November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 years 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.


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soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. NYFN08

    What? None of the other losers have worked so far for Chambliss? Then let's try some good old "divide and conquer," Palin style!

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. LWE, former Republican, Central FL

    Oh dear God! Just when I thought it was safe to turn the TV news back on...

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. MAJ

    This Palin person is a constant nightmare! She keeps popping back scaring us to death!

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. NYFN08

    If only she knew how the rest of the world viewed her, she'd never leave that comfy home in Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Todd

    I guess CNN has, for whatever reason, made the decision that they will report on Palin every four hours from now on.

    I have no interest. There are 50 governors in the United States and Palin is no more or less interesting (or popular) (or important) than any of the others.

    I'll be getting my news elsewhere from now on. CNN's new "All Palin News" programming is boring and useless.

    Goodbye, CNN.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. carol

    Another photoop for Palin. She does love the cameras and truly thinks she is becoming more popular with each appearance. Her appearance is nothing more than an annoyance to any intelligent person and, once again, I would question Chambliss' judgement by letting her campaign.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Chuck in LA

    It's admirable to be ambitious, but ambition + stupidity is a very, very dangerous combination

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Jan

    If the media – which Sarah claims hates her – would just stop seeking her out and covering her every move, maybe she would just go away. If we wanted more of her, we'd have voted for her. We didn't. Please grant us an early holiday wish and ignore her.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. mary

    Omg, when is this palin nightmare going to end for us the republican. God why is my fellow Gopians continuing to showcase this woman. Now i know for sure we are gonna loose georgia too to dem. brrrrrrrrrrrr

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. thanos

    sadly she'll do great down in georgia. just indicative of a mentality there that isn't interested in issues. it will be like an old time good old boy rally only minus the white sheets.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. SD Demo

    Noah–Fair is fair. The Shrub stole Florida in 2000. It's our chance now to steal Minnesota. Deal??

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Chuck

    The republican party in the USA has now become the laughing stock of the rest of the world. It is truly the party of clowns, freaks, and mentally unstable. Sort of reminds you of some terrorist groups.

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. AJ

    The woman reminds me of the Nicole Kidman character in what was it "To Die For" – an untalented driven ruthless and stupid all in one semi-polished shell.

    Although very scary to the rest of us, her love of cameras is going to ruin her. Just wait.

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. charlie in Maine

    She did not help when the election was about moderate independents nationwide. It might make sense in GA though. But as I remember Charlie Daniel's song "The devil went down to GA and LOST. I hope she does the same

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. SKI

    I Second This One! Well Said!!

    Luke Brown, Charleston SC November 25th, 2008 11:03 am ET
    Maybe Palin's unwed daughter will campaign along side John McCain and Fred Thompson's second wives, and Guilliani's third wife in a kind of Republican family values parade for Chambliss.

    GOP needs to fire up that Christian Coalition base!

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Jerry

    Go Sarah , and for all you demolibs remember 48% of the USA did vote for her. truely a breath of fresh air vs black puppet Clinton regime

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. E

    Why oh why won't she go away!?!?!

    Chambliss already treats legless vets like traitors, maybe she can come in and kick some puppies and babies around just for fun.

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Rich

    We wont get 4 years of Bush policy but we get 4 years of this dope. Thanks mainstream media!

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Scott

    SWEET. I was afraid there wouldn't be any more comic fodder for a while from the Saks 5th hick. You get in there and get all governorey with the people, just spreading that wisdom doggone it. hee heeeeeee

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Jodi K

    ugh When will we stop hearing about Failin Palin? She is a BAD joke, and need sto go home and do her JOB. You know, the one she was actually ELECTED to do. The rest of the country doesn't need winks and "you betchas". We need intelligence and steadfast leadership. Let Alaska suffer with the dregs... they wanted her after all.

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Pat

    Gp away, PLEASE - just GO AWAY!! Can't this woman take a hint? She's not doing this for Chambliss, it's a self-serving move to stay in the public eye. Doesn't Alaska need a governor anymore? And what about her family??? She's going to be changing even more diapers very soon....

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Obiden

    GOP
    Sarah Palin
    Dumb and Dumber!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Anonymous

    She needs to stay home and take care of her family

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. SOOOOO tired of Palin

    All you folks in Alaska have to be sooooo tired of this, too.

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. A-Man

    This woman is like a nightmare you just can't wake up from. As much as the rest of the world favored Obama they find this lady to be an absolute joke. For those of you Americans that support her, I only guess because she is a woman or your a strong Republican, as there is absolutely no logical reason to parade suck poor representation infront of anyone, think about this, people honestly think she is a joke. So many good republicans and wonderful female representative across the US and the republicans put her and Joe the plummer forward.

    November 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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