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. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm surprised CNN still thinks anyone cares what $arah Palin wants.

    March 13, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Carly

    No one cares Sarah

    March 13, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    "We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?" –Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada's single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010

    March 13, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. carlos

    Why won't she go away?

    March 13, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Obamacare is as bad as what gets? Health care costs are getting lower, the rate of uninsured is the lowest it has been in 5 years, people with pre existing conditions can get insurance, there are no caps on lifetime care, insurance companies are putting money back into healthcare instead of bonuses! students can stay on parents plans, most states have expanded Medicaid, and everyone who has a junk policy (Michele Malian included) get to keep it for another year. All this even though the billionaire bros have spent $800 million to derail it.

    March 13, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Pam

    Sarah, did you consult with Kim Kardashian before you made your choices?

    March 13, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. DudeWithAtitude

    Keep it up conservatives you are guaranteeing another Democrat in the White House! When will you figure out its time to move on from your racial past and into the 20th century? Get rid of all the old white men and idiots like Palin and you may have a shot at being relative again!

    March 13, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. faux pas

    I feeel the same way as previous posters to this article. Paul, does anyone really care about what this crazy, stupid woman thinks?

    March 13, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Alohajonny

    Say what you want progressives, she has a lot of power and is 110 times better than any liberal

    March 13, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. O'drama ya Mama

    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.

    Are these voters that stupid? How much more dysfunctional has D.C. become since electing these Tea Nuts to D.C? Sarah clearly thinks you people are dumb enough not to realize that.

    March 13, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Alex

    Cant't wait until she quits endorsing candidates like she quits everything else.

    March 13, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Yes It's Not

    Cause – effect. Sarah Palin begins to talk – The collective IQ of everyone within earshot drops 1.7% for every syllable they hear.

    March 13, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. maureen

    Why is CNN so obsessed with Sarah Palin?

    March 13, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    "'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'" –a follow-up Tweet by Sarah Palin, proudly mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius, July 18, 2010

    March 13, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Dave1157

    "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."

    That sounds just stupid enough to come from the mouth of the mama grizzly who thinks she knows all about Russian culture and values because you can see some remote part of Russia from some remote part of Alaska. The woman is a first-class ditz, and always will be.

    March 13, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Enough with Sarah

    Really? Why is what Sarah Palin says, thinks or wants "news?" The media including CNN must be having a hard time finding stuff to write about. She may have been a competent mayor of wasilla, ak, but was over her head as Governor and a joke as a vice presidential candidate. The same is true of Newt Gingrich, he is interviewed all the time, why? Both are has beens and irrelevant.

    March 13, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. gregaxmacher

    Who Cares about Sarah Palin! She needs to go away!

    March 13, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Carol

    Palin is not qualified to endorse anyone. If she does endorse someone, they are probably questionable.

    March 13, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Carol

    Palin only has power to the low hanging fruit who can be manipulated by others.

    March 13, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Duke

    Why is this news? CNN you keep writing these stories, and she won't go away. But you have to make money, I understand.

    Future generations will wonder why we let her keep on having a platform. In the end she'll be as relevant as Hedda Hopper was.

    March 13, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. salty dog

    Carlos, ditto that, funny as he'll.

    March 13, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. gregaxmacher

    Who cares! Sarah Palin needs to go away. As long as the Media keeps her in the headlines, we will never see the end of her!

    March 13, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. sally

    Newt and Sarah behind CNN low rating

    March 13, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. wotudezerv

    palin's opinion is worth what any quitter's opinion is worth. nothing. add her almost good looks, her lack of knowledge, her failure as a candidate and why, exactly, do we care what she says?

    March 13, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Wouldn't an endosement from her be the kiss of death? Who honestly cares what she thinks?

    March 13, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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