November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
2 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. Lynnda from Mississippi

    For all of you that still don't get why so many dislike Sara Palin, there is nothing left to say to you.
    However, Please keep Sara Palin in Alaska, and preferably out of politics. She has instigated the racists in our country and brought them out of the woodwork. Here in Mississippi, McCain and Palin did NOTHING but give the “good old boy” “the south will rise again” double talking racists the opportunity to relate to her and spew hatred and miss- information.
    She is not stupid or miss informed but she is dangerous and would have left McCain in the dust if given the opportunity. Because she herself has such poor judgment on her own qualifications, she is not qualified or vetted or informed or educated enough to be in National politics. Please keep Sara Palin in Alaska, and preferably out of politics

    November 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. 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 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. BeauMan

    Great & intelligent comments, you unbelievably rude and obnoxious liberals. Nothing has "changed" with you people...except your Messiah reigns in January! Speaking of which, what was Obama doing to help/represent Illinois for the LAST 2 YEARS THAT HE CAMPAIGNED FOR PRESIDENT? Answers, please? Unbelievable how amazingly ignorant and blinded some of you people continue to be!

    November 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Unbelievable!

    Why won't she just go AWAY! She has to be one of the most annoying individual I've ever come across in my entire life.

    November 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. johnny

    LOL @ inat2. President Elect Obama has been seen less on all of the airwaves than Palin and he WON the election. He actually stayed somewhat low-pro when she was talking to anyone who waould listen. Yes, the country wants to hear from him.

    November 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Kerry

    Anyone who thinks she is briliant, must be pretty stupid!
    Palin go home and do your job, or at least try.

    November 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Candid

    Oh, Oh, Oh!!! That woman thinks she has the most influence on American voters now. For her, doing politics in this country is just a piece of cake and so much fun: shopping, dressing up, winking, saying Gotcha, Betcha...? Then people are crazy about her...

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Greg

    Funny...

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. gg

    just when i thought we were finished with this woman!
    go back to alaska and put ur "actual executive responsibilities"
    to good use!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Mario

    What planet is Palin coming from? She was a ridicule locally and internationaly. She is campaigning for herself. She is embarked in a damage control process after her disastrous running as a VP nominee. Now, if she thinks that she is the future of the Republican then it shows how bad that party is. There is no future. Please, to the media, unplug the microphone to this parrot.

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. miker

    palin 14:56
    palin 14:57
    palin 14:58
    palin 14:59

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Tiaunia

    Why? I mean I really don't understand. Why?

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Mark

    Also, as for Obama making a lot of address to the nation, what's wrong with that we currently have a president who does nothing so I'm glad he's keeping us informed about whats going on in the government. Is that so bad? I mean whats wrong with the guy whos gonna be running our country for the next 4 – 8 years, telling us whats going on and where our country's headed. IN case you havent been reading the news, Pretty much any time he announces a new cabinet/high level post the stocks rally. Please think next time you post.

    November 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Jack in Phoenix

    Lyle...please, Sarah Palin "accomplished"? President-elect Obama supporters "intimidated" by her? Someone who had to attend five colleges to graduate with a journalism degree and still cannot correctly pronounce the word "nuclear" is neither accomplished nor intimidating - except to maybe some unsuspecting moose in Alaska. Like the AMC Pacer, she needs to disappear and become only a faint and laughable memory.

    November 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. NO PALIN

    CNN STOP COVERING THIS IDIOT

    November 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Navy Veteran

    Woud someone please stop the madness? Who cares if she campaigns for the Senator in Georgia? If he wants her there, so be it. I'm sure he knows how many people dislike this woman and if he loses the race, then he can use her as an escape goat. Personally, I wish she would go away and do her job in Alaska. Hopefully, she had brushed up on her English speaking skills and will learn to put words together in a coherent manner so that people in the lower 48 will understand what she is trying to convey in her tirades at the podium.

    November 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Oregon Calling

    hahahahahahahahahaha
    hahahahahahahahahaha
    hahahahahahahahahaha

    Looks like Georgia may go Purple!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. California Girl

    I guess Saxby really doesn't want the job.

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Don Lawrence

    Well, you know that Sarah had to visit the place where Russia recently invaded. You know and the President there who thinks she's a knockout. So she really thought she was showing her International awareness by going to Georgia:) You betcha!

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    GO SARAH

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    GO PALIN, GO!

    This is a sure fire way to make the
    GOP candidate a huge.....ALSO RAN!

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Heather

    She has had a taste of relevance and now cannot live without it- obviously.

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Greed is not good

    Oh please...we burnt-out enough already of Palin and her meaningless gibber.

    November 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. w.l. jones

    We Georgian is old Demcrat ,..now it about time to return back to our roots. By nature we dont like outsider tell us what to do because we are a close knit family. Bless my State.

    November 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. JM in OC

    I'm sorry, but doesn't this woman HAVE A JOB?

    Alaskan tax dollars at work. (I'm just talking about her salary, which she continues to collect, whether working on anything for the betterment of her state or not.)

    November 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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