November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
7 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. david

    palin did do wonders for mccain. you betcha'.

    November 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Cynic

    Interesting, all of these liberal Palin-bashers, saying she is "unqualified" as a CEO of a state, when we have a person who has somehow been elected POTUS without haven't actually DONE ANYTHING in his life.

    Only in America!

    God help us.

    November 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Evans

    She has to be the most Airheaded Individual ever. Please let her keep that air up in Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Dallas, tx

    I strongly agree with my wife who was offended at the idea that Palin could be the first woman in the white house and we both felt she is a female equivalent of Bush. And the last thing we need in the white house is another isolationistic, narrow-minded person whose success depends not upon knowledge and leadership abilities but solely upon political machinery. HOWEVER, the vicious, mean-spirited comments about Palin on CNN are tiresome and counterproductive. Her supporters – the christian republican base – thrives on playing the role of 'victim' and will only be further fueled by any perception of hatred toward her. Plus, it only gives further fuel to those automatons who cite endlessly the mantra that all media is leftist, except foxnews, etc...

    November 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Repubshateamericans

    Tommorow we are going to read "Joe the plumbers apprentice heading to Georgia to campaign for Chambliss'. Or "Tito the broken english builder heading to Georgia to campaign for Chambliss".
    I see the pattern and i laugh very hard.

    November 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Stacey, Connecticut

    "Judging from all the negative comments posted here and those posted to every Sarah Palin story it is clear that Mrs. Palin still has the power to intimidate Mr. Obama’s supporters. Even though Mr. Obama has been elected, his supporters are still afraid of this powerful, accomplished woman.

    Sarah Palin continues to be wildly popular with many Americans, of all parties and her strength is not diminished, but rather reinforced by these continued negative, unjustified attacks from the radical left. So keep it up, she grows stronger by the day!"

    @Lyle, your hate and disrespect of "Mr. Obama" is quite obvious. You don't quite get it. If Palin does have the "power to intimidate" it's because of her skill to incite racism and hatred. It's not her that is intimidating, she's not smart enough for that. It's her message of divisiveness and hate. As an African-American, I don't want to go back 50 years in the past. Watching her incite some of those ignorant, fearful supporters at those rallies was indeed a reminder of the past. America must move toward the future or it's doomed. American is not going to go backward, so Palin has no real future on the national stage.

    November 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Yogi bala

    The survival of whole GOP is now depending on Sarah the Palin and Joe the Plumber.

    What a shame.....??? GOP

    November 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Carlos Jean-Gilles

    This woman should go back to Alaska and do the job that the people of Alaska hired her to do. To think that such a nincompoop could influence people of intelligence is preposterous.

    Carlos Jean-Gilles
    Saint Louis, MO

    November 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Pat GA

    To all of you that says she is stupid. Let me see she gave her citizens back $1 billion out of a budget surplus. Obama wants to give a stimulus package of $600 billion to increase the deficit to over $1 TRILLION and the National Debt to over $11 TRILLION. I don't need a Harvard degree to know when your Debt is almost equal to your GDP you don't go farther in Debt. Maybe we need to stop electing these Harvard and Yale Idiots.

    November 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Brian

    That's the difference between McSame and Obama.

    One man choses an inexperienced female to "attract" attention while the other man choses a qualified man.

    Glad our country is in the trust of a true leader. :D

    November 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Tadashi Davis

    Stacey, CT,

    Wishful thinking.......

    November 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    Palin, Palin is one of the biggest joke.

    November 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Sam

    Sarah Palin is the worst thing that happened to American politics, we are the laughing stock in the world because of her. How low can we get.? We don't need a Joe six pack plumber stupid person. We need someone SMART, can speak in proper English and knows what is going on in the world. I don't understand why she is being considered for anything. There are many more women who are more inteligent and don't make fools of themselves and their country. Shame on those who are trying so hard to make her into something she really isn't.

    November 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. J.C.

    I have nothing against women, but GOP should ask themselves if Governor Palin is their best shot.

    November 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Old Enough to Remember

    The more Palin appears on a national stage, the more the Republican party gets split between the anti-intellectual crackpot wing and the serious, old-style Republicans who don't care what you do in your bedroom but do want to balance the budget. The later is a disappearing breed. And a split party doesn't win elections.

    November 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Caroline

    Seriously, she WILL NOT go away. *sigh*

    November 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. jlihn

    Thanks Sarah! You continue helping those of us left-center folk out quite a bit! :) I'll be happy to see you back doing more of the same in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. claire

    someone said obama will tax us to death, how in gods name are we going to pay for the mess tha bush has created in 8 years. I don't hear anyone of the rep complaining about that.
    Palin needs to just go away, I really can't stand it, doesn't she have a wedding to plan, or has the kid left town.

    November 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Matt

    EPIC FAIL

    November 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. ABG

    There are 706 comments on this topic. Check out how many are on the other posts.

    The Palin Phenomena strikes again!

    November 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Seriously?

    Dear Carolos . . . Before you go off on CNN, you need to reread what was printed. They said that Sarah Palin would be the first woman to hold the office of VP (shudder), NOT that she was the first to run. Clearly if she had one, she WOULD have been the first woman to hold the office.

    Lyle: Obama supporters are not intimidated by Crazy Sarah. We believe she is an idiot, but we also have a great deal of fun laughing at her. Laughing is good for you. I have NEVER, EVER, heard more non sequiturs than when that woman speaks. It's priceless.

    November 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Evans

    Let me see who is Stupid. Palin plans on balancing her budget this year while Obama plans on running a deficit of 1 TRILLION dolls? Don't need a Harvard degree to know that the person that balances their budget is smarter.

    November 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Matt

    @ Stacey, CT

    She's not frightening because she's smart, capable, well informed, and savy...she's completely and utterly terrifying for two reasons: (a) she's a waltzing disaster waiting to happen because she's ill-informed, grossly underqualified and, well, downright stupid and (b) the GOP "base" would vote for a can of tuna if the GOP told them it furhter the "conservative" agenda and/or because they were told the other candidate is a socialist/marxist/communist boogeyman. We" leave teh racism part out of it for now, because the overarching issue is that she's plain old stupid.

    November 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. America demands answers

    To: Stacey, Connecticut
    HA HA HA HA
    I cant stop laughing did you say "Even though Mr. Obama has been elected, his supporters are still afraid of this powerful, accomplished woman"
    Accomplished? IN SNL or what are you talking about. The only show that benefited from Palin is SNL even those that made Palin's shirt ran at a great loss.....Afraid? are you on drugs? What is there to be afraid of in Palin except that she's got a gun...otherwise its a laughing stock
    Thanks but no thanks...Palin will never be a treat to anyone on the DEM side not now or ever will she be a treat.

    November 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Molly B

    Am I too late to chip in? Who invited her to this event? The party?
    Will she spew her hateful diatribes about Obama while there?
    Why is she even invited to appear on the behalf of a repug. after
    the mess she made of the McCain ticket?

    November 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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