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. donna

    She is just self-promoting herself disguised as a stumper for a fellow GOP idiot.

    I would think Alaska would want its governor home governing, or at the very least attending to her very pregnant teenage daughter!

    what a whackjob

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. RealityKing

    No wonder the liberals scream hate at the site of Sarah. This women adds excitement to the mix! Even for CNN's lame blog..

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Bill

    you betchya she'll take another man down and i sure would like to talk about the great ronald reagan and ya know we can see russia from here too alright

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. tess

    i love it that the dems are still so terrified of sarah! they think that if they keep trashing her it will hurt her and make her go away – they don't know what a really strong woman is because all they have to look at is hillary (who got where she is because of who she married) and pelosi who is herself a joke. republicans should feel sorry for them because they are so clueless and pathetic!

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. shelly

    I just wish Sarah Palin would go back to Alaska, and stay back. I'm so done with her.

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Abuse of power

    Birds of a feather...

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Matt

    And the Political Darwin Award goes to.....

    Saxby Chambliss!!!!!

    yaaaaaaaay!!!1!!one!! [insert Kermit the Frog waving hands like crazy]

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Laura

    She helped McCain lose. How could she possibly help this guy?

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Don G

    I've got to believe that the Democratic National Committee is paying for this. But, in Georgia, this airhead may actually help.

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. lucy

    Brilliant! She is gorgeous! Good entertainment!

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Ward Adams

    Wow. The scary thing is that the "Guns and Jesus" crowd will come out in droves and vote her into office. I'll definitely think about leaving the U.S. at that point. I'm not the kind of American they want (liberal, critical, and skeptical).

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. vahe

    maybe they want to lose the elections again ahahahaha if you want to lose your president bid or senet sit hire palin for your campaign

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. thanos

    this is all about sarah now and making herself visible at every viable GOP media event. she's like a roller derby queen elbowing for position and she's not going away because the GOP has no other candidate with her charisma. Plenty with more brains than her but none who are as power hungry as she is. She took her first hit of the power drug as McCain's running mate and now like one of the many meth addicts scurrying about her state she's hooked and will do anything for that limelight. She's dangerous because she DOESN"T CARE if she says something stupid as long as she's the center of attention. She admitted she knew nothing about foreign policy but that didn't stop her because she knows that if you lie and say you're qualified 100 times and tell the truth and say you aren't once; that one truth gets lost in the media trash pile. This is political musical chairs folks and Sarah is determined to be sitting in that chair in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Brian, Edmond OK

    Maybe she should just go on ahead and stick Chambliss in that machine where the turkeys go to have their heads grinded off. She seemed to be proud of that thing.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Sunny

    Or maybe on second thoughts, she got bored of looking at Russia from her back window!

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Gary

    NO!

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Angel

    Nooooooooooooooooo

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Proud Democrat

    Good for her!

    It's great to be an American where everyone has a right of freedom of speech.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Jeremy

    I really don't understand why anyone would want her to campaign for them. She demonstrated complete incompetence during McCain's campaign and although there were other reasons, she made him lose by looking like a fool to the majority of Americans. The only people who like this woman are other women/men with their radical christian viewpoints.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Chip

    Apparently, being governor of Alaska is a pretty simple job since it seems to require little or no time on Palin's part to fulfill her responsibilities."

    Much like being a Senator from Illinois?

    You know, after that last bit with the turkeys in the background, this woman is just plain gross.

    I guess you'll be having tofu for Thanksgiving?

    It's amusing reading these boards. I love it when people that can't spell the most rudimentary words in the English language or properly tense a verb call a sitting governor stupid.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Three buzzards on the Roof

    Yippie Kiiiiiiiiiiii yaaaaaaaaaa,Its Sarah to the rescue.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Steph

    I'm still waiting to hear about the clothing auction "for charity"....guess she got to keep the goods, yup, you betcha!

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Guy

    Good, we could use the laughs.

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. William Sheidow

    This is good news for Jim Martin.

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. elsie

    Why are Republicans willing to spend millions of dollars and campaign for racist bigots?

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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