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. concerned Dem

    She is just like roaches.....never goes away

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Patricia from outside of the US

    I am not an Amercian citizen, but I can tell you this:
    Obama has given people around the world hope. He is the real deal.

    Sarah Palin, probably is a nice lady BUT she "pretends" too much, hence every time she opens her mouth, she puts her foot in it.

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. gary n.

    Boop -boop – be – doop ! Wink , wink !

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. david Armendale, SF, CA

    to all the crybaby Republicans getting their talking points from Rush and Sean to complain about Obama carrying out policy pronouncements under the aegis of Office of President Elect: hang in there. In January he'll be sworn in as the actual POTUS. Then you'll have one less thing to complain about. Right? In the meantime, you should really get somebody to change your diaper.

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Farzad Khazai

    For the purpose that she's needed here (rallying the Evangelical base), she'll be a help...
    But Repulicans have to be out of their minds if they think she is a serious national candidate. Polls don't lie...Democrats disapproved of her at Bush-like levels, Independents had a high negative opinion of her (near the 60% range), and really only self-identified Republicans supported her. If Republicans want to lose national elections by winning 40-45% of the vote, then by all means, please keep trotting her out on the national stage. It's not like people don't know who she is, she's opened her mouth a million times and we've all heard from her. And don't give the "filter of the MSM" line...she sounded equally terrible on Hannity's show as she did with Katie Couric...she's just an uneducated woman of below-average intelligence and there's only so many ways to cover that up.

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. SHELLI

    What slaughtering plant is she going to go to this time (in GA). Wow, she is crusing for a brusing. she is not the brightest light in the lamp!
    She makes white women look really dumb. I thank God that I've gotten ahead with my teaching degree and she does not reflect me at all. As a white woman I feel that she is the poorest representative for us possible.

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Angel

    @ Lyle...no one is afraid of Palin.......We just love to see her make a fool of herself.......

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. JJ

    Part of me really wants you to go away...but a small part of me wants you to get the GOP nomination in 2012..wonderful!!

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. gl, Pittsburgh

    Joy, Vancouver, WA November 25th, 2008 11:00 am ET

    Who is taking care of her special needs baby while she is advancing her political career?

    AND THE ANSWER IS TO YOUR QUESTION, THE REAL MOTHER OF BABY WHICH IS NOT PALIN.

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Carol

    When will she run for Mrs. America?

    November 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. reality check

    To "Truth Be Told" and others who said similar things:

    I really hope you're right. But I have some family in Georgia and many friends from Georgia and I can tell you that they – and the rest of the deep south – don't think like the rest of us. They think the bigger your Bible (and it better be the King James Version), the better your qualifications for office. Knowledge of world events, policies, the economy, etc., is secondary, because God will provide the wisdom necessary.

    A lot of Georgians love Palin.

    Let me just add that I pray for God's wisdom for our leaders every day, but I also believe in electing qualified people – regardless of their Bibles.

    November 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Michelle

    YOUR 15 MINUTES ARE UP!!!

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

    This may have already been stated but the reason Palin is going to Georgia is to raise cash for Chambliss. She gets lots of mileage out of her folksiness and her pro gun stance, especially in rural GA.

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Torin from Georgia

    I better hide now that Palin is traveling South to Georgia – if she knows how to find Georgia that is. We have folks in Georgia that relish the hard core social values of Palin. It is bad enough to see Chambliss on television every ten minutes with another anti-Martin commercial. Now I will have to suffer with hearing the annoying voice of Palin too.

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. D-MI

    inat2:

    Well, in the total absence of ANY forthcoming information, strategies or statements from the tool that is supposed to be running things, I for one am glad that our next president is stepping up and working on the situation EVENT THOUGH IT ISN'T HIS JOB YET.

    At least SOMEBODY is taking the future of our country seriously...

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Maggie

    The devil went down to Georgia.
    He was looking for a soul to steal.
    He was in a bind
    He was way behind
    And he was willing to make a deal....

    (with all due reference to Charlie Daniels)

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Ron

    I am neither a Republican or a Democrat – I vote for whomever makes sense. But Sarah Palin? Give me a break! An inarticulate, uneducated former beauty queen with a desire for publicity and power wants all the attention she can get, and who thinks "it's all about ME, ME, ME" - how can she help Jim Martin???

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Tony

    According to Halloween IX Jason won't die either.

    Wink! Wink!

    November 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. ShawnT

    America...

    how did it go from the nation of the smartest people to the nation in which 46% of the electorate voted for this moron?

    November 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. elizabeth in OC

    When will this torture end???? This woman doesn't need a rifle to kill... she need only open her mouth and speak! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. jean brandt

    Sarah Palin. The gift that keeps on giving – to the Democrats! Go for it, Sarah. The Democrats will get to 60 seats yet.

    November 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    Lyle-
    What is the color of the sky in your delusion? Granted, the best things we could do as Obama supporters, is just ignore these stories. But, yes, we are tired of reading about her.

    But don't confuse that with fear. By all means, run her in 2012. We would be more than pleased to see that. The hate and division politics that got Bush re-elected in 2004 are history. There are not enough voters who agree with her extreme views for her to win.

    November 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. OHIO here

    Everybody vote for Jim Martin It is all we can hope for

    November 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. PoliticoMike

    ENOUGH!!

    November 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Ray from NY

    @Lyle What has palin accomplished? read some facts man and she isn't very pretty at all either

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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