19, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. KMAN

    I'm sure I won't be the only one who will call into question these men's credibility and their real motivation for not having Palin campaign for them. Their BS doesn't pass the smell test! She's NOT an asset for anyone other than those seeking the vote of ignorant RW fringe-dwellers and their soulmates .... the Teabaggers! You know the ones I mean ... those "Real Americans" out there that think she is more than a dimwit!

    November 19, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Mack

    Are Sarah Palin's daughters, Willow and Piper, enrolled in school? Every time you see Sarah, no matter where she is, you see the daughters, especially Piper who is always right up front waving to the cameras and the crowds. She (Piper) is trying to grab the limelight more so than her mother.

    Todd doesn't have a college degree, it took Sarah 5 colleges to get one, Bristol got something from high school (GED or diploma?), Willow and Piper are bordering on elementary and middle school dropouts, etc. We sure have a educated family here, don't we. You bet'cha!!

    November 19, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Gloria

    Yeah, right!!!

    November 19, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. kr

    Neither one of the guys needed her influence they are doing fine on their own especially McDonnnel. When she quit her office that should have gave them big warning signals.

    November 19, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. PJ

    "Vote for Me Because I Hang Out With Freaks" just doesn't fit on a whole lotta signage, that's why.

    November 19, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Republicans are the American Taliban

    So CNN is using the Political Ticker in effect as a giant pop-up ad for Sarah Palins book and tour....

    November 19, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Robert Lee

    Palin is completely incompetant, unstable and unreliable. She would be a huge mistake for the GOP to nominate to any high office. There is absolutely nothing in her record that supports speaks to success in office.

    November 19, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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