January 20th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to campaign for McCain in March

John McCain and Sarah Palin will once again share a stage.
John McCain and Sarah Palin will once again share a stage.

Washington (CNN) – As Sen. John McCain readies for a potential primary challenge from the right this fall, the Arizona Republican is playing his trump card.

Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate and perhaps the most powerful brand in Republican politics, will stump for McCain in Arizona on March 26 and 27, a Palin adviser told CNN. The presence of Palin - and the considerable crowds and media attention she will draw - might give pause to J.D. Hayworth, the former Republican congressman and radio host who opposes McCain's position on illegal immigration and is mulling a Senate run of his own.

The former Alaska governor will also hit the campaign trail in the coming month for two conservative heroes - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Palin has already endorsed Perry in his primary fight against Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; she will appear with the governor in Houston on Feb. 7.

Palin and Bachmann, meanwhile, will team up on April 7 in Minnesota.


Filed under: 2010 • John McCain • Michele Bachmann • Popular Posts • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Becker

    Is this the best CNN has to offer after last night?? It is interesting to hear about Palin but she is no longer a current politician or pertinant to this weeks news.

    January 20, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. El Kababa

    Palin owes him for everything she's got now. He made her into a star. Without McCain, Palin would have faded into well-deserved obscurity.

    Arizona is going to elect a Republican anyway. It's either going to be an extreme, right-wing, far-right Conservative (McCain) or an ultra-right-wing insane lunatic (Hayworth). I hope they reelect McCain.

    January 20, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. j

    That'd be a definite detractor for me. Not that I'd ever vote for McCain or Palin anyway but I don't see any way she can help his campaign.

    January 20, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will be America's next president and America will reach its greatest glory and prosperity. Palin is truly chosen by God herself and is a true godsend and gift from Heaven and the Angels.

    January 20, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. yeswecan

    Yes, Clint, we are happy to begin to put people in office who are interested in stopping the "downward spiral of America." But really, if you think the GOP is the party of self-interest, I invite you to look over the sweetheart deals Pelosi has secured for her husband and friends, deals which were funded by the taxpayers in the stimulus package, which was nothing more than an emormous pile of Democrat pork and which, I recall, was not even read by anyone in its entirety before being passed. If you think that smiling jackolantern and her cohort Reid are interested in doing anything other than getting rich and getting re-elected, then you are the sheep. As for cynicism, the Dems had their fair share in discrediting the voice of the tea-partiers, but as we're beginning to see, even the liberal state of Massachusetts is filled with citizens who are sick of the unchecked spending in D.C.

    January 20, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Anonymous AL

    If Palin is McCain's trump card...oh my!

    January 20, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Gary

    I just hope that Palin stays in Arizona and helps McCain with his primary fight. Just stay there....

    January 20, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Ha!!!

    The cockroaches (aka Dems) are scurrying!!

    Let me help all you liberal idiots!! It's the economy stupid!! Obama has created more debt in 1yr than Bush did in 8yrs!!. Blaming Bush is tired and old. DEMS control Congress since 2006. The people responsible for this economic mess are are still in power. Vernanke, Geitner, Barney Franks, Chris Dodd etc. Obama claimed stimulus would fix the economy. It did not! It was an early Xmas present for the DEMs. There was nothing stimulating! Instead of focusing on Obamacare that the majority of country does not want perhaps u DEMs should focus on the economy stupid!

    January 20, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. DAVE

    clint January 20th, 2010 10:16 am ET

    What a happy day for the GOP. The sheep of this country are welcoming back the the party of status quo, of cynicism and self interest over the interests of the country and a continuation of the downward spiral of America.
    ---------------
    Think we found out who the sheep are last night
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Only a idiot would think washington has gotten better over the last year.
    Its worse than when bush ran it.
    Now we have a slicker thief in chief with dumber fools to blindly follow him.
    Wake up and realize the honest moderates of this country dont like being lied too. Those are the ones who put him in power. They will be the ones who take him out also.
    Want a glass of tea, much better than koolaid

    January 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Indiana Voter

    Clint,

    Bitter are we? The majority of Americans oppose your radical left views and the the recent elections in blue states are showing it. Over 20% of Democrats voted for Brown last night. Your party is the party that needs to change in order to stay in control.

    January 20, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    @ Clint,

    Would you rather the "Sheep" voted for Coakely? Brown won due to the independents. You know, the group that without their help, Obama would STILL be the Senator from Illinois! Broken promises, forcing a healthcare bill that most Americans DO NOT support. The White House can deny all they want to but yesterday was a notice to the current majority party! Hope and change quickly became arrogance! Both parties get caught up in it. Both parties however, are not the majority party!

    January 20, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Marie MD

    Hey mcnasty, she blew your candidacy last year but you want everyone to know that "you are so proud of her". I hope the people of AZ are smarter than to vote for you again.
    On the other hand, the repug party is now full of beauty queens and members who pose for girly magazines (or running magazines) and get elected.
    Hey quitter – any words about porn for brown? He did the same as your daughter's baby's father did but I didn't hear you put him down!
    March 26 and 27th both bimbettes together. Earplugs everyobne :)

    January 20, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. demwit

    What a dismal day...., but great save CNN! Nothing makes me feel better than PALIN HATE, spew, spewing mindless PALING HATE!!

    January 20, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Last night's defeat of Coakley for the Senate race in Massachusetts only proves one thing: All politics are local.

    Coakley ran a lackluster campaign, and made a fair number of gaffs. Her defeat is in no way a repudiation of President Obama's agenda.

    The fact remains that after 8 years of Bush/Cheney and 30 years of voodoo, tinkle-down Reagonomics, average Americans are suffering;

    and that if it weren't for President Obama's policies and efforts on behalf of our country (the Republicans obstruction notwithstanding), we would be in another Great Depression.

    Democrats still hold an 18-seat majority in the Senate and a majority in the House. Full speed ahead with the President Obama's agenda!

    January 20, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Steve, NY

    I'm a Republican. My advice fo old phart McCain is keep Palin out of the spotlight. She has a negative image for the Republican party.
    You notice Palin was kept out of the Massachusetts race and Brown did very well. Biggest mistake McCain made was pick her as the running mate. That was stupid,stupid. If Romney would have been elected in the Primaries he would have won, that was big mistake by the people of the Republican Party. If Romney was the running mate for McCaine ,that team had a chance. Republicans need to pay attention to my advice.

    IF CNN WAS SMART AND WAS FOR THE PEOPLE AND AMERICA KEEP PALIN OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT. IN THIS INSTANCE KEEPING PALIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT ALL YOU'RE DOING IS SERVING AS AN AGITATOR. PEOPLE DON'T NEED THIS ANYMORE.

    January 20, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Dumb (McCain)
    Dumber (Palin) and
    Dumbest (people who like these two yahoos)

    January 20, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. kevin

    Palin is not the face of republicans – only the lunatic fringe elements, which sadly have hijacked the party. McCain is a good man whose time to lead has past. But...he proved himself an idiot to let his handlers choose Palin. I urge republicans to reject the bickering, partisan, mindless brand of thinking that these 2 endorse – and choose leadership that is competent and visionary. One such choice was Mitt Romney, but there are others. Obama has some vision, but not the competency, while most of his party seem to have neither.

    January 20, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Surely, our southern friend would note that nearly all of the politcal articles on this site are and have been about the special election last night in Massachussetts, where the citizens of a state with universal healthcare clearly and loudly said "no" to universal health care.

    It would be wise to note that Brown did not run as a conservative republican; in fact, he ran as as an independent.

    People still support the President, it's status quo politics they are angry with- or maybe I'm just blissfully ignorant.

    January 20, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Well, it looks like ol' McCain hasn't lost his touch when it comes to selling his soul for political opportunity!

    I have totally lost respect for the man!

    January 20, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Justen in Florida

    Nothing to take the libs mind off that big butt whoopin they just took, like a Palin story, lol.

    January 20, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Dutch the Great

    REPUBLICANS MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH AND I CAN NO LONGER TAKE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. WHAT HAVE THE REPUBLICANS DONE SINCE THEY'VE BEEN OUT OF POWER BESIDES SAY NO? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, NADA, ZERO, ZILCH!!! THIS BROWN CHARACTER GOT IN OFFICE WITH THE RADICAL RIGHT WING VIEWS HE HAS? I'VE MADE UP MY MIND THAT THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS A FARCE. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS ALLOWED FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. IT'S LIKE HIRING A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER TO A CHILD DAY CARE CENTER. ALL REPUBLICANS CARE ABOUT IS HAVING THEIR POWER BACK TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY EVEN WORSE THAN THEY ALREADY HAVE. I'M AFRICAN-AMERICAN, BUT I THINK I'LL DROP THE AMERICAN AND MOVE MY A$$ BACK TO AFRICA AND JUST BE CALLED AFRICAN(sarcasm added). AT LEAST IN AFRICA, IF YOU WANT POWER, YOU "REALLY" HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.

    January 20, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Gale

    Good for her. Now, where are all the hate mongers this morning? Did they finally realize that not everyone is an Obamaite? Remember, what goes around, comes around. Nancy Pelosi is next!!

    January 20, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Ha!!!

    "What a happy day for the GOP. The sheep of this country are welcoming back the the party of status quo, of cynicism and self interest over the interests of the country and a continuation of the downward spiral of America."
    ---------------
    It is really amazing to me how people like Clint are so blind to what is really going on. Where is the "Change" of how Washington do business? Where is CSpan? Isn't passing legislation the country does not want self-serving? It seems to me the same old business as usual that Obama campaigned against is quite fine when it suits the Obama agenda. The country is bankrupt and more debt has been accumulated in 1yr than Bush did in 8rys!! So who is continuing the downward spiral here? Obviously the Democrats! Most with a brain &are not kool-aid drinkers like you Clint can see this. Even in Massachusett!

    It is you Clint that is the sheep!
    tsk-tsk u r so sad!

    January 20, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. rich in az

    This is bad as it gets. Two losers. Middle Fingers extended and F bombs. Your wife is so proud.

    January 20, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. R.J in tucson az

    how come we can comment on this palin story but not on the stories about they slaying of the libral lion's democratic seat. I'm so happy that america is finally waking up to the destruction of our constitution and this great country at the hand of the radical far left libral progressives"Obama and cohorts" ,freedom over oppression wins the day every time dont tell me I have to buy your health care or go to jail you dictator pelosi,4 and the door for the libtarded president and his minions!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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