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. "The dumbing down of the GOP" by Sarah Palin on sale now!

    After Nov 2, Steele will get thrown out of the GOP and join the Tea Party. Steele new tiltle "Hick-Hop Outreach".

    October 17, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  2. doight

    Palin is the ugly American. I thought that after Bush Americans had learned their lesson that people with questionable intellect don't govern well. Why do you think it takes very bright educated people to run multi-national corporations? Do you think Palin could give advice to the executives at GE? Why is it that Americans allow idiots like Palin to have a say in important issues that may affect their country?

    October 17, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. bigfoot north carolina

    I just love Sarah Palin. She is my intellectual hero. I so wish I could rsise my IQ 7 points so I couls have a 77 like her.

    October 17, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. dick delson

    Do you listen to Sarah Palin speak? You know, the woman who knows all about foreign policy because she can see Russia from her backyard. She can't see her nose in front of her face.

    October 17, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. Peace

    "There is no second chance in election". Bravo Sarah, so you are aware of this! then stay home with your kids when 2012 approaches!

    October 17, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. 66Biker

    She just can't make up her mind... First she's a staunch Republican, then a Tea Bagger, and now a Republican again. What's she gonna be next week? Other than a right wingnut extremist of course...

    October 17, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  7. usa/canada

    my mother always told me if you have nothing good to say than say nothing at all.

    October 17, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  8. Observer

    Perfect! The bumbling Michael Steele and the quitter together! A Democrat's dream!

    October 17, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. CyndyP

    Just the fact that Sarah Palin believes she is qualified to be President proves how delusional she is!

    October 17, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Abnguy

    It's amazing it made it into the article. The DNC takes in more money again yet the GOP is always labeled as the rich party. Most of the Democratic congressmen are richer than the Republicans but rail against the rich. When is the country going to notice this?

    October 17, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    For someone who calls herself a "Mama Grizzly," she sure isn't involved in raising her special-needs cub.

    What a hypocrite!

    October 17, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  12. Bassman

    Every single article about Gov.Palin includes her poll numbers. The Political Tickers has a story about Pres. Obama, but no mention of his lagging poll numbers. Its sexist to always use her poll numbers, and not do the same with Mr. Obama.
    Bill Maher took a sexist cheap shot at the govenor. Why no mention of that?

    October 17, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. Aaron

    I'm surprised that she got close to a black person. I wonder if her highness actually touched him. The billionaire Koch brothers paying her and otherwise funding the Tea Party must have rules against that.

    October 17, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. GL

    President Obama rally had over 10,000 so I don't see any thing we need to be worry about.

    October 17, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  15. GL

    She lost and she needs to go away and I can not wait until Nov. when the Republicans do not win as big as they think they re going to win. They are counting their eggs before they hatch. All the media continue to think the blacks are not going to vote and they will just have to see in Nov.

    October 17, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  16. Trent

    "Palin rallies California Republicans"

    Behold the idiot speaks.

    October 17, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  17. GL

    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.

    That a small number for such a small person like Sara Palin. She don't think she is small but I do.

    October 17, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  18. john bonds

    this just really frightens how intent these people are to de rail the president even at the extent of damaging the entire country. This is the time we need sure and fair reporting, local and national

    October 17, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  19. maf

    Delusional. . . continually, both Ms. Palin and Mr. Steele!!

    October 17, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  20. MikeBike

    LOL "Rallies California Republicans"... but the Republicans running for Governor and the Senate wouldn't be caught dead with her. I don't agree with Whitman or FIorina's poltiics, but at least they aren't know-nothing frauds like Palin. And they're smart enough to stay away from a "politician" who QUIT ELECTED OFFICE so she could become a reality TV star.

    October 17, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  21. Anonymous

    The people that inspire me or can motivate me are those that are smarter or have more knowkedge than me.
    What does it say about Republicans that would pay attention to anything Sarah has to say?
    Sarah is the gang leader with a mouht but needs the muscle around her to carry out her wants. That makes these Republicxnas that support her, nothing but followers.

    October 17, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  22. Sherry

    Really hard to follow Ms. Palin. Is she backing the GOP or is she backing the Tea Party. One is conservative and the other is extremist conservative. I think that is what they call waffling or riding the fence. I find it interesting that I have never heard any real problem solving from her, only put downs to others and trying to draw attention to herself. If she truly wants what is best for our country, then she should lay out some REAL ideas and plans. She is so divisive to our country. Instead of trying to bring people together, she enjoys tearing it apart.

    October 17, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  23. Palin/Steele=IDOITS !!!!

    Can you name one policy that Sarah Palin is a wonk? The answer zero. The GOP allowed her to be they king maker. So, Sarah Picks candidates at her level and below. And Micheal Steele has foot in mouth disease. The RNC is a disaster. I can't wait for Romeny and T-Paw try to yoke it up with the Tea Party. Get your popcorn folks, It's gonna be fun.

    October 17, 2010 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  24. Pig Spotter

    Momma Grizzly thinks about three things: wealth (food) to get nice an fat, isolation (not a social animal so it knows little,if that about what is outside territory) and a cave (to lie around and be fat and pregnant in).

    Put lipstick on a momma grizzly bear and it'll still be a mean bear with fish breath growling at the world.

    October 17, 2010 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  25. macguysea

    Palin, Whitman and Fiorina are all witches... Palin is simply an idiot. Whitman is power hungry and Fiorina, well, she was FIRED FOR A REASON!

    October 17, 2010 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
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