October 16th, 2010
08:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin rallies California Republicans

Anaheim, California (CNN) - Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 of the GOP faithful to come out in support of Republican candidates during a raucous Republican National Committee fundraiser and rally in Anaheim on Saturday.

"Positive change is just around the corner," the former Alaska governor told the crowd. "Now is not the time to let up. Now is not the time to celebrate."

While Palin opened by talking about “Mama Grizzlies” – a term she coined to refer to women with similar political views - she didn’t mention Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman or Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina - the two Republican women running for statewide office. Neither candidate attended the event; their campaigns cited commitments in another part of the state. Fiorina campaigned earlier Saturday with Sen. John McCain in San Diego and then had an event in the northern part of the state. Whitman, meanwhile, campaigned with voters in Chico, Los Molinos and Redding.

Palin did take swings at Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina's opponent, and alluded to a fierce governor's race.

As the headliner of the "Victory 2010: Sprint To The Finish," she urged the crowd not to think a GOP sweep in victory is in the bag and asked them to work hard in the next two weeks on behalf of Republican candidates by donating, phone banking and helping to get the vote out.

Attendees paid between $20-$1,000 for tickets for the event, which also included RNC Chairman Michael Steele. RNC officials would not divulge how much money the event raised.

As it has done all year, the RNC in September trailed the Democratic National Committee in fundraising bringing in $9.7 million versus $16 million for the DNC.

Both Palin and Steele got big reactions from the crowd when they made reference to the possibility of replacing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if the GOP takes back the House majority.

"We will have taken away the gavel away from Nancy," Palin said.

Palin is a polarizing figure among Californians with 53 percent having an unfavorable view of her while 33 percent report a favorable opinion. However, among Republicans 74 percent view her favorably and 19 percent unfavorably.

Palin is appearing at a second RNC event next Saturday in Orlando, Florida, to help energize the Republican base.

Saying there are no second chances in elections, she said she wants to make sure "we wake up on Nov. 3 and can say ... we did all we could to put America back on the right track ... to stop the liberals' big government, big spending pessimistic agenda."

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. andrwe

    I want Sarah Palin to be President

    October 17, 2010 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  2. Sherri W.W.

    Sarah Palin is one of the worst things to happen to the United States of America in years!~and despite all this nonsense about Nancy Pelosi,thats in the news~Nancy Pelosi is an advocate for the Middle Class~and we CANNOT afford to lose her!~To John Boehner,no less!Good Lord~general public better smarten up QUICK!~and~Sarah P.isnt good enogh to shine Nancys` shoes!~Low class TRASH is Sarahs` level~AND Wake Up!~she does NOT give a damn about ANYONE but Sarah!

    October 17, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  3. DanteX

    Wow – How pathetic. Two IDIOTS on the same stage at the same time. One LOSER could even finish the term of office to which she was elected and entrusted with by the people of the Great State of Alaska – But she has to audacity to talk about "... [p]ositive 'change' is just around the corner...." The OTHER LOSER on stage cannot even properly manage and oversee his Party's National Organization – But he can find time to run around grinning and looking like some bufoon in a 19th Century minstrel show. I sure do hope the people of California -and the rest of the Nation- are not taken in by the deceit and lies that these two intellectually and morally BANKRUPT individuals -along with the political Party they are apart of- are trying to sell them.

    October 17, 2010 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  4. runner305

    Sarah Palin...the quitter politician-turned-full-time grifter. A snake-oil salesman for the Republican Party. The ultimate "do as I say, not as I do" person. Let's hope the majority of people can see thru these Mama Grizzlies for whom they REALLY are.

    October 17, 2010 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  5. NameOgele T. Sunday

    The Republic party – for so I prefer to call them, can't lead this country. This is the same group that put this country perilously close to a ship wreck. They have no shame whatsoever. This party doesn't represent America. This guys are greedy and care nothing about this country. They will line their pockets and those of their few friends, that is the Republic brand. They have already sold this country to the highest bidder with the help of none other than the chief justice Robert of US supreme court. Who can forget the intervention of the supreme court in the 2000 election when the Republic control court literally gave the Presidency to Bush.We are still suffering with the consequences of that shameful decision. They, the Republic party have destroyed the middle class in this country. Without the middle class this country qualifies as a 3rd world country. You go figure.

    October 17, 2010 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  6. Wing

    Only in the US and only in the Republican party could a person such as Sarah exist and prosper

    October 17, 2010 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  7. Brian in TX

    You are damn tooting lady...it's not in the bag. Get ready for a big surprise on election day when the dems retain control despite your best efforts to divide the nation.

    October 17, 2010 05:09 am at 5:09 am |

    Looks like toxic Failin Sarah Palin has been told to not talk about her mamma grizzly candidates in California. Now if only they could only muzzle her for good, we'd all be happy. Meg and Carly pulled the 2008 Mitch Daniels move and stayed far away from her. Smart women. 2008 all over again soon.

    October 17, 2010 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  9. some guy in New Hampshire

    ...after which Michael Steele went back to his hotel, took a shower for an hour, and burned his suit.

    October 17, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  10. ACEDP

    My GOD, I guess anyone will vote for a good looking woman no matter how Stupid she coms across as. Republican/Democrat Sunni/Sheiit they are all the same. I am an American and Vote American and Not party Lines. Those people come across as being NUTS!

    October 17, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  11. NSHSDad

    Make America safe for a big corporate take-over.

    October 17, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  12. aroth

    Sooner or later the GOP is going to pay a terrible price for endorsing a candidate as obviously unqualified as Palin.

    October 17, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  13. King

    This is a choice between dems capitalsm where the middle class and poor who shops at the local corner store, supermarket, theatrer, mall. Creats demand in the local economy to spur jobs, or the repugs trikle down and deregulation economy where corporation are given huge amount of money in gov taxes cuts and total freedom to do what they please. Business is about the bottom line, making money. There are no moral nor patriotic standard about that. It is simple where the demand and jobs at. Main street with its strugling economy and high unemployment dosnt have the demand power at the moment, but china with its stiving economy and billions of customers thats demand power. Thats where corporations are taking there factories and jobs and setting up shop at. They are using the clueless tea bagger and the greedy repugs to blow smoke over the people using rederics, fear mungering, intolerance, and lies to do this leaving mainstreet to fend for themselves.

    October 17, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  14. Rush

    You mean the Tea Party and the GOP are the same thing? Was the "Tea Party" just a brand name change, like AIG did?

    October 17, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  15. Paul

    Palin is an empty vase that makes frequent annoying noises. The GOP has lost its way since Reagan.

    October 17, 2010 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. tonyb

    Two morons- Sarah Palin and Michael Steele. Does anybody really think he's be head of the RNC if a blond irishman were the opposing party's president? Typical epublican smoke and mirrors.

    October 17, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. Delicio

    And I thought choosing between Whitman and Brown would be difficult.
    When I see Sarah the only provoking image she has given me is
    the location of foreign countries like Canada and Russia.
    Can you be more of an idiot unwanted here in CA-Town?

    October 17, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  18. A CNN Reader

    1) I aint voting for Nobama
    2) I aint voting for Palin
    3) Nuff said...

    October 17, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. trevot

    In California you can see Hawaii from your house.

    October 17, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. James

    I heard the speech and ran to the democrats.

    October 17, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. Chris

    "Positive change is just around the corner," the former Alaska governor told the crowd. – "Positive" and "change" are two words I would not associate with the GOP, much less their spokesperson, Sarah Palin. The last couple of years the only thing we've seen from the Party of NO! is a steady stream of constant criticism, unprecedented obstructionism, and hate fueled rhetoric.

    And the Republicans' idea of "change" is turn the clocks back and have everything regress to the 1950's again.

    October 17, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. Big Al

    How low can they (RuplicNuts) go. 2 low lifes on the same plareform, Plain and Steele.

    October 17, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. chad

    Thankfully Palin represents a minority mindset people of America. Talk of vangeful vendetta!

    October 17, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. bvilleyellowdog

    And the candidates did not even show? LOL. Run Sarah run....

    October 17, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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