November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
6 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. Ronald

    Hopefull she continues to speak...

    Clearly she and the GOP are complete MORON"S.

    They just need to prove themselfs a little bit more so they can kept their base alive.

    Indeed Palin keep talking !!!

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. dan

    Since all this is filtered and moderated by the almighty CNN (balanced media) nothing that does not reflect CNNs view can go through. No wonder the whole thing smells donkyeeash. This is a mean crowd for sure, mean and always ungly side of this crowd –

    Palin or for that matter no one should pay attention to these mean messages. They just tell a lot about CNN and their friends.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Bill

    Having the empty-headed Alaskan show up to campaign for him could result in his defeat. I think Sarah should go back to Alaska and continue preparations for her daughter's shotgun wedding.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. anticlintonite

    she's as qualified as hillary is for sos.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. curtis

    Let it go Sarah...please.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. A Real Feminist

    There is a shift happening in America. We now know just how dangerous ignorance about governance in government is. Palin represents the old way of bravado and personality on the campaign trail to win an election. We want politicians who can do more than win an election. We want someone who can actually govern. Chambliss needs to run on a plan not personality and Palin's free time would be better spent taking political science, geography and economics at an Alaskan university–actually knowing the job she aspires to. It takes more than a gut check to be an effective president of the United States. We live in a global economy. New rules, my friends.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. BBB

    So? She didn't keep the clothes! What she did do is spread a vile hatred and paranoia that has divided this country to horrific levels... McCain deserved so much better then the legacy she provided.

    November 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Truth Be Told

    to brad – you will not be seen nor heard from again in a year's time as you will be eating crow. if you haven't noticed it yet, every time bush speaks about the economy, the market tanked and since obama won the election and speak about the economy, the market soars.

    you do the math.

    November 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Tina, FL

    This is simply a test by the RNC to gauge Palin's marketability for 2012. They want to see how well she scores in a traditionally staunch GOP base.

    November 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Parah Salin

    Bye bye GOP. If you think Palin is your savior you've been listening to the Cult Christians too much!

    November 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Yolanda

    Watching Sara Palin is like watching a horrible car wreck. You know you are going ot be appaled but you look anyway. I don't know why any candidate that wants to win will have toxic Palin anywhere around. For those people who like her, that says a lot for who they are: mediocre low loevel thinkers.

    November 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Donna

    Enough already with this twit. If I were a taxpayer in Alaska i would be very angry. She was elected to Govern the State of Alaska. After all the time she just wasted on the campaign trail in her obviously doomed bid to be Vice President she should stay in Alaska and do the job she was elected to do there. She is so stupid she doesn't even realize she is the laughing stock of this country. The American people spoke when they voted for Obama. She should go quietly into the night and stay there. No one is at all interested in anything she has to say. Good riddance already!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Lyle

    Judging from all the negative comments posted here and those posted to every Sarah Palin story it is clear that Mrs. Palin still has the power to intimidate Mr. Obama’s supporters. Even though Mr. Obama has been elected, his supporters are still afraid of this powerful, accomplished woman.

    Sarah Palin continues to be wildly popular with many Americans, of all parties and her strength is not diminished, but rather reinforced by these continued negative, unjustified attacks from the radical left. So keep it up, she grows stronger by the day!

    November 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Steve

    Look, folks – you can complain all you want, but the posting on the new OMB head, Peter Orszag, gets one comment, and the post on Sarah Palin gets close to 400 – kind of a no-brainer about what to report on, eh?

    November 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Lynne

    Oh, crap! Now we gotta hear about her every two seconds. Please, CNN, spare us.

    November 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. PW Va

    Don't forget you'll be speaking to your core constituency in GA, sarah...so don't forget your hood and sheet!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. J.R.

    PM (n) S:

    You know, I used to think Bill was a hoot, but he did NAFTA. I live in Michigan. I know NAFTA, and it is no prize for the U.S.

    November 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Angel

    I think CNN knows a lot of people read Palin stories....just look at the number of comments on this ticker..........she won't go away..she is pure enertainment

    November 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Ronald

    I feel bad for Palin's husband, but he's a MORON too!

    Is she a member of the KKK?

    November 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Chuck in LA

    "How can so many people hate one woman, says something about ones up bring."

    So does atrocious grammar.

    November 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Lyle

    Judging from all the negative comments posted here and those posted to every Sarah Palin story it is clear that Mrs. Palin still has the power to intimidate Mr. Obama’s supporters. Even though Mr. Obama has been elected, his supporters are still afraid of this powerful, accomplished woman.

    Sarah Palin continues to be wildly popular with many Americans, of all parties and her strength is not diminished, but rather reinforced by these continued negative, unjustified attacks from the radical left. So keep it up, she grows stronger by the day!

    November 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. suzanne

    Someone please put us out of our misery. Put her on a flight back to the Yukon....

    November 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Jozsef

    The return of the living dead

    November 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. indiePA

    She's like a chronic rash....just keeps re-appearing. Is the Republican Party really that stupid? I mean, haven't the last 8
    lo-o-ong years taught them anything?? I'm a female and I wouldn't support her for dogcatcher.

    November 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. R laithwaite

    If just some of the people understood Sarahs platform, she would be welcomed everywhere. Others should understand her philosophy on energy related activities.
    Perhaps it's still not too late!

    November 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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