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. Wanda in Montana

    Saxby Chambliss. What kind of name is that? Elitist, inbred, aristocratic, coward who never went to war but called Max Cleland a traitor.

    When will Republicans see that their representatives are the exact opposite of what they say they are? Values=valueless; Religious=we'll screw you because you're stupid; Keep you safe=you go fight for our oil, etc.

    Sarah Palin=Voodoo witchy woman

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. amused but happy in Vegas

    I can't wait – the ads matching Palin up with Chambliss will be a lot of fun.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Will

    Palin is a cartoon character. Like one of those women with piled up hair in "The Far Side" cartoons.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Mike - North Carolina

    What do you expect from the GOP ( "Grand-Ol-Palin" Party).

    November 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Diane from SC

    Enough already! If, indeed, Gov. Palin is as interested in governing Alaska as she purported during the presidential campaign, then please go govern Alaska and leave the lower 50 states alone. Perhaps Sen. Chambliss, if he wishes to return to his spot, should think twice before hitching his wish to that star. It may just be what the new guy is looking for. "Ya think?

    November 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. ME

    Laura....sorry but she helped McCain even come close in the GE....without her he would have lost by over 20 points...please go check the polls.

    November 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Dave

    so much for running her state and taking care of her handicapped baby

    November 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. @ NYC

    GO Sarah Palin!! We're pulling for you!

    – DNC

    November 25, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. KJL

    Palin doesn't give a rat's rump about Saxby Chambliss. I doubt she knew who Chambliss was a week ago. She misses those cameras!

    November 25, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. California Gold

    I'm wondering how Chambliss feels about another loser showing up to help. Hmmm. Guiliani lost. Palin dragged down McCain and both lost in a landslide election. Hope their luck rubs off on Chambliss.

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

    TO: "Err...uh...." first, you sound like Obama, second, please go check the polls, without Palin, McCain would have lost by over 20 points.

    November 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Tim in Minnesota

    For the honorable Mr. Chambliss to now lose this election would certainly put a fork in Mrs. Palin's political career. For any future politician she'd become the kiss of death. Poor GOP! Still on the death spiral.

    November 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. BCS

    Who is Nick Ayers really....sharing the same name as a TERRORIST!?!?!?

    November 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Shawn A

    No. VA Palin fan said on November 25th, 2008 11:06 am ET

    You go Sarah! Once the ridiculous media bias about you subsides, the entire public will see clearly the strong and convicted American leader that you are.

    Yeah. She should be CONVICTED for troopergate but that has covered up and even the indictment has been fought tooth and nail. She is a convicted american leader in my eyes.

    My 2 cents.

    November 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. marc - nyc

    Dear Lord ,
    Please end her 15 minutes.........

    November 25, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Jeff in Illinois

    Noah...now its called "stealing" an election when you properly count votes? Wow...I hate to break it to you, but this IS a democracy, whether a certain far-right, Anti-American element of the Republican party wishes to believe so or not.

    November 25, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Matt

    Yes Sarah, you can have some juice before nap time, let us get your sippy cup and bib...put down those paint chips dear, those aren't for snack time

    November 25, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Melinda, Houston

    Oh sure. Sideshow Sarah is taking it to the roads.

    She doesn't have enough time to study up on foreign policies and other important issues, but she sure has enough time to create more gaffes. The media has got to be loving this.

    November 25, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. ME

    CNN. You attract some really hostile liberal people.

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. rindy

    This country need taxes, some of you need to look for work
    and be productive and heal you mental disease.

    Most of you have obsessive and compulsive problem.

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. earle,florida

    Saxby Chambliss,what kind of a name is that ? Obviously it belongs to a "Republican"? What parent would name his kid Saxby unless he was sheltered in a exclusive private school predominately "WASP" orientated! He's a rich man's Senator and has done nothing for Georgia's sad state of affairs. Now,Mr. Martin sounds like a grounded individual, with a good track record. So, I pose this question:do you want ,"Royalty,or a "Plebian"(common folk) to run your state.......? PS Hail Ceasar!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Sarah in South NJ

    MOVE OVER BRANGELINA & JEN !!!

    Here comes SARAH !!!

    Rah rah rah!

    You betch'a Flash those legs

    and Talk like a hill billy

    That's what we LAK down here in GAAAJA

    Show DEM DA WAY TA GO!

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Bag_Race

    Gag.

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Jeremiah

    Sarah is incredible !!!!!!!!!!

    She attracts so much attention.

    She is a STAR !!!!

    Sarah 2012.

    November 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Pam

    Sarah Palin needs to get into show business............................

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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