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.


Filed under: Georgia • Jim Martin • Sarah Palin • Senate
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  1. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Sarah Palin is the perfect poster child for what ails the Republicans. Not too bright, good at lying, and loaded for moose when they're up against a bear.

    November 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    indiePA – I'm with you, I wouldn't nominate her for dog catcher, either. She'd probably end up killing the dog with a high powered rifle. Anyway, I think she's more like herpes than a rash.

    November 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Sunny

    A Republican Party in total disarray. Palin is not what is needed to attract new republicans particularly Women, Latinos, African & Asian Americans. Republican party as it is today represents the 20th century – white racist Americal – NOT the 21st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Brad November 25th, 2008 12:16 pm ET
    I want all the Obamabots, who have obviously added their negative comments here, to get back to me in a year when "wonder boy " and his reincarnated Clinton cabinet have gotten us into an even bigger mess than we're already in. Who will they bash then???????
    **************************************************************
    Gosh! You are so smart, being able to see into the future and all. I guess we should all just stop and listen to you, since you're obviously the one who knows what's going to happen.
    I mean, gee, it was so bad when Clinton was in office.... no war, 20 million new jobs created, America enjoying it's place as the most respected country in the world.
    Just AWFUL back then.

    Idiot.

    November 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. chris s.

    Dont she have a state to run.

    November 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. tony long

    inat2....do you live in this world dude...we need to hear his ideas and opinions of how to deal with the bush mess...what we don't need is s.p. burble on all her hate..she is what is wrong with the GOP

    November 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Milhouse van Houten

    Sorry,I'm just getting sssooooooo tired of this woman.Nothing like a failed politician to attempt to keep her minimal prospects afloat by appearing at every rally possible.Next week,Sarah opens the new Wal-
    Mart.Video at eleven.

    November 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Muhammad

    She should bring about as much value to this guy's campaign as she brought to McCain's. What is he thinking?

    November 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. skulker

    Are you people kidding me. This is Georgia we're talking about. The "good old boys" will be out in force. I'm a Democrat and a realist. Their hatred is going to show through just like in Arkansas where McCain won by more than 20 points.

    November 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Julie

    Bring on the dumbest airhead in the world. (Maybe she can bring a turkey and crumpets). ENOUGH MAKE HER GO AWAY!!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Hope she does for the repug candidate what she did for McCain.

    (HELP HIM LOSE, THAT IS)

    November 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. AD

    Lolz. Chambliss loses.... :)

    November 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    Rosemary Storaska November 25th, 2008 11:26 am ET------
    You Go Girl! Team Sarah is now over the 58,000 mark, approaching 100,000, in just a few short weeks. We are with you weather a Democratic, Independent or a Republican in puruit of 'Country First over politics or party!.
    ------------------
    Well, gee...... where to even start with this!
    LOL...... hard to believe there is this level of ignorance in our Country.

    November 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. James in Georgia

    For "Lyle"

    "Intimidate" is by far the wrong word. It's "infuriate".

    Why? Because of all of her lies and innuendos that were time and time again disproved, and the idiot just kept on repeating them. We need UNITY in this country and Palyin' was doing her best to DIVIDE the country.

    I hope most Georgians will see the truth and get out and vote for a true leader, not a road block to true progress.

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. crownsy

    rosemary- weather? is she a tropical storm now?

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Prof. A.D. Mundine

    She has just forgotten about Alaska i guess.

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Lyle -

    You are delusional and need to take your meds. We are not commenting negatively about her because we are afraid or intimidated by her. We comment negatively because she is the antithesis of everything we stand for, believe in, and expect from our leaders. She is not powerful, nor is she accomplished. She is also not wildly popular across the political spectrum. Dems generally despise her and what she stands for. Most women can't stand her – we are generally pro-choice, after all. And our attacks on her are 100% justified; much more justified than her attacks on PE Obama ever were. Lyle, she is not even educated. Get a life.

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. the "scrod"

    thank you, "hockey mil.....uh...MOM"

    for making it SSOOOOO EASY for the presidential team-elect

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Purple Alaska

    It is growing rather obivous that "slaughterhouse Sarah" is losing ground (or shall I say, tundra) in Alaska....as the "Alaskans for Truth" are no longer willing to sit idly by, whist the good gov'nor perpetrates a fraud ~ and on so many fronts.

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    AL November 25th, 2008 11:51 am ET

    Will she be traveling with Todd, Piper, Picked, Pack, Pickled and Pepper also…Who's paying for it and will they all get a new wardrobe for the trip?

    That was funny................

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Donna

    Hey Lyle get off those drugs they are frying your brain cells! You are dillusional!

    November 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Caldudenomore

    Please. From a Quarter Century Club member of the GOP, go away. You do more harm than good.

    Please.

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

    Lyle,
    No Lyle, she doesn't scare us. She ANNOYS us.

    November 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. proud army and navy mom

    Palin is a dumb as a doorknob and just as interesting as one.

    the idiot need to be at home taking care of her pregnant daughter and planning the shot wedding. There still will be a wedding, right?

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

    Sara, Stay in Alaska where you belong. Just remember McCain lost because of you. Not that I was for McCain anyway. Glad Obama won.
    You are nothing but a contemptious and a negative campaigner.
    It seems you didn't learn from your past mistakes or were the least bit critical of yourself in anyway.

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