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. B. Bear, Idaho

    So just how much did Palin charge for the California version of her "perky schtick"?

    October 16, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    When the "Quitbull" endorses a candidate, you know the other one is the one to vote for.

    October 16, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Buddy

    Moderates are already turning these nuts into pariahs. Nice.

    October 16, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Jim

    I have no love for Palin, but I hope Republicans do take the House of Representatives this term. Giving the Democrats control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency gives that party power to pass laws without proper debate and consideration. Letting the Republicans have the House would keep the Democrats from implementing a far-left agenda.

    October 16, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. paul.c

    Yet another speech full of the same pathetic empty rehtoric..lets see i bet she said.."smaller govt" lower taxes" Stronger defence"."no obamacare" "lower the debt"...and of course the latest and most misused word these morons have clung to..."the constituion"...Its the same thing over and over again with these incompetants.All these words used and not one...not one damn answer to any of them.When will people wake the hell up and stop being conned by empty phrases with no solid answers behind them

    October 16, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. LisaLV711

    When is Sarah Palin & the entire Republican party going to stop talking? Why would anybody vote Republican? Why do

    October 16, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. D. Bunker

    As usual, Palin is trying to put liptstick on a pig. Electing anyone she endorses would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruiseship. The GOPB is totally and completely unfit to govern. If you liked the ditch the drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon they're aiming for now!

    October 16, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Name

    Sarah and the Tea Party shall destroy the Hoary Harpie of the House and all you liberal CNN suckers!

    October 16, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. w7rkd

    I heard vegetables were recalled, so what is Palin doing in California then?

    October 16, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. LisaLV711

    2 questions. Which party put us in this mess? Which party is taking us out? Now you know who to vote for, right?

    October 16, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Mona

    As usual Palin offered up a string of loosely connected nonsensical phrases. Why anyone would listen to her for free let alone for money is beyond me and why the media continue to cover her every move, tweet and facebook entry baffles me even more. I made a vow today to turn off the channel when she is on it. There is nothing to learn there.

    October 16, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. Russell

    Sarah Palin is one sharp lady and should be takes seriously as a political force. Most Americans if they were honest never though we would have a black president. So dont be fooled into thinking a woman cant be president. Dont think this as racist as I feel good about a minority president just not Obama. I would love to see Colin Powell as president, he was a great Joint Chief and Secetary of State. I would also love to see Condy Rice as Commander and Chief.

    October 16, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Loser

    Who cares what she thinks?????

    October 16, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Lisababy

    I would rather slit my wrists with a butter knife stick needles in my eyes crawl across broken glass than listen to sarah palins voice no matter what her message if i were walking across the street and a bus was coming let it hit me because if i heard her voice i would run the other way and i am understating my dislike for her voice and her self serving narcissistic motives anyone who cant see thru her i am woman hear me roar crap she likes to start things but shes not a finisher not a real solid one for the people all for herself

    October 16, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. ChiTownArkie

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    October 16, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  16. jimmy

    Why is she doing this? My God is she a vein person. She quit half way through her elected job as being Governor to do talk show and a TV show. It's like having Will Ferral campaign for some Democrat. She's a diva that thrives for the camera and profits from it. I don't know what is more scary. That Palin thinks she has the answers to solve this worlds problems and has proven she doesn't know anything or the ignorant idiots that believes she truly in her heart want to help this great country. God help us all.

    October 16, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. fayse1

    and futher more to the point, Mr Steele, how does it feel to be the GOP's token ?

    October 16, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. Macdaddy

    We really need to take our state back, we are know as the wellfair state. It has trully gotten bad in this state. I can't see why any business would want to stay in this state. But it needs to be a clean sweep of all the people in goverment. Its sad that these people keep getting voted in. These people know that if they keep these people in office they will keep getting free everything. This state is really sad!!!

    October 16, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. Bowman0210

    Is this quitter ever going away?

    October 16, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. DMWhipp

    '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 ... '

    Putting America back on the right track is exactly why I voted against this mental midget.

    October 16, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. wbn

    Go Sarah! You represent the finest among American women–caring about family, American values, hard work, personal strength and ability, and great character with a smile!

    October 16, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. carlos

    republiCONServatives campaigning with palin and the mac.........phew, they should know better......pair of losers.

    October 16, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Tom

    Palin is an idion but dont underestimate the ability of a an idiot to get other idiots to vote

    October 16, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. wrack

    why would anyone pay to see this unemployed nitwit?

    October 16, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. RandyBuist

    Was this the "Bumbling Politicians" dinner? Wow. Entertainment like Saturday Night Live...

    October 16, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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