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.


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soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. Mark Dover, Delaware

    The people of Georgia would be wise NOT to re-elect Saxby Chambliss to the Senate. Obama is putting a great team in place to get the economy back on track and needs all the HELP he can get..,.NOT HINDERANCE!

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Diane Panama City Fl

    You can expect more race-baiting, hate-mongering from this rethuglian sycophant, pretty much along the lines of "he's palling around with terrorists."

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Here we go...

    Ok...so here we go again. What's the attire, hoods and capes or just veils that mask the truth?

    I thought someone promised us that we wouldn't have to see and hear her after the election..... empty promise!

    November 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Apples for sale

    With a Turkey in one hand and a shotgun in the other,yelling yeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaa.

    November 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Auuugh! I am so tired of her! America is so tired of her! She is the reason John McCain lost the White House, and she will be the reason Georgia Republicans lost their seat!

    November 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Joy, Vancouver, WA

    Who is taking care of her special needs baby while she is advancing her political career?

    November 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Robbin

    I thought that when they lost she would go away....now we are seeing her more than ever! What do we do to get her to go away..please someone tell me what to do and I will do it!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. BigDaddyTod

    Maybe she can do for Chambliss like she did for McCain. Turkey anyone?

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. SK2 - DELAWARE

    Will this woman please just go away.
    Who is taking care of this woman's kids?
    Why have four or five kids if you are not going to raise them and take care of them?

    This woman is so vain that she will put herself ahead of what is best for her children.

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Tarmarq-----So Cal

    If Chambliss loses he can blame Palin. Why won't they let her fade away...

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Ruby

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

    Back to Alaska, Palin, I can't imagine you will help anybody out with their campaign.

    Gross.

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. xenoc

    Can do for Sen Chambliss what she did for Sen McCain? Or is she now angling to become his supporter, then do what she did in Alaska, and send him off to an investigation so she can step in as the next GOP senator in Georgia? That clever Sarah Palin, she is outfoxing all of us....

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. An Independent for Obama

    Then the Dem. candidate has it made. This governor can suck the life out on anybody's campaign. A favor to ask; would you please refuse to mention her name for, oh six months maybe? That would allow me to heal and her to finish shrinking up and blowing away. Thanks in advance.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Joe

    Senator Chambliss will lose for sure by having Palin campaign. Palin is such a loser. Did you see the video of Palin where she pardoned a turkey then did an news interview with the turkeys getting their heads cut off behind her. Idiot.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. LaJuan

    He must really want to win. LOL

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. MaryanneAZ

    I hope the citizens of Alaska do not mind her straying away from her day job after the last long absence. I cannot believe that this woman would be a draw for this candidate or any other candidate. Every time she opens her mouth, more nonsense spews forth. Why doesn't she just stay in Alaska and do the job she was elected to do there? I'm totally sick of the sight and sound of this woman personally. She is a very divisive figure–people either totally love her or totally hate her. Guess what camp I'm in?

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Ken Mason City, IA

    The ignorant fool needs to disappear from the media.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Richard

    Wonder how she will smear the Democrat and lie about herself.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Terry, Dallas Texas

    That's funny. Remember how she went on and on about how much work she has to do as governor and that it far outwieghed anything Obama had experienced. She sure has found time in her busy life to keep jetting down from Alaska to put her face in front of the camera.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Sheila the mum

    Please just stay home I have a headache already...

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Maybe Palin's unwed daughter will campaign along side John McCain and Fred Thompson's second wives, and Guilliani's third wife in a kind of Republican family values parade for Chambliss.

    GOP needs to fire up that Christian Coalition base!

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. mckenzie

    It would be real loss for Replicans if Sarah and Rudy started campaigning. The GOP has lost big time especially because of Sarah Palin and her campaigning does nothing to help. Why doesn't Sarah just keep her mouth shut – when she speaks she becomes a laughing stock.

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Tina

    I thought the Sarah Palin Show was cancelled on Nov. 4, 2008. I guess you guys are gonna keep her in syndication. UGH!

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Dishonest and Dishonorable

    If Georgia follows behind the suggestion of Palin, it will prove just how backwards the state is. She reminds of us all the wrong things...

    She said every mean and vile lie she could against Obama ... from what I hear ... that's how Chambliss beat Max Cleland in the last election.

    I can't image that anyone that lauds those that have served in the military ....... or those that have given of their body for this country .... could EVER endorse Saxby Chambliss .... but some how both McCain and Palin DID.

    Hypocrits....

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Icilda

    When Sarah Palin heard that McCain met with Obama last week, she accused McCain of palling around with terrorists.

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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