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. Getoverit

    Woo hoo1 CNN gives us another opportunity to bash Palin. Hurry up, everybody pile on!

    August 2, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. zisee

    Good grief, will you please get off this woman's back and LEAVE HER ALONE. People keep telling me, you libeals are like ticks, once they get on you, they don't let go. I am sooooooooooooo glad I am not one of you If you all knew how mean you come across.

    August 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. William dodge

    God save the pigs the cuku luku is set loose amen .

    August 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Bob

    Isn't her "15 minutes" up yet??!!

    August 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Sarah

    Is Bristol bringing her next baby's daddy?

    August 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. William dodge

    Why is she always wearing devil red !

    August 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Russ in Maryland

    @ notogop, Sounds like you should move. How about Cube or France. That's the kind of government I think you'd like and while you at it take a few of your liberal friends with you so we can get back to being a great nation.

    August 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Carol

    Palin endorses people when their numbers look good so she can jump in at the last minute.

    August 2, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Ken

    AhHHH! Isn't that sweet?? Our Little Grifter is back at it, performing her own form of capitalism!!!!

    If there were no money in it for her, she wouldn't be there!

    August 2, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. steph in TX

    Sniffit @5:36 p.m. that is one of the funniests things you've ever posted.

    August 2, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    Sounds like a good old fashioned hoot n nanny, complete with X burnings....

    August 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Joe

    It is incorrect to refer to her as Governor. She did not complete her term. She, more correctly, should be referred to as Mayor.

    August 2, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. John

    What is people's issue with her? I see a lovely woman showing support for her colleague.

    August 2, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. JT

    In this article, Sarah Palin is referred to as Governor Palin. Shouldn't it be FORMER Governor Palin as she QUIT her job as Governor mid term? Don't you just love a quitter FORMER Governor Palin??????? A fine person to lead by example. Oh how is your daughter doing with your grandson? I hear his language is pretty nasty and your daughters roll on the couch laughing. Obviously you DID lead by example!! On the other hand, obviously you did not lead (get it – quit your job – never mind!!!).

    August 2, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Nancy

    I think my neighbor will be attending a picnic this weekend, too. Is that news to anyone?

    August 2, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. TPF

    Can't this family understand, no one is America is listening to anything she has to say. She is irrelevant to anything in politics.
    The news media has pushed this lady about as far as they can push her. She is more irritating than the Kardasian's.

    August 2, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. JomoDaMusicMan

    Sorry Glen Davis, my apologies to you & yo family It was Glen Robinson member of Fab Five from Michigan

    August 2, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    Why is this news? Palin has never held national office. You don't see Gore or Kerry, much less their running mates making headlines for supporting a nobody candidate in BFE... and they actually held national office.

    August 2, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Tina1649

    Who cares about Caribou Barbie any more???

    August 2, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. garypaul54

    We pile on because she is such a stupid, phoney, mama grizzly.

    August 2, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. mabear87

    It would be nice if Palin was educated, but who would even listen to her. She is a nut case and a flake. She has no business in politics. In fact, she quit, so who is she to represent, comment of judge?

    August 2, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. JDinHouston

    Sarah Palin's next reality show – Cookin' with the Grifter

    August 2, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Advice to attendees: go to the food/drink line when Palin starts her speech.

    August 2, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Sal

    I hope they all get food poisoning.......

    August 2, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Harveyyaz

    What's remarkable about this event is that anyone still pays any attention to Sarah Palin. To call her an intellectual lightweight is to disparage intellectual lightweights throughout history.

    August 2, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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