November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is slated to campaign next week for Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is slated to campaign next week for Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make multiple campaign appearances on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss next week in Georgia, serving as the political closer for the GOP senator who is battling to win a second term.

This is Palin’s first campaign appearance on behalf of another Republican candidate since losing her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president.

Palin will attend a fundraiser on Sunday night, then appear at multiple campaign stops on Monday in an effort to rally the GOP base to turn out to vote for Chambliss. The incumbent Republican is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Jim Martin. A runoff is scheduled for next Tuesday, after neither candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win on Election Day.

Palin is the latest high-profile politician to head to Georgia to campaign for either Chambliss or Martin. Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore have campaigned for Martin, while Republican presidential nominee John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have appeared on behalf of Chambliss. Today, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will campaign for the Republican senator.

Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said that it made sense for Palin to help Chambliss in the days leading into the run-off because he noted that GOP governors are “still very popular in the party.”

“She is going to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to this run-off,” said Ayers, a close Palin confidante. “She is widely popular in Georgia, and I could not envision a stronger closer for Saxby in this election.”

Georgia is one of two Senate contests that remain unresolved as the dust continues to settle from an Election Day that saw Republicans lose at least seven Senate seats, 20 House seats and control of the White House. Republicans must win at least one of the two remaining unresolved Senate races to prevent Democrats from reaching 60 seats in the chamber and thus achieving a filibuster-proof majority. Minnesota, the other unsettled Senate race, is currently in a recount.

Filed under: Georgia • Jim Martin • Sarah Palin • Senate
soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Yes, she is back....I can watch SNL again.

    November 25, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Phil in Ca

    Wow this idiot is a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks Dems have just won another seat in the senate. lolol

    November 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Lewis Peters

    I am not a republican or a soild democrat but I have only one to say,you people who are so hateful in your heart for Sara Palin why dont you get a life and bring up something usfull to inject in these comments. I just caint believe what I am reading here.

    November 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Terry B.

    Cynic November 25th, 2008 3:28 pm ET

    Interesting, all of these liberal Palin-bashers, saying she is "unqualified" as a CEO of a state, when we have a person who has somehow been elected POTUS without haven't actually DONE ANYTHING in his life.

    Only in America!

    God help us.

    ??? Done nothing??? Graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first Black President of The Harvard Law Review. Taught Constitutional Law and the University of Chicago. Was a three term state Senator from Illinois. A United States Senator. Married his college sweetheart and together they have two wonderful girls. And, oh yeah, got elected as the first African American President in our nations history. I would stipulate that is WAY MORE than hasn't "done anything in his life".....

    November 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Michael

    Guys, we already have 58 seats. The Repubs have 42. Even if we lose Georgia (since it's a south state, lots of uneducated rednecks) and lose Minnesota (I'm not sure how this'll end), we still have more seats. The repubs have hardly any chance to screw our country anymore than they've been doing for the last 8 years.

    November 25, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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