November 18th, 2009
11:48 PM ET
13 years ago

Christie, McDonnell explain Palin's absence from campaign trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin wasn't exactly a welcome presence in Virginia and New Jersey during both governor's races."]CEDAR CREEK, Texas (CNN) - Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell, the soon-to-be-governors of New Jersey and Virginia, both deflected questions Wednesday about why Sarah Palin did not appear with the two Republicans during their respective campaigns.

Christie said he only had three GOP heavyweights visit New Jersey during his campaign - Rudy Giuliani, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney - and each came for a specific reason.

“I had a long standing relationship with Mayor Giuliani,” Christie explained. “Gov. Pawlenty and Gov. Romney both faced the same type of crises financially in their state when they took over that we did.”

McDonnell said his campaign had reached out to Palin nearly a year ago to campaign in Virginia, but said she was overwhelmed with requests at the time. When she stepped down as governor of Alaska in July, McDonnell said, their visitor lineup had already been set - a full four months before election day in Virginia.

“We thought she was a good leader for the party as the governor of Alaska and had some good reforms in the state, but she was in such incredible demand frankly for the longest time we were not able to work out anything for her to come in,” he said. “And then after she decided to leave office we had pretty much already arranged all of the folks that we had for the home stretch for fundraisers, including several current and former governors, and so we pretty much had our strategy set at that point.”

Christie and McDonnell made the comments at a news conference held during the Republican Governors Association's annual meeting near Austin.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Chris Christie • Extra • New Jersey • Sarah Palin • Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)

    Politically,...she's the kiss of death.

    November 19, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Anushka

    Who is Sarah Palin ?

    November 19, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Robin in Tampa, FL

    McDonnell and Christie both faced close races, and they knew that if Palin stumped for them that it would be the political equivalent of the kiss of death for their campaigns, because her negatives a very high with moderates and independents.

    However, now that they won their elections they can now safely acknowledged her political existence because in order to beef up their credentials with the base of the Republican party.

    November 19, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. m smith

    Enough about this Bimbo

    November 19, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  5. Rose

    These two new Govenors should not have to explain why they had or had not included anyone in their campaign. The media is trying very hard to find a split within the Republican party. Frankly, Palin creates a lot of publicity for the party, and is not always positive. I am conservative, but I find her continious, and thin skinned. She is in the wrong business if she cannot take critisizm.

    November 19, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Joanne Irwin

    Totally disgusted with cable and national news stations giving so much attention to Sarah Palin. She has proven herself to be a lightweight academically and ethically. She is nothing more than a blight on American politics. To even think that someone of her demeanor and sophmoric intelligence could win the Presidency of this nation makes me shudder. What's even more frightening is the fact that far too many Americans think she's the cat's meow. What does that say about the communal intelligence of this nation??

    November 19, 2009 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Going Rogue.

    I cannot understand what the heck is wrong with the American people. Who in their right mind would give this woman credence. She is playing us, like she is playing the media. Her title is exactly what she is: a self proclaimed "Rogue." Has anyone looked that word up in the dictionary. She is manipulative, dishonest, quitter. Why would we want this person as president is beyond me. People are looking at her skin deep. I guess we must follow the trends. Going rogue, Americans want to put a truly rogue politician, back into the dishonesty of politics.

    November 19, 2009 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  8. CG

    Wow now there's some news, an unemployed ex governor didn't show up at a campaign.

    Sarah Palin, your 15 min are up.

    November 19, 2009 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  9. what do you expect from a quitter

    of COURSE she's absent... what do you expect from a Quitter? She would make an excellent President, though...NOT!!!

    She can't do ANYTHING without being a quitter. All she can do is write worthless books that nobody reads, and make wild accusations, and assault all the members of the "Liberal" Media that happen not to agree with her.

    November 19, 2009 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  10. Jon

    We don't care about Republicains winning,it will not represent the regular working class people their aspirations or needs!

    November 19, 2009 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  11. Ken, Centreville

    Please, no explanations needed, thank you. Her absence was welcome here in VA. I hope this becomes a trend. . .

    November 19, 2009 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  12. Kent in CA

    What he is not saying is exactly what millions are thinking. Sarah Palin is a reflection of the immaturity of many Americans. Her book is a manifesto of blame. I think Christie recognizes that Americans deserve more than a leader who behaves like a six year old throwing a tantrum.
    If she really had a policy to offer, she would have offered it already. I don't see any substance, and I think Gov-elect Christie probably doesn't see any either.

    November 19, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |