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

    Are you kidding?

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. ATLian

    I hope Jim Martin doesn't have any terrorist friends to pal around with.

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Moustafa

    woohoooo.....bring him down just like you did the McCain campaign...

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Atlantan

    Jim Martin must be smiling. If you're trying to win a tight election, the last thing you should do is bring in a loser with negative popularity numbers. Having Sarah Palin come stump for him is just one more reason why Georgians should kick him out of his seat. We don't need anymore of this fake conservatism.

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Are the tax payers of Alaska paying for this political junket?

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. case

    These politicians need to stop campaigning and do their jobs. This is what Bush was doing the couple of weeks before 9/11. I remeber thinking should'nt he be in Washington doing his job. This is getting sick.

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I wonder how the fair citizens of Alaska feel about the continued absence of their supposed leader.

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. lovable liberal

    Where's Joe Lieberman? Does he want to be a Democrat or not?

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. zt

    This woman is getting to be annoying. Just go away, please!

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. PBM

    Boy these Republicans are slow learners – aren't they? First that mealy-mouthed Plain followed McCain around like a puppy dog and ruined HIS political chances and NOW some numb nut senator in Georgia actually WANTS her to tag along with him and screw up HIS career!

    Get a grip on this Rebub's, Plain's name might as well be "Poison", because anyone who gets close to her is destined for failure and ridicule. But what amazes the crap out of me is that anyone could actually want to listen to her for more than a VERY brief introduction!!..... I mean, ya' knowwww?

    Meooooooow!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. bob in LA

    How sad is the Republican party when Joe the plumber and Sarah Palin are their superstars?
    If you can't find true leaders, how can you change our world?

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Agnes Fleming

    This is stupendous news: Rudi Guiliana and Sarah Palin campaigning for Chambliss. I hope she won't have any turkeys being butchered over her shoulder, and good luck to the constituency who might surely be persuaded by such heavy hitters to re-elect an individual they already have misgivings and doubts about, which is why Chambliss was not a shoo-in. Win at any cost seems to be the mantra, not what the people need or want.

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. She will help him lose

    And her campaigning for him will help him win? GOP is living in a world not inhabited by the rest of Americans

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Luis, Seattle, WA

    Great, with Palin campaigning , we are bound to lose that seat as well. When are were going to get it, in order for us to win we need to be focus more on the moderate side where there is some intelligence. The more we go to the right the more stupid we look to the people that are voting (which are not conservative right wing nuts). Well, we might as well put a red bow on that senate seat and give it to Martin. Palin is bad for our party.

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. tfc

    It's sad that the republicans have sunk so low that they have to rely on a cretin like Palin to campaign for their party.

    November 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Nancy

    Why can't that woman just go sit down somewhere?! Doesn't she have business to take care of in Alaska. I feel sorry for that GOP Senator, once people see her – it's over for him!

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Barbara

    Gee when is she going back behind closed doors. Enough is Enough with her. she couldn't get McCain Elected, I don't know why anyone would want her as a cheerleader for them even if it is for sen.

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Mary

    YES – YES – YES – YES!!!!! SARAH – SARAH – SARAH – SARAH

    We have missed you girl!!! Welcome back – it is boring not seeing you around!!!

    Palin 2012

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Eric

    OMG, please go away already

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. dave

    Palin is becoming a defining issue for the Republican party - is it the party who dictates what the voters will get in terms of a candidate, or will the candidate that the voters want be allowed to rise in the Republican party? The political advisors have to love her - a pretty face that can spit out cliches, and a vapid head that won't try to interfere with the political agenda of the king makers once elected to office. (Sound like any other Republican leaders you know?) The sooner the Republicans let go of this mentality and encourage real leaders to rise and take the reigns as candidates the better off they'll be.

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. GOP-lover

    Wow, she really DOES NOT KNOW WHEN TO SIT DOWN.

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Ed Word

    Don't forget to drag the baby along – what's his name, Prop?

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. lisa e

    PLEASE keep yourself in Alaska Sarah Palin! You know those Georgia hicks will LOVE her.

    November 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Well, everyone was asking for it, now they've got it. Palin campaigning for Chambliss. Mr. Chambliss has to be one of the most disgusting politicians ever spawned given his treatment of a former injured war hero opponent who's name I can't recall. Anyway, if Palin is the closer, we can only hope Chambliss loses. She will definitely rally her base in Georgia – the redneck, uneducated, bigoted, fearful, fundamentalists who have more in common with the Taliban than mainstream Christianity. Oh well, they are probably ignorant enough in Georgia to elect Chambliss the Troll and drool all over Palin in the process. This is definitely proof of Georgia's educational quality.

    November 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Pete in Colorado

    Seriously, no one cares about Palin. Even though your article is only 3 short paragraphs long, I won't even bother reading it.

    November 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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