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. vic

    Hide your turkeys! LOLOL

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

    Thank you, Thank you Sarah for campaigning for Saxby Chambliss. Should make it a landslide for the Democrat contender Jim Martin, nothing like a loser campaigning for another loser. Nuff said.

    November 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. kim

    now if she didnt benefit john mccain in any way...what makes her think she can benefit saxby? shes so full of herself. she should seriously stay at home and take care of her kids.im thinking of running for some office at some point in the future,im 43, but sarah palin is no role model.a woman with a baby who has downs syndrome... from that point on she should have resigned from office to concentrate on her family and her pregnant teenage daughter... looks like she wasnt around for the sex talk with her daughter either!

    November 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Pedro Weisleder

    Senator Chambliss must be a poor student of history, and out of touch with the majority of Americans. While Ms. Palin may have personal appeal, she has dearth of knowledge on important, yet basic, concepts such as constitutional law, geography, and debate rules. She further seems to be unable to simply say “I don’t know” when applicable. Finally, her naive but jingoistic approach to international relations makes her very dangerous. So go ahead Senator, the majority of those of us who can vote in this country applaud you choice for closer; we can always use more seats in the senate.

    November 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Ghost

    That is hilarious. She'll wind up at the border of Russia and Georgia

    November 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. carol

    Oh my stars.....is she back on the scene, I knew she couldn't stay up in Alaska for long, she is missing all the attention.
    Is there any chance that she will hook up with good old boy Joe the plumber along the way, se we can see another sideshow....now there will be some interesting speeches to be had again if those two get together...she'll start rambling and he'll be giving advice on the economy.
    Perhaps they can both start their book tours on the trail....won't those two books make interesting reading!!!!!......NOT!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. CJ in FL

    The AP: "Hmm, I wonder what Palin's doing today?"

    Reality: "Shouldn't we be covering the new administration, and examine the apparent shift in policy coming from Mr. Obama?"

    The AP: "Nah, I'm too afraid of what I might find. We've fought too hard for Obama to expose him now. I wonder if Palin will brutally cut down a Christmas tree?"

    Reality: "Oy-vey!"

    November 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I've always been glad I don't live in Georgia.

    November 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    She went on the Campaign trail for Mccain and look what happen well fellow democrats looks like we will be getting another seat YAHOO YIPPIE!!

    November 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. THE TRUE WISE ONE

    What an Idiot she is, attention seeker, power hungry dumb of a person. The rest of the country will be sparsely populated like Alaska if this witch is allowed any where near Washington. Help! Please put this rogue away she can't just leave us alone so thank you John McCain.

    November 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. kim

    and furthermore.... if there is any chance this crazy lady considers running for president in 2012.... this is laughable at this point.please everyone go to sarah palins website where you can leave her comments!

    November 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. ANGIE

    She does know shes going to the state of Georgia and not the country right?

    November 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Keith in CA

    And I thought the days of the travelling freak shows were long gone.

    November 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    Faiz,
    I think it should be; "Who loves Palin EXCEPT the Republican base."

    November 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Chris from San Antonio

    Apparently, Republicans love failed policies and sound bytes strung together in an incoherent manner.

    November 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. All I want for Christmas is Palin back in Alaska

    This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful she and McCain didn't win!

    November 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. H.Nelson An American living In Maastricht Holland

    Sarah Palin to the rescue......yeah right!!!!!!!!!!
    She don't get it nor dose the GOP....It's over morons!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Leo - Arizona

    Excellent! This will help another Democract. It's about time we get things done around here. I do find it bewildering that the Repubs actually think this woman helps them??? I sure hope she runs for President in 2012. Obama won't even need to campaign. Palin will do it for him!

    Go Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    I am so tired of this dumb woman that thinks she represents the majority of women in our country. The only women she represents are the far right wing evangelicals and the uneducated who want a woman just like them involved in the future of America. The rest of us want an intelligent, well educated woman. She is totally clueless about everything outside of Alaska and the reason I didn't vote for McCain. She villifies everything negative about people.

    November 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. george M.

    will somebody please give her a valium and put her to bed!

    November 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. nik

    God, spare us from this awful woman..................

    November 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Jacky

    Can you say "kiss of death"?

    ROFLMAO!

    November 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. jeff in MA

    Palin's out to sink another ship. She's the best thing that ever happened to the Democrats.

    November 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Drew in Sconnie

    If Chambliss loses, maybe Republicans will finally start making the connection between rolling out Palin and losing elections (let's hope not, though.)

    November 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Dee Boyd

    Exactly what are the responsibilities of Governor of Alaska? They don't seem to be particularly demanding given the current incumbent has been spending her time yakking it up with whoever will have her on air. Now she's spending her time campaigning in Georgia. Who's minding the store back home?

    November 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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