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.


Filed under: Georgia • Jim Martin • Sarah Palin • Senate
soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. Precious Coker, NY

    Combination of two haters = Combination of two losers!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Reality Check richmond virginia

    well, it is Georgia.

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. James

    I would hope that the good citizens of Georgia would see through the veneer of Palin and the republican party. They say they are the fiscally responsible party and yet they created one of the worst financial disastors ever in this country. They say they are the more moral party but they let greed run rampant and ignore the poor. The only chance we have to be great again is to immediatley implement Obama's visionary changes and having an obstructionist republican congress will delay or squash these absolutely necessary changes. Please vote for Martin!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. I'm Thankful....

    I'm wondering if she truly "thanked God" that His will was done on November 4th? And did she forget to congratulate the President-Elect Obama and the Blue Team on their momentous victory...for which she largely contributed? Just askin'...

    Thank you Gov'nor...for all that you do ~ and for all that you fail to do.

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Mack

    And I guess her kids will be traveling with her, huh!!!
    They seem to go everywhere she goes. They need to be in school getting the education Sarah and Todd didn't get!!

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. pittpa

    Palin is so dumb that she doesnt realize she is stupid. She thinks she still has a shot to be the first female vice/president. Good luck with that! The media loves her because she gives them something to talk about.

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Bill

    Oh, come guys and gals, she has to have somewhere to wear all the $150.00 worth of RNC clothes. It is winter in Alaska and her Polar Bear fur doesn't work well in Georgia. Dress up the manikin and wind up the talk box, set her loose on the Georgia voters.

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. eds

    @hometowndemocrat.
    I'm with you there. Like a darn cockroach.

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Voted for Obama/Biden

    Well this should clinch a win for Jim Martin and some fresh material for Saturday Night Live!

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. SO SAD

    wow...nice way to insure the loss Sarah. Go home!

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Leslie

    Pray for her people, she's lost. When is the grandchild due?

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Brad

    I want all the Obamabots, who have obviously added their negative comments here, to get back to me in a year when "wonder boy " and his reincarnated Clinton cabinet have gotten us into an even bigger mess than we're already in. Who will they bash then???????

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Marie

    OMG what will she do for an encore slay a moose before those red meat Rep's She is a joke and he will surely lose now............Can we start a petition to keep her in ALASKA ........ YOU BETCHA

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Sam

    Georgia voted for McCain/Palin by a margin of 200,000 votes. Sorry kool-aid drinkers, by bring Palin in the deal is sealed for Saxby. Are you a Governor? Can you draw thousands and thousands...at rallies? Can you raise hundreds and hundreds of million of dollars in one month, Yes, one month? How can so many people hate one woman, says something about ones up bring.

    November 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. BarbaraMaon

    Please say it ain't so......Stay in Alaska...I was beginning to enjoy the news again.......I cannot take hearing that voice again....Why do the R keep urging her on?? she is so generic........

    November 25, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. cj

    TIna Fey needs some new material. Remember – beauty fades, stupid is forever.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. The Sarah Palin Show

    She makes me wish I was Pinnochio.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. sick n tired

    Poor Georgia. Sux 2BU!

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Chambliss just lost the election.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Joshua College Station Texas

    And her opinion matters why? She will show up for a days or two, get some press, and then leave. She doesn't give a hoot about Georgia. It's all about her.

    The same goes for Romney, Giuliani and the others. What a joke.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Former republican army wife

    Thank you Sarah. Although I live in NC, you motivated me to donate $25.00 to the Democratic party down in Georgia. I am amazed the people of Alaska are still paying her salary. First, traveling the country running for VP, then the repub governors conference, and now this. You would think the people of Alaska would actually want their governor to spend some time in Alaska. Although, if my governor was Palin, I would want her out of the state as well. I was a die-hard republican voter all my life, until Palin joined McCains ticket. I have never volunteered for a campaign in my life, but 2 weeks after Palin being picked, I was an Obama volunteer. I actually had planned on voting for McCain, whomever he picked, but I jjst couldn't give that woman my vote.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Carl Justus

    The sad thing about this is that the media, the agents, hollywood, and even Oprah want her.
    That just goes to show how much those folks are out of touch with the Real America and its people.
    How do they come up with her to be someone who can make millions and win elections, I do not understand, but I guess that shows how dumb I really am.

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Bill

    Pardon me that was $150,000 not $150.00 in clothes. You know the clothes that were to be donated the charity. Her clothes rack is full.

    November 25, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    It's obvious she has no interest in working in her own state anymore. So why are the people of Alaska stuck paying for this woman to travel around and avoid her duties. We had the same problem with our own governor, Tim Pawlenty, when he was 'too busy' to actually do the job we elected, and are paying him for.

    November 25, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. SickAndTired

    Not going too deep into her inability to ignite the NATIONAL Republican base during the Presidential election, just what does a lifetime resident of Alaska know who is best candidate for the citizens of Georgia? That is what is being decided in Georgia. Which of these 2 candidates is better for Georgia? And since there is no way for Governor Palin to KNOW either of these candidates, she is basically going down there with the standard party argument. Since this one is Republican, that is the candidate you should choose. And frankly, regardless of which party is using that argument, it has gotten old.

    November 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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