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. Hank Williams, Sr

    tina fay is getting more work. cool.

    November 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Indie Voter in Nevada

    Go for it Sarah! We need more Democrats in the house and senate to get this country back on track!

    November 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Phil-Little Rock

    Can someone tell this dumb ditzo that the campaigning part is over.........AND SHE LOST?? lolol

    November 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. bpal

    Doesn't she have a job??? I thought she was the Governor of Alaska. Do they really pay her... or does she just turn in her expenses?

    November 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Linda

    I wonder if the RNC loaned her one of her outfits to were?

    November 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. MJ from Atlanta

    Thanks a lot Sarah!!! We have early voting again here in Georgia and now that you're coming, I will DEFINITELY go and cast my vote for Jim Martin!!

    Go back home honey and learn about the country, the world and then maybe many, many years from now, you'll be ready.......

    November 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. alexx

    Wow – you guys win and are still as hateful as ever. Poor winners.

    November 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Evans

    I noticed my Pro-Palin comments never make it.

    November 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. SICK OF SARAH

    Take a look at the majority of the comments every time she is mentioned. The majority of the American people don't want her anywhere near the White House.
    She's only back in the spotlight because people want to make money off of her.
    McCain. Admit it. You made a mistake choosing her. Period.

    November 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. H. Smith

    I think Palin & Dan Qyale would be a great team......

    .... to complete the destruction of the Republican Party!!!!!

    Vote Palin/Qyale.

    November 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. MEP

    She has done so much for the GOP already– I hope she brings her turkey abbatoir with her .She just does not know when enough is enough. Did someone invite her? Why?

    November 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    why isn't this woman home with her 5 kids.............
    and did the pregnant daughter ever get married..............

    November 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Carrie

    As an American woman who was thrilled to see Barack Obama elected to the presidency, I'm hoping Sarah Palin does as much good for Saxby Chambliss as she did for John McCain. Woman or not, Sarah Palin does represent me.

    November 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Tadashi Davis

    I dont get get it, Sarah Palin has the intelligence of a rock; yet the right embraces her as if she is some dynamic woman who has a plan to get America back to conservatism in 2012. Wake up, she is not intelligent; she is not the future of anyones politics. The right should be ashamed of themselves bringing a knife to a gunfight in the general election and should be ashamed now using her to boost Chambliss. Chambliss is the SAME politician that Palin and McCain vowed to "shake up" in Washington; now she supports him? I still don't see how Palin supporters can keep a straight face when they say she is smart and had the qualifications to be VP...How can the right continue to live in the past? Conservative have more potent women in the their party, and they sad thing is they know it. They [GOP] still want to use the hood ornament tactic; using the image of Sarah Palin but not her brains...look at the Bush Administration....Saxby Chambliss is the scum of the earth. His political tactics are boarderline criminal... I hope GA wakes up and goes for change and not fall for some right-wing tool tactics from the GOP by bringing in Sarah Palin.

    November 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    She might energize the Republican base (what's left of it) but she'll super-energize the Democrats and Independents. I foresee a Martin victory. Go Sarah!

    November 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Nevada Mom

    Ha Ha Ha Ha! How hilarious.

    November 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. alexx

    You guys are all crying about sick of seeing Palins name all over. I think that's very funny. Almost rewarding in a way.

    I had Obama shoved down my throat for months and months.

    Your tears are tasty. Yum.

    November 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. had enough

    Sara & joe the dummer

    for 2012 god ! please make my day.........i had never given any $$ to anyone but after listening to her for 5 minutes i gave a bunch to Obama

    please go home to your disfunctional pack of ratz and disapear

    November 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Joe

    At least Sarah was born in America unlike someone we know who was born in Kenya! Hope your man has good luck with his birth certificate and all that.

    November 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. bitterrootWA(the state)

    about a year, a year and a half or so ago, it was all about Britney and Paris. Now it's all about "the governor of Alaska" (already!) Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Gerald West

    So, the Republicans are sending their top gun down to Georgia!

    They're desperate to obstruct the good faith efforts of President-Elect Obama to repair the damage done to our country by Bush-Cheney and the rubber-stamp congressmen like Senator Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. viper

    as a democrat i have to say
    must people on heve say alot but nothing is there
    how do you wake up in the morning

    you cant be democrats
    because they are not that studip

    November 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Sarah will need you in 2012 when " tax them to death" Obama ruins America!

    November 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Tim

    She will help kill the Republican candidate's chances just like she did McCain's. That's pitful, hitting the campaign trail to energize the base. Shouldn't they already be energized?

    November 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Usually Mild-Mannered

    Have we forgotten Geraldine Ferraro? She ran with Mondale, making her the first woman to run for VP.

    November 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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