November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
4 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. Vetrans for Obama

    Good... maybe she can ruin his chances at being elected also.

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. christian

    who cares. palin is a joke. please make it stop. she is a blight and a has-been of the political school of thinking which must be exterminated for our very survival. wise people see that

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Linda, NC

    GOP is JOKE.

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Brian

    She'll probably turn out the largest crowds ever in a Senatorial election

    Can't wait to see the 500 comments this article will generate from the hate-filled fascist obamabot left....

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. 228ro

    You have to be kidding me!

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Judy

    Obv iously Sen. Saxby Chambliss doesn't want to win either..........

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Too Stupid

    She is bored up in Alaska..... next Dancing with the Stars.....

    November 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    What has he done to deserve four more years? I want to know.

    November 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. rachel

    Oh goodness who called this in the rudy thread

    November 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Ann

    oh no !
    not the dim- wit sarah palin again.
    Should"nt she be home with her kids who need her ?

    November 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. crazyworld

    Doesn't this women have a job? Does Alaska run itself?

    November 25, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Kim

    I wish I had a magic wand to make her GO AWAY!

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Dreyfus

    This is awesome. I just love Sarah! Not only did she pave the way for Obama to win the election, she continues every day to provide entertainment and comedy relief in these economically dire times. She's the perfect sociology experiment on multiple levels– not only an example of just how many people will follow the dumbest politician ever simply because of their narrow idealogy, but also how many people will watch her because of her looks (myself included), again, despite her being the dumbest politician ever. Please, Sarah, you go campaign for Saxby. That should give the Democrats a substantial edge.

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. labman57

    I think we all need to cut Sarah Palin some slack. After all, she is from Alaska which has among the highest per capita incidence of alcoholism, rape and incest, i.e., she is from one of those "un-American" parts of our nation. In addition, she has no doubt been affected by the company she keeps, including a corrupt, convicted Senator, a witch doctor, and secessionists. In other words, she has been palling around with people who do not see America as you and I do.

    So like I said, let's cut her some slack. She just doesn't know any better.

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Kevin

    Dear God....please just go away!!! Please!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. mike

    14:59:59

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Let'sGetToSixty!

    I don't know, does Chambliss really want the dumbest politician ever to campaign on his behalf? I hope some of the more intelligent republicans will jump over to the good side with this move.

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Veterans for Obama

    Does the RNC condone this? I would think they would want her to stay away from all elections from here on out.

    Good news for Martin!

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. m.white

    Get over yourself, Sarah! Do your job that you signed up, and lead the people that really want you and need you!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Terri Ann ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Did anybody else the article last week where she has 800 personal appearance requests across the country for the coming year? Let's see– do my job as Governor of Alaska or stroke my ego by doing personal appearances all the time????? Wonder which one she will choose???

    And I can't imagine 800 idiots in this country would actually want to book her to appear in the first place!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Ron DC

    Great!

    Let the gaffes begin!

    I told you They need me in the lower 48's.

    Besides I needed an excuse to get out of Alaska again. So don't hate!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Patty in Missouri

    Please, Sarah, please....do tons of interviews. Maybe this time with a network other than Fox. Maybe someone who will ask tough questions AND follow-up.

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. What, no work in Alaska

    If a were a resident of Alaska, I would be quite peeved at my governor spending time on politicking in Georgia! I understand her being away during the presidential campain but now that its over shouldn't she be a bit more focused on Alaska?

    More details please ticker, like who is financing this trip?,

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Deborah

    Nooooooooooo!!! Please, just make this woman go away already.

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. AJ

    Does she and her handlers really think she's going to help? Don't they realize she is going to cause more damage to the party? to any candidate? to our sanity?

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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