November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 years 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.


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soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. Vicki5

    Georgia: I'm from Colorado and very happy to see our state go blue. I hope you will seriously consider coming along with us by making this small first step. Community organization is vital to help our country unite in our greatness. Chambliss will only continue to divide and misinform for his own purposes. Please vote for Martin. Please.

    November 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Philip

    It is sad commentary that anyone can still take this woman seriously.
    It is also a slap in the face to the many women who would be better representatives of the conservative republican positions.

    November 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. MJE WPG

    This is just what the docor ordered for Jim, with Sarah campagning for Saxby this should guarntee a Democrat victory.Thank you Sarah and Merry Christmas
    Mark, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    November 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Bush Turned Me Into a Democrat

    Now we see Palins role in the GOP strategy: trot out the attack bimbo to energize the idiots. And the right wing mental midgets will persist in their Limbaugh-fueled willful ignorance and fawn all over her, celebrating her mediocrity as someting they can identify with.

    November 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. jeanne from Duluth

    Glad to hear this news Palen's appearance in Georgia will do more good for Martin than it will for Chambliss!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Chris

    Meanwhile, back in Alaska, a village is missing an idiot.

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Joyce Becker

    Palin and Chambliss would make a good team running for the Presidency in 2016, just what the country will need after the great Democratic years we will experience. They are just about the two worse persons that the Republicans can ever come up with.

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. John

    Really???? she is back on the trail? i hope the GOP lose this run off

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. mark

    I THOUGHT GERALDINE FERRARO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE BACK IN 1984 RUNNING WITH WALTER MONDALE. FORGET ABOUT HER?

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Lee

    Shouldn't she be working on governing Alaska?

    November 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Jackson

    Great, now she can be responsible for a second Republican losing their election!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. She's baaaaaack

    Aw Jeez, why doesn't this woman just go away.

    Help make wedding arrangements for your pregnant daughter before the kid is born, or stay home and bake some cookies.

    Fix your own family mess before you try to save the GOP.

    Trig is the only norman one in that clan.

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. No. VA Palin fan

    You go Sarah! Once the ridiculous media bias about you subsides, the entire public will see clearly the strong and convicted American leader that you are.

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. D. King

    Doesn't she have anything to do in Alaska? Then again they're probably glad to ship her back to the lower 48.

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. gary n.

    STAY HOME TRAILER TRASH.

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Nick

    Alright! We'll see if she can ignite the base, or if she's a political disease.

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Corey

    Explain to us how this is "leaving behind the campaign, supporting the incoming administration and getting back to focus on issues facing Alaskans"

    $10 bet right now she goes negative on Jim Martin (who Gov. Palin probably wouldn't know who he is if he were standing in front of her) as Barack Obama and Democrats in general.

    Give it rest. Everybody though 2 years was too long for an election campaign and now Gov. Jindal and Gov. Palin are trying to make 4?

    November 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Georgia

    If I were an Alaskan, I'd be pretty pee-o'd that this Bimbo is spending so much time doing things OTHER than being the state's governor. Sarah is not welcomed in Georgia, despite her fans from the evangelical radical right that rings the state like the Perimeter does.

    November 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. N.C. Veteran

    The kiss of death.
    Will the GOP never learn.
    Even National Inquirer avoids her.

    November 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. She scares you

    Let the barrage of ridicule begin in 3...2...1...

    November 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Dana from NY

    OMG I swear this woman is just annoying as I don't know what! Doesn't she have a job to do like Governor of Alaska- doesn't she have a family to take care of- like 5 kids- why doesn't she go do her JOBS and stop annoying the rest of America with her nagging presence!??
    I thought the day Obama won the Presidency her annoying voice would STOP- however people keep talking to her...why??? Its like the annoying chinese dude from American Idol- he was horrible but people kept interviewing him and building him up pretending to like him when we all knew his voice was like nails on a chalk board- this is the EXACT same thing!

    November 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    The reincarnated "Jim Jones" has arrived.

    November 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Karin

    For the love of God! NOW I am getting sick of this woman. I never gave her a good thought during her campaign with Sen. McCain, but this is getting ridiculous. Doesn't she have a state to run? Kids to raise? A husband to attend to? Something? Anything?

    November 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Rocky

    Palin Power !!!

    November 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. CYNTHIA FROM VA

    um...no one even likes her. she got beat by a community organizer!

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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