November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
3 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. FedUp

    Joe the Ignorant still believes in her. Why won't she just go away???

    November 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Johny

    She is the gift that keeps on giving, if you're Leno, Olberman or Letterman. Isn't her 15 up yet? Maybe there is a Turkey farm she can do a photo op at.

    November 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Ann Marie Harvey

    I AM REALLY ANGRY AT ALL YOUR READERS ALWAYS SAYING UGLY THINGS ABOUT SARAH PALIN WHY CAN'T THEY LEAVE HER ALONE ?AND GIVE A CHANCE INSTEAD?

    November 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Bobbi Stern

    Sarah WHO!!!!! I thought she went back to live with the moose, flying over shooting animals, and trying to figure out where Russia is ...she actually thinks anyone in the south gives a rats a_s what she thinks. Go Home and do your job in Alaska, wink–wink–wink. You betcha!

    November 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. 15 minutes of fame

    Palin can make every guy in America happy.... beat Houston's record.

    November 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Mike

    Do us all a favor and go back to Alaska!!!!!!!!!!
    If she was the Gov. of my state and started parading all over the country spouting off stupid remarks and acting like a fool, I would start a petion to remove her from office. Either stay in Alaska and govern or step aside.

    November 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Jen, Cali

    My, my - just look at all the "hits" Sarah gets on these blogs! Just can't stand someone who's tough, accomplished, and authentic - and a woman, to boot - and NOT a rubber chicken like the rest of you
    - can you?

    November 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. GOP=Epic Fail

    HAHAHAHA Thanks for helping the democrats again sarah!

    November 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. California Gold

    Bet she bills Chambliss for her travel expenses and if she drags her kids along Chambliss will be invoiced for their travel, chauffeur, security detail, meals and clothing. First Dude Todd also shows up? Same additional costs. Then she will submit travel reimbursement requests to the State of Alaska for her travel, plus her children, plus her husband, plus their meals (no per diem-actual costs) plus clothing, plus hair stylists and clothing, including cleaning. U betcha! "This politicking, ya know, its been just great."

    November 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Chris Cornicello

    While she keeps leaving the state she is supposed to govern, who is running it?

    November 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Simmy

    How appropriate: A communion of the rogues!

    This is a true sign of how low the Repubs have suken; to have to rely on the likes of Ms P!

    She couldn't bring a win for herself and McCain, and now she's helping someone else? ...Please!

    November 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Joe Banana

    Dumber than Bush?

    YOU BETCHA!

    November 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. TJ

    Go home, Caribou Barbie!

    November 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Repubshateamericans

    Who is this lady? She will do anything to stay in the public eye. She is the Paris Hilton of politics.

    November 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. dart HI

    Georgians may love her but the turkeys there are finding safe places to hide. Anything on Palin (post election) should be filed under 'Entertainment'...Hilarious!
    (Is the governor's position in Alaska 'on call'?)

    November 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Lauren the Designer

    The devil went down to Georgia...

    November 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Beth

    why would they let Palin campaign? Do republicans want to lose? Get a clue guys!

    November 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Mike

    Prediction - Salin will fire up some voters to turn out in support of Saxby. The negative turning point for Martin was the "help" of Al Gore, the biggest joke ever!!!!! Republicans will win this race.

    November 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Veronica

    In the immortal words of Motley Crue ... "don't go away mad ... just GO AWAY!"

    November 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Mike, OR

    Send in the clowns.

    November 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. joeb

    Sarah Palin, will you please go AWAY?

    November 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    @ Suzanne

    I certainly hope you mean "Yukon" in a generic description of the far north ... because if you mean the "Yukon Territory" which happens to be part of Canada ... we don't want her here anymore than you do!

    @ Governor Palin

    Just keep talking ... because the more you talk ... the less and less likely it will be that anyone considers you a credible candidate for anything in the future.

    November 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. nan

    Sarah Palin – Stay in Alaska. You don't do any good anywhere else. Look after your poor son, surely he needs you a lot more than the American people. Americans do not want to hear any more about you. Enough already!!

    November 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Paul C.

    "aware", you really need to stop eating paint chips for lunch and breathing in ether all the time! LOL that is one of the most pitiful and pathetic defenses I've ever seen of Caribou Barbie. And to the nimrods who are complaining that CNN is being "biased" and "unfair", understand something, you are outnumbered ten to one. If you go on MSN's site there are just the same number or more of a majority of this country that can't stand her. You people really are pathetic. Going from a proud coalition of Democrats, Independents and Republicans under Reagan and even Bush Sr., you're now reduced to inane fools that invent truths to make yourselves look informed and factual. And you're not even close! So continue to yell at the wind because no one cares anymore. Wow, if I were in your shoes I'd be more concerned with getting my party together after the crushing defeats you all suffered three weeks ago. But it proves my point time and time again with your useless bantor, you just can't accept reality, defeat, common sense and humility, there is a time when you have to just give up and live with reality. Again, immensely proud to see the right wing in defeated ruins.

    November 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Bob

    It is sad to see so much hatred in these comments. It seems no matter which side of the isle you reside, civility no longer exists. Sad indeed.

    November 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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