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Palin records calls urging Virginians to vote

Anita Kumar

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has recorded a phone message encouraging Virginians to get out and vote on Tuesday, Palin adviser Meg Stapleton told us tonight.

We are awaiting more details about the calls and will bring you the information as soon as we get it.

Tucker Martin, a spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, said Palin's calls were not being made at the request of the campaign or the Republican Party of Virginia. He said the campaign had no firsthand knowledge of the calls.

Almost all of the Republicans considered top candidates for a 2012 presidential run have made stops in Virginia this year to help McDonnell. But McDonnell has made it pretty clear in recent months that he did not want Palin's help.

McDonnell epeatedly and personally asked Palin for help this summer, but by late August Palin learned that the McDonnell campaign no longer wanted her assistance, Stapleton told us a few weeks ago.

Palin drew enormous, enthusiastic crowds in Virginia while campaigning as Sen. John McCain's runningmate during the presidential election last year. But she is a polarizing figure that could turn off independent voters. In the summer, she drew criticism for abruptly resigning as governor and later insisting that the healthcare bill being considered by Congress would cause the creation of "death panels."

By Anita Kumar  |  November 1, 2009; 11:16 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin  
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Look on the bright side people. After McDonnell's devastating, crushing defeat of the Washington Compost, Barry Obama, and some guy named Deeds on Tuesday, no more suffering through any more of Kumar's blatantly biased, amateurishly written hit pieces!

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 4:54 AM | Report abuse

And then what happened?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 2, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

What does Levi Johnston think about the Virginia race?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 2, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Is the Deeds campaign starting book clubs with "Going Rogue"?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 2, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

hi, OlMcCreedy:

as you know, i have a certain fixed feeling that Levi only hopes Palin to fail. that's all, don't think of it again. i just don't want to think any more about it, it can hurt my little brain, simply put it like that, it hurts! LOL

Posted by: chaujohnthan | November 2, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, after Nov 3rd, people who hate the WaPo can be free of suffering. It's then that the suffering really begins for Virginians.

Such as: the General Fund being depleted. Liquor stores popping up all over - forget about Route 1 ever being rehabilitated. Corporations getting rich off of commuters' backs. And money thrown away on lawsuits that will come when McDonnell and the Regent team invariably enact unconstitutional abortion restrictions.

I don't doubt that independents are so independent of political smarts that they'll be the force that elects Bob McDonnell. After all, they elected Bush twice. Short memories.

Posted by: hitpoints | November 2, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"Look on the bright side people. After McDonnell's devastating, crushing defeat of the Washington Compost, Barry Obama, and some guy named Deeds on Tuesday, no more suffering through any more of Kumar's blatantly biased, amateurishly written hit pieces!"

Thank God!!

Posted by: xfactor211 | November 2, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I like Palin, but I don't think she should have done this. Being that she was uninvited, this smacks of political opportunism.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | November 2, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree, cm. If the McDonnell campaign told her before they didn't want/need her then she should've declined the group's invite to record this message. These robo-calls aren't necessary, anyway.

Posted by: changer17011 | November 2, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a blowout like this in Virginia. This is Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale stuff. How's that Obamamania workin' out for ya, Cree?

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I will never forgive John McCain for giving Sarah Palin a platform to spew from. Also, to date, I have never met an intelligent Sarah Palin supporter, even smart Republicans steer clear of her. She represents the worst in America he "values" are pretty close to that of Hitler.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 2, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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