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. steven s

    Has there ever been a less informed person on the national stage (G.W. Bush included)? Also, what is the significance of both Palin and Bush's inability to pronounce "nuclear"? Hmmmm.

    November 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. inat2

    speaking of "too much" does obama REALLY need to give a speech every bloody day behind his fake "office of the president-elect" podium?

    November 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Truth Be Told

    sarah will bring with her joe the slaughterer and that toothless smile of his! boy, chambliss is so cooked!

    November 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Linda

    How exciting and LUCKY. I just emailed my sister in Georgia in case she was unaware.

    GO SARAH!

    November 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Johny

    @Lee

    "Give it up, Sarah! You have proven you are neither qualified nor suitable, no pun intended, for public office. Go back to college and learn to speak and write correctly."

    Your last sentence should apply more to the bloggers on CNN. People need to be careful about casting stones at Sarah Palin for being dumb. Lets not forget that it was Mr. Obama that said we have 57 states in the USA. So if you are going to call Mrs. Palin dumb or stupid, then the same can be said for Mr. Obama.

    November 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Stay in Alaska

    Boy, she loves attention. What has she really done for the country besides spend $150k on clothes, tell lies and promote divisiviness among Americans?

    Please Republicans, you are much smarter than this. She really isn't a good person to represent you, or is she? I'm glad we have Obama!

    November 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Mark

    I think I'll also send the Democratic Party a donation. Hopefully, Chambliss will lose and that crazy woman will go back to the frozen North to pardon one turkey while all the rest are slaughtered in the background. Watta nut.

    November 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. kat

    The thing that amazes me when I read comments from the far right that claim that the center left is so hate-filled, is that I do not remember the Obama crowds EVER calling for the death of McCain or Palin. Never. Not even on election night when Obama beat the "crap" out of McCain and McCain delivered that gracious speech, it was the Republican audience that booed and hissed every time Obama's name was mentioned. Is this supposed to be some type of reverse psychology? Do they not think that we see these things? I'll tell you what... when the far right begins to tell the truth about ANYTHING, then we that populate the center-left will start to pay positive attention to what you people have to say. Until then, give it up.

    November 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Dj

    Is Chambliss trying to throw the race?

    If so, he is doing what it takes... The pitbull with lipstick has a track record and she can get-r-dun.

    November 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. LJ

    The GOP must be really desperate if they're turning to Palin. Palin lost the election for John McCain. So she riled up a few rednecks, woo hoo, it didn't help McCain, did it?? Nope! Isn't Georgia the redneck capital of the world?? Don't they dislike anyone not pure white? Palin's family is definitely not pure white, got some Alaska Indian blood flowing through their veins, them Palin's.

    November 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. CC PENNES

    SHE NEEDS TO STAY IN ALASKA, AND DO WHAT SHE DOES BEST SHOOT MOOSE!!!!!! .... OR MARRY RUDY....... WHAT A PAIR, THEY BOTH BELIEVE THEY ARE QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT, NEITHER ONE OF THEM LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD, THEY SHOULD JUST FADE INTO THE SUNSET, AND GIVE US ALL SOME RELIEF OF HEARING THEIR NAMES EVER AGAIN!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    Gary November 25th, 2008 11:46 am ET
    You know what Democrats…this isn't this about you. It's the Republicans gig.
    ----------------------–
    Gary, yeah, we know.... but ya see it's like a freakin' TRAIN WRECK! We just can't stop looking!....and it's not like REAL people are getting hurt..... so we're LAUGHING at little pu$$ies like YOU!
    Big Strong Republicans..... what a bunch of CRYBABIES!

    November 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Franky

    # of GOP wanna revive their party: A lot!

    # of GOP who are disagreeing: A lot!

    # of GOP that wanna run for President: Priceless!

    November 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Martha

    TO: Phil in NC November 25th, 2008 11:45 am ET
    regarding this comment:
    Why are we stuck on Palin here. Obama is running the country into the ground, we are going to have to make it through 4 years of an administration even worse than Bush's. I need some money, man! C'mon! Dang!

    Listen up, you need to complain to the current lame duck president I'm sure you voted for. President-Elect Obama is NOT president yet, although he's doing more for our country currently than Bush. Get it together, you redneck! Dang!

    November 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. marge

    all you hate people leave palin out . Palin will be our next president.
    and about the animals dont you thank that the meaid had some to do with that. and dont you eat this . Im happy that you got Obama and let
    someone like palin have her turn she will have my turn and you people that can read go to her web and read about this great person.

    November 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Harvey

    Why are so many of you angry? What has made you so angry? Sarah Palin is an intelligent and smart person who has worked hard to get where she is. Are all of you unemployed or what? GO get a life and do something worthwhile for your fellow man. It will make you feel better.
    I see few comments from people on CNN that I feel are from people who actually live on Planet earth.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and ligthen up. And remember it's OK TO SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

    November 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Terri Ann ~~~~~~~~~~~

    I wonder if Sarah ever returned that $150,000 worth of clothes the GOP "loaned" to her. I'm betting.......... NOT!!!

    She was supposed to donate them all to charity- haven't heard a word, have you????

    :-( :-( :-(

    November 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. RED STATE INBREED

    Will this PINHEAD ever go away???

    November 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Ryan cincy

    Please go away! Although go ahead and campaign it should be good for Martin

    November 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. cw

    Sarah... Sarah...Sarah... haven't you learned your lesson the world would be better off if you just stayed in Alaska, you know the country right next to Russia where Putin rears his ugly head over Alaska

    November 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. bkrane/pgh

    If only the moose lady would have campaigned for Bush . . . . . . . . .

    November 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Chas in Iowa

    I hope she does for this senate election what she did for the presidential election.
    We need that 59th seat in the senate and she can give it to us.

    Go Sarah!!

    November 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Cori from Colorado

    Chuck in L.A.:

    You're spot on. When I read that person's comment, I thought the same thing, and laughed. You took the words right out of my mouth!

    November 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. fkim

    to solidify the end of days send palin to help with your campaign... to think the gop would have someone as dumb as george w himself as their conerstone is pretty sad...chuck hagel should be switching over to the dems at any time now and will gladly trade lieberman for him

    November 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. marcia

    Go back to Alaska and do the job you were elected and are being paid to do.

    November 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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