Who Palin wants in the Senate
March 13th, 2014
11:59 AM ET
9 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. ritmocojo

    Blame John McCain!

    March 13, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. M

    Sarah, in case it hasn't dawned on you, you're at best a niche player in the political game. While you might hold some popularity among the tea party folks, that group is shrinking, and everyone else reviles you. You actually had a chance in 2008, but your shrill and hateful tone sank John McCain's campaign. Yes, you did that. You could have stayed on as governor of Alaska and possibly parlayed that into a successful Senate run, but you decided to quit when the ethics investigation got a little too hot. So you managed to toss away two good chances of making it to DC. Yep, you sure know a lot about politics, and I can't wait to hear the rest of your endorsements.

    March 13, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. salty dog

    She has no boundaries, says the darnedest things. She attacks without provocation, then plays the innocent victim when called on it, a real class act.

    March 13, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Scott

    The only thing Palin is qualified to endorse are the paychecks from the conservative rallies she's paid to speak at.

    March 13, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. rick3807

    Wait, I think the GOP should give $arah a role on TV for a national platform, let's say Faux News....wait we have already been there...Nevermind.

    March 13, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Michael Johnson

    I think Sarah Palin is brilliant. All we need to do is to measure shoe size to find the best candidates.

    Well done Sarah

    March 13, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    For a person that barely reads more than Highlights, she sure gets a lot of airtime....

    Is her opinion even wanted? What exactly is her position in the government??

    My bad. Ish starter.

    March 13, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Dead Bear

    Caribou Barbie is like every other lunatic running their mouths on their Facebook pages. And just like the others, she probably is mostly ignored by everyone except her fellow crazies. Facebook activism is ridiculous and annoying, much like Sarah Palin.

    March 13, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. jaydavid666

    Sarah Palin is a selfish grifter who is too lazy to try to do all the hard work to become a Senator.
    Thank goodness!
    What Sarah Palin wants are a bunch of people in the Senator who are even stupider than she is and who will do her bidding.

    March 13, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Boo

    This woman is dumber than a spatula.

    March 13, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. jaydavid666

    Sarah Palin is a selfish grifter who is too lazy to do the heaving lifting herself.
    So what Sarah Palin would like are a bunch of ignorant fellow grifters who are not quite as selfish who will help Palin enrich herself at the taxpayers' expense.
    Is Sarah Palin a follower of Jesus or what?

    March 13, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. James Williams

    I love the comments about how "Liberals are afraid of Sarah Palin because she is so powerful". Sarah is a Reality Show drop out who is making American politics into a sitcom. She is a paid shill, just like Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilley, and the idiots at Fox News. People don't take her seriously because she does nothing helpful and is only good for making nasty comments about 3/4 of the people in this country. Republican anger, racism, and intolerance is turning people away from their party. Sarah is on the wrong side of every issue and alsways makes herself and her ilk out to be vicitms of the Evil Left.

    March 13, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. salty dog

    Who really cares what she wants, I hope she holds her water better than she does her tongue.

    March 13, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Dallas

    Why does the media keep giving credence to this woman? She offers nothing other than a forum to expound her ultraright wing beliefs and inflict her lack of knowledge on the rest of us. Why can't she just go away. Sen. John McCain is to blame for inflicting this clueless woman on the rest of us! Shame on you Senator.

    March 13, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Dave

    And this matters why??

    March 13, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. VJ

    She sees Russia from her own eye.... Wow!!!!

    March 13, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Swedge70

    Excellent, I can start my list of who not to vote for.

    March 13, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. SixDegrees

    Who cares what Palin wants?

    March 13, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    Awesome! The Palin kiss of death for the teabagger candidates.

    March 13, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Chris-E...al

    Who knows what she might make? In the new republican white house in 2016 ! Maybe then we can unlock our vast amounts of domestic oil coal an gas supplies .Experts warn that supplies will be low next winter and cost high .

    March 13, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Tony

    Whomever Palin endorses will hurt the Republican Party more than the Democrats can.

    March 13, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    We should all give thanks to Sarah Palin for the heads up on who not to vote for. Thanks again, Sarah.

    March 13, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. smith

    Sarah Palin and the ACA are one the same. Failure!

    March 13, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. yolanda

    Democrats should love this woman being in the news. Every time she opens her mouth she further alienates independents.

    March 13, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. rs

    Who cares what Ms. Palin thinks or wants? She self-destructed her terms in office (both the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission and as Governor) thus likely ending any political career she might have had. The better question is will she put targets on the Senators she doesn't approve of like she did against those in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    March 13, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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