Who Palin wants in the Senate
March 13th, 2014
11:59 AM ET
8 months ago

Who Palin wants in the Senate

(CNN) - Sarah Palin appears to be picking up the pace when it comes to 2014 endorsements, backing conservatives in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Mississippi for the U.S. Senate.

Thursday the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee backed Chris McDaniel, the conservative state senator in MIssissippi who's primary challenging six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

"Chris McDaniel has a proven record of fighting for conservative principles in the Mississippi State Senate," wrote Palin on her Facebook page.

"The Mississippi Senate race is a clear fight for the future of the Republican Party against the entrenched interests of the permanent political class in D.C. We desperately need new conservative leaders in the U.S. Senate who will serve with passion, intelligence, and integrity," Palin added.

Earlier Thursday Palin endorsed Ben Sasse for the GOP nomination in Nebraska. The Midland University president is running to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Mike Johanns

"Ben knows how dysfunctional D.C. is. He's witnessed firsthand the corrosive effect bad big government policies can have, and he knows that Obamacare is as bad as it gets," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

Sasse also has the backing of Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth, two D.C.-based groups that endorse and support conservative candidates. But another candidate in the race for the GOP nomination, former Treasurer Shane Osborn, is backed by FreedomWorks, a national group that carries a lot of clout among tea party activists.

Wednesday afternoon, Palin endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in his bid for the open Senate seat in his state. Shannon is battling Rep. James Lankford and a number of other Republican candidates for the GOP nomination, in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

"Tom Coburn leaves large conservative shoes to fill as he retires from the U.S. Senate. At 6'5 feet tall, T.W. Shannon is just the leader to fill them," wrote Palin on her Facebook page of Shannon, who was the first African American to serve as Oklahoma House speaker and is considered by many on the right as a rising conservative star.

While major D.C. based groups on the right are not supporting Lankford because they feel he's not conservative enough, they are not backing Shannon at this time.

The Senate seats in all three states are expected to stay in GOP hands in November's midterm elections.

Earlier Wednesday, Palin wrote that she would shortly announce a series of endorsements.

Earlier this year Palin backed tea party activist Katrina Pierson, who launched a primary challenge against longtime GOP Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas. Session, the House Rules Committee chairman, easily defeated Pierson. Palin also endorsed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for the Lone Star State's Republican gubernatorial nomination. Abbott, facing no seriously party opposition, won the nomination in a landslide.

Palin, who is still very popular and influential with many tea party activists and other conservatives, weighed in on dozens of Republican primary races in the 2010 cycle, but she cut back the number of her endorsements in the 2012 elections.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Leann Walling

    Who cares?

    March 13, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    Democrats should love this woman being in the news. Every time she opens her mouth she further alienates independents.
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    Oh, it's not just Sarah. It seems to be most every prominent conservative or Republican out there. Look at the recent remarks we have had from Paul Ryan, Ted Nugent, and just about every speaker at CPAC, including Palin.

    What's really amazing is that conservatives think the people are not hearing, or not listening to, their message. Yes, they are.

    March 13, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wake up People!
    For a person that barely reads more than Highlights, she sure gets a lot of airtime...
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    Hey there! My daughters loved Highlights. So do my grandchildren. Truth to tell, I do as well.

    March 13, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. salty dog

    Messaging problem, your message is the problem gop. When racial remarks are a bonding moment, your not qualified to be in office, period.

    March 13, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. vikingwoman

    Wow! Sounds like a Sarah Palin endorsement is the 'kiss of death' for T-Party candidates! So by all means, keep it up Sarah!!

    March 13, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Lara Avara

    Should this travesty happen, I hope her tenure in Congress lasts as long as her governorship.

    March 13, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snooki Palin won't run for office. She's not qualified and she knows it. She wants more bumpkin wingnut money.

    March 13, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. i thought she was dead, or something

    it's Palin ... yawn

    March 13, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Lara Avara

    Should this travesty happen, I hope her tenure in Congress lasts as long as her governorship.
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    Ummmmmmmm... yeah.

    March 13, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    @Lynda,

    Me too. My children did and now I'm reading it to my granddaughters. However I have a lot more in my reading repertoire. Unlike Snooki Palin.

    March 13, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Bill

    Sarah who? 15 minutes of fame and five years of trying to become relevant. What a loser.

    March 13, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Lizzie

    Lara Avara"Should this travesty happen, I hope her tenure in Congress lasts as long as her governorship."
    It would have lasted but thanks to the media and democrats, who filed frivolous lawsuit one after the other, she had to spend most of her time in court to defend herself, and your still doing it.
    Lynda/Minnesota, do you believe the President reads ONE newspaper end to end or does Valerie Jarrett tells him what the theme of today is.

    March 13, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. freedom

    She can take out a moose, and have it for dinner. She has more grit and principles than any of those wimps in the WH or senate. And – she has power – more than anyone gives her credit for. Laugh her off all you want – won't change anything. She has the light in her and on her side.

    March 13, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Today the sun shine brought happiness to many in the nation. Then up pops this overhanging cloud of hot air, that no one, no one wants any advice from. She's like that smell you get from a sewer, on a street that's hotter than hell. The smell lingers all over, but is unwelcome with no way to get rid of it.

    March 13, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    @Lizzie....
    At least the POTUS can read. I doubt Snooki can read at more than a 6th grade level. And sure blame the democrats for her having nothing between her ears except empty space.

    March 13, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Chipster

    Keep 'em comin' Sarah! Republican voters who aren't willing to vote for a Democrat at least need a clear list of the craziest GOP candidates to avoid, even if it means voting for a Democrat or writing in a candidate. You sure seem to know them all so you're a wealth of information for those who need that "Do Not Vote For....." list.

    March 13, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Chris-E...al

    Palins dril baby drill ? Remember that 0ne ? Give it a year and ahalf dems will be saying the same thing ! Just wait . We may be poor and alive repubs? But a dem will have you dead and dead .

    March 13, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    I bet she charges a fee for these "endorsements." The harpie doesn't do anything if no money is involved. Oldest profession in the world ...

    March 13, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Lizzie:

    Lynda/Minnesota, do you believe the President reads ONE newspaper end to end or does Valerie Jarrett tells him what the theme of today is.
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    Not privy to what President Obama reads on a daily basis, I am unable to answer your question. What this has to do with my comment to Wake Up referencing Highlights is interesting. Or not.

    March 13, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @freedom: "She can take out a moose, and have it for dinner. She has more grit and principles than any of those wimps in the WH or senate. And – she has power – more than anyone gives her credit for. Laugh her off all you want – won't change anything. She has the light in her and on her side."

    The Quitta's whole "hunting" trip was a farce – heck, even Hannity's website and her own facebook page had posters pointing out all the tells.

    Grit and principles? She QUIT HER JOB, violating her oath to the Alaskan people who elected her. Principles? Like what – taking a housing allowance from the State of Alaska while she was living in her own house? Using GOP campaign funds to buy clothes for her family?

    And that "light" you claim she has – that's from the single brain cell she's got chugging away in her noggin.

    Admit it, Bub: Screechy voice aside, you got it bad for her.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    March 13, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    She can take out a moose, and have it for dinner. She has more grit and principles than any of those wimps in the WH or senate. And – she has power – more than anyone gives her credit for. Laugh her off all you want – won't change anything. She has the light in her and on her side.
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    You forgot to talk about how she heals the sick and walks on water. Do you and your blow-up doll want to be alone now?

    March 13, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Chris-E...al: "Palins dril baby drill ? Remember that 0ne ? Give it a year and ahalf dems will be saying the same thing ! Just wait . We may be poor and alive repubs? But a dem will have you dead and dead ."

    Because of President Obama's "All of the Above" approach to energy, the EIA forecasts net imports of oil and oil products to total 25% of U.S. oil demand by 2015, the lowest level since 1971. BTW, U.S. reliance on foreign oil peaked at more than 60% of domestic demand in 2005 – when GW was prez. – source: Wall Street Journal

    Your last comment about dems killing you is just plain ridiculous.

    March 13, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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