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. Ken

    Silly Sarah – still suffering from Delusions of Adequacy!!

    November 25, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Michael

    Are we going to see her again in NBC Sat Night ? poor woman.

    November 25, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Nebraskan

    LOL! This is TOO MUCH. I almost wish I was in Georgia just so I could be entertained by all this.

    I am almost having to take a day off work so I can stay home and LAUGH at this parade of losers take down an entire political party that has been around for centuries...

    November 25, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Virginia

    The republicans should team Sarah Palin and Rudy in 2012. It will make for a sure winner for the dems. Obama won't even have to campaign for another term.

    November 25, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. mike

    it's all about sarah!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. LM75

    Palin, just go away.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Robbie

    If I were Alaska, I would be ready to impeach her. It's about time she started taking care of the job she already has! Who's paying for this little vacation?

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Faiz

    I think it is very good for Chambliss. During the off-season election you need your base to win and who loves Sarah Palin more then the Republican Base.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Ginger

    I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. And, while I hate to say it, Sarah Palin is perfect to campaign to the Republicans of Georgia. With all her religious extremism, she'll fit right in.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Military Woman

    When is she ever going to be a mother for those dysfunctional children of hers? No wonder they have had the messes in their lives that they've had. I shudder to think of any dim witted American woman holding her up as an example of motherhood. Even now that she has an opportunity to be at home with them, she chooses not to. She is just not interested in being a parent and it shows in the outcome in her children. Her other daughter will get "big" under her nose next. Poor Trig and Piper.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. ScottPruden

    Stupid people are entitled to representation in our government.
    We as a society need stupid people to absorb bullets, buy our crappy products and perform menial tasks. Therefore we should honor their choice in politicians.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Ivan Sanchez

    Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska and tend to her elected job which she's has ignored for months! What's a loser doing trying to help out another loser?

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. joseph

    Why doesn't Palin accept the offers to appear on the late night shows? The country could use a good laugh. I can't see any other reason for the offers. She should also accept the all expenses paid offers from the twenty other international tv shows cause in these hard times the whole world could use a real big joke.

    November 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Sam

    Um, folks, let's realize that we are talking G-E-O-R-G-I-A.

    They like her there.

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Swimsuit?

    Whens the swimsuit part of this competition start?

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. frodo

    Well, see there's her first problem, she's an Alaskan campaigning in Georgia...

    Not quite exactly as far from Alaska you can get and still be in the US, but close...

    As a Libertarian, (and so looking at the two parties from a different viewpoint), I am at a loss to see that she would draw a big following. Her folksy ultra Christian conservatism was a contrast to McCain–which is why he picked her–to gather those far-right-wingers that he didn't appeal to.

    Seems to me that this election is proof that the religious spin is wearing thin.
    Also, since less than 1/4 of the population of the US voted for Obama (~60million) we certainly don't have a mandate for his grow government policies...

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Kim J

    Why are you people so mean?

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. seth

    I didn't think one could s t r e t c h their 15 minutes of fame

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. ria

    Here ya go again .... runnnnnnnnnnn

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Doug R.

    Sarah Palin is a flake and an idiot. She can't even speak correct English. Her comments are moronic. She's one of the reasons McCain was smeared all over the map on 11/04/08. Who is going to be next?? Joe the Plumber??
    Saxby Chambliss is filthy and slimy and unpatriotic.

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    When is she going back to work for the people of Alaska. You know...the ones who hired her and are paying her salary!

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Bryce Beamish

    Great! She can sink Saxby the same way she did McCain.

    Hello 60 seat majority.

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. steve

    Go away, Palin. Nobody likes you. Go back to your igloo. Go on, git!

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. No more Palin.....ever

    The closer? That's laughable. The only 'closing' she did for McCain was close any chance of him winning the presidency. Just go back to Alaska and earn your paycheck. No one wants to hear from you!

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Judy Miami Fl

    Are there actually any people who would vote for this candidate because of Palin? Georgian's aren't that dumb are they?

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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