November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
2 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. Kyle, MO

    I'm sure there are turkeys, bears and moose in Alaska who are breathing a sigh of relief. I can hear them saying, "Good, she's gone".

    November 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Jimmy from Ravenswood, Queens

    Great! Here comes another GOP lost when this Gal gets involved.

    November 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Richard A. Spomer

    Sarah Palin is the Mama of the nation and will continue to do good for those in the Republican Party. She is young, fresh female, so all adhere to Mama Position! Palin only wants good for all, however so many are to close minded a ticket of Palin/Clinton would probably work.

    November 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Jack

    Jim Martin must be elated. Go Jim!

    November 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Marcie, IN

    Great, keep her face out there so Dems can win in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Allen from Pa.

    With over 70 precent of true Americans saying she should go back to Alaska and stay there.Don't see how she will help any Politician.I was told years ago all politicians were crooked some just get caught at it.She's living proof of it.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. JT

    why would anyone in georgia care what the gov of alaska thinks about their senate race? and don't the folks in alaska want her to actually DO something up there? she is never there, unless she is pardoning turkeys.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. bababear

    As a Georgia voter, who has already voted, I wish she would just go home and tend to her own business. I agree that Gov of Alaska must be a part time job.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Urbo

    I think it's great that Palin is willing to help the GOP out. She helped pull the rug out from under McCain and can now do so again. Besides she'll be able to see the opposite shore of Russia from across the Atlantic this time.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. cbertel

    Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman VP candidate, don't forget, NOT Palin.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. richard

    The republicans are giving rednecks a bad name.

    November 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. IndyVoter

    AAARRGGHH! No Mas...No Mas!

    November 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Salt

    No. VA Palin fan November 25th, 2008 11:06 am ET

    You go Sarah! Once the ridiculous media bias about you subsides, the entire public will see clearly the strong and convicted American leader that you are.

    --------------------------------

    She definitely SHOULD be convicted...that's for sure.

    November 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. JT

    How is palin effective? she effectively lost the race for Mccain, she has done nothing for or even in alaska for three months, except the turkey fiasco and a few just palin stupid interviews with moose chili and RNC clothes. Please enlighten us with any of her ACTUAL accomplishments. the gas pipeline? haha.

    November 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. redwhiteblue

    Two comments.
    Will we ever get rid of her? She is campaigning for Sarah.
    Is she still drawing her salary for Alaska governor when she is never there?

    November 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. April

    Doesn't she understand? She is a big part as to why McCain lost.

    November 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Bruce

    Let's face it....The ONLY reason she's being invited to speak on Chambliss' behalf is because all the folks who are ignorant enough to vote for him are the exact same ones who think Sarah Palin is the greatest politician alive, and he can't win without them.

    November 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. JB

    If the GOP guy loses, maybe she will shut up and go away – yeah, right.
    JB's Top Oxymoron list:
    Jumbo Shrimp
    Military Intelligence
    Cool Republican

    November 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. sansan

    Can you say Diva.
    p.s. Remind your friends at the PAC that you guys lost and the election is over, no ads need to be run anymore.

    November 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. deJohnn

    CNN loves to have negative Palin stuff, the more the better. Say something bad about Obama and these comments are shut off at about ten comment! The Dems are sore winners and should hold their breath for awhile while their guy starts his new job.

    November 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    Why the GOP can't just let her tend to Alaska and her brood is beyond me. The exit polls clearly showed that she alienated a huge plurality of independent voters and cost McCain any chance he might have had otherwise, yet here they are trotting her out again!!

    Insanity= doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.They must be all smiles in the Martin camp. What a gift to them.

    Here comes the 60th. vote!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Tom-in Canada (we're in NAFTA Sarah, honey.)

    Begs the question – why? Every individual American I ever met was a fine person...my team plays rugby teams from New York and New Hampshire every year...and we have forged new friendships over the years with our fine American friends. You don't deserve this...
    There are 300 million of you folks, one-half of you are women...out of that vast number surely you can choose a much better, brighter one than this to lead!

    November 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Debbie

    Poor Sen. Chambliss. He doesn't have a chance now! How could she do this to him?

    November 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Carol

    When is moose hunting season? Maybe then we can get a break.

    November 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Pamela, Sacramento

    Palin one question. Where are your children? Especially the baby that needs you the most. I am sorry to say but I see a subtle disconnect here. Something just isn't right!

    November 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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