October 29th, 2010
09:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Murkowsi 'shameful,' Palin says at rally for Miller

(CNN) – Amid polls showing a neck-and-neck Senate race in Alaska, Sarah Palin offered a hearty endorsement of Republican nominee Joe Miller Thursday night and called incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski's actions "shameful."

"Let's call her the candidate for the entitlement party," Palin proclaimed of Murkowski at the evening rally with Miller at her side. "She can't really find a party. Not independent, not Republican."

Palin's endorsement of the once little-known Miller is credited with helping fuel his surprise victory over Murkowski in the August primary with 51 percent of the vote. Murkowski conceded her party's nomination, but later launched a general election write-in candidacy.

There has long been no love lost between Palin and Murkowski, a fact that was on clear display Thursday as the former Alaska governor took aim at the incumbent senator's campaign tactics.

"The opponent would rather waste the voters time by throwing this mud at Joe!" said Palin, visibly appearing angry. "And this campaign that is throwing this mud is being run by a lot of beltway lobbyists."

Palin also sharply criticized Murkowski's actions in the latest debate between the candidates.

"I find it shameful ... this establishment party politician, shamefully used Joe Miller's honorable military service as a means to attack him," said Palin.

During the contentious debate earlier this week, Murkowski asked Miller, "What would your instructors, what would your classmates at West Point say about how well you have lived up to your code of honor?"

But at the rally Thursday night, Palin indicted the "lame-stream media" for not fully conveying Miller's record of military service.

"I read his resumé, I read his accomplishments, I read his passion for America and I think, 'Are we even fit to tie his combat boots?'" she asked.

You are not getting the truth from the left, and you are not getting the truth from the lame-stream media about the real Joe Miller," she added, noting Miller served in the Gulf War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a deadlocked race between Murkowski and Miller among likely voters at 37 percent. Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, the Democrats' nominee trails with 28 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski • Sarah Palin
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. cel

    What dummies continue to listen to this idiot ? She attacks everyone. She has no friends left, she's attacked them. I hope she soon has enough money that she goes away and hides somewhere other than the good old USA. Oh, you didn't get it that it's all about the money ?

    October 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Sticky G

    "I find it shameful ... this establishment party politician, shamefully used Joe Miller's honorable military service as a means to attack him," said Palin. Come on Sarah, that is standard GOP practice going back many years. There is even a term for it : "swift boating". Plus, how is Murkowski a "party politician" if she is not currently affiliated with a party? Sarah needs to think longer about the meaning of the words she jumbles together and spits out, because she currently makes no sense at all.

    October 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Jason B.

    "The opponent would rather waste the voters time by throwing this mud at Joe!" said Palin, visibly appearing angry. "And this campaign that is throwing this mud is being run by a lot of beltway lobbyists."

    Um...Sarah...aren't YOU wasting the voters time by slinging as much mud as possible too? And aren't YOU little more than a lobbyist?

    October 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Eve

    WOW... with 'adults' like our politicians available to show class behavior, its no wonder we have a bullying problem in schools and workplaces.

    October 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Eric in Manhattan

    This shrill, ignorant half-governor appears to be foaming at the mouth. She is more concerned with losing Miller as her vassel than actually scoring a win. She is a shameful, shameless crude, loudmouthed wannabe. I pray the good people of Alaska see her for what she is - an embarrassment to the state and the nation.

    October 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. suecalif887

    I am really torn on this one. Miller refused to support Palin publicly, said he would
    when trapped into a corner by the interviewer. And, yet this wonderful lady, Sarah
    still comes out, put her reputation at risk to support this jerk wholeheartedly for the
    sake of the country and party.

    What a lady Sarah Palin is.

    October 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Bob Dog

    I don't think Sarah "Circus Clown" Palin is fit to tie Lisa Murkowski's high heels.

    Regarding 2012, all I can say is "Run, Sarah, Run!!!"

    October 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Doesn't this ranting, brainless hag ever shut her stupid mouth?

    October 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Paul from Phoenix

    Murkowski, Castle, Crist, all three lost their races and have decided not to accept it. They are incredibly sore losers, pathetic characatures of what is wrong in America.

    They are the people who will go home with their ball if they aren't winning. They are the people who would prefer sporting events end in ties so there isn't a loser. The wussification of america is alive and well in these three cronies!

    And what makes me most angry is that I am forced to agree with Palin! Damn!

    October 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. beth

    Speaking of SHAMEFUL!!!! Palin and her Tea Partiers are the most devisive, hateful, ill-informed people out there. She's speaking in support of a man who wants to do away with the Department of Education. He's a total nut. All I can say is that I hope all the well-informed Republicans in Alaska vote their conscience and vote for Murkowski. She is the better 'leader'. The tea partiers may have been the better 'ralliers' but beyond their huffing and puffing there is NO SUBSTANCE. I don't want to live in a country governed by the MA and PA Kettles..I want the brightest and the best!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. rdepontb

    THIS person wants to be thought of as an adult? Never mind....President of the US of A? What a petty, vindictive, mean-spirited, getting-long-in-the-tooth hag of a person, Sarah. Knock it off; it is not becoming of even a half-governor.

    October 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. John

    Ironic, with all the entitlements Joe Miller and his wife have taken advantage of.

    October 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Greg

    All this coming from someone who quit Alaska for book deals and reality tv after saying she wanted to spend more time with her family, talk about a big fat liar just like miller.

    October 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. SK

    This coming from a QUITTER??? This woman is the creator of shameful attacks. It's the only way she can feel significant. Talk about shameful attacks, this from the person who started the ridiculous health care rumors about pulling the plug on grandma and such crap. This woman needs to go! Don't care where she goes she just needs get out

    October 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. rdepontb

    Sarah, we haven't heard your thougths yet on Sharron Angle's take on "everybody's covered under Autism" and so they don't deserve consideration for medical insurance...what say you???

    October 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. John

    I was in the military to and I till wouldn't vote for JOE MILLER. He lie to the ALASKA people,and he got fired from a Government JOB for misuse of Government equipment.and he back by SARAN PALIN that right there should be enough for the people of ALASKA not to vote for JOE Miller. There is no biggest lair and hateful person than SARAN PALIN,beside that the people of ALASKA was either trying too get her out of the GOV. OFFICE or she quit on you. Why would you vote for someone she back,she not thinking of the people of ALASKA she only thinking of her self and want she getting out of it.

    October 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. TruthHurts

    'Lame stream media'....Palin says that, yet still wants to be center of attention. i dont understand why she or Kim Kardashian is famous.

    October 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Reggie from LA

    What's an "entitlement party"? Is that people who stand up for a lot of folks who have been vicitimized by the more priveleged? Less educated? Suddenly out of work because wealthy people who wanted to be wealthier spent their money? Reduced payrolls so they could pocket even more? Sent jobs overseas? Shady-dealt unaffordable mortgages? You mean there's people out there trying to protect these folks and their rights to social security? There's a party like that? I'm all for them and I will pay the taxes for it if need be and I will not lose one minutes sleep worrying about somebody stereotypically buying a brand new Cadillac while I'm at work. "Entitlement party". Go figure. As a matter of fact go to ...

    October 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. AO

    I'm sure we're getting the truth from you Palin. You're a washed up wanna be.

    October 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Palin, Throw In the Towel

    It's time for Palin to BUTT OUT! It seems every time she opens her mouth there is more division and attacks. But guess that's all she has as a strategy for her party and little else. Sad isn't it.

    October 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Beverly James

    All I can say is Sarah Palin has no credibility. Why people would even listen to her, is beyond me. How can she judge anyone when she failed the people of Alaska by resigning from that position mid-term after they put their faith and trust in her by voting her into that position. This country needs people in office that will work for the betterment of this country – not someone that teaches hate and tries to divide us as she and a large population of the teapartyers are doing. She has to know that she would not make a good leader to this country. If she really cares – she will stop spreading the hateful comments she has been making since becoming the monster that John McCain created. She has to have made enough money now that her family will live comfortably. What goes around comes around!

    October 29, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Steve-O

    No substance, just mindless attacks....Palin sit down and shut up,we don't rejected you, you quitter!

    October 29, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Leo

    Palin should know first hand what shameful is....

    October 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. truth

    Palin needs to sit down and shut up. She has no room to accuse anyone of mud slinging as she is the queen of mud slinging. Why is it that CNN always gives her a pass. If this was any other woman, especially a minority she would not be receiving this publicity. In fact, from my perspective, CNN put Palin and the Tea Party on the map by reporting information about them as if they are legitimate. When will this extremism stop? Will it ever go back to normal?

    October 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. andrewstl

    wow sarah you are one to talk about shameful politics

    have you ever figured out what books and newspapers you nread or is that too much to ask you half wit

    October 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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