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

    I'd be willing to pay her a one-way ticket back to Alaska Doesn't she have an igloo to tend to ?

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. dobblea

    Republican = Stupid.

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. phil

    GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. kaushik jadunundun

    lol..thank you sarah six pack...you will make our task easier and we will be one step closer to get the magic number 60 fillibuster proof....I think Sarah Palin doesnt get or may be she is pretending not to get it....oh well...let her do what she got to do and let us take georgia senate seat from the GOP...

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. margaret

    Drat. My holiday wish was that Caribou Barbie would stick to the snowy Alaskan outback and save us from her sly winks and folksie crap.
    bah humbug

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Jeff - Austin, TX

    Good. This should insure Chambliss' loss.

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Peter of Oregon

    Who's governing the State of Alaska?

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Chuck

    Noah, you poor lost little man. Your name says it all. Christian, evangelical, racist, hate mongering, and all of the other negatives that Palin has voiced to America so "intelligently". LOL

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Jeff

    Hey, I may be wrong, but wasn't there another Republican gunning for the White House this November? This one was male, though....or am I nuts?

    Jim.....John something?

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Dave

    Sure, let this nitwit stick her nose in a campaign and hand the democrats another seat!! She's a horrible mother, leaving her special-needs child with God knows who, just to put her mug back in the limelight? I can't wait till we can truly say good riddance.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Deborah

    You LIB'S are so scared of Sarah you should be. Get ready you president will be gone in four years he will be another Carter. Oh look at the change weclome back the Clinton's nothing new. Enjoy your four years hateful sayings and your welfare checks. O how about the 2.5 million jobs OB promise wait a minute now he says to save not create.
    He is not change he is the same old BS.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. nelson

    Will she please just go away. The woman is clueless. This from the person that stood for 3 minutes doing a "happy go lucky" interview while turkeys where being slaughtered. People and small children are going to have nightmares. Wouldn't Palin or a aid say, "we need to move this interview"?

    Anyway, isn't she the governor of Alaska? Would her time be better spent there. She didn't give up the position.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. MESA MICK

    Will somebody PLEEEZE keep this hick-talkin" Wasilla trailer trash in Alaska. Some turkeys need slaughterin'...

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Okay, I'm from Ga and I wasn't going to bother to vote in the runoff election, but now I am. Jim Martin, you've got my vote!

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. mike in ohio

    I hope she has new material to speak about. I know they do not want to hear about... “What I did in Alaska” or Ayres… I know she is wondering what kind of shopping she can do in GA. Do what you do Ms. Palin. But I’m sure it would be nice if you could spend a lil time with the Baby... unless you have a belt clip with a lil baby pocket on it for him on it for this campaign

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. PAT California

    WOW! With all those HEAVY HITTERS, McCain, Palin, Guilianni, all losers, pulling for him, he cannot miss!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Jim

    Thou protest too much. People without good values do not like to be confronted with people with good values, makes them uncomfortable.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Polkovnik

    The media ought to remind the electorate of how Sen. Chambliss got elected in the first place. His campaign bitterly, falsely, and unforgivably attacked the patriotism of his predecessor/opponent, a critic of the Bush/Cheney Middle East policy.

    That took some truly infernal chutzpah, as former Sen. Max Cleland is a much-decorated Viet Nam war hero who left three of his limbs on the battlefield.

    Georgians, as you vote, think about the trashing of Max Cleland, and return Sen. Chambliss to private life.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. educated Ron

    I hope she does all she can to continue McCain type of winning streaks. I hope she runs for president forever.

    Democrats 2012,2016,2020,2024,2028,2032

    Please Palin keep exciting your divisive base.

    The funniest thing i'm reading is about the governor of louisiana being a potential republican star.

    Hello!!! Republican base can only vote for people they feel look like them.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. brenda

    Don't forget to drag the baby along – what's his name, Prop?
    ______________________
    typical liberal dem response. you people hate babies, disabled folks, old folks and well, the average person. but you like crooks, gays, liars and cheats, lazy poor people.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. bob

    I guess the GOP really is that dumb.

    November 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. bob

    Glad to see there are plenty of people in the GOP that can't tell the difference between notoriety and good publicity. Yes there will be lots of cameras and microphones there. Heaven knows what they'll capture and distribute to the voters, though.

    As he should have, McCain lost based on who he picked as a VP candidate, and how he handled the rest of the campaign. Anyone else making the same sorts of choices...well, it's "just desserts", folks.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. John

    Instant Loss – just add Palin!

    November 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. SB in NoVa

    Sweet ... she can help him lose, too! After that ... she needs to go back up to the turkey slaughter house where the only thing more "foul" than her is the foul! LOL!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Glenn in California

    She's in her 16th minute of fame now. When will she realize that her 15 minutes are up? The Democrats hope that she becomes the Republican flag bearer, as this will ensure a Demcratic majority in the years to come.

    November 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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