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. criddic

    Sarah Palin is a strong leader who will indeed have a future in the Republican Party and on the national stage in the years to come. She threatened the idea of the Liberal Women's Movement by challenging people to remind themselves that not all women are liberals, and that her leadership is just as legit as a Hillary Clinton's is.

    As Palin goes on to (probably) win re-election as the governor of her state, she will become a stronger candidate for President in 2012 or 2016. But even if she decides not to run for President, she has many options open to her as one of the fresh new leaders of the Republican Party.

    I don't think she incited hatred in her campaign rallies. Her speeches reflected the questions about Obama's thin record and his questionable ties to some pretty obscene people. That's not inciting hatred. President-elect Obama may or may not be prepared for the huge challeges this nation faces, but it is undeniable that the issues Palin raised about him during the campaign were well within reason.

    I have decided to give the new President a chance to show his ability and to be successful. While I voted for McCain/Palin, I believe that Barack Obama now becomes my President regardless. My hope is that he will find ways to govern the people without falling into the trap of partisanship and ideological radicalism.

    November 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Devon Spencer

    GO AWAY

    November 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Ken in Dallas

    All I have to say about Palin is that she believes in pseudo-conservative dogma that has been proven false, and that she appears not to understand the dogma she parrots, much less its fallacies.

    Is that hateful? Is it even controversial enough to escape moderator limbo?

    November 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Texas Trail Kitty

    I can't believe that Saxby wants Typhoid Mary to campaign for him. Is it me or has the Republican party gone collectively insane? This woman is not a good fit for any place but Alaska. But by all means, please talk her up. It will make it easier for the Democrats to stay on top. Ah, Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving.

    November 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is that Senator Chambliss has to have all the Republican Leadership which now includes Palin to attempt to keep him in office. Why can't he run on his record. Because he doesn't have one that is worthwhile to speak because he has supported the Bush Administration policies that has caused the deepest economic chaos since the depression.

    November 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Awake in Seattle

    Spare US please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Jaye cartier

    Hey Willie brown you say palin will come to the rescue after obama screw the country by 2012 I don't know where you been but we have already been screw and you voted for bush twice I bet that tell me how smart you are I bet you hit your sister /wife

    November 25, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. jack

    Palin is only popular with the 20% of America that calls itself the "Christian base of the Republican party". This base is made up of bigots, racist, and people who believe that if you are not of "my" faith then you should be expelled from America. These are the same people who try to impose their christian beliefs on others. Those religious terrorist like J.Dobson, P. Robertson and the late J. Fallwell are the ones who need to be locked up for the betterment of America.

    As long as the GOP allows these folks into the party it will remain an afterthought.

    November 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. MK

    Hey Sarah...your 15 minutes are up. Shut up and go home.

    November 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Nooo!

    As a GA native and current Atlanta resident, I may be tempted to move if we vote for Saxby AFTER he enlists the help of this woman...Come on, Jim Martin!

    November 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Dixie AZ

    Sarah has probably missed shreaking out half truths and labeling people as socialists.

    November 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Craig in Seattle

    Isn't Palin's 15 minutes of fame overwith yet?... Quick!.. get a comedian in the same room!.. I miss SNL....

    November 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Cori from Colorado

    Palin, you're a moron. Go back to Alaska. Why don't you focus some of your time on your family instead of the spotlight, and give them much needed attention. Hey, maybe you can spend a day together moose hunting!

    November 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Joanna

    Why oh why can't she just fade back into Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. AtlantaDebbie

    My gracious, there are some angry orphaned people on here! I'm figuring you all must be orphans, because if you had mothers, I am sure they would have taught you something about being graceful winners.
    For those of you who remind us all that Palin crashed McCain's effort, even if someone concedes that is the case, the effort didn't crash in Georgia. Palin may very well help in that state.
    And for those of you who remind us that Ferraro was the first female VP candidate, technically, that is true, however, Palin was the first one to be selected by a Presidential nominee who thought he had a chance of winning. Mondale knew he had no chance against Regagn-Bush. Mondale could have selected me, or Mother Teresa, or Amy Winehouse (had she been alive) and had the same results: lucky to capture his own home state in the electoral college.

    November 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. KLEE

    Oh no......she will never go away. Wonder what wonderful speeches she will give this time to incite and inflame people? Who does she want to have hanging out & pallin around with terrorists this time – will Joe the Plumber show up again - etc.

    November 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Now who's the turkey?

    Go Palin – the Democrats' secret weapon. We couldn't invent someone this divisive. Make another turkey video while you're at it.

    November 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Caligirl

    Will there still be a GOP in 2012?

    November 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Joeann Dill

    Sounds like most of these comments are jumping on the band wagon for bullying. When someone is down kick them some more.

    November 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Larry

    Talk about a bunch of sick people get a life for crying out loud

    November 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. jay

    Alaska For Sale
    $700 billion OBO

    November 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. phil

    GOP was hoping our collective IQ was here ______
    Turns out it was a little closer to here ----–
    Sarah Palin here ______ US here ---–

    November 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Terry B.

    "Sarah the Mouth"... Just like Diarrhea, running rampant..

    November 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. bebe

    Thanks Sarah for coming to Georgia. I live in Georgia and I know that we do not want Martin. Democrats fear you just as they did when you made that great speech at the convention. They can't say enough bad things about you. If you didn't matter, they would not bother. What concerns me is why women condem you. You are a smart person. You combine work with your family. You believe in life, but do not condemn anyone on their beliefs. I have to come to the conclusion that many that condemn you have made judgements that they regret and want to take it out on you. I wish for you the best.

    November 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. graybeard

    What do dinosaurs and republicans have in common?

    Not much, but at least we know how republicans became extinct.

    November 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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