November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
7 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. AEK

    I hope she brought some fresh turkey down with her because ya don't have that kind of fun every day!

    November 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Charles Atlanta

    Welcome to Georgia. Where is Joe the Plumber? That should make a good party and have fun.

    November 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Jeff in Illinois

    Sam November 25th, 2008 12:16 pm ET

    Sam...That is a rather slim margin in a traditionally heavily red state. By Kool-aid drinkers, do you mean: "Americans who actually bother to think"? And what, do you think Palin can draw more at rallies and raise more money than the Dems can? Come on, you're not really that far off-base from reality, are you?

    Also, I don't think that many people hate Palin, people just hate her actions, her twisted world-view, and complete and total lack of intelligence or integrity.

    November 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. P.T.

    Sarah maybe be lacking fundumental understanding and knowlege of basic issues (foreign and domestic) but she know as much as it is much warmer in GA this time of the year than in Alaska! Have to give her credit for that....or maybe not...Just hope she is planning on bringing her poor kids with her....

    November 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Anna, ATL

    actually, she did congratulate Obama on his victory and vowed to support him in any way she could, and also commented on the historic nature of his election.
    She was asked not to speak on election night, and left it to Sen McCain.

    Act like adults...Give her a break!

    November 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Bubba

    There are more voters in the small area of Georgia where she's acting out than there are in her entire state. This explains why she has so much time on her hands and thinks governance is easy.

    November 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Help Chambliss doesn't want

    I didn't know Jim Martin palled around with terrorists, too!

    November 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Klearly Done

    We lost the presidency because of Palin . . . we have a shot at this senate seat in Georgia. She is not the new face of the Rebulican party. We deserve better! Gov. Palin, please think about someone other than you're own starry eyed dreams. Our party has something good to say . . . it just cannot come out of your mouth . . . no matter how hard you try.

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. LyonsPhilly

    Does she get a new outfit just for her appearance? Will her family be outfitted as well?

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Rick in Illinois

    The igloo in Alaska called..it said, "send Sarah Palin home right away,
    She'll melt in Georgia, as she did in the Presidential election..."

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Give it a Rest

    For all that Aaska has means to this country, it is sad to think that it will forgever be known in history as the home of Palin, that Nut from the North. Its really too bad that the GOP still allows her to run around this country in its name. Palin just needs to go home and disappear into the fabric of society and drop the notion of a future national political position. Go back to being a hockey mom.

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. C Spurgeon

    Tell her to go to another turkey farm. She is too much and can only end up helping the Dems.

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Carramia

    Sam

    Mccain won by 200,000 votes in Georgia due to the white rednecks who didnt want a black man to win. Palin had nothing to do with it.

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Matt

    Brangelina must be getting jealous at this point...

    November 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Had Enough

    If Sarah Palin gets on 'Dancing With the Stars', we all need to write the head of programming at ABC and the Disney people who own ABC. Plus if she ever gets on there, I feel sorry for Len Goodman and the other judges if they say anything negative to her, if she was on there. I doubt I'd watch and it would be a waste of a season. Maybe she could get on 'Survivor' or that show where they go to Kajakistan only set it in Zimbabwe if Palin is on there. Just an idea.

    November 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. C Spurgeon

    Is Alaska paying for this or the RNC????

    November 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. NJVote08

    Go ahead Palin, Democrat Jim Martin has a sure win now. After Chambliss loses, please go back to Alaska and stay there!

    November 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Carrie

    Is the RNC going to buy her clothes for this campaign too?

    November 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. jd

    Why isn't she out chopping down a XMAS tree?

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Doe

    The Dumb Dirty Dems are so afraid of Sarah Palin because she can and will become the first woman President in this country and she happens to be a Republican. That's part of the reason why they hate her so much; because she's not in the democratic party.
    The media has done a great brainwashing job and a great disservice to this country with their negative remarks and lies about the Republican candidates. But they will go on and continue with their lies, just to get people to read their dirty remarks and listen to their dirty comments. I think they're right when they talk down to Americans and say that the American people are stupid. They do it all the time; It's just that, like I said, people are too stupid to realize it.

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    As a Dem... this is good news. Keep her in the spotlight.

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Bonechips

    Who is running Alaska?

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Joe

    Sarah Palin ... Brilliant Woman ... Lost Sole! She is a leader but, needs to focus on the spaces that she controls and governs in Alaska. Create a space for your people ... More power to You! Find and Own IT!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Leah from FL

    How appropriate – the queen of slime telling voters to vote for the king of slime. Both of their respective campaigns hit new all time lows on the slime slinging meter.

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Hughy Heffner

    Betcha shes being offered millions and I hope she gets it.

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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