November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
7 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. Kim

    Well, this oughtta sound the dell knell for Saxby. Love ya, mean it, wink wink.

    November 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Lynn

    Intimidate, Lyle? Give me a break. Many Americans do not like race-baiting, small-minded, egocentrics who simply don't know when to keep their mouths shut. This woman needs to get educated (and I'm not talking about five community colleges in six years type "educated"), and start reading. She needs to check in to life outside Wasilla. Palin doesn't GET Americans, American values, American ideals, or American ethics. She doesn't seem to get much, except how to be opportunistic and self-serving. The bigger the smile, the bigger the lie. She needs to just go away and leave decent Americans alone!

    November 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. LiberalsHateAmerica

    Palin, please don't stop spreading the message of lower taxes for all, smaller gov't, stronger military and more self-reliance. As opposed to barry O's message of "spread the wealth around" and create an entire country of welfare recipients ..

    November 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Denver Dem

    Repugs= Morons... I pray Saxby gets screwed because of this.

    November 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. bob

    Can Palin do for Chambliss what she did for McCain? You betcha!

    November 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. RR

    Misery loves company!

    November 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. totally neutral

    Thats the best news I've heard all day.
    Go Al Franken, end the madness.

    November 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. aware

    Lynnda from Mississippi

    Governor Palin is a force to be reckoned with and an authentic reformer who walks the talk.

    I noticed Obama winking in a couple of video clips recently! :)

    November 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. mike NY

    From someone that has a "carpetbagger" for a senator, let me say this, EVERYONE GO HOME AND LET GEORGIANS DECIDE WHAT IS GOOD FOR GEORGIA

    November 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Michael

    I for one am VERY pleased that Sarah is on the campaign trail for the Republican Senator... it means we are that much closer to a Democrat Super Majority! Come on Sarah, do what you do best... give everyone a reason to vote for the other side!

    November 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. from Georgia

    Thanks, but no thanks. I was neutral about Saxby Chambliss, but the news of Palin flying from Alaska to stump in Georgia sealed the deal for me. I voted for Martin in the early voting today. Please tell me, Saxby, that she has a round trip ticket! We don't need another carpetbagger here.

    November 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Cesar

    I believe one of the weaknesses of Democracy as a political system is that it allows mediocrities like Sarah Palin not only to survive but also to thrive. And, of course, "the people" are ultimately to blame.

    November 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Ryan

    I'm torn because I, like most people am sick of seeing her and hearing about her....

    on the other hand... since she's just overexposing herself and doing even more damage to her own party... I can live with the fact that she won't go away. The longer she sticks around,. the more the general public hates her.

    And deservedly so.

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Steve in San Diego

    Palin campaigning in Georgia? Why do I get the feeling she is going to end up somewhere in the former Soviet Union?

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Mike

    Palin is a Gimmick. To all of you completely out of touch, no sense of reality, Palin fanatics: 99.99% of you are not competent enough to hold any form of public office, and shes less competent than most of you. Are you really that delusional to think that anyone is actually afraid of this fake political prowess your trying to create?? The only reason people (with a shred of intelligence) get so fired up about her, is that they are insulted that the GOP would put the nation in harms way, by even entertaining the idea of putting that incompetent religious fanatic in a possible place of power, just to scrounge up a few gun firing, take away the right to choose, christian fanatic votes

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Cathy Brandes

    Great – perfect pair since both are comfortable with negative campaigning. Did anyone ask Chambliss if he wanted her to campaign for him. I hope McCain and the RNC are happy, they have created a monster!

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Doh!

    They just don't get it.....do they.

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Jayne S

    lol Bill

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Amazement at all This

    If Saxby wins by more votes than he got in the prior November election, the claim will be that she helped. But f he wins by less, or loses, she will have hurt him..so it is a gamble for the Republicans promoting her. Maybe this will put her on the back burner-altho she will always be intriguing as she is the most unknowledable (but -prettiest) person ever to have run for VP/she makes Dan Quayle look like a genius.She would indeed be better off in the entertainment arena/that would do for everybody who wants this Country to survive, a big favor...

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Andre

    Why???? Didn't she get the memo???? You are ridculously useless!

    November 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    Lyle, are you kidding – powerful and accomplished – at what? You could not have possibly seen the video of the turkey pardon.

    November 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. amused but happy in Vegas

    Actually, I don't wany Palin to stay in Alaska. I want her front and center and on view.

    Otherwise, people might forget how totally unqualified she is.

    I want her political obituary written in the next few months, in indelible ink.

    November 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. AlexNYC

    Dear God, make it go away!

    November 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. New Thinker

    Senator Max Cleland was an intelligent good guy who lost three limbs
    defending the U.S.A. during the Vietnam war. Chambliss trashed him in the worst and disrespectful way by attacking his character and integrity which we now know that Chambliss totally lacks. It should be a no-brainer for Republican Georgians to throw the bum out now that the facts are known. Having Palin campaign for him is typical Republican politics but not good for "We the People." Come on Republican Georgians, show the rest of the country that you are not rednecks and hicks from the sticks but that you are thoughtful, intelligent, and full of integrity. Vote for moderate Jim Martin, a stand up guy who can work with the Obama administration to get us out of these messes we all are in up to our necks, and then some.

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Frank

    The Palin/McCain ticket, as she liked to call it, did worse in Alaska than George W. Bush in 2004. Her popularity there dropped 27 points in the two months after she sent every qualified man, woman and child residing int he state a $1,200 check, on top of the $2,069 check they received a month later. That giveway has left the state, which figured on $80 per barrel oil, in deep financial straits.

    Hopefully, she can work the same magic on Chambliss, the man who called war hero Senator Max Cleland "unpatriotic," and who may have stolen the 2002 election through vote rigging.

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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