November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
3 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. Kansas Voter

    Does she want to cause another Republican loss?

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. ha!

    She's there because McCain reminded her that "We are all Georgians", she just got on the wrong plane home, thinking she's Georgian, that is...

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri - The Show Me State

    For the love of God, will this woman get lost! Palin please tend to your family and get lost forever!

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Matt

    makes sense...send the racist in a pretty package down there to rile up "the base"...after all, they're obviously more upset with the idea of an extremely intelligent black man in office than a woman with an IQ lower than bedrock

    November 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Adam from GA

    As much as I hate to say it, she will probably help Chambliss's effort. Outside of Atlanta and maybe Athens, GA is certainly no bastion of independent thought.

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Kevin - IN

    Palin was a drag on the ticket. By herself, she's a lead boat anchor.

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. christina

    Great, now Mrs. Palin is coming to Georgia to wreck more important men's lives lol. I think Senator Chambliss is better off alone than teaming up with Palin. Let's not forget what happened to Mccain.

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Ken

    Easy to see this forum is full of ignorant liberal idiots who think Obama is somehow more qualified and isn't going to run this country into the tank. Wow, people....get a clue.

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. New Yorker

    feed her to a moose

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. works for a living

    Doesn't this woamn have a job???!!!!!

    When does she perform the duties of governor that the people of Alaska hired her to do?

    And will she charge the State of Alaska a per diem for her stay in GA? And ask for reimbursement for the airfare? And bring her kids and charge for them as well? And maybe stop at Nieman Marcus while she's there?

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Joseph

    Palin doesnt seem to realize that shes is only extremely popular with an extremely small percentage of americans, certainly not the best americans as this last election showed us...

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Jeff in Illinois

    This will certainly help (Jim Martin).

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Lin

    GO HOME.
    GO AWAY.
    JUST GO!

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. TyWebb

    "Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia" – NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. MH

    I finally thought we got rid of this idiot, and she is back for more???? isn't there someone that can make her realize she is politically and mentally dead????

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Jonathan

    She is campanigning for someone who attacked a Vietnam War veteran, who lost three limbs during his service, for not being tough enough on issues of war and homeland security, while Chamblis didn't serve in the Vietnam War due to receiving military deferments.
    Maybe Palin should have asked only the Republicans who have served to raise their hands.

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Noi

    She is quite delusional. Being an educated mother who has traveled around the world, speak several languages, and have worked in numerous international governmental organizations, even I do not feel that competent to lead America, because I love this country. I am not that selfish as Palin is!

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. C W

    I think Sarah Palin is avoiding dealing with Trig, her Down Syndrome child, and her the unwed pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol.

    According to the April 22, 2008 Anchorage Daily News, Palin was back to work three days after giving birth to Trig. It's clear to me, that she would rather be in the limelight than take care of her kids.

    I'm a feminist and a mom. I think Palin is selfishly choosing her own needs over her family's, at a time when they obviously need her very much.

    Why anyone would support Palin is beyond me. She's a terrible role model for women everywhere.

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. go away

    Why is she still talking...she just does not get it!

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. S. Shay

    Excellent news for Senator Martin!! Nothing makes Dems go to the polls and Repubs retreat in shame like a Sarah Palin appearance. And how she could even agree to campaign when most folks still picture her standing in front of a dying bloody turkey is beyond me...

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. The Sarah Palin Show

    Shes going to get her own Show and take over where Springer left off.

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. C W

    I think Sarah Palin is avoiding dealing with Trig, her Down Syndrome child, and the unwed pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol.

    According to the April 22, 2008 Anchorage Daily News, Palin was back to work three days after giving birth to Trig. It's clear to me, that she would rather be in the limelight than take care of her kids.

    I'm a feminist and a mom. I think Palin is selfishly choosing her own needs over her family's, at a time when they obviously need her very much.

    Why anyone would support Palin is beyond me. She's a terrible role model for women everywhere.

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Mark

    Sarah Palin reminds me of George Bush: She is unfazed by reality. Of course, the GOP being the shambles which it is, she might have a future on the national scene.

    Having said that: Just imagine Sarah Palin being in Obama's shoes right now. Who would her team of economic experts be? Could she converse with an economist? Upon what basis would she make decisions between opposing economic views? The thought is truly mind boggling.

    John McCain's greatest sin is putting Palin in the national spotlight.

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Soccer Nana

    Umm, where are Todd and the kids? They were "inseparable" during her failed bid for VP; now all of a sudden they are "no-shows" when she shows.

    Governor Palin better start taking care of her home and her state.

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Matt

    Come on people give her a break! I bet a lot of you don't even know the real Palin. You guys know Tina Fey. I know the woman who gave the brilliant speech at the Republican National Convention. So, she made some slip-ups and said some very dumb things. Her nomination probably got her completly by surprise. She's just this obscure governor and suddenly–BAM! She's thrust upon the national scene and suddenly nearly every voter in America knows her name. She was immediatley scheduled to be interviewed; I doubt she had much time to prepare for all this.

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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