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. Barb

    Lighten up, everybody! She needs the pay from her speaking tour to pay off the bill for all those clothes!

    November 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. LyonsPhilly

    Just the fact that McCain no longer even mentions Sarah Palin's name is an indication that he would rather keep his feeling to himself. I'm sure he's about sick of her. She's like an annoying bug that you just can't hit with the fly swatter.

    November 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Erik from Real PA

    She's sure to help get the ignorant hillbilly vote sewn up good n' tight.

    November 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Sue

    I am a white woman, and yes, Sarah Palin instills fear in me. She makes me fearful because I can't believe that such an incompetent and disingenuous person was foisted upon the American electorate. This demonstrates the low opinion the RNC has of the American Population. They clearly chose her to court the women who were upset about Hillary Clinton, and to appease the base, who were appalled that McCain was (before he ran) pro-choice. She was an interesting choice, because who better to make outlandish insinuations and speak with such ugliness than a pretty mom-type. I am further fearful because so many of my less intelligent countrymen and women apparently fell for the ruse, and believe whatever they are told. If you truly believe this woman is competent to run this country, I implore you to refrain from voting in the future, and to seriously consider reading a newspaper.

    November 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. christo

    Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska and start taking care of tthat baby, Im so tired of seeing her poor duaghter Willow taking on the job, and now with Bristol pregnant too. She has a lot more family issues and issues in Alaska. Leave the rest of the country alone , I dont want to see that face anymore IM DONE and SHE'S DONE

    November 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Palin is a fraud

    Sarah Palin has no credentials and so I fail to understand how her opinions matter in another state. For that matter, Alaska has some very serious issues of its own, including plummeting oil prices, and so she should be doing the work she is paid to do, serving as governor of the state.

    November 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. John, Illinois

    You have to put away your hatred of this woman and look at the facts of this situation. Yes, Sarah Palin is a very polarizing person; she routinely uses hate speech and has very right wing stances on issues such as abortion and gun control.

    But this campaign is in Georgia. Georgia is a traditionally very red state. Even the 'Dixiecrats" of the 70s and 80s were conservatives who couldn't run on the Republican ticket because Lincoln tainted the name by freeing the slaves over 100 years ago (imagine his audacity!). Hate speech and right wing values play in Georgia. And remember the type of campaign Chambliss used to defeat war hero Max Cleland six years ago–it was full of cheap shots and hate.

    So, why are they bringing Sarah Palin down to Georgia? Because her type of campaigning is just the red meat that riles up the base to get out and vote, and there's a lot of this type of base to rile up in Georgia. This move would backfire in a large part of the country, but it just may be the thing that gets Chambliss over the top.

    November 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. jim beam

    i wonder if nick ayers is related to bill, and if so, what's the extent of sarah's relationship with him is...

    November 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Mernoush

    She is such an opportunist that doesn’t want to loose the fame she achieved over a night with the help of a desperate man who just wanted to win the election, so I think we are going to hear from her more and more till 2012 election. But the sad part is that neither she has any knowledge about the world nor is she eager to learn things. I’m personally sick of her nonsense speeches.

    November 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Reluctant Georgian

    Sadly, Chambliss is probably going to win this, despite Caribou Barbie's liability factor. This is GEORGIA, folks... we're not talking about a think tank where voters actually use logic and reason to decide. McSame and Pain (no, that is NOT a typo) won this state... and "Sax-beh" only lost by a moosehair. Pun intended.

    I'm afraid he's got it, regardless of how ridiculous his campaigners are.

    But I'll you, I WOULD LOVE to see her onstage in downtown Atlanta.... now THAT would be entertainment!

    November 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. ME

    liberals are so full of hate.

    November 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. eddy

    I this AILIN PALIN chick for real.Is she that stupid to think she can help anyone with her boring,unintelligent remarks.Why doesn't someone just put her in a crate with another dog and ship prepaid to alaskaaaaaaaaaaaa.Mark DO NOT RETURN TO SENDER.
    This is all McCain's fault.No one heard of this nitwit until someone turned over a barrel and found it.Lost Pageant and now losing credibility of all women.

    November 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. bob j

    hey gov read the memo you lost please go back to alaska

    November 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. keeth in california

    This ensures that Chambliss will lose.

    November 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Iowa Mom

    Oh for the love of God

    November 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Sabrina Whitenstone

    I wish Sarah Palin would just go away. That women is a loser.

    November 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. johnsonoklahoma

    Chambliss what are you smoking dude the quickest way to end your policital career is to invite Palin this lady even makes Bush look smart and by the way invite hannity ,joe the plummer rush drugbaugh these are the same people that put the last nail in the rep party.PLEASE LET HER KEEP TALKING THIS REALLY HELPS THE DEM,PARTY

    November 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Maggie

    Thanks to community organizers, Palin now resides back in Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Jack

    . . . Her element, I'm sure.

    November 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. 516 Comments and counting...

    Wow. None of the other stories even come close. As much as you all hate her, you'd think you'd have something better to give your attention to. ;)

    November 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Mike

    Awesome Tina fey will have more material...things were begining to look very boring

    November 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Brenda

    I don't get it. She has a special needs baby that doesn't even look like it's ever bonded with her. She has a pregnant teen – and 2 other daughters – where are her priorities? She chose to have all those kids – and sure, you can have a career and children – but campaigning for someone who isn't on the national stage and only at the state level, and yes, he's a senator – but how's that supposed to help alaskans out? Who's running her state? Who's taking care of her family? Oh, yeah, that's right – no one.

    November 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. DH

    Keep showing her yaking away with the turkey grinder behind her. That should help Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. John

    yes now were guaranteed to win!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Nan

    Oh, Good God! Won't that bubbleheaded woman EVER go away???

    November 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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