November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
4 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. Ilene

    Well here comes Stuck in Stupid herself coming back home to the Mother Planet state of Stuck in Stupid (Georgia).

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Boise, ID

    Lord, please bless the intellectually less fortunate souls that believe in trickle down economics. Grant them enough intelligence to see through the fear tactics of those that seek to use them for their own gain. Please allow them to see that you cannot blame Clinton for the eight years after his presidency (Future) while blaming the Democratic Congress for our current situation (Present) and Obama for the two months prior to his Presidency (Past). Please show them that people with different colors on their skin are every bit as good if not better than themselves. Grant them the humility to realize that they have no right to project their own flawed morals upon others that seek to share their lives together in peace and tolerance. Show them that you cannot drill for more oil and protect our planet at the same time. Lord, please raise the price of gas continuously until we finally find something else. Please teach them how to spell so they don't look so dumb when they try to respond to this.

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. D R

    Palin seems to have been bitten by the " Gotta Stay In The Media bug"!!!! Didn't she mess things up enough for McCain!!!!
    Palin needs to stay at home with her children, especially with her infant son and stop trying to continue to strive for that "5 minutes of fame" that she received in the past few months. She's a disgrace to motherhood and her husband needs to "MAN UP" and stop being "Mr Mom" and get out into the workforce and provide for his family!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Y in Georgia

    Good, that will really motivate the democrats to go out a vote against Chambliss. Martin will definitely win!

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    Lyle – Only to her on kind which is some white people. Other people of color find Sara Palin very offense to them. She doesn't related well to other people of color in this country so she can not progress with out them. We just prove that in November 2008.

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Mark

    Lyle its not that people are afraid of her, I doubt anyone at anytime felt threatened by her, except perhaps McCain, it's the fact that she is ignorant about the world and she will not go away. A majority of people dont want to hear anything else from her again. The stuff she said on the campaign trail should disqualify her from ever speaking publicly again.

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Jeff

    It seems like Sarah desparately wants to be anywhere but Alaska. And it looks like the majority of REAL Americans want her to be nowhere else but Alaska. Sorry Plain.

    November 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. TrueIndependent

    To Lyle @ 12.48p.m.

    You said "Obama supporters are afraid of this accomplished woman, etc., etc. "?

    Is your I.Q. in the negative?

    November 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. The Sarah and Limbaugh Show

    Two clowns for the price of one.They both have annoying voices and even more annoying Agendas.

    November 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Laverne

    I thought Saxby Chamblis wanted to win! Thank you Sarah Palin, this should be a landslide this time around for the Dems!

    November 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Sara

    Go away, Palin...FOREVER!

    November 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Jimmy H.

    Glad to hear that Sarah is keeping on the national stage. Good signs for 2012!

    Palin/Rice 2012!

    November 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    go away

    November 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. tipring

    I find it incredibly frightening that so many people actually like the twit and not only like her think she would do well in power. I understand about demagoguery and mob mentality. Her speeches are about the same as a corporate mission statement. Those mission statements don't actually say anything meaningful, they are nothing but a few made up words in corporate speak, and they are long and tedious. I could see her as president and like Rome the republic will fall and instead of an empire for a form of gov't we adopt the PTA model, that is so familiar to "hockey moms". Since she was confused about the whole Africa as continent concept, has anyone told her what the deal is with Australia. Does anyone know where she is on her history knowledge ? I would bet money she thinks the cold war was a war fought in the artic.

    November 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. shootingMaNs

    The Dems can count on another seat in the Senate after this....

    November 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. david Armendale, SF, CA

    You just gotta love these Palinites who somehow arrive at the analysis that anyone pointing out the obvious intellectual short comings of Sarah Palin must be sexist, or that we don't understand her, or that we are "intimidated" by her. Yeah, OK then! You just go on believing that my mavericky friends. Meanwhile, those 56 million of us who just defeated your gal are all counting on you sustaining just that level of stupidity so we can continue to win elections for the foreseeable future. Keep it up!

    November 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. dibick99

    poor chambliss – if she's as dumb for him as she was for mccain, the dems will be sure to have the 60 seats that they need. someone should really tell her that she is, in fact, stupido

    November 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Mike from NJ

    Um, Aren't you the Governor of Alaska?? Is it ok to spend that much time that far from the state you are sworn to serve and protect??

    November 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Did she ever get back to Katie Couric with her answer?

    November 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Joe

    Has anyone given Senator Chambliss the bad news? Did someone confirm for her that this is the STATE of Georgia (not the country she got so used to reading about on cue cards in the general election)?

    November 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Coherent1

    Well, I guess that about does it for Chambliss. A simple kiss of death to his campaign.

    November 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. RAC - Illinois

    "and meanwhile, back in Alaska, a village is missing an idiot". Loved it! I haven't laughed so hard since the Couric interview! Thanks, Chris!

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

    OH GAWD!!! WOULD SHE JUST GO AWAY ALREADY!!!???

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

    Go back to Alaska and go to work.
    She's loving this attention, but you have to figure
    that anyone who appears in beauty contests would
    love this limelight. Unfortunately she's making a
    joke out of herself. The turkey episode was the
    icing on the cake for me. Bye Sarah...you're old news!

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

    Would she please just go away!!

    November 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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