Palin Rallies 'Mountain Mamas' for Raese in West Virginia

Rock star Ted Nugent says with elections near, "It's time to kick maximum ass."

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 30, 2010— -- Sarah Palin took to the campaign trail today in a final push before election day, headlining a rally for Republican Senate candidate John Raese.

"I'm seeing all these 'mountain mamas and wondering, 'Mountain mamas? Is that anything close to the 'mama grizzlies'?'" the former Alaska governor asked.

"I've been traveling a lot of country roads these last few months especially, trying to get people to understand how important it is that we do elect the right people on Nov. 2 to turn this country around," Palin said.

Palin drew big cheers from the crowd when she suggested that Raese's opponent, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, should keep his current job.

"It's nothing personal. I like your governor. I've worked with him before. He's such a nice guy," Palin said. "But he's such a nice governor I think that Manchin in the mansion just kind of fits, to keep him there."

Raese and Manchin are running neck-and-neck for the seat held by the late Senator Robert Byrd.

Despite the niceties, Palin went on to say that Manchin has perpetuated the problems of "big government" over the past two years and is now trying to blame others in Washington for the current state of the economy.

"John's opponent, let's call him the 'would-be Senator Rubber Stamp,' this opponent is trying to say now, 'Barack who? Never heard of him? Wasn't me?'" Palin said. If Manchin is elected, however, she said he would "be expected to fall in line."

Palin made no mention of her slip-up earlier this month on Twitter, when she incorrectly urged voters to support Raese for Senate in Pennsylvania. She later corrected the mistake.

The 2008 vice-presidential nominee was joined by her husband Todd and rocker Ted Nugent, who took the stage with a hard rock rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Nugent, who referred to Palin and Raese as his "blood brothers," said that with just three days until the midterms, "it's time to kick maximum ass."

"John's going to get attacked for having me here today because I am the whack-master," Nugent said. "I am John's buddy, know it, celebrate it, and never ever back down from what you believe in."

Following the rally in Charleston, the Palins were scheduled to join Raese at a Tea Party Express campaign event in Wheeling, W.Va.

However, West Virginian voters aren't the only ones hearing from Palin this weekend; she is also reportedly robo-calling 8.5 million social conservatives.

The message, being received by voters in 14 states with competitive races, is the same across the country, only the name of the state is changed.

"Hello Pennsylvania, this is Sarah Palin urging you to go to the polls on Tuesday or, even better, vote early. We have some simple choices this year. America needs a return to conservative, common sense and time-tested truths. We need leaders who believe in smaller government, lower taxes, stronger families and a robust, unapologetic national defense," Palin says on the call.

"The momentum is on our side, but it isn't over until the polls close, so please go to the polls and vote for the candidates who share your values. Urge your friends and family to vote, too. Thank you and God bless you," she says.

Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition is behind the robo calls.