January 20th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin to campaign for McCain in March

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/16/mccainpalin.jpg caption="John McCain and Sarah Palin will once again share a stage."]Washington (CNN) - As Sen. John McCain readies for a potential primary challenge from the right this fall, the Arizona Republican is playing his trump card.

Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate and perhaps the most powerful brand in Republican politics, will stump for McCain in Arizona on March 26 and 27, a Palin adviser told CNN. The presence of Palin - and the considerable crowds and media attention she will draw - might give pause to J.D. Hayworth, the former Republican congressman and radio host who opposes McCain's position on illegal immigration and is mulling a Senate run of his own.

The former Alaska governor will also hit the campaign trail in the coming month for two conservative heroes - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Palin has already endorsed Perry in his primary fight against Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; she will appear with the governor in Houston on Feb. 7.

Palin and Bachmann, meanwhile, will team up on April 7 in Minnesota.

Filed under: 2010 • John McCain • Michele Bachmann • Popular Posts • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. simon

    Go Palin Go !!!

    Luv Ya !

    January 20, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. mark2322

    I believe that it was the British historian Toynbe(sp?) who observed that a civilization rises when it looks up to higher ideals and goals, and declines and falls when it caters to the lowest.
    Looking back even to Bush and what came about since 2000 , the GOP move to the fringe of the far right , and both parties beholden the ugliest level of corperate greed, it is a sad picture of what the future holds.

    January 20, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Sarah's rich woman now and totally independent......

    Who does she have to thank? The Olbermanns, Maddows and Matthews of the world. Bet they didn't know how much they would contribute to her success.

    Liz Cheney/2012.

    January 20, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Craig from Pa.

    Pardon me while I PUKE!!!

    January 20, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. o.Dotson

    Enough of Sarah un-electable Palin. There are sinister forces at work in America. Exactly 1 year ago President Obama took office because America was going in the wrong direction. Now we are told we are going in the wrong direction again. Lets see how the Republican party spins the news now that Brown has soundly defeated the Democrat for Ted Kennedys old seat. The answer is quite simple-the insurance companies spent just over 100million dollars to defeat healthcare and stop reform. We owe it to the American people to provide universal, affordable healthcare like other western democracys. If we continue down the present path we will be a Theocracy-and we all know how successful they have been in providing people freedom. If religion is to become relevant-religious people must become scripturally literate and so must the voters.


    January 20, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Chris

    What's the matter Clint? Bad night for the failed policies of Obama and the Democrats? So much for hope and change one year into Obama's reign. Looks as though Americans across the political spectrum want independence from another government takeover of a vital sector of our economy. Today is the beginning of a true wake-up call for all politicians who ignore the will of voters.

    January 20, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Billy J..Texas..

    Really? Wow! Somebody campaigning somebody in the future is just what I wanted to 'blog' about, instead of ... oh... I dunno. Upset in Mass. , Prez's first year, Souther stepping down. Almost anything that HAS or IS happening, not something that MIGHT happen in the future. Come on.... you need to change your URL so that it does not have the word 'Blog' in it.


    January 20, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. susan

    Only reason for not voting for McCain.
    He created a monster.

    January 20, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. NotFooledTX

    Go for it sister sarah! It worked out real well for you the last time.

    January 20, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |

    why john mccain? he's not a conservative

    January 20, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Ken in NC

    Democrats might not realize this but Sarah Palin is in their corner. With her on the campaign trail for Republicans is the best thing Democrats have going for us because right now we can't seem to unite on which direction to take just to chase our own tail.

    At least Palin is a concentrated effort to help Democrats.

    January 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. The Right Worships at the Altar of Ignorance

    Since this is the only story on the Ticker that CNN is accepting comments on right now . . . oh well, not my first choice but here goes.

    Why John McCain would allow the person who was instrumental in helping him get defeated in his bid for president to campaign for him again is beyond comprehension. Happy retirement, Sen. McCain!

    I'd like to address the comments of southercousin for just a moment: If you think that CNN is "arrogant and ignorant" why do you clog up the ticker on CNNN with your posts everyday? I think Fox News is arrogant and ignorant in their reporting, so I stay away from them. Secondly, you appear to be bashing Sarah Palin as well. I think that's odd since Sarah Palin and Scott Brown (who's victory you see as a "resounding defeat of the Obama agenda") hold the same beliefs and have the same agenda. I think that's very odd indeed.

    January 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Mike

    Scott Brown won.

    I just wanted to say it again because I know it annoys all you hate filled left wing fundamentalist progressive sheep.

    January 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Geat team up.....much in common......both winners. This shows how the GOP will grow its momentum into Nov . Nothing better than less than average mentality candidates attracting less than average intelligent voters. It worked in Mass.

    January 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Reality bites

    Though unfortunate Kennedy's seat was lost to the GOP, this article got it right. McCain will use this idiot of woman to "distract" the people with her arrogant ignorance to win an election. Pathetic to anyone who believes in the idiocracy of Sarah Palin and HER agenda. It's the worst politicing EVER! Sad the GOP has to use these kinds of tactics to win a race.

    January 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Mike1952

    I know the libs, progressives, statists and dimocrats are all wondering what hit them. They will have all sort of hateful things to say about conservatives and especially Sara Palin. But they refuse to acknowledge that this country is center-right politically and always will be. They are the minority and will have to come to terms with that fact. The 2008 vote was a rebuke of Bush not an endorsement for far left arrogance and tomfoolery. As long as they turn their elitist noses up at the average american voter they'll lose bigger and bigger. Change course now or be defeated.

    As for Sara Palin, she has more integrity in her pinky than Wingnut has in his wgole body.

    January 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Alan, Phoenix

    Given a choice between JD Hayworth and McCain, I will select McCain with a heavy heart. JD is a trash. He will again involve himself in scams like he was involved in Jack Abrahmoff scandal.
    I listen to him regularly and would definitely say that he spreads hate in disguise of talking conservatism.

    January 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Daniel A. Campos Veteran Vetnam

    Sen. McLane is not a citizen of Montana, No Yanky in another State who has never suffered getting a Job in our State?
    He's lies are more than should be use as a Spoksperson, he is a COWARD! What does he know about Money that belongs to the people of this USA. Th Bush admistration is the culprit who needs to be Legealy persuied, and charged, for his part in this ecomony failings, not the American Poblic.
    \DO we need to succed , form this Union, we have no trust in the Republican Party.. Stand up , and once more defeat, this agression.
    Veteran !00%, And a Complet deferment in that Party's real Plan for the Country?

    January 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. InArizona

    Sarah Palin, the Queen of Esther. I would rather ask a tree for advice before attempting the insight of a babel queen. John McCain lost at the side of Sarah Palin, Queen of Esther, and he will loose in Arizona.

    January 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Debby

    CNN keep up the good work by putting Palin in your ticker. Its great to see more and more conservative reading here vs. the joke we have for a President.

    January 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. hopechange

    gotta love the left, specifically Obama...... blaming Coakley for the loss. well she was a just another dope on the left however, what would explain a such a huge swing in the voters at the end???? OBAMA and his poor policies and the corruption happening right before our very eyes. Deals for LA, for NE, the unions and the many more trying to get their little baby , healthcare, shoved down our throats. Hope and Change??? HAHAHAHA.
    Hope for the far left and change we can all despise. Obama WILL go down as one of the worst Presidents...even behind Jimmy Carter.

    January 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. C Spurgeon

    Ugh..That shows how serious he should be taken. The old man and the pig with lipstick...UGH

    January 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Tom in FL

    What is McCain thinking? Has he now become a global warming denier and 'birther', like her? Does he want to 'drill, Baby, drill' in the National Parks? To her rabid followers, he's the enemy.

    January 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Lawyer822

    The ignorant one is you... Didn't you see all the coverage. You are a hateful ... The obession with Palin is coming from the idiot John McCain...

    January 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Barbara

    Get ready to chalk up a McCain loss for certain!

    January 20, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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