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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  1. Blue Alaska

    I see that "Sis. Slaughterhouse Say-rah" is put up to it again...and too dense to realize that she is quickly losing tundra in Alaska! Alaskans for Truth are no longer stooping to accomodate her shenanigans ~ and in this life, you reap what you sow; be it good or bad. So say it ain't so Sis. Sayrah....puhleeze!

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Georgia for Martin

    Palin dont come to georgia you loser.....Why Palin stand in front of camera for us to see killing of a turkey.......Palin did destroy Republican party.

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Since John McCain brought this disaster to he surface, he should be MADE to live with this woman 24/7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. jonathan

    LOL
    TO MAKE SURE HE LOOSES!
    LOL

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Carl Justus

    Jim Martin must be singing and dancing and having a wonderful time right now.
    It is no wonder the republicans are in trouble as long as they keep sending her around. Did they not hear her speeches or do they think that sex sells republican politicians like it does cars, beer and cosmetics.
    They should save her for the super bowl, then she would be in her normal environment.

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    What do you hate about Palin? Do not be general, be specific. Tell me what she did that you hate her so much. I am a republican but wood never vote for Palin (I have my reasons) but I do not hate her. I did not vote for Obama, but I wish him the best. I want to know why you hate her. Do you hate any person that runs against a dem or what? You people probably hate McCain too but I bet many of you voted Kerry in . Kerry happens to be McCain's best friend on the senate floor.

    By the way it is a joke that you call governors dumb. If they are dumb then why are they governors and you are sitting at home with no job and nothing better to do than bash her.

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Bob Stephens

    That should help to make sure that Jim Martin wins in the runoff.

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. edd

    And yet again....

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. mike in ohio

    hope she has new material to speak about. I know they do not want to hear about… “What I did in Alaska” or Ayres… I know she is wondering what kind of shopping she can do in GA. Do what you do Ms. Palin. But I’m sure it would be nice if you could spend a lil time with the Baby… unless you have a belt clip with a lil baby pocket on it for him on it for this campaign

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. GA Republican

    Sarah Palin coming to GA to promote Saxby Chambliss has definitely helped me to make my decision and has motivated me to get out and vote again. I'll be voting for Jim Martin this time.

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. ME

    She will be credited will staving-off a Dem rule :)
    Just love her....the crowds will be ENORMOUS here in GA!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Rolling in the Aisles, VA

    Here's hoping the campaign trail hits back. Hard.

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Emily

    Go back to Alaska, Sarah Palin!

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. TrueIndependent

    Sarah Palin is really what Democrats, Independents, and a few Republicans need to motivate them to really go out and vote for Democrat Martin.

    Amazing how the Republicans are really jostling for party leadership – how desperate, and quite sad really!

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. ME

    Kim J...because they are liberals.

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Christina

    One of the best things about November 5th was the great possibility that there would be no more Sarah Palin! Can't anyone get this woman to go home and stay home? No one wants to hear that moronic voice any more! You betcha! She has a pregnant, unmarried teen aged daughter and younger children who were out of school for months (obviously, those kids NEED to be in school!). She is probably helping the Democrats snatch that Senate seat away from Chambliss (which is fine by me) but how can we convince Sarah to PLEASE go away?

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Jack V.

    Clearly, this woman is haltingly unintelligent. I mean, if she were a true intellectual, she would sit online all day and make underhanded comments about every political news story that deals with republicans.

    Thank god for all the mensa members on this blog. It must be hard calling all the big time shots with zero accountability or recourse for your clever comments launched from anonymity. Now that takes real courage and intellectual stamina.

    Get a life people. Keep posting your inane and illegible comments while people who matter go out and make a difference outside the comfort of their keyboards.

    -Jack
    Tampa

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. John Lubeck

    First the Republicans gave us W(orstt), now they give us P. Hummm, can I think of some fitting letters to follow? Maybe Peabrain?

    Saxby Chambliss is one the most despicable people in the senate attacking Max Cleland for his patriotism. While Saxby was receiving deferments, Max Cleland was fighting in Viet Nam losing 3 limbs.

    Hopefully there is a special place in hell for Saxby Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    Are we still paying her to be governer of alaska? Umm...she's not doing her job. And if I skipped a few months of work to go rile up rednecks and spew hate speech I think my employer may have something to say about it...and I guarentee it would be something along the lines of get the hell out of here, you're fired.

    maybe our government should do the same to her.

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Steve in Atlant

    Well it is a three ring circus down here. Bill Clinton has been putting his foot in his mouth and the airwaves are full of Obama commercials. Can it get any crazier? Just let us Georgians vote for who we want. We don't need any outsiders coming in here and telling us how to vote!!! Everyone else stay home! You can't turn on your TV without a Martin of Chambliss ad. Thankfully it is only on week away - and then the recounts will begin. Also, all you lawyers can stay away too! Lord help us!!

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Baze

    Oh lord... She needs to hit the snooze and go back to bed

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. ME

    BC...you need some serious help....geezzzz....

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Zoot, Lancaster, PA

    Come on folks...........look on the bright side. If she were only a little bit younger, we could make her the 'Poster Child' of the failed educational system's 'No Child Left Behind' program.........'A Shining Example'.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Seriously?

    She keeps this up, even the dimwits in Alaska won't re-elect her hateful, stupid self. It's clear, now that she's a stahhhhh, she couldn't give a crap about Alaskans.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Ghost

    This outta be good for more laughs. She should take this act on the road.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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