September 17th, 2010
09:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin: Murkowski write-in campaign 'futile'

Sarah Palin took a shot at longtime rival Lisa Murkowski on Friday.
Sarah Palin took a shot at longtime rival Lisa Murkowski on Friday.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Moments after her high-profile speech to the Iowa Republican Party, Sarah Palin addressed Friday's news that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, recently defeated in her GOP primary by Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, will launch a write-in campaign to retain her seat.

“It’s a futile effort on her part, it really is,” she told reporters in Des Moines, in between signing copies of her book for fans. “She certainly has the right to do so, but Joe Miller is the right person to lead the state and this country.”

Palin and several of her advisers backed Miller in the primary.

Tensions have long simmered between the Murkowski family and Palin, who defeated Lisa’s father, Frank, in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary.


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski • Sarah Palin
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    Both Lisa and Castle are sore losers. I for decades have always supported the winner of a primary even if my person lost. So have milions of conservs. The moderates are so snarky, smarmy, elitist, they would rather have the leftist Dem win then have an upstart beat them. Well, I hope the voters of Alaska and De. surprise the media Journolists and Mike and Lisa with great wins for Joe and Christina.

    September 17, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. CTYank

    Pure Palin, as in when she puffed about the VP's job: "Joe Miller is the right person to lead the state and this country."

    Not really, Sarah. Facts are not optional.

    Question is if he is senatorial material.

    September 17, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. normajean

    How come little miss "know all" with the big mouth is so sure she can speak for voters in Alaska which she dumped on to go to greener pastures .Incredible what she thinks she knows, when just a few months ago she was struck dumb every time a correspondent asked her a question? These days she doesn't even talk to the press because they might ask her something she can't make up a quick answer to.Any one who thinks this woman is presidential material has a problem that the whole country would suffer for if this catastrophe were to take place.I wish I could say, "you asked for it" but unfortunately the rest of us will be suffering along with you.

    .

    September 17, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Alistair

    GOOD! Take that Mrs. Palin.

    September 17, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Larry

    i have a hard time believing anything from a person that was governor of Alaska for 2 years of a 4 year term. i am an independent and i am in no way for the morons that the tea party has elected to represent the GOP. i live in Illinois and will be voting for the GOP for governor no matter who it is he has to be better than the moron we have now. i refuse to vote for people that say if my daughter is raped SHE MUST GIVE BIRTH TO THE RAPIST BABY. who the hell do you think you are to make that decision????? i believe abortion is used to often and should be limited but rape incest and mothers health should be off the table in this discussion. so to you the GOP nation please put people forth that we the independent voters can actually vote for and still respect in the morning.

    September 17, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. scott

    Palin needs to get in touch with well everything the tea party will grow but only if there is a need and right now if that what america thinks it needs ohh yah i forgot you also need a majority other than facebook lol

    September 17, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Spoken like a true quitter Sarah, LOL.

    But I'll give Sarah this, she knew that there was no publicity in being the governor of Alaska, so she quit, hahahaha, and all the diddo head hainty parrots believe the crap thta she says.....

    She doesn't care about you you poor fools, she cares about the cameras, "It's all about Eve (Sarah)", hahaha

    but anyway, if the Republicans were any smarter or had a shred of compassion (like Jesus did), thy would be Democrats...

    September 17, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Barry

    Lisa Murkowski you were defeated don't be a Charlie Crist that screwed Kendrick Meek. It is just wrong.

    September 17, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Indy

    "Joe Miller is the right person to lead this country" Where exactly would Joe Sixpack Miller lead this country ? Once again Sarah Palin open her wordhole and out come jibberish.

    September 17, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. A.B.

    Murkowski should definitely run in the general election as a write in candidate so that she can effectively split the vote and take votes away from Miller and give them to the Domocratic Senate candidate. Her intent to win back her senate job will not happen, but her futile efforts will cost the Republicans the Alaskan senate seat and it will go to the Democrats. GO LISA!!

    September 17, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Emma WI

    This is EXACTLY what We the People despise about politicians these days. They do not listen to us, and just plow forward with what they want to do, regardless of the will of the people. We need to stick to our guns on this, and rid the government of all of these career politicians that keep spitting on our will. Don't fall for it, Alaska.

    September 17, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. badcyclist

    The Borg Queen! I knew it!!

    September 17, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. bob

    Murkowski should know that mounting a write in campaign is quite difficult. She should support the Democratic candidate, who, like her, is an Alaskan native, unlike the transplant Mr. Miller.

    September 17, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Anchora

    Go Lisa Go. Joe Miller is a nut. I will start making calls tommorrow!!!

    September 17, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Congrats to Ms. Murkowski for standing up the Tea Party, Miller, and Palin...and the guys who they work for and who provide their funding...the billionaire Koch brothers.

    September 17, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. AndyBlue

    I really am sick of this woman.

    But I LOVE her effect on the Republican party. She gives people new reason not to vote for their insane candidates in the general elections.

    I will always take hope and change over fear, lies and hatred.

    September 17, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Getsuei

    Crazy Sarah, and her side kick Crazy Joe are going down. Watch, while the Tea Bag Express and Lisa Murkowski eat each other, Scott McAdams will be the next Senator in Alaska.

    September 17, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. DeMint'sNightmare

    Futile...just like Palin's presidential aspirations.

    September 17, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. SensibleJoe

    Sarah Palin quit elected office in midterm, because she put personal interests ahead of public duty. Why is anyone listening to a person so fickle about keeping commitments?

    September 17, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Dee

    the Conservatives are talking about the intrusion of government and taking back their country but I am here to say God said bless American and it is everyone's country.

    She is attending all the meetings, conferences and still signing and selling her books she is definitely making money off these people. I don"t know when she has the time to raise her children, well we know what happened to Bristol without supervision.

    Conservatives and Sarah are bashing President Obama but are just like the Republicans not offering any solutions. People we have to get out and vote and protect our rights.

    September 17, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Robert Moses

    Murkowski is dead on right. She was sandbagged by that creature in pumps, she was defeated in a primary that was a handful of republicon voters, and a miniscule part of a tiny state. She will actually win and keeping a tea-hadi out of the senate is everyone's patriotic duty.

    And the pat toomey ads on this website are a disgrace. He is lower than whale crap attacking a decorated Admiral who valiantly served the US for 30 years in the armed forces while toomey first sucked as a short term congressman who got booted because he was so aweful, and then as a Wall Street criminal who made millions the way all Wall Street investment bakers made it....he is a scum bag tea-hadi just like palin, miller, odonel, rand paul and the rest of the glen beck crazies.

    September 17, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. beth

    Go Lisa!!!!!! Show the mama grizzlies what you've got.

    September 17, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. Billy Bob Ex-Pub

    The "lamestream" said the same thing about you; oops, they were correct.

    September 17, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. Liberal4Obama

    The GOP is dead, it's been taken over by "The Crazies"

    September 17, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. Pat

    I'm surprised that she knows what "futile" means.

    September 17, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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