November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
3 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. Somchay

    What is wrong in the country is that people have too many hates in their heart. We don't seem to get along with anyone. We don't sharing or exchange cultures. I really respect anyone who runs for public office and spends their time to help others , it is very special for Sarah as femal and a mother who wants to do as such. God bless american and Sharah

    November 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. NATHAN

    Does anybody out there even care one bit about what backwoods Sara Palin is up to ? I had almost completely forgot about her.... let her descend into oblivion peacefully....please CNN...

    November 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. alberts

    stay in alaska

    November 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. dan

    Dems better watch out. She's 1xx pounds of twisted steel, and rompin', stompin' dynamite!

    November 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Dougie Peters

    Politics=Hollywood for people who can't act.

    November 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Dekonti

    "Mrs. Palin continues to inspire many American...." Yes, those "toothless, jumpsuit wearing, animal killing, angry, etc."

    November 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Get it together Repubs

    Brenda and all you Bush followers,

    It amazes me how you completely ignore the failure of Bush and his band of circus acts. Face it. BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY. I know you hate to hear it but, it's proven to be true. Your backing of Palin just shows how the Republican party has become the pary of know-nothing.

    November 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    Noah the Liberals are not responsible for the Rebuplicans lost. People like Sara Palin who only attact the base is the reason. This country is not a divided country like the Rebuplicans want to keep it.

    November 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. reggie

    Bring back the ROCKSTAR. We miss Gov Palin!!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. AmericanFeminist

    inat2: The difference is... Palin lost and will not be our VP (in fact, she caused the loss for her and McCain).

    By a landslide, Obama won the election. Now we want to hear how he's going to help us and fix the problems that the republicans caused over the years. He's behaving more presidential than Bush ever did, and we are glad he's talking to us whenever possible. We WANT to hear what he has to say. DUH.

    Palin needs to stop talking. She hasn't figured out that she's not helping anyone.

    November 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Atlanta

    Saxby should win this hands down. Welcome to Georgia; Govenor Palin

    November 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Len in Washington

    The "Serious" Republicans are running a marathon to get away from this person and she just won't go away. I see a third party evolving out of this fray. Oh, wait.......did I say "evolving?" Whatever was I thinking!
    It would be the "I'm Right, I'm Right, I'm ALWAYS Right Because God Told Me I'm Right Party."

    give me a break..............go away Palin.

    November 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. WI Cheesehead

    To user Palin’s own oxymoron phrase, “certainly probably” she will campaign herself into irrelevancy.

    November 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Donna

    Reading these blogs is the best laugh I have had in years!

    November 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Ex-Republican for Obama

    If her candidate loses, then it will be absolutely official....the chick is a total loser and the conservative NUT jobs that hate this nation so much are out of style and out of time.

    God, please let this woman prove to us that we have learned from our mistakes and moved on to a brighter future...one with out elected officials of absolute traitors such as her and her kind!

    November 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. reggie

    It's amazing reading all the negative comments on this site about her. Jealousy is a very bad thing. Palin 2012!

    November 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Shirav

    Palin is a democrat in disguise. How else do you explain the damage she's done to the GOP? Welcome to Georgia, Sarah, the dems needed you...

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Yes, inat2, the President Elect must give a speech every day. If he did not, you would complain that he is doing nothing. As far as I can tell, he is stepping in to fill the leadership vacuum created by Bush's notable absence and his silence on our economic troubles.

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. MT

    First of all, SP isn't even worth the trouble of commenting. The real issue is how Chambliss won this seat in the first place.
    To tie a Vietnam hero in Max Cleland to Bin Laden and Saddam is an outright tragedy. Max left three limbs on the battlefield for this country and GA voters allowed themselvesto elect SB? Tragic, shame on you GA for 6 yrs ago and for even giving him this opportunity to retain his seat.

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Cori from Colorado

    "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."

    Lyle, haven't you been reading people's comments? She's pure entertainment, like Paris Hilton. She "accomplished" nothing, and is in no way "powerful" or "intimidating". We love laughing at the big joke she's become, that's why people read/write about her. You're delusional. As stated before, she's the car wreck on the side of the road you really don't want to see, but you just can't help it. Ha, ha, ha!

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. fred jaeger

    Why would any candidate with an intelligence quotient higher than a rock
    allow Ms. Palin to appear on their behalf at any time? She is a complete joke and should be returning to Alaska, where she will, one would hope, actually attend to her state's business for a change as opposed to her shameless campaign of self-promotion. She is the political equivalent of The View: all talk, no substance. Go home, and shoot a moose or two, and leave the rest of us alone.

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Mike

    Why won't this moron just go home !
    At least she will get a bit more mileage than 6 weeks from her $ 150,000 wardrbobe

    November 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. janetlaw

    This is what they trott out to "help" their candidate? Did they learn NOTHING from November 4th? As a wise bunny once said "What a maroon!"

    November 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. tallskinnyguy

    Ms. Palin, please, go away. Although I'm a Democrat, I actually do want to see the GOP have effective, thoughtful and deliberative leadership. The welfare of our country depends on both parties aspiring to be such. And you are a total, complete drag on the hopes of the Republican Party ever leading this country in the right direction. With you, we can only go back to the stone ages. (Oh wait, you don't even believe in that—the earth is just a meek 6,000 years old. My bad.)

    November 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Rj5000

    If anybody wonders why there's such a strong anti- Palin sentiment. A- This country is tired of ignorant, smug and misguided idiots in office. She came onto the national scene dissing Obama in her well read tele-prompter speech at the RNC. Then she proved to be an empty suit in her interviews. So for all you Palin supporters, as long as she's in the public eye, there will always be hate for your Barbie.

    November 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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