March 30th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin endorses military veterans running for Congress

Sarah Palin is backing three Republicans seeking House seats in November.
Sarah Palin is backing three Republicans seeking House seats in November.

Washington (CNN) – After a weekend of campaigning for Sen. John McCain's re-election bid in Arizona, Sarah Palin expanded her 2010 efforts on Monday by endorsing three military veterans running for Congress, calling them "a new generation of heroes who are heeding their country's call for leadership in Washington."

All three are Republican House candidates hoping unseat vulnerable Democrats in November.

The candidates: Vaughn Ward, a former CIA officer and Marine running in Idaho's 1st District; Allen West, a retired Lt. Colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, running in Florida's 22nd District; and Adam Kinzinger, a pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, running in Illinois' 11th District.

Ward has already picked up McCain's endorsement.

"I believe that these great veterans will fight for us in D.C. to uphold and defend our constitution as courageously in the halls of Congress as they did on the field of battle," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Monday. "I'm so honored to offer my support to these American heroes, and I hope you'll join me in helping them so that they can serve us all in Washington."

The former Alaska governor will campaign for all three Republicans at a later date, along with donating to their campaigns.


Filed under: 2010 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Chad from Tampa

    Definitely agree with Sarah that our patriotic veterens are the type of people we need in Congress. Will be interesting to see how the left tries to attack this one.....

    March 29, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. shariff

    she needs to go back in her hole this woman is a opportunist that wants money from who every she can care less about my children or your's take the money and run

    March 29, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Michael

    WELL, I AM A VETERAN ALSO, BUT I WOULD NOT BE A REPUGLICAN, EVEN IF ITS A 2012 MOVIE SCENARIO! Palin for veteran is a normal repuglican response, since they use them for all their War plans! Palin just want to use the military, but it took President Obama to call for increases TO PAY and changes to the GI Bill, VA medical care, VA facilities AND HEALTHCARE!

    March 29, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Larry

    Sarah, if you'd stop endorsing people they might have a chance to win their campaigns.

    March 29, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    I think that the "TeaParty" advocates really need to question their motivation and see how much of it is based on scare tactics, deceptive appeals to self-interests and exaggerated claims. Examining Sarah Palin's presentations would be a good place to start.

    March 29, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Al

    It is hard for me to understand why would anyone want to be endorsed by a Quitter fundamentalist.

    March 29, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. andrewstl

    wow if sarah says you are ok that is a problem,

    she is biggest joke to come alomg in years

    March 29, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. People Not Corporations Comprise This Country

    The biggest thing Ms. Palin could do to assist the country would be to advocate to take big, corporate money out of the election.

    That returns the balance of power to the people.

    That's what the Tea Party should be about.

    March 29, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Annie

    Getting an endorsement from Palin is like getting a fruitcake for Christmas. Who wants THAT?

    March 29, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Paul Ernest Show

    I think the media is overplaying the importance of this lady. Her endorsement of military veterans is not going to make any difference in any elections. As far as am concerned , she is a "fad". Like the tricky, deceptive Republicans, she is using her lucky pick as the defunct, vice president, to make money,. Her endorsement doesn't matter

    March 29, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This isn't about any three of these men, Palin doesn't even know them. It's about getting her son promoted in the military and it's wrong people.

    March 29, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Ray

    Yeah, as long as they are Repubs. You ruined a genuine American hero, with no legs, and is in a wheel chair the rest of his life, from defending his country, as he was with the wrong party, remember how you and Rove tarnished this hero's name? Remember Mr. Cleland? You make me want to puke!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I come from a family of three generations of veterans (grandfather, two uncles, father and a brother) and while I appreciate their service to our country, their experience doesn't necessarily make them qualified for political office.

    As with every election for every political position, people need to look beyond the surface, study the experience and policies of the candidates, and then make an informed decision before they vote.

    It's the best way to honor all veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our democracy and the freedoms we enjoy.

    March 29, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. dan

    Sarah Palin is nothing but an opportunist. She leftt her own state high and dry to make money on the road. Sarah Palin is a loser she quit on the people of Alaska to make a few crummy bucks. Thats not a leader. A leader should stand on principles not money. Sara Palin is in it just for the money. She would say what ever you want to hear just to get paid speaking at rally's.

    March 29, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. FLAGSHIP, NC

    Defend our constitution...
    Against who??
    Where were the defenders of the constitution when the Bush administration was in office?
    I would like to know how the GOP is now different or will be different then the policies of the former GOP Bush administration.
    I am not hearing any change in direction or operating procedures.
    The same players are making plans and forming ideas.
    Being Conservative means "going back to how things were before".
    That was what got us in to this mess!

    March 29, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Walter Jasniewski

    Military Experience should be mandatory for politicians. We have too many politicians that were born with Platinum spoons in their mouth that are clueless to what real life is like. Nancy Pelosi is a prime example, a daughter of a life long politician, married to a Billionaire, yeah, she understands what its like not having health care. The Kennedy's, Political Royalty, they get away with murder they are so priveliged. That's one of the few things I respect about our president, he wasn't born into office. I do not agree with the Commander in Chief having no military experience, and National Guard doesn't count unless you were called up to serve in a war zone.

    March 29, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. HypocriCNNation

    Yet Again We Have More HypocriCNNetwork/Sarah Palin Shenanegans!

    March 29, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. rc

    The last veteran she ran with lost the election...remember John McCain. Palin needs to sit down, shut-up and go take care of her many children and now grand child. She's talking about taking back America; this from a woman that parades around her pregnant daugher like a show pony at a national political convention and then says her family is all American. Give me a break....please catch the next Caribou back to Alaska.

    March 29, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Desmond in Canada

    Oh wow! What an original action.
    Palin is the best news the Dems can have. The more Palins, Rushes, Coulters, Pawlenties, etc., the better

    March 29, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. alpha_nu_916

    her logic is so flawed.
    how come people assume warriors & athletes make great representatives?

    March 29, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Romney's Malt Shoppe Mentality + Palin's IQ = 0

    Does she have them in her crosshairs? Apparently, she's not smart enough to know the difference.

    March 29, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Vicki Price

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks.

    March 29, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Liberal In Georgia

    Everytime I think of Sarah Palin......IDIOT!!!
    She is off no substances, most of all she is one ignorant person which I have met a dog more intelligent her.

    March 29, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Texas Granny

    I come from a family of "lifers" in the military.... but that doesn't mean a single one of them has the good sense to serve in an elective office. Actually, the fact that they are so used to taking orders without asking for any facts probably makes them LESS qualified for public office.

    Just because someone was in the military sure doesn't mean they're a good candidate for public office. Hello, Sarah dear, you need to look at each person's individual qualifications rather than just follow lock-step behind them because they wore a uniform.

    March 29, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. forget bipartisanship

    she should endorse pelosi and obama and then every idiot on this message board would hate these people too.

    March 29, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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