November 19th, 2009
06:28 PM ET
12 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 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. LeftOut

    In states without overwhelming majorities either way, adding a polarizing figure might help you during the primary, but could be death in a general election.

    She is hard to take seriously. She posed with runner's gear and an American Flag, then objects when the picture is used. She put Levi Johnston on the stage as a prop alongside her daughter, then gets upset when that prop turns against her.

    I'm sorry, but managing Alaska with all of that oil revenue pouring into the state coffers, in a state with challenges quite different from the lower 48, and without the education and background that is required for a president to weigh the advice given from her or his advisors, she just doesn't make the cut. Once McCain added her to the ticket, I could not vote for him.

    November 19, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Carole

    Too funny. McDonnell ran against someone unpopular. Christie won because Corzine was unpopular and the fat joke offended overweight New Jersey people.

    This chick is 'poison' and they know it.

    November 19, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. K in Florida

    This woman has become the American NIGHTMARE.....!

    I'm certaintly relieved that John McCain issued a stern statement in support of his former Campagne staffers that basically Refute this MONSTERS claim in her fictional book....

    It's just incredible that her followers when questioned by news reporters at the mall in Michigan state that they love and support Sarah Palin but do not give a clear and concise reason WHY...?

    It's also important to note that the news reporter pointed out that the majority of her followers appear to be WHITE, no diversity at all, and they were mis-informed about things like Palins support of the first Bank Bailout, the reporter pointed out most of her supporters are driven by a Emotional affection for Palin....How dumb is that.....?

    November 19, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    maybe a bigger concern is "why do we keep talking about her?" and "why should we care?"

    November 19, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. willard bullock

    i want to be vote for sarah plain on 20012
    i know that obama have too big problems with health care and musilims terroist at ft hood texas so iwill not trust presdident obama barack cause musilims are keep dangerous terroist so untied state must keep awake up about against musilims terroist that is true

    November 19, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. john

    Who cares about Sarah? Really what the heck is wrong with people? Why is she some savior? This country keeps backing "popular" people rather than qualified people. This will be our demise if we don't get out of this " American Idol" mindset. All Sarah will do if she runs is guarantee an Obama 2nd term due to her alienating democrates and independents....Or is that the whole plan? Makes me wonder if this is the goal. Promote her, set her into motion knowing the outcome would benefit the left. This seems like political posturing by the media to keep the same status quo going

    November 19, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Pragmatic

    Both newly elected governors are already deflecting questions ... the old GOP dance has begun! Palin? Can't live with her – can't live without her ...

    November 19, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Minneapolis Con

    I'm having a hard time believing that they couldn't squeeze in one more visitor. I'm having a hard time believing that they "...pretty much had our strategy set at that point.”.

    I think that the real reason is that while she _was_ in demand before she left office, after she decided to quit the demand quit as well.

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is pulling the same trick, announcing just two days after being re-elected mayor that he's quitting to run for governor. Does he think anyone believes that he hadn't decided already – and just pretended he still wanted to run the city?

    Politicians – if their lips are moving, they're lying.

    November 19, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. John J, IN

    Translation: We don't want a prejudiced, small-minded, lying, blindly stumbling mental midget despised by 60%+ of the country bringing down our campaigns.

    November 19, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. j goat

    i'am i the only one to see , that this palin woman is gunning for the 2010 elections in helping the repub's gain the house and senate back. with her book tour. traveling to all the swing states and avoiding the major cities like they have the swine flu...... she is being coached by bill o'really, and hannity w/ all his insanity. its where she gets all her talking points-- ala reagan– cheney- fox -– and right wing zealots. take o'really and glenn beck right wing - take down tour... while the democrats sit on there a– the republicans trojan horse is "on the way"... they are going to help john "nut case" boehener get that gavel back and lame duck this prez.

    November 19, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Possibly Sarah didn't feel the candidates were strong enough on social controls and government interference in private choice for her to lend her support.

    November 19, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. johnr

    I will never understand what the fixation is about constant attacks on Palin. She must really scare the left to get this much attention. Whats the matter libbers? – don't know how to deal with someone who is female yet a conservative? Kind of blows you're whole thought process that women MUST be liberal huh? You are very vulnerable – I love it.

    November 19, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. tom

    more of CNN's bias against Sarah Palin. Why would she attend. She is on a book tour. I hope she makes 10 million

    November 19, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    nobody wants her close to them . not even in the same state

    LOL its funny while most of the republican party are eating each other Palin is out swinging through the trees with a monkey book under her arm and a bannana in the other hand

    November 19, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. GI Joe

    I think the lying evangelical ex-gov of alaska will burn out fast except with her hypocritical fake christian worshipers.

    She's no substance - all show.

    November 19, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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