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. Carolyn Harrington

    Sarah Palin is a fresh face in a stale world. Leave her alone!

    November 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Don

    Kiss it goodbye Chambles, Palin will do the same thing for you she did for McSame. END YOUR CAREER!

    November 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. James

    Poor pathetic CNN. Afraid to allow opinions that give the people names that really fit, such as Dumbya or Palyin'. I'm amazed that they let McSame go in one entry.

    I submitted two entries earlier today without hateful speech, but merely expressing my opinion on this piece, but they're to pansy as_ed to print them for all to see.

    I am from Georgia and really don't expect to see her here. She'll probably show up in the Republic of Georgia instead. Can't tell the difference between a continent and a country? How about a country and a state? Surely she read about that somewhere.

    Come 'on CNN. You're letting people belittle those (Georgia hicks". Grow some da_n b_lls and print my submission for a change. Palyin' could probably loan you hers.

    November 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Carolyn Harrington

    Sarah Palin is a female fresh face in a broken-down stale country. Leave her alone!

    November 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. dj

    Sheeeeeee's Back!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. KevinH

    I agreed wholeheartedly with the general concensus here regarding Palin and her abilities-or rather lack thereof. Then, last week, a friend sent me a link to a 30 minute interview she did in July with Investor's Business Dailey. I couldn't believe (except for that accent) I was listening to the same woman we saw running for VP. She actually articulated precise, considered responses to some difficult questions like a Rhodes scholar. My friend had been shocked by this, as was I. Now I'm wondering if THIS is the real Palin, and if so, what did the geniuses at the McCain campaign do with her?

    November 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Nancy

    I can't beleive that the Repubs would even consider someone as ignorant and egotistical as sarah Palin for thew 2012 ticket! Good grief! The woman is a complete idiot!

    November 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Hughey

    I am so grateful that the GOP had Palin

    November 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Carolyn Harrington

    Sarah Palan represents women in a conservative, down-home mode and I find it very refreshing. Quit picking on her!

    November 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. There IS hope for the future>>>

    WHAT!!!??? They WANT Saxby to lose!!!???

    November 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Independent voter

    All she is, is a great campaigner. Just have her campaign, follow a script and talk to people. No interviews, no hard questions or anything like that! just campaign! oh, and make sure she bring along"joe the make believe plumber", that may work in Georgia.
    She is one heck of a joke!

    November 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. From Alaska

    We love palin in Alaska.. did I forget to mention that Alaska does not have the same housing crisis, we don't pay income tax to support government spending and we are not inline with other states like California to ask for federal free money to support a bankrupt state government. Don't blame Bush because you ran down to the bank and bought a house you could not afford, refinanced on that good deal to buy that fancy new car, 72 inch flat screen. That is the problem with freedom when we make our own choice and it is wrong we like to blame someone else and run to government give-aways.. And we got our extra 1200 dollar check from our Alaska government because they had extra money and every day citizens could use help with the cost of fuel. Yes send her back please.. Alaska has one of the healthiest economies in the entire USA..

    November 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Bossman Mike

    I scanned all of the above comments. Isn't it amazing how narrow-minded and smug the liberals have become towards Palin?
    Hey people-You've got the office and almost all of the Congress. Lighten up! What are you afraid of now? Whether Chambliss wins or loses, what's the difference? All of you should go out and get some good, tasty Kool-Aid and enjoy yourselves!

    November 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. KLEE

    More "over exposure!!" – from the Paris Hilton of the GOP!!

    November 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Nija

    This is exactly what McCain could not see. This woman was making plans for her self.

    November 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Robin Hood

    Maybe Palin will be mistaken for a turkey Thursday...no pardon

    November 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Gene

    I'm amazed by the endorsements by both sides. I'll bet you none of these endorsers even know the candidates they're endorsing. They're both just endorsing their party, period.

    Palin didn't know anyone on the national scene, and here she is endorsing a guy she probably knows nothing about other than the fact that he's a republican.

    November 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. blatzrox

    All of you woman are just jealous of her because she's very pretty, & your husbands probably liked looking at her. Down here in Ga., we're a lot like Alaska. People actually help each other, & we love our guns & freedoms.So we welcome Sarah Palin to Georgia!!

    November 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Trish

    Judging from all the comments on here that are against Sarah, it is quite clear who is stupid. If you really don't care or like her why do you read and comment about her? That is stupidity in its grandest state.

    November 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Robin

    Palin is most likely doing this for her own self promotion than as a favor for Chambilss. There are alot of evangelicals in Georgia, and if she manages to rally large crowds several weeks after the election it would send a pretty strong message to the GOP that she isn't going away.

    November 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Steve

    If I was Chambliss, I'd extend a hearty "Thanks but no thanks." Palin campaigning for him is only slightly better than "W". What's very sad is that Palin is so stupid, she doesn't even realize how stupid she acts. I guess the village idiot always thinks he (or she) has the best job in town....

    November 25, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Jim Tousek

    WOW!!! Look at the enormous response on this page to this gal. I'm impressed. She's got power!! Go Sarah!!!

    November 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Amazement at all This

    Why stop with Sarah-Bring in to Georgia, also Joe the Plumber;
    how about (stepford wife) Cindy McCain–and say , Dan Quayle too (to make Sarah appear more fluent)..AND, have the blithering idiot carry a headless turkey instead of her baby....
    So far her apparent popularity did not lead to votes alloweing McCain to win Nationally...–maybe, like me, people just want to look at her and are fascinated at her lack of comprehension at what is going on around her-
    It is also facinating how Gingrich and Huckabee are afraid take her on and say it for what it is-two intelligent Republicans who generate some respect in their own way, acting like scared kittens.
    AMAZING!

    November 25, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Alycia

    All you stupid male pigs out there, can go hang yourselves by the --. I never knew there were so many sexist men in this country until this past election. I have already been done wrong by 3 husbands, and numerous other men in my past, and this election has only further confirmed my dislike and distrust for MOST men. Get a grip guys!!! A woman WILL WIN the Presidential seat one day soon!!! And it will happen whether or not YOU approve!! It will not matter if you think a female is unworthy or NOT AS worthy, as the male counterparts! And guess what? It just might be Palin!!! Personally, I cannot think of a woman who is MORE deserving than her!

    November 25, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Tim E

    This is unreal. Didn't she do enough for John? And now No. VA Palin fan is confident that "Once the ridiculous media bias about you subsides, the entire public will see clearly the strong and convicted American leader that you are." It's that "convicted" part that should get the RNC's attention. Haven't they had enough of those?

    November 25, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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