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. Chuck Pittsburgh

    enough comments. she isn't worth the time, or the inclination.

    November 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. CantResistThisOne

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CLOTHES FOR CHARITY....I KNOW IT'S PETTY AND TRITE BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE DUDS. I SUSPECT THEY'RE IN THE BELLY OF HER CLOSET!

    November 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. GARY

    Screw you haters. Palin has more experience than Obama and Biden. You better hope your boy Obama delivers. He has the talk but not the walk. He needs all of Clinton's left overs because he dosn't have the walk.I see our next four yrs. a worst disaster.

    November 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. bonnie nirmal

    I am upset by all these unkind remarks about Sarah. She was pushed into the national stage and poor lady, she did not have a clue about her role. She did her best. But for her, McCain would not have been able to draw the conservative crowds to his rally. She was educated under our school system where world history or world geography was not at all taught. But within a short period, she could recognize all those political divisions in the world. She orchestrated well within the restrictions placed on her and without much training. I commend her courage but I would certainly not want her to be my VP and not my President.now with her Joe the Plumber mantra. 2012 is far away and who knows, she may turn out to be better educated, knowledgeable and capable by then!.

    November 25, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. snooze

    Wait. She could be ready in 4 years, let's give her the benefit of the doubt. That is enough time to attend 5 more colleges, read thousands of newspapers and buy some binoculars to check out Russia.

    November 25, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. CantResistThisOneEither

    Sarah's using up some else's 15 minutes....

    November 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Why all the hate? Dems...are you really that scared of her?

    To Dallas, Tx...you wrote: "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. "

    Hmmm...sounds a lot like Obama!

    November 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Sherrol in Canada

    Folks we're taliking about Georgia. There just might be a strong Palin base there for her to 'energize'. The incumbent may be the winner.

    More's the pity!! Let's hope not!!!

    November 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. KS guy

    It's truly remarkable that the GOP are corralling every loser they had in the presidential race, that they're this desperate to maintain any senate seat they can and that this is in Georgia of all places. How the mighty have fallen–it's really gotta hurt!

    November 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. zodiacb

    As an American I am totally appalled by the comments I am reading on this blog. We have talked, rallied, and demonstrated for decades about racial discriminiation, over coming gender bias, and how we as Americans dispise it. However, there is no more proof of its mere existance than to read these comments posted here. As as an educated, white, 30-something corporate American woman I support Sarah Palin 100%. In all of my adult years I have not seen such a personal [mind you] attack against a candidate. Would this have happened to a male candidate – I think not. Look at the blunders by Biden [what is the role of the VP again?] but that got very little media attention. She might be a little "green" as compared to other career politicians but isn't that what we need in our government right now? Greed, corruption, and elitism among our leadership is what has gotten the US in this mess we live in today. We need to revisit the qualities that once made us a great nation – honesty, courage, and last but not least integrity.

    November 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. talbot, New York

    Boy does this chick love attention. And god is she annoying. And scary.

    November 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    Wow...reading through the posts on here is the reason why I can't stand Democrats....pathetic trash.

    November 25, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Caren

    Sarah Paillin is a force to reckon with. She is a quick study. Over time she will get even better and pose a definite challenge to her political opponents. Funny, even CNN's Cambell Brown features her in her segment almost everyday. She just cannot get over her obsession of her.
    "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!"

    November 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Robin

    Stop pounding on Palin! She is the life blood of the Republican party and a breath of fresh air!! John McCain lost the election because he opened his dumb mouth in support of the $700 billion bail out. If he would have stayed behind the scene and not took a stand (like Obama) he would of had a better chance of winning. Sarah is the ONLY reason John did as well as he did.

    You Dems are the ones who don't get it. Where's all the change Obama promised? Oh, that's right. It's in his new cabinet.

    God bless Sarah!!!

    November 25, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. des_sniper

    Oh Gee, Oh my...Failin Palin is back again.

    When in Georgia, maybe she will do an interview infront of a good ol lyching and cross burning!!!

    Incase anyone is not familiar with "silence of the turkeys" Palin did an interview infront of a turkey farm while turkeys were being slaugtered in the back ground,
    .

    November 25, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Meet the Turkeys: Tom and Baked Alaska

    November 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Palin/WRONG WOMAN

    Ignorant Palin going to a state that is still dealing with the Civil War.
    Something awful could happen!!!

    November 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. geecee827

    It's absolutely amazing that this dingbat doesn't realize how stupid she really is and that she isn't helping anyone out by campaigning for them. That being said, let her go ahead and campaign for Chambliss. Hope he loses big time!!

    November 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Susan from TX

    I agree with Stacey in Connecticut...I am a white woman and a former republican. We cannot afford to go any further backwards than we alreadty have. It is time for our nation to heal from our economic heart attack.

    November 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Buster

    How does that song go? "The devil went down to Georgia...."

    November 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Pat

    This abrasive woman should stay home and raise her large and needy family. How do the Evangelicals feel about her choices???? Me! Me! Me!

    November 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. keli

    No one hates Palin.....I think she needs to educate herself some more and try again in 2012. It's not her fault that McCain sought her out. Apparently he did not do his homework I don't hink she's a bad person, I just think she was not ready for for such a heavy responsiblity. In comparison to Hillary, she kust wasn't ready. I wish her the best in her future endeavors. Iwould like to add that no one is intimidated by her. I loved her spunk, but is that alone what we need in the White House?? Come on Palin supporters, put your emotions aside and think about it...she's not quite ready, but I think this expereince will help her grow....

    November 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. maggy

    Alaska. Georgia. Full of redneck huntin' religious right-winged nuts. It fits.

    November 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. liberalshateAmerica

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    November 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Rachel

    I just have to say for the Record...I am an Obama supporter but Palin did not intimidate me at all. I just think it is absurd that this woman is out running her mouth leaving all those kids at home and not on her job in Alaska. No way does she bother us. So don't flatter her by thinking so. It's the woman does not belong out campaigning and doesn't have the knowledge to do so. She needs more education okay? Read the blogs and you'll understand. She was no contest as a VP. I just wish her First Dude would just keep her at home on the range! She does not do anything for the GOP except trash it and the only following she has are the Dull Normals.

    November 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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