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Palin, Huckabee call Virginia voters

Anita Kumar

We told you yesterday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recorded a phone message encouraging Virginians to get out and vote on Tuesday.

Now, we have learned that a conservative group affiliated with former Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed asked both Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to make calls to nearly 700,000 voters in Virginia.

The Huckabee calls were made Saturday and the Palin calls were made Sunday and today.

The recordings make no mention of Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, who has embraced Huckabee but distanced himself from Palin during the governor's race.

"Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote to share our principles," Palin said. "The eyes of America will be on Virginia and make no mistake about it, every vote counts. So don't take anything for granted, vote your values on Tuesday, and urge your friends and family to vote, too."

You can download an mp3 of the Huckabee call or the Palin call.

Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell, said the 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.

Huckabee attended several rallies with McDonnell in the spring in Bristol, Tazwell, Roanoke and Virginia Beach. He returned last week to host a fundraiser for McDonnell in Newsport News.

But McDonnell has made it pretty clear in recent months that he did not want Palin's help.

McDonnell repeatedly and personally asked Palin for help this summer, but by late August Palin learned that the McDonnell campaign no longer wanted her assistance, Palin aide Meg 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."

The get-out-the-vote calls are being paid for by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition, the state chapter of a national conservative group with the same name that was founded by Reed.

Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Virginia chapter, said the group formed last fall under the name Virginians of Faith, but signed onto to Reed's group in the spring and changed its name. They have been registering people to vote through churches, e-mails and 650,000 pieces of mail.

In addition, the Christian Coalition also has enlisted hundreds of volunteers through churches to canvas neighborhoods and make calls encouraging Christians to vote Tuesday, spokeswoman Michelle Combs said.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 2, 2009; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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With Conservatives being excluded from running in the GOP by extremists and America hating Limbaugh sycophants, can conservatives be once more fooled into voting for the NeoConMen?

With the GOP no longer the voice of conservatives, what hope do conservatives have for a real concervative candidate?

With only the what latest polls have as only 17% rump identifying them selves as Republican, has the Democratic Party become the true home of real conservative voters?

As an election with little significance will more conservatives vote for the Democratic Party candidate as a way of chastising the GOP for letting the extremists take charge?

Will NeoConMen attempts to get out the vote backfire?

Posted by: walker1 | November 2, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can call me ANYTIME..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 3, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives around the country are gathering in record numbers similiar to what happen in 1994 with the Contract with America movement.

With four 2012 Presidential polling wins in just the last 3 months, Mike Huckabee is leading the way for conservatives to mount an all out comeback win in 2010 and 2012.

Conservatives are no longer sitting on the sidelines, they are "energized". Mike Huckabee's superior communication skills and likeability factor is literally sending electrical voltage to the masses to get up and vote in record numbers.

Thousands of Huckabee Fans around the nation, from the North, South, East and West that span 50 States and a unprecedented amount of 418 Counties and growing continue to expand at a accelerated rate.

Great Orators like: Ronald Reagan, Mike Huckabee, Winston Churchill and Vince Lombardi can get the masses to rise to their feet with enthusiastic energy to go out for the win.

Check it out for yourself, just google the words: Huckabee Fan Club

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | November 4, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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