October 16th, 2010
08:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin rallies California Republicans

Anaheim, California (CNN) - Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 of the GOP faithful to come out in support of Republican candidates during a raucous Republican National Committee fundraiser and rally in Anaheim on Saturday.

"Positive change is just around the corner," the former Alaska governor told the crowd. "Now is not the time to let up. Now is not the time to celebrate."

While Palin opened by talking about “Mama Grizzlies” – a term she coined to refer to women with similar political views - she didn’t mention Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman or Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina - the two Republican women running for statewide office. Neither candidate attended the event; their campaigns cited commitments in another part of the state. Fiorina campaigned earlier Saturday with Sen. John McCain in San Diego and then had an event in the northern part of the state. Whitman, meanwhile, campaigned with voters in Chico, Los Molinos and Redding.

Palin did take swings at Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina's opponent, and alluded to a fierce governor's race.

As the headliner of the "Victory 2010: Sprint To The Finish," she urged the crowd not to think a GOP sweep in victory is in the bag and asked them to work hard in the next two weeks on behalf of Republican candidates by donating, phone banking and helping to get the vote out.

Attendees paid between $20-$1,000 for tickets for the event, which also included RNC Chairman Michael Steele. RNC officials would not divulge how much money the event raised.

As it has done all year, the RNC in September trailed the Democratic National Committee in fundraising bringing in $9.7 million versus $16 million for the DNC.

Both Palin and Steele got big reactions from the crowd when they made reference to the possibility of replacing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if the GOP takes back the House majority.

"We will have taken away the gavel away from Nancy," Palin said.

Palin is a polarizing figure among Californians with 53 percent having an unfavorable view of her while 33 percent report a favorable opinion. However, among Republicans 74 percent view her favorably and 19 percent unfavorably.

Palin is appearing at a second RNC event next Saturday in Orlando, Florida, to help energize the Republican base.

Saying there are no second chances in elections, she said she wants to make sure "we wake up on Nov. 3 and can say ... we did all we could to put America back on the right track ... to stop the liberals' big government, big spending pessimistic agenda."


Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Orange County is hardly a GOP stronghold any longer. Don't bother trying to rally the old base. The Orange Curtain of tyranny is on the brink of collapse. Districts that have always voted Republican lost to Obama in '08. Keep acting arrogant, cocky and pompous and watch Orange County turn blue soon.

    October 16, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. pkfops

    Palin is such a disgrace to public service. Walks off the job as Governor to make money as a paid speaker. California doesn't want you here; we have too many Hollywood wannabees already.

    October 16, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Chuck Ladouceur

    This bone head is a discrase to the American folks. Sure glad she is not Canadian or we would ship her off to Russia with a one way ticket.

    October 16, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Sergio

    I wonder how much did she charged to come here and say nothing about anything that matters

    October 16, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. faux news lamebrain

    Yes...they all rallied....all 30 % of the state is GOP.....come and listen to the fairy tale Lady and Mr. WWE GOP mouth...........back to the Disney channel....er...i mean Fox News

    October 16, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Why is this woman even a story?

    October 16, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. lstro

    Why anyone, Republican or otherwise would pay a dime to hear this woman speak is absolutely mind bonging.

    October 16, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Patryk

    In about two weeks, we're having a holloween party and we are looking for a stand up comedian... Can you tell us how to contact Sarah Palin???

    October 16, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. Aezel

    Congratulations Republicans, one of your heroes is a person who's mantra is: "when the going gets tough, you quit your term 1/2 way through."

    The Republican party is good at two things, saying no and quitting.

    October 16, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. quinn

    Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell are not qualified to hold any form of Public Office. They are right-wing extremists to the core.

    October 16, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. breal

    stay in alaska.... we dont want you here

    October 17, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Grundoon

    To heck with the polls. The true measure is whose raising more money so don't count your chickens teabaggers. Democrats are significantly ahead which can very well mean the GOP will be talking about their brand problem again in November.

    October 17, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. dwayne

    Blind leading blind christians.

    October 17, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. lforlegend

    They apparently want nothing to do with her, looks like Mikey Steele is having fun though.

    October 17, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. dwayne

    I just can not believe Palin finished high school.

    October 17, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. dwayne

    It it not logical or even possible for there to be a heaven or hell.

    October 17, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  17. dwayne

    Palin is a real mental case.

    October 17, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. Freddie Keyes

    If the Democrat allows Sarah P and Michael S to unseat Nancy and Reid ashamed on them. I am not a Repub but one thing I have always enjoyed about the Repub was their level of Education. Sarah P and Michael is the reason why we MUST fix our school and make sure if child has a value education, never in my life have I seem so many uneducated individuals in my life.

    October 17, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. Sebastian

    The Republicans, being financed by the Chamber of Commerce, are playing to the lowest intellect and Palin is a master at manipulating these lemmings. These very people who have wiped out the finances of countless people to line their own pockets are willing to sacrafice the middle class as if we were non humans and not worthy of sharing the same planet with them.

    October 17, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. dwayne

    Palin is now super rich like Fiorina and Meg Whitman off the backs of the poorest Americans.

    October 17, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Just Curious, why isn't George W. Bush and the Bush clan out stumping for these conservative candidates. Why isn't Fox News asking for the Bush's opinion. Could it be it would shed light on a failed policy the conservatives are trying to push on this country again?

    October 17, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. Ben

    Go Sarah Go ! Sarah 2012 !

    Let's kick those idiots and jokers out of the American White House !

    October 17, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. Ken

    The only one "in the bag" is Palin.

    October 17, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. carl

    Who is the "Litle Guy" she is referring to? I am sure it is not her click with the million dollar bank accounts. Sarah Palin is now a bonefide STAR she bashed constantly, and she is making millions to be guess speakers for her cause.

    October 17, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  25. Justin

    It's funny watching Sarah Palin say the private sector best left to decide how to spend money and create jobs, without any government input. Especially considering this grifter has made millions off of the private sector and the only job she "created" was a vacancy for Governor of Alaska.

    October 17, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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