November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
6 months 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. Fenarkleman

    Oh, yah! Palin to campaign for Saxby. Should be good. I predict some record-shattering dull-witted comment from her this time. And maybe she'll make that comment while animals are being skinned alive behind her. Rousing? You betcha. Doggone it. Isn't Sarah Palin ripping off Sheriff Marge Gunderson of "Fargo"?

    November 25, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Noah

    Chambliss is going to run away with this election unless, of course, the Liberals find a way to steal it like they are stealing Minnesota.

    November 25, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. ANGIE

    Mr 911 and Airhead wow guess these Gop is really in Self Destruct mode they really want to stay dead for decades!

    November 25, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    She'll be serving up moose chili along with her famous co-star "Joe the Turkey Farmer"! Everyone's invited, bring the kids!

    November 25, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Ben in San Diego

    Oh thank goodness... things were starting to get really boring... maybe she can take the stage and club a baby harp seal or something...

    November 25, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Michael

    I sure am glad I don't live in Georgia..........

    November 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl.

    The circus can always use another clown.

    November 25, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. ET from Omaha

    Oh lord here we go again. This people never learn a lesson.
    If you want to win an election you don't put dunb politician like PALIN on the campaign trail. I feel so sorry for this guy running on the GOP ticket in Georgia.
    He just lost million of votes asking Palin to campaign for him. All Palin will bring is energize democrat voters to go to the polls.
    He is as dumb as Palin

    November 25, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Ken

    Why would the Republicans send McCain, Palin, and Giuliani to Georgia. They are three losers!

    I hope their luck rubs off on Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Proud to be American

    Well Palin just don't know how to lay low .... I hope the outcome will be the same as when she campaign with McSame hehehehe gee is this the best the GOP can do? God Bless them all....

    November 25, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. BC

    Well, if there is one dirtier politician than Sarah Palin in the USA, it would have to be Saxby Chambliss. What a pair of lying sinners. Those who are waiting for the coming of the Anti-Christ, keep an eye on this woman...

    November 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Chuck

    Go home Sara, the Americann public does not want you to hold national office.

    It's surprising that Alaskans are so ignorant as to vote for a partisan fool with an ambitious heart that will do or say anything for power or money while claiming to be a Christian.

    November 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Steph

    Doesn't she have a state to run? The folks in Alaska have to be getting a bit angry that she seems interested in everything but Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Denver for Sensible Politicians

    For the love of god, can this woman go away please. Why you were on the national stage to begin with baffles me. Go shoot something, but please – just go away. Obviously no one wants you. Your like the little kid in dodgeball, that was picked last. Try something else.

    November 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Bubba

    Aargh! That's all we need. Another mouthy has-been trying to convince us here in Ga that it would be better to keep useless Saxby than to give Martin a chance to do some work. I tell ya, if I find her up on my porch with some pamphlets, I'm siccing my dawg on her. You betcha, wink wink.

    November 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. facts are facts

    With the bunch of losers the GOP have had campaigning it should be a slam dunk for Martin. Now with the wicked witch of the North stumping for Chambliss it's becoming an IQ test for Georgians.

    It is difficult to believe the GOP still think this idiot is an up and coming member of their party. Surely only the wackos and extremists would be influenced by her appearance.

    November 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Diana Ewing NJ

    Hope she has time for her Alaskan population... After the gas prices have gone down... profit from the oil companies will shrink... and Stevens isn't there any more for the EAR MARKS... for those roads that go no where.... but I am sure she knows what she is doing.

    November 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Patricia

    Can someone please tell me why.

    Let's stop this madness

    November 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Walker Stevenson

    I guess the GOP wants to get more mileage out of all the clothes they bought for Palin.

    November 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. KMAN

    Apparently, being governor of Alaska is a pretty simple job since it seems to require little or no time on Palin's part to fulfill her responsibilities.

    November 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin was the main reason for McCain's loss and will surely do the same for Chambliss. In one of Palin's interviews she still talks negative about President-elect Obama as she did on the campaign trail and she needs to apologize. The GOP still doesn't get it and Palin will continue to destroy them.

    November 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Thomas Huhndorf

    This lady just can't get enough of the spotlight, however ambition does not equate to intellegence

    November 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. gina

    Excellent – this should help Chambliss lose.

    November 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Maggie

    WHY are we being subjected to this person still?

    Oh, well, maybe it's a sign of the times. One person can destroy an entire political party, and it looks like Palin is the one to bury the GOP. You'd think that they'd grow brain cells at some point and realize this woman is a babbling idiot.

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Enough Already

    Why won't the media let this woman disappear of the face of the earth. Well I guess if she is in on the campaign trail then that surely seals the deal for the democrats.

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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