November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
2 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. Allison

    Oh my God, go home!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Anna, ATL

    Honestly...I am a Democrat, but some of you think the word Democrat is the godsend. Competence in Government is what we need, and while I am impressed with the Obama decisions so far, I dont think too much control is a very good thing.
    Thats why I am rooting for the GA incumbent (R).

    And,
    Congress needs to do a driveby turkey sandwich and get their collective bootie back to work in DC.
    That Nancy Pelosi MUST GO, and Barney Frank too!

    At least Sarah has a RECORD of doing something in the couple of years she's been in charge up there!

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. wake up out there

    Alaska wake up...you voted her as your leader, or did you vote for her to be a republican bimbo fliting around the country. Serves you right for electing an airhead. You might want to chain her to her desk in the govenors office so the rest of us dont have to see or listen to her.

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Tim

    Another loser looking for a big mouth to sling mud for him.
    I think it's a given that anyone asking this lunatic to campaign for them, plans to fail. Did this guy just totally miss the presidential elections?

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Paul I

    Don't underestimate the star power of a beauty queen shooting a wild hog in the Okefenokee Swamp and then knocking down some cool ones with the good ole boys!

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    shouldn't ol' Sarah be home planning a baby shower and a wedding?

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. PAT California

    Someone actually asked, "What can the Republican Party do to reestablish a positive image?" First, OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!! The more you put Palin out there, the worse you look! You may as well get George Bush to strump for you!!!! You people are in denial!!!! If your party doesn't get SERIOUS, you're doomed!!!! But then again, I don't mind. I voted for Obama! Keep it up and we will be eternally grateful!

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Doesn't this boob have a job she was elected to do?

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. sausalito

    There's much to be said about someone who enjoys hoarding the public spotlight as much as this woman. You would think after months of campaigning, and being a key figure in destroying the McCain campaign she would get the hint by now.

    How about raising those kids of yours, Sarah? Yeah, remember them?

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. CanIcallyouJoe

    Hahahahaha!

    GOP – you have no one to blame but yourselves.

    Also, Alaska – we're sorry to break your peace and quiet, but seriously, keep her up there and we swear we sill stop making fun of you.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Brina

    Who's going to be paying for this trip.....the Alaska Tax payers or the RNC because it sure won't be Palin. I do find her entertaining as long as she's not fanning the flames of racism.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Jazz

    This could be a disaster for the GOP. Let Palin keep her buttttttttt in Alaska. They can do better than have her giving false and smears agains. Stay home Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. RebeccaS

    Why won't she just GO AWAY??

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. ANAG LOS ANAGELES, CA

    NO

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. rj

    i only hope she does as much for chambliss as she did for mccain!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Proud American

    If everyone would just BOYCOTT any story from Palin, any news article of video from Palin – the media will tire and realize that she's not getting through to us.

    AMERICA, BOYCOTT PALIN!!

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Thomas

    Sarah.....just click your heels three times and repeat..."there's no place like Alaska..."!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Kathy

    Gobble Gobble! Thanks for helping another Democrat into office Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. AB

    Good business for the high end stores in Georgia. Republicans still do not get it.

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Three buzzards on the Roof

    She truely is the last nail in someones coffin.

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Lars

    Oh, she'll galvanize the base and bring out the vote all right... for the Democrats!

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Seriously

    I just got to say something... Idiots... I'm done now...

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Brian

    Who is running Alaska these days?

    If Palin does not want to perform her duty as Governor of Alaska, then perhaps she can be replaced.

    Someone has to speak up about Palin and her obvious disregard to her obligations to Alaska! :(

    Well, at least the Democratic Party will be stronger, thanks to Palin! :D

    If we are lucky, Palin will be responsible for the Democrats to have a filibuster power in the Senate! :D

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Chesapeake, Va

    Somebody please make her go away.......

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Independent Voter

    NEWS BREAKING HEADLINES -

    Done Deal in Georgia! Democrat Jim Martin has been elected Senator by a landslide margin after Sarah Palins campaign of hate and division across the State of Georgia....way to go Sarah!

    God Bless President Obama and the First Family!!

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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