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. JWR

    Maybe that will encourage more BARACKO voters to come out and vote for Martin and the Repubs that did vote for McCain/Palin will realize that we will need a senator who can work with BARACKO. Georgia is in big economic trouble, Chamblis has a problem with BARACKO thus creating a problem for us.

    November 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Palin must be ready for a new swanky wardrobe. She needs to go back to school. No wonder she is popular in Alaska. They must be as nim witted as she is. Thought she is supposed to be a Govenor or something up there. Does she have that much leave left over?

    November 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Mike

    Good to see that the looney left intolerance levels are still at record highs, even after putting their putz into the White House.

    November 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Terri

    What happened to the "devoted mother" to her special needs child?
    Remember during the campaign, she was on stage with that baby in her arms dang near every outing.
    Since then though, we haven't seen that child in her arms one single time.
    This woman is absolutely the lowest of the low – and then lower still.

    November 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Christopher

    LMAO!!!! Obviously this guy doesnt want to win. What a joke!

    November 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. FAYE, NV

    Palin has energy but no sound knowledge and I with many have no ideal what she's talking about most of the time. Good luck.

    November 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. 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 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. jeff

    At least she is new and freash....something obama promised but it basically looks like Clinton people are back at the white house. So much for new ideas and fresh faces!!! You asked for it....you got it...enjoy!.

    November 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Dave

    Hopefully, Palin will do for Chambliss what she did for McCain and he'll lose big time!

    November 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Barb

    Okay, there goes my vote for Saxby, I am now voting for Martin

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Marie

    Yes she is ripping off Sheriff Marge Gunderson of "FARGO" no one else in Alaska talks like that but her. She is a JOKE.................He will lose big time now, smells like desparation mixed in with moose chili...........

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Well, I'm glad that I'm leaving town for the holidays while she is here. I don't want to be in the same state as this woman and it looks like I might be able to keep that dream alive!

    Also, bad move Chambliss. I wasn't going to vote on 12/02, but now I will just because you brought her to where I live! If you believe in Palin, I don't believe in you.

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. LyonsPhilly

    I can see Chambliss hiding behind the door whispering "don't let her in, please don't let her in".....haaaaaahahahahahhaaaa

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Sharon, Tampa FL

    Wow, Scara...So you WANT her to lose?

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Southern Gentlemen

    In the true form of the south she will be welcomed with southern charm and hospitality. Welcome!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. vahe

    Is Joe the Plumber coming to Georgia too?

    November 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. She still scares you

    Why all the hating?
    :-(

    November 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Brian

    Who's running Alaska these days?

    If Palin does not want to perform her duty as Governor of Alaska, then perhaps she can be replaced.

    Someone has to speak up about Palin and her obvious disregard to her obligations to Alaska! :(

    Well, at least the Democratic Party will be stronger, thanks to Palin! :D

    If we are lucky, Palin will be responsible for the Democrats to have a filibuster power in the Senate! :D

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

    Hey, Brad... be glad to, but I think you'll be the one surprised with the improvements Obama has made. However, I'll be glad to accept your sincere admission of an honest mistake.

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

    The Republican Party has officially embraced stupidity as a plank in their national platform.

    November 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Niesy

    She is TRYING really hard to stay in the spotlight!!! I wish that she take her crazy behind back to Alaska and STAY...PLEASE!!!!!!!! What a really stupid woman!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. BS not Maverick

    OK,
    Nothing gets Obama Supporters off their butts and into the voting booth like Sahara Pailin!!!
    Time to start the Obama Comunity Org. Machine and get Martin voted in!

    November 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Donna in Michigan

    Gov. Palin, your state needs you not the rest of the country.

    November 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. mistera

    You liberals need to give the palin bashing a break. You should be paying more attention to your what new elect president is doing. A third Term clinton administration Give this new administration a couple of years and the republicians will be the majority again. You guys are sad.

    November 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. barbara miller

    She's in her element once again. Chambliss is running the nastiest and misleading campaign. His ads are shameful. And HEREeeeeee's SARAH! How perfect.

    November 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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