October 29th, 2010
11:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin making last minute pitch in crucial Senate battle

Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin's making a last minute stop in West Virginia Saturday to try and help the GOP win back a Senate seat that's been in the Democrats' hands for over half a century.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, along with her husband Todd, will team up at a rally at a riverfront park in Charleston with businessman John Raese, the GOP's Senate nominee, according to an announcement from the Raese campaign late Friday night.

Raese faces off next week against popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. The winner of the special election in November will fill out the final two years of the term of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year. Byrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958.

The most recent polls indicate the race is neck and neck, and top non-partisan political handicappers describe the contest as a toss-up. The tone of the campaign has turned very negative the past few weeks.

The rally was originally going to be headlined by Ted Nugent, the rock star and conservative activist who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Barack Obama. Nugent will still be featured at the rally.

Palin joins a list of top name surrogates who have, or will, team up with Raese. Sen. John McCain, the GOP's last presidential nominee, joined Raese in West Virginia earlier this week, and former New York City Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to campaign with Raese in the state on Monday, the day before the midterm elections.

"We invited her because she and John Raese share the belief that Washington is in desperate need of new, independent voices and West Virginians of all political persuasions have great respect and admiration for Sarah Palin," Raese campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughlin told CNN.

Former President Bill Clinton came to West Virginia to campaign with Manchin earlier this month.

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • John Raese • Sarah Palin • West Virginia
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I just cant believe the people of West Virginia would vot to give up their Social Security and Department of Education! Lets be reasonable...

    October 29, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I can't understand why this lady gets so much attention from the press. She was a lousy governor, shrouded in controversy, quit in the middle of her term, and has accomplished almost nothing in her political career. An endorsment from her should make any intelligent person vote for the other candidate.

    October 29, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. Mirror on the Wall

    Snow White leads The Seven Dwarfs

    The GOP will soon be known as the Party of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with Sarah "Snow White" Palin leading such GOP Dwarfs as Huckabee, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Thune, Barbour, Romney and Ron Paul. When Snow White leads, The Seven Dwarfs follow.

    October 30, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. NW

    Great! All the people whose platform is throwing WV futher into the dark ages together under one roof.

    October 30, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |

    SARAH KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK. Do you hear the jabbering of the monkey cage and their four-letter words. They're worried. About you and all of the other women taking office. Now they can't slip their good old boy crap by you anymore. It's back to the Constitution we go. Did you read JOE BIDEN's comments. Again he has been around the gang of watermelon eaters gathered at the White House. He also can't talk without making a degrading feminist remark. Not one Christian is among them. It is time and never too late for us to take America back and sweep the trash out.

    October 30, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. NW

    Strange. These seem to be the same people who made no effort to come to WV after the UBB disaster.

    October 30, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Sgt Joe

    I forced myself to actually listen to her the other day and holy crap, she's seriously dumb as a rock; it was painful. She really does not have very good command of the English language; frightening to think she has fans out there who follow her rants.

    October 30, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. LouAz

    Why does CNN and others continue to call her Alaskan Governor. She is the HALF Governor. She quit half way through her term. You do a diservice to ALL the State Governors that servred their full term. She should NOT BE GIVEN THE SAME STATUS as all those who completed their term.

    October 30, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Why are they listening to her? The woman ran for office , won and quit. Why is her opinion worth anything? And what does it say about those that apy attention?

    October 30, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. MonasteryMonkey

    McCain created a monster...Jan. 2, 2011 should be interesting.

    October 30, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  11. KathyC in Minnesota

    Sarah Palin supports a candidate that wants to see an abolishment of the Minimum Wage? Not to mention, extreme as she is??? Stay in Alaska, Sarah! Your children need you.

    October 30, 2010 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  12. Marry

    My dear friends, it is an important election. There is a decision to be made if we are going to move forward and modernize the US and help create a future for all Americans or if we want the GOP and TP to laugh out loud behind your backs wondering how it can be so easy to manipulate the voter to again and again vote against their own best interest. They say openly that they will not work (“NO, HELL NO”) or do anything for YOU! Many of the candidates they present to you on Tuesday are an insult to your intelligence.
    Please, go out and vote! But, vote responsible, informed and smart.

    October 30, 2010 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Keep working on our desperate situation, Sarah Palin: America is dying under Obama!

    October 30, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yes, Washington is in desparate need of help. Unfortunately what the Republicans want to do is perform the autopsy while the victim is still alive. If the tax cuts to the top 2% are so vital in creating new jobs, how come we haven't see the results of this 10 year old tax credit in the United States? If sanctity of life is so important, how come we didn't see an amendment proposal banning the death penalty? If illegal imigration is so bad, how come the people who hired them have not been tried in Federal Court system for the felonies they have committed?

    October 30, 2010 05:28 am at 5:28 am |

    It won't help. Failin Palin is toxic.

    October 30, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |