October 16th, 2010
08:53 PM ET
11 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."

Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Concerned Voter

    I'd never vote for anyone a extremist nut like Sarah Palin endorses, nor would anyone with a brain. Fiorina can kiss her chances goodbye.

    October 16, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. ann bielawski

    sarah is my idiol she is a true patriot.we love you .

    October 16, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. David Reston, VA

    Sarah Palin is the patriotic leader America needs in the White House now. She'll beat Obama in 2012!!

    October 16, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. jake

    this two birds of a feather............2 idiots!!!

    October 16, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. kakaraka

    Whatever. Anybody can speak and I could believe biut not sarah palin ever.

    October 16, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. bluemeat

    Palin the Quitter rallies the base of no "values" voters. What a joke.

    October 16, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. barry

    Not sure who is the most annoying Palin's voice or Obama's arrogance. I wish they would both go away and Hillary take over as President.

    October 16, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. cmkc

    "Positive change is just around the corner," the former Alaska governor told the crowd. "Now is not the time to let up." I agree - If Americans would stop looking to Pres. Obama to be a magician and let him FINISH the mjonumental task of cleaning up the colossal mess left by Bush, the promised change WILL come. Putting the Republican foxes back in charge of the henhouse will just kill the rest of the chickens. Wise up. Palin is an opportunist, nothing more.

    October 16, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. husker624

    Come on America, wake up and see Palin for what she is. Why would any good American believe a thing she says?
    She is all about Money, Money, Money. She can push your buttons about how you should love of your Country, but our First Lady has done more for our Country that poor Sarah could ever hope for. Sorry Sarah you are not even in the same league as our First Lady when it comes to credibility.

    October 16, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. German,IrishAmerican

    And the hate filled bigoted, racist, sexist, liberal progressive Obama Democrats will start their insane rantings in 3, 2, 1 .......

    October 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. ecause I care

    The Republican ralley held in Orange County is no surprise – Orange County being one the richest counties in the state – research it. Palin's comments today about the 'little guy' was an insult to anyone struggling through the worst economy since the Great Depression. SHE is making money 'hand over fist' after she quit her job as a public servant to her fellow Alaskins to travel the country raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting her books and rallying the republican 'base' bashing the current administration. Her lifestyle, at the expense of the 'little guy' is what this administration is trying to remedy. She is protecting her own financial interests in her efforts, and the financial interests of the people who can pay her hundred of thousands to speak – NOT THE LITTLE GUY.

    October 16, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. John

    SARAN PALIN you said your self if the AMERICA PEOPLE would want too run for President,well let me tell you the AMERICA PEOPLE don't want you to run for President or even DOG CATCHER. The AMERICA PEOPLE just want you to go away for ever.I think the people you back much be dumb because I wouldn't vote for anyone you back.

    October 16, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. R B

    Republican Party is working for Corporate bosses and lobbyists and not for American middle class. Why middle class people vote for Republicans who are trying to destroy middle class.

    October 16, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. R B

    Alaska's Half Governor appears to have only half brain. Ms. Palin is good for nothing. I really feel sorry for the people that follow her.

    October 16, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. me

    "We will have taken away the gavel away from Nancy," Palin said. Most of us misspeak once in a while. Palin does it as a matter of course.

    October 16, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Muffet

    Palin and Steele should board a space ship and head out to Jupiter (one way). Both have NO vision and the SAME old GOP message....hypocritcy. Once these con artists get the majority in congress, they will continue with the only thing they know...lies, greed, delusions and more lies, greed and delusions.Oh...she can take that thick, stiff moving, no talented, equally confused and contradictory daughter of hers with them!

    October 16, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. susan

    Palin and Steele make a good couple... I think the two of them should start dating....

    October 16, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    The witch with no brain! Sarah!

    October 16, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. labman57

    The essence of every one of Palin's speeches and (FOX PAC) interviews could be reduced down to about a dozen banal, snarky, superficial scripted talking points and sound bites - delivered in her faux folksy drawl that sounds like a cross between Miss Nancy from Romper Room and Francis McDormand's character from Fargo - sound bites that could easily be programmed into a Chatty Sarah pull-string doll:

    "God bless all of you truly patriotic Americans who oppose the death panels and socialism of ObamaCare!"

    "I have no idea what I'm talking about, but doesn't my new hair style and designer outfit look great?"

    October 16, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. stufthis

    After Palin's latest rant, I would think her popularity in CA would be in single digits.

    October 16, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. JD

    Palin's arrogance is astounding. For people who cried about Obama's arrogance before the 2008 election, they're already talking about dancing and celebrating.

    And for the record, as much as she and others might want to use the term "liberal" as if it is a slur, many of us are proud to be liberal. It's not a four-letter word. And it certainly isn't pessimistic, unlike the negativity from the right.

    October 16, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. AwesomeBob

    I always wanted to visit Europe, but moving there is looking even more appealing as of lately.

    October 16, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. Chris

    I wonder how much she's getting paid to stand up there and spew her stupidity.....?

    October 16, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Debbie from Arizona

    The RNC didn't disclose how much money they took in, I guess first they have to deduct Palin's fee, flight and hotel costs. If they only had 2000 people, I'd wager they didn't make too much after paying Ms. Palin. I think Meg and Carly were pretty smart to have other campaign activities scheduled while Palin was in town. Although, Carly pretty well showed her lack of intelligence by saying Palin was qualified to be President. It's hard to distance herself from that idiotic comment.

    October 16, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. ron

    People actually pay money to listen to that rambling wreck.

    October 16, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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