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.


Filed under: Georgia • Jim Martin • Sarah Palin • Senate
soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. buyergal

    Oh my. Please keep her in Alaska away from the camersas. WHO CARES, already!

    November 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Kathy in Indiana

    Good grief – enough of this clown – make her go away!

    November 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Joe

    SARAH PLEASE GO AWAY.
    GO BACK TO ALASKA. WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR DUMB BUTT

    November 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. AL

    Will she be traveling with Todd, Piper, Picked, Pack, Pickled and Pepper also...
    Who's paying for it and will they all get a new wardrobe for the trip?

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Sunny

    She is making sure that democrats get the absolute fillibuster-proof majority in the senate. Great Job Plain! Keep it up!

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Beth

    So...Sen. Saxby Chambliss must want to lose too, eh??

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. David

    Does GOP not realize THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING?

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. GaVoter

    Sarah is welcome to Georgia because she is like us, middle America. Sit down and stay a while Sarah..., enjoy some of our real southern hospitality instead of that agenda driven crazy cattie crap the divisive left has been offering you.

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Thom

    Please, just go back to Alaska and keep an eye on Russia, enough already!!! Shheeeesh!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Noel

    I wish people would leave Sarah alone. She is not dumb. The liberal media made her out to be that way, and all of your are dumb enough to buy into that.

    She has graduated from college, led city government and now state government. How many of you have done that?

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    This is like a scene from "Night of the Living Dead"........everytime you think she is politically dead and buried, she comes back to life and haunts your TV screen. Enough already!

    November 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. ET from Omaha

    I never had so much fun in life conpare to reading people reaction to her comming back on the campaign trail on this blog.
    I'm in tears. Good news for SNL.

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. bob

    ...and for that matter, who is running Alaska's state government? Has it actually improved over the past 18 months? Will Gov. Palin claim the additional time as "executive experience" in office? Now that she's flown around the country many times, is she an expert on domestic policy as well as foreign policy (you can see a lot farther from the plane window than from her front porch...)? Will the Couric interview suffice to tank the aspirations of anyone dumb enough to have her as a spokesperson for them? And, best of all, what new howlers will she let drop from her mouth?

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Renata

    She is so hardheaded...rambling Sarah...noone knows what she says or understands what she says...rambling in the twilight zone..she probably sees stars when she talks..Your 2cents worth is over and you blew it...

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. tishoogle

    Keep this woman in alaska! Palin the half baked alaskan go away!
    Keep her out of the news!

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Kitty

    Whoever says Gov. Palin is dumb – BACK AT YA!!!

    LOL – LOL

    Each one of you that claims to have had enough of Gov. Palin is not making a true statement!! You would not be commenting about her if you hated her!!! Admit it – come on – WE ALL LOVE THIS WONDERFUL PERSON!!!! AND WITH OUR HELP GOV. PALIN WILL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2012!!!!! GOOD JOB GUYS!!!! LOL

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. VernisRobertson

    I wish that sje would just go away . She is a loser

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Eric L.

    Well, I was going to vote for Saxby...

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Rache from Bowie

    He's certain to lose now if that dunce "helps" him.

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. hometowndemocrat

    What do you bet that Sarah Palin could survive a nuclear bomb being dropped on her..........I don't think anything could make this woman go away.

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Mike S. New Orleans

    She probably thinks Georgia is in Russia.

    I thought her fifteen minutes of fame was up?

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Cathy Agu

    This is like a B A D D R E A M

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. tevis

    The woman has a pathological need for the media spotlight.

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Mary

    Sarah Palin has not yet learned that campaigns are not the same as beauty pageants. See Beauty Pageants run over and over and over, if you lose in one, you just keep movin on to the next one. No one is hurt and it goes on forever. In Politics, if you lose you lose, that's it, done, go home. Everyone knows where you stand and on what. If the GOP wants Sarah to represent her, well keep at it. we will have no Republicans left.....................

    Gosh I am tired of this lady.......

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. J.R., Lisle, Illinois

    PLEASE GO AWAY!

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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