Palin backs Abbott after Nugent appearance, endorses Sessions' challenger
February 19th, 2014
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin backs Abbott after Nugent appearance, endorses Sessions' challenger

(CNN) - Sarah Palin rallied Wednesday behind Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, endorsing the Republican gubernatorial hopeful and defending Abbott for appearing on the campaign trail this week with controversial rocker Ted Nugent.

"If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!" the former Alaska governor wrote on Facebook.

Nugent, a fierce gun rights activist who's known for making outlandish comments about President Obama, campaigned with Abbott at two events Monday. Democrats pointed to some of Nugent's past controversial remarks in an effort to discredit Abbott.

The campaign for Abbott, however, acknowledged it was simply inviting Nugent to help turn out the base during early voting, which began Monday.

Abbott lacks a major GOP opponent in the March 4 primary.

In the same Facebook post, which marked her first endorsements for 2014 GOP primaries, she encouraged voters to support Katrina Pierson, who's challenging nine-term Republican Rep. Pete Sessions.

"Katrina Pierson is an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote.

Pierson, a conservative activist with tea party support, is a strong backer of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, has helped campaign for Pierson, who lags far behind Sessions in campaign cash.

The congressman appeared to brush off Pierson's primary challenge, telling CNN earlier this month on Capitol Hill that "these things happen."

Asked if he was worried about the challenge, Sessions repeated that "these things happen."

Sessions represents the Lone Star State's 32nd congressional district, a solidly Republican district located around North Dallas.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh, Paul Steinhauser, Peter Hamby and Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: Greg Abbott • Sarah Palin
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Nothing makes her happier than a good round of race-baiting. And who better to do it than the Nooge? Just have him endorse you and run around spouting his filth and then you say "What? I didn't say it...HE did...wasn't me wasn't me wasn't me" all while you give the rabid racist Teatroll base a big fat wink to let them know you're on board with every single word of it.

    February 19, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Crappy pants Nugent knows how to bring out the baggers.

    February 19, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, $arah. Even her insults have lost flavor on the bedpost. There really is nothing left ... not for her anyway.

    February 19, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Mightyduk

    Wow. The republican clown show gets even better.

    February 19, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Darrell W

    Way to go Sarah! It is obvious to even the low-informed liberals that Wolf B. is campaigning for Wendy Davis. He has been slamming Ted all day long. Ted has said absolutely nothing racist about Resident Obama. It is just the usual pro-Obama media. If one disagrees with their god they call them a racist. This is right out of Alinsky's book.

    February 19, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. drake mallard

    Ted Nugent Chester is racist id iot Vietnam War Draft Dodger coward.

    Remind me again why Republicans embrace Ted ? Is it because they have no sense of morality, character and history in their leaders and merely believe the hype?

    February 19, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. bassman

    I love how she sticks her finger in the eye of east coast elites. Her latest Facebook post with the picture of the soldier standing at attention with an inch of snow on his cap with the caption: "Those who work in D.C. when government offices close for a "snow day"... has garnered over 184k likes. Sarah Palin IS an American hero. No other politician has endured more personal attacks and continues to stand on principle.

    February 19, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. O'drama ya Mama

    Who cares if Sarah Palin gives her blessing. She resigned as Gov. of Alaska so that she could help McCain lose the Presidential election. She has 0 accomplishments and yet Tea Trolls drool over everything she says.

    February 19, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    So Crappy Pants Nugent calls the president a sub human mongrel, and Sarah almost wets herself.

    February 19, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Dallas329

    These fringe lunatics are destroying the GOP. You get what you allow, time to throw Abbott and Cruz out.

    February 19, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. TheLeftWing

    It just goes to show you, that Republicans are being led around by the nose by the stupidest elements of society.

    February 19, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thank you half Governor for making these endorsements! The people you back usually lose and lose big!

    February 19, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. bassman

    Todd Palin recently talked about how our media ignores the substance of what Gov. Palin writes and talks about, in favor of reporting on personal attacks on her. CNN proves that by trying to connect her with Ted Nugent remarks. She simple pointed out that Mr. Nugent endorsed Sessions.

    February 19, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Rusty Krus

    When I was a kid, there was an over the hill comic named Pinky Lee. He wasn't funny and I often wondered why he was still around. I guess it was because he worked cheap and some old people were nostalgic for him. People kind of laughed AT him, not WITH him. Pretty much like people laughing at Palin. Sad and pathetic.

    February 19, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Bill

    A nickels worth of free advice for Abbott – stay as far away from these two clowns before you become the third stooge of the group. Palin is a pathetic reprobate.

    February 19, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |

    Ted is the Guns Over People tea potty wingnut poster boy. Snooki Palin and he should keep talking all the way to November

    February 19, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Bill


    I would note that Plain is not a politician. She is a loser who could not even finish her entire term as governor. And she greatly assisted in McCain losing his bid for president. Beyond that, she is shameless self-promoter, with a brain the size of a field pea.

    February 19, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Pablo695

    And once again the "Witless from Wasilla" proves how totally incompetent she is. Makes me wonder if Clueless is really backing Abbot, or secretly wishing Nugent was running.

    "Palin's Facebook post ... has garnered over 184k likes." Lets see – if my math is right, that's about .05% approval rate out of 350,000,000 Americans. Newsflash – .05% will NEVER win an election. NEVER EVER!!

    February 19, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "He has been slamming Ted all day long. "

    That's because Nugent undeniably spewed racist hate and used language the Nazis used to use about the Jews to accomplish it. What don't you understand about that?

    February 19, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Remind me again why Republicans embrace Ted ? "

    He gets to say the racist, bigoted, asinine filth that they can't, so that it can be out there for them to agree with surreptitiously to appease the base while they pretend in public and on the MSM to not agree with it.

    February 19, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    " No other politician has endured more personal attacks and continues to stand on principle."

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    February 19, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Ol' Yeller

    "Ted has said absolutely nothing racist about Resident Obama."

    Spoken like a true racist Darrell W.
    Is your middle name your uncle/daddy's favorite president?

    February 19, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Got to love (or not) all these people writing accolades for little Sarah. Quit as Gubner, Former Liar of the Year Winner, tried to rewrite American history, basically ruined John McCain, stellar mommy figure......and now she supports Nuget? You guys are truly a marvel in self deception. Almost as good as people who posted what a great president W was. Total insanity.

    February 19, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Vicki

    Like I would ever care about one word out of Sarah Palin's mouth. Ted Nugent is like a hate spewing demon for the right wing and he does spew racism, disgusting mean and evil words and he has done horrible things like getting parents permission to have sex with their underage daughters. Nugent is a bigot and a very evil spawn of all that is wicked.

    February 19, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    You can almost feel the fear and hatred of all these anti-Palin bloggers. None of them could ever earn the love of
    the American people like Sarah has. None of them have her character or strength.

    February 19, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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