September 13th, 2010
05:59 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain breaks with Palin in Maryland

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin recorded a last minute robocall for Maryland GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy Monday."]
Washington (CNN) – Republican Brian Murphy is heading into Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary in Maryland with a last minute robocall from conservative star Sarah Palin.

Just hours earlier, Sen. John McCain – Palin's former presidential running mate – had announced his support for Murphy's primary opponent, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich in an interview with the AP, saying Ehrlich is "a fine guy."

But the split is not surprising given the roster of candidates Palin has chosen to support this election cycle, as she has often broken with the Republican establishment. Her endorsement of Joe Miller in the Alaskan Senate GOP primary is widely credited with helping to propel the formerly little-known candidate to an upset victory over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

In Delaware, Palin's support of Republican Christine O'Donnell – for whom she also recorded a robocall today – has helped the conservative candidate close ground against moderate Rep. Mike Castle in the state's GOP Senate primary race.

Murphy is similarly seeking to portray himself as a political outsider. In the robocall, Palin calls Murphy a "proven business leader. Not a career politician." Palin had previously endorsed Murphy in August, touting him as "common sense" conservative, but had mostly stayed silent on the race until now.

Nonetheless, Ehrlich is widely considered to be the favorite in the primary set for Tuesday. Though not an incumbent, Ehrlich previously served as Maryland's governor for one term before losing his reelection bid to Democrat Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2006.

The winner of Tuesday's GOP primary will face O'Malley, who is seeking a second term, setting up a potential rematch between the former opponents.

– CNN Politcal Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • John McCain • Maryland • Sarah Palin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. george from alaska

    palin was correctly labeled as a communist by her own party up here in alaska for scheming to buy her election as governor by spreading little dabs of oil money around to the voters. spreading state resources around to the masses is the exact definition of communism.

    when are you folks gonna wake up and realize that this tea party nonsense is a republican party scam? fortunately it appears it is backfiring on them as nobody in their right mind will let the tea party communists take over!

    September 13, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Too little too late Sen. McCain, should have never picked this nitwit Palin in the first place, she stabbed you in the back. But unfortunately for Palin, Republicans will never let her cross the line before McCain and that's why she's using the Tea Party.

    September 13, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. sara

    One and the Same= Disgusting Republican. He grabbed her to fire up the hate base of their party. One side is the "good" cop.....the other is "hate cop" ....all working together to create a "dumbed-down" country and Turn it into a Third World country.

    September 13, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    I'm sure McCain couldn't be more embarassed at what he did to this country. This women will NEVER go away now!

    September 13, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Santa Fean

    Remember Palin promotes religion over science, fiction over fact, hunting from helicopters over hunting on foot and would promote privatizing everything! Good bye public schools, public parks, and the federal highway system! Don't think so? Take a look at what she proposes! Hopefully she will run against the corporate democrats so they will stay in power against the republican corporate stooges. Corporate America must die.

    September 13, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Ted

    Gee, one wonders if McCain is finally becoming aware of the idiot that he chose for VP in 2008? Palin is a delusional idiot.

    September 13, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Indy

    Always good to get endorsed by a horrible Mayor and the worst Governor ever in Alaska. Does anyone with a brain ever care about endorsements ? Palin is making a mockery out of endorsements as they use to actually mean something and now with her making a living with endorsements she has ruined the effect much like she has ruined the english language.

    September 13, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. D0 Not Reply 2 this.

    WHO CARES who she endorses!!!? She's a NOBODY with NO career, NO job, and NO experience. Only the lonely follow her and live on fantasies. (Just like wanting to win the lottery.) FAT chance. It's SO ridiculious that she is even newsworthly! WHAT has SHE accomplished in her life!!!?

    September 13, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. D0 Not Reply 2 this.

    PS: If I get a call fom her endorsing ANYONE, I will NOT vote for them!

    September 13, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP & Fox News loves you that way.

    P.S. has the proof that right wing loonies are retards in patriotic clothing…

    The Tea Party is with run with foreign money, Un-American Ideals, and the use of the least educated Americans as it's base with Sarah Palin as it's poster child.

    September 13, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Bill Williams

    As someone from Maryland, go the heck away. You have NO business in OUR business.

    What part of that do you not understand?

    September 13, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Lynn M.

    Oh well, What else is new.

    September 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    We still don't forgive him for unleashing that shrill hate-monger on the lower 48. She caused him to lose and he should despise her.

    September 13, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Dave

    Why is any American listening to this wingnut?

    September 13, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Oh Goody, another Sarah story! Keep this retard in the spotlight and it will help the Dems in November!

    September 13, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Lynn

    Would just one person explain to the public, why Palin is so meaningful in this election. I really would like to hear from someone why she has attracted so much attention, other than like a train wreck, we all want to watch her self-destruct.

    September 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. malabar

    Hey cnn, i sure hope ur giving Palin her cut 4 the traffic she generates. jk, she doesnt need ur chump change . . . aawww just teasin hehe

    September 13, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Tony 140

    GO SARAH. Keep lighting those Libs up. You drive them crazy.

    September 13, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    But will McCain and the other republicans shut down he goverment? They saved enough to live for months or years, but what about social security recipients that can barely make it month to month as it is?


    September 13, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |