November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
4 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. Turn Texas BLUE

    boy she will get everyone to Goout and VOte for the republican Nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................................cricket...........cricket................................cricket!

    LOL! : )

    November 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Ruby

    oh boy! here we go again...! same old news on a different day.

    November 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Andrew Lei

    If she thinks Africa's a country, does she think Georgia's a city?

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Wouldn't it be better if she stayed in her state of Alaska and got back to work first? I noticed that McCain was off to Georgia also right after the election....hmmm just like old time for him....that is not being around to really be a Senator from my state, AGAIN!

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Sam7_OR

    That just goes to tell you that there are some people in this country who are totally oblivious to what’s right and what’s wrong. These so called “Conservatives” are just like lemmings… oh yah: a Lemming is a member of a large group of people who blindly follow one another on a course of action that will lead to destruction for all of them…

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Claire

    Does Alaska not require a governor? Why doesn't she do an honest day's work and leave the lower 48 ALONE

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Stephen

    After reading this article earlier this morning, I went to my polling place today in Cobb County and voted early for Jim Martin. Sarah Palin's involvement definitely caused me to get off my butt and go vote. Anything that she's involved with needs to be STOPPED!!!! Saxby is just as divisive in Georgia as Palin was during the campaign. The only thing missing is the white sheet.

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. J.R.

    Ok folks, can you tell I have too much time on my hands. Part of the "new American Economy." She might be totally dumb, but that is not Sarah's fault, and not just GW's (even though it looks like he is working for bin Laden). We get what we pay for and what we vote for. Government can't save us. Let's quit bit_ _ ing and get off our but_ s for a change.

    November 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. People make no sense

    Brad – I'm not understanding how you think Obama or the old Clinton cabinet will hurt America. The Clinton years were the most prosperous in American history for all americans', and he left a surplus. Reagon, Carter, Bush 1 & 2 left huge debts. For the life of me I will never understand, how people think Reagon was a good president. Carter sucked as a president as well. The only good times were during the Clinton years, so why would you want to reinvent those years. I get it you want the Reagon years of depression, or Bush 1 & 2.

    November 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Karen - Proud of This Country

    Please don't come here, we don't need another non thinking person in Georgia. OMG, thank goodness I'm going on vacation.

    November 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Puffin

    Alfred Hitchkock could not stage her Turkey scene any better.

    November 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Cori from Colorado

    Go back to the rock you crawled out from under.

    November 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Remy

    Will she appear with her swim suit during the campaign?

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. jesuino leduino rosa

    Chamblis is going to run away with this elections if they keep Sara Pail out of it, remember what repened to MacCain, do not make de same ting hapens again.

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Larry t

    The negative comments about Palin proves that people just don't get it when it comes to understanding Republicans. And to defeat Republicans you have to understand them.
    Republicans do not believe in a strong government, just a strong army. Basically they think of Government as errand boys and security guards i.e hired help that should know its place. This neither requires intelligence nor leadership skills nor vision. And it certainly means they don't want any candidates that have something to say about they way things ought to be. Republicans can think for themselves (and everyone else too). So to insult a candidates intelligence when it means nothing, absolutely nothing to them is pretty much a losing argument.

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Mike Dallas

    She is only going to Georgia so she can hit Lennox Square in Hotlanta and spend some of the campaign cash!

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. TCN

    hahaha... stupid liberals are making news for her... ID10Ts

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Bugtussle High School

    We are betting shes really a Blondie here on lunch break.

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. COL. ROBERT KAHN

    SHE IS AN IDIOT. STAY HOME IN ALASKA AND SHOOT MOOSE! KEEP OUT OF POLITICS– YOUR A LOSER it!!!! WATCH RUSSIA FROM YOUR HOUSE.

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Carlos

    The artical says of Palin..."losing her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president". Um, that is blatantly false. Are there no fact checkers? What about Ferraro? Sloppy work CNN.

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Karen - Proud of This Country

    Please don't come here, we don't need another non thinking person in Georgia. OMG, thank goodness I'm going on vacation but of course I voted early for Martin. Saxby is worthless and deserves to loose his seat.

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. cool onlooker

    Why her? Why not Joe the Plumber?

    We need a Break from this unprofessional character.

    What can she plant? Seeds of hatred, and self-destruction.

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Ron in Austin Texas

    The Great Depression followed several years of Republican government. Then the Democrats had to start fixing the economy, and it took the advent of World War II (ten years later) to complete the recovery. WHY would ANYone in their right mind vote Republican now, when we appear to be in a similar quandry? ESPECIALLY an uneducated, inarticulate, dumb person whose main claim to fame is having been a beauty queen twenty years ago? Just because she happens to possess an unending desire for publicity and power?

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. T, Atlanta

    @ Sam:
    I think you are missing the point. Palin may have raised 100 million dollars for the Republican Party, but she probably also raised 300 million dollars for the Democrats :)
    And nobody doubts that she will draw Republican voters to the polls, but I bet these will be outnumbered by the independents that are reminded by her presence to vote for Martin. Fine by me, really!

    November 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. values

    To "Jim", who spoke about values...

    As a strong Christian with strong moral values, I can tell you that overall I admire Gov. Palin's personal values (aside from that whole "abuse of power" thing. Oh, and the "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" thing). What I also look for in a leader, however, is COMPETENCE.

    And, by the way, Obama has strong personal values, too. Don't know what you think of McCain, but his multiple affairs while married to his first wife really makes me wonder about him...

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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