November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 years 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.


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  1. jeh15

    Good for Palin, she can help Chambliss lose like she helped McCain lose.

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Bob Shearer

    And here I thought the article referred to the Republic of Georgia that Russia recently invaded. Was sorta hoping that Sarah planned to walk there via the Arctic Ocean. Oh well, maybe she'll be able to help Chambliss the same way she helped McCain.

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Woodman

    **yawn** Who's going where? Oh. Yeah. Got it. **yawn**

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Mike

    This is GREAT news...

    for Jim Martin!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Frank

    Why are we still talking about her? Maybe she should take care of her own state that she was voted to do. I doubt taxpayers want foot the bill for her to support her own agenda disguised as support for another member. She’ll do whatever it takes to stay in the spotlight.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Yeah...more Sarah Palin....that's great.

    Now I can experience more love and tolerance from all the Unity proclaimers of the Obama camp.

    Or maybe I can incite a personal attack, or best of all, more censorship from CNN itself.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. kcbob

    All DEms and sane Repulicans who want to save their party need to make her effort fail. If it fails she will disappear.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. simp

    Remember what this idiot did for mccain, are you sure you want her to campaign for you senator? I could care less if chambliss wins but this is so laughable. This woman just continues to make a fool out herself, not mention the stupid people who keep bringing her back, GO AWAY!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. U Amin

    Her family needs her more than the country. It is better if she goes back to school and educate herself more in general knowledge and the world. Beauty and shooting around innocent wildlife for pleasure does not make U a good politician you need some brains also. God save US from her.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    WOW!! This goes to show that the Republicans are in disarray. I just don't think she can help Sen Chambliss. I'm a Democrat, but there are pleny of other Republicans who should be working for Sen Chambliss than Gov Palin. I really don't understand what the Republican Party sees in her. Yes, she's a Washington outsider, yes, she's folksy, but for me, I'd rather not see a "folksy" person in a national office. I may not agree with VP Cheney's policies, but I'd rather see him talking with a foreign dignatary than Gov Palin any day. If there are independents leaning toward Chambliss, I just don't think she can sway them.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. No Thanks

    Here we go again.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Timothy

    This is the voice for the republican party Gov. Palin, former Mayor Rudy, former Gov. Mitt how desperate is this party. I see why they lost. These are certainly mean spirited former candidates who preach divisiveness, fear and bigotry in hope to trun out those who think like them.

    November 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Sue

    By all means, Ms. Palin, please hit the campaign trail. That will help seal the deal for Martin being elected.

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Lance

    Perfect. Sarah and Rudy. One thing about Republican that amazed me is their inability to learn. They should learn something about the 2006 & 2008 election: stupidity and intimidation does not go well with Americans. Why would they keep putting those losers on the trail? I can't wait for the 2nd defeat.

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Susan in NC

    Oh, no.......will that woman never go away? And, for those of you who are going to respond that we're "afraid of her" - not hardly. She's simply annoying, at best!

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. rosy obama mama

    who cares. leave this woman burried in alaska pleaseeeeeee

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. David, Ventura, calif

    Palin – what part about go away don't you understand – you almost single handily cost McCain the election – have you figured out the Africa question yet ???!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. David Orbach, New York, NY

    That's a sure recipe for defeat.

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Lee

    Give it up, Sarah! You have proven you are neither qualified nor suitable, no pun intended, for public office. Go back to college and learn to speak and write correctly.

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Go Sarah!

    Best way I know to get another Democratic seat in the Senate. Send Sarah.

    The Repubs just gotta do their best to get enough seats to stop any progress.

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Bob

    UGH......Sarah please go away. Funny how Republicans can't realize that Sarah Palin is one of the main reasons McCain lost the election- so she's now the future of the party?

    November 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Kay

    Should leave Palin in Alaska the more she talks the worst it gets. Maybe, her hair should be blonde!

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Mike in GA

    I like Plain,she has a libertarian streak to her, but I am very disappointed she is going to campaign for " SUXBEE".

    Suxby is a joke, and that coming from a right-leaning Georgian.

    He calls himself a "fiscal conservative": like most if not all neocons, Hucktardians, etc., he's a big spender, he just prefers to borrow the $ for his spending, vs. raising taxes.

    I opted to sit out the runoff, neither Suxby nor Martin is "fiscally fit" enough to earn my vote.

    I voted for the Libertarian Allen Buckley, he was the only fiscally-responsible candidate in the race, one of very few running nationwide who actually believes in fiscal responsibility.

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Jessie S.C.

    Chambliss would do better if he had told all those losers to stay away. With his redneck friends in Georgia the chance is better for him to be re-elected.

    All those big whigs from the Repuke party that criticized a community organizer on national TV daily was slaughter by that community organizer on 4 Nov. These guys and gals can't see through the forest for the trees.

    Now with the wicked witch from the 57th state in the north coming to help his chance for winning has been reduced.
    Go...Go...Go... Martin

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. ProgressiveDemocrat

    Palin should stay home I guess she wants to be the leader of the GOP.

    Maybe she will think she is running for US Senator.

    She really wants the power.

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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