November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
5 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. Annette

    Oh boy, if this is the best the GOP has going forward.

    November 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Jeanne B

    Absolutely pathetic. The prom's over. Go home.

    I feel sorry for her, but even sorrier for her poor children - with a mother like that....

    November 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Ben in San Diego

    720 COMMENTS!!!! This is why she will never go away!!!

    November 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. JP in Cal

    Oh my gosh – CNN the Communist News Network is weeding out pro Palin comments!

    November 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Jane Davis

    Why is Palin still around? She has ruined it for McCain and now
    she will surely get a democrat in the office in Georgia. All she has
    to do is open her stupid mouth.

    November 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. LyonsPhilly

    Stacey Connecticut – No one feels intimidated by Sarah Palin. She is just pretty much great for a good laugh. She is pretty entertaining. Don't confuse entertaining with intimidation......

    November 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. john

    @ Brian

    You say Palin is effective? You Betcha.

    She ruined the McCain campaign in less than six months. Nobody can top that.

    November 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Cynic

    Ironic that it is the left that spews the hatred, that they accuse the right of.

    Funny how it's the ones who preach "tolerance" who are actually the most "intolerant".

    Just an observation. Have a good day!!!

    November 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. happy thanksgiving

    if chambliss loses, which i'm hoping he will, the gop can add another loss to palin stupidy and theirs for alowing this, check out the comments here, most can not stand this palin person. give us someone with a brain first and someone that is not so stuck on their self. GEORGIA VOTE JIM MARTIN DEC.2,2008.

    November 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Vik

    Who cares! It's a free country, anyone can run for office. I'm an Obama supporter and I don't care if she's in the spot light, if she runs, or whatever else she does. People who support her will continue to do so and those of us who don't like her, fine, don't vote for her.

    November 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Are ya'll serious with this Palin thing???? Looks like Politics is moving to the more intelligent politician..........with all do respect........No One said that "W" has set the standard of mediority for that whole Republican party.......You folks need to support SMART People. They are out there.......in your Party..............find them........no matter what sex or color !!!

    November 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Colleen

    I consider myself a very moderate person...Sarah does not intimidate me..she appalls me...she has no discernable character...willingly using her children and their misfortunes in her campaign...I find her repulsively fascinating, I cannot believe there are people(your vaunted 'base'), who think she has even a modicum of common sense...let alone any quantifiable intelligence...

    November 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Evans

    Who can we write at CNN to have them stop screening their comments and allowing such a high percent of negative Palin ones while stopping positive ones?

    November 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Jason

    This woman is extending her 16th minute of fame, and the press is letting her have it.

    Come 2011, others in the GOP (hopefully the moderate, non Jesusland wing) will toss this fundamentalist moron onto the rubbish pile of history, and nominate a Republican more suited to the 21st century than a religious luddite from 1492.

    Judging by the comments made by the GOP faithful on here, it looks like that aint gonna happen.

    November 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. FoCo

    What is it with this woman, only the brain dead can really believe she is the political future of the republican party. I just want her to GO AWAY!!. Go slaughter Turkeys in Alaska, go anywhere but stay out of the lower 48.

    November 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Bruce WExler

    Well, she sure draws a crowd. Look at all these comments.

    I couldn't be fiurther away from her ideology, but look at all these comments!

    As far as 2012 is concerned, let's try to get through 2009 first.

    HAPPY THANSGIVING TO ALL. Let's pray for the President elect, and for our country.

    November 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Jeff

    I have to wonder how the Alaskan people feel about their governor doing everything but governing????

    Oh my

    November 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Patty from Pennsylvania

    Whether you like her or not, Sarah Palin is a Republican politician who just completed a campaign as the Vice Presidential candidate. As such, she is a competent representative of her party and is entitled to give her support for the Republican party candidate for Senator in Georgia.

    However, I would not find her support for Chambliss any more exciting or positively received than it was for John McCain. Her actual performance record as mayor and governor leaves much to be challenged...leaving Wasilla $29 million in debt after years of surplus, approving the largest state budget in Alaska history indicating lack of fiscal restraint, burdening Alaska with a mult-billion dollar pipeline commitment without a contract for energy company usage or land rights from the Indian tribes.

    November 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. ran

    Let her run it will only make it that much easier for Obama/Biden to win again.

    November 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Rebuild GOP

    "It is not the critic who counts...." Oh heck with, why doesn't she just go away...

    November 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. lloyd kandasammy

    I supported sarah palin, she must run again in 2012 shes not the washington insider and really promises to bring about change...unlike obama whos nothing more than words. i do have my criticisms of palin but theres one thing she is genuine, and thats she knows the struggles we americans go thru GO SARAH 2012

    November 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Mike Garcia

    Sarah Palin will be awesome in a role like party chairman (woman), like Howard Dean was with the DNC. She can stir up the base, raise TONS of $$$, and the GOP knows this. The liberal dumbocrats also know this, which is why they are spewing so much hatred in her direction.

    November 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. case

    The mere fact that Palin is needed for the GOP to win a race in GEORGIA says it all!!! Whats next Mississippi. This would be like the dems needing a run off in Vermont.

    November 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. mary dale

    I thought this woman had a full time job in Alaska in addition to 4 children still at home who need a mother. She needs to go away and us CNN readers need to stop commenting on the many articles about her so maybe they will stop keeping her in our lives. If the Republicans hire another idiot to run for president after not even getting the last one out of office they are doomed. i think Americans realize we need someone with a brain to run our country. Reagan and GWB prove you really need someone with a full understanding of the world, not just somebody you think it nice in such an important job. Reagan got away before the econony crumbled, Bush wasnt as lucky.

    November 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Palin hater

    How can we possibly elect someone we barely know for president?
    Oh wait...

    November 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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