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. Ralph Iowa

    Send both Bush and Palin to Atlanta, that would seal it...

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. John Rico

    Caribou Barbie go back to your Alaskan dream house. America said thanks but no thanks on Nov 4th. Get the hint.

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Ernest in MD

    Is there nothing to do for a governor in Alaska?
    She is been out for months now. She beter serve her people in Alaska rather that spend all her time in the lower US. or she can just get a job in the lower US, for her political career. She is so very well loved here...

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Darlene

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYY??????? Go away already!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Brenna

    And I thought we were done with her for a while. How disappointing.

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. DX in TX

    What the heck is happening in on with these jokers. First Huckabee, then Rudy "911" Guilianni now Sarah "bulldog with lipstick" Palin

    Take a lesson from John McCain and get out with some dignity!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Lars

    Doesn't she have a job in Alaska that she is being paid to do? Why isn't she there doing it? And who in there right mind would want her endorsement?

    November 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Oh NO!!!!!!!!!!!! She at it again, spreading hate, lies and division among the American people...

    Isn't Alaska COMPLAINING because she isn't doing her job????????

    November 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. ANDREW

    Well she did such a great job for McCain why not have her help another one not get elected.
    She is like a pimple that won't clear.

    November 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. gail in arizona

    Please please give us a break Sarah....stay in Alaska, please

    November 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. I can't stop laughing!

    Noah,

    Shouldn't you be gathering your animals?

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Cathy

    People need to get over this woman. She is not the vice president. She never had a shot at being the vice president. She needs to take her 150K in clothes and go home and stay there.

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Daniel

    The more she stays in view, the worse it is for her in 2012.

    So by all means Sarah, stay visible!

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Diane from Ohio

    We can't get enough of her and we miss her malaprops.

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Liz

    She has no family values as far as I can see. She is very narcissistic
    and into Sarah Palin. Who cares about her baby?? I am a Christian from Ohio and find her a real nut job.

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Seattle Sue

    Another loser going to the defence of a big loser in Georgia.

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. j.c.

    Looser Paulin, better stay home in the country where she should never leave!! Change in here.. Republicans will loose again!!

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Democrats In Charge!

    Are Republicans getting dumber by the minute?

    Who would support this nit-wit?

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Democrat Against Pelosi

    Glad all those Democrats that supported Obama's "unity" and "change" are so eager to bash Palin....how do you say...hypocrite?

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. torontonian

    I feel SORRY for those intelligent republicans who have to be in the same party with Palin

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Jim

    For Crying Out Loud...CNN Make this thing go away...Please, Am sick sick sick...

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. thinking out loud

    so close CNN

    We were so close to being done with her for good!!!!

    Granted we saw her and some dead turkeys recently, but still ...

    I think the one thing to take away from this is ... she has no handlers this time ... granted the GOP knew she was coming and they're not stopping her, so they obviously want her there...

    I guess no one has learned.

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Lord Help Us All!

    Is this the best the GOP can muster??

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Beverly, NYC

    Wonder how much the campaign is spending on this? Did the RNC re-loan her a campaign suit for the appearance?

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Helene

    She is Baaaaaackkkk ! Enough, pity, please, spare us !!!

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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