Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri
August 2nd, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin to picnic for Steelman in Missouri

Washington (CNN) – There will be food, drinks and live music Friday in Missouri – and Sarah Palin will be the co-host.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate will serve up barbecue and political red meat at a picnic to support Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman.

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The "BBQ and Picnic with Governor Sarah Palin" will take place in Cleveland, Missouri, less than an hour outside of Kansas City.

It will be Palin's first campaign appearance with Steelman since the former Alaska governor endorsed her some two weeks ago. Since endorsing Steelman, Palin has appeared in a campaign commercial.

"Sarah is an economist who defends our tax dollars – like a mama grizzly defends her cubs," Palin says glowingly of Steelman.

"I am so grateful to have Governor Palin's support, and very excited to say she will be coming into Missouri to participate in this BBQ," Steelman said in a statement. "I know she will excite folks to come out and take a strong stand against the status quo."

As the candidate invited "everyone to attend," her campaign noted in a release that both Steelman and Palin "will be serving the food as a way of saying thank you for all the support and encouraging people to get out and vote."

Steelman is locked in a tight three-way race for the right to be the Republican challenger against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The GOP senate primary is on Tuesday. Steelman's opponents are businessman John Brunner and Rep. Todd Akin.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll showed Brunner at 33%, with Steelman at 27% and Akin at 17%.

Since losing the 2008 presidential race with Sen. John McCain, Palin has shown herself to have a political Midas touch. This cycle, she has endorsed Sen. Orrin Hatch's re-election in Utah, Deb Fischer in Nebraska, and Ted Cruz in Texas. All of them have gone on to win their GOP senate primaries.

But Palin's endorsement record is not without losses. For example, in 2010 her picks lost some of the most high-profile senate races: including Sharron Angle in Nevada, Joe Miller in Alaska and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.

The Tea Party Express has also backed Steelman. On Thursday, it sent out a fundraising appeal stating, "With all of the political world's focus on the Senate election in Texas, which resulted in Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz's victory, the Missouri race has been over-shadowed. We are sounding the alarm that the election is this Tuesday."

The Express, along with other tea party backers, waged a months-long campaign on Cruz's behalf in Texas, helping the former state solicitor general beat out GOP establishment, Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst.


Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Sarah Palin • Senate
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Palin should choose mitt the TWIT for her vp choice after the wimp gets kicked to the curb at the Gop bafoons party convention in Aug .

    August 2, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Toby McDooogan

    PLEASE EVERYONE!!!!!! Do not focus on the economy!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Is she BBQ her latest kill with her rifle?

    August 2, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Expat American

    The Tea Bigots burned up a lot of crosses to get those coals nice and hot....great for grilling.

    August 2, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. CryBabies

    Give 'em hell Sarah!!

    August 2, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. nintex

    Republicans are giving tea bags a bad name. My shopping list now reads: "bread, milk, eggs, small square porous containers holding the ground leaves from which we make that good refreshing drink on a hot Texas summer day. . . ." You think I'm kidding?

    August 2, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Jackson

    So, they named three people she endorsed who won their primaries this year, and named three people she endorsed who lost their general elections.

    Yet they claim she has a Midas touch???????

    Um, yeah ok, sure, fine, whatever. I guess we can contradict ourselves in our own stories, you betcha!

    August 2, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Beadles

    She is just so irrelevant. C'mon GOP – you can do better than Palin.

    August 2, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    4 years later democrats still picking on Palin while they put Biden in the White House.

    Demcorats show their stupidity on a daily basis.

    August 2, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. notogop

    This is a total embarrassment. I live in Missouri and find it appalling that anyone would select Palin to be their spokesperson. If Palin weren't bad enough, another politician in MO has Rush Limbaugh stumping for him. On top of that, we have one of the biggest, most repugnant crooks in the House in the person of Billy Long. Our Senator Roy Blunt has been voted biggest bribe taker in Congress several times. Got to love politics.

    August 2, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. v4865

    Why won't she go away she's made millions
    and she's still not satisfied ....

    August 2, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. LMC

    Hmmm. How much is Palin being paid to appear?

    August 2, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. judith

    Palin is just can't help herself–she's a glutton for the media spotlight, just like her pathetic daughter. She has added nothing positive to the political dialogue in this country and is the type of extremist who has turned the GOP into The Party with the Fringe on Top." Yet Palin still has the overinflated conceit that she is a media star.

    August 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. ticksock

    i would intercourse the dumb and crazy right out of sarah palin

    August 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Pete/Ark

    She's an "economist" ? revisionist reality.

    August 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. notogop

    Hey Hussein! Eight years of Bush/ Cheney, two wars, a collapsed economy, no international standing or friends demonstrates exactly what concerning the GOP intelligence?

    August 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Nofa Kingweigh

    Palin is still the best thing the Greedy Old People can come up with. They simply do not have anything better to offer. You betcha!

    Rmoney/Arpaio in 2012 (NOT misspelled).

    August 2, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Pete/Ark

    Palin is Romney in drag (or did I get that backward?)...OK Photoshop geeks,have fun with that concept...

    August 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Sounds like the kind of BBQ where they roast a pig and then strew pieces of it all aroudn the perimeter in hopes of warding off scary muslims. And every child wears a pice fo cracklin on a string around their neck to ward off any creeping sharia and give them soalce during the scary ghost stories about caliphates and communists around the bon fire later at night. Is it wife-beater only or can I wear my pseudo-militia daycamp warrior let's-pretend fatigues instead?

    August 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Boomer in Mo

    Sarah Steelman just lost my vote. If she's hanging with that other Sarah, I'm voting for someone else. Obviously Mrs. Steelman has lost her mind and perhaps her brain.

    August 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Hmmm. How much is Palin being paid to appear?"

    I dunno, but I'm pretty sure we can raise the money to double it if she'll agree to disappear.

    August 2, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. swing state voter

    nintex-that is great! I laughed out loud! I am not a fan of the tea party–i might add that to my grocery list too.

    August 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. ClarasBeau

    It makes me wonder... How many voters out there will be using this Palin character as a "reverse barometer"? And is there a voice in Steelman's head that might be saying, "Uh-oh... OK, NOW I'm toast!"

    August 2, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Core republican Values

    What kind of an idiot would have Sarah Palin at their campaign event, let alone PAY to have Sarah Palin at a campaign event?

    August 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. CryBabies

    @ticksock...so very cute . Classic representation of progressive, liberal mentality.

    August 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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