November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
2 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. Andy

    If I was Saxby Chambliss I'd tell her thanks but no thanks.

    November 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. BONEHEAD

    THIS IS THE FACE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. 46% OF AMERICA ARE STUPID IDIOTS. GLAD I DONT HAVE TO LIVE AROUND THEM.

    November 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Jeff

    I thought she had to stay in Alaska and train as the lead DOG in the Iditarod Race!

    November 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Mike

    ...I bet Sen. Chambliss is THRILLED about that!

    November 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Make it stop!

    Why won't she just go away? No one had ever heard of her before being nominated and now she's everywhere. Newsflash lady, people did not vote for McCain because of you and now you're going to hurt this person's chances, cause I'm sure you will say something to blow it for him. It's obvious that you've been bit by the limelight bug and you just can't get it out of your system. Please, don't you have a moose to stuff or some hotdogs to grille? Please crawl back in the hole you came from and stay there for the rest of your term. You betcha, most people are sick of hearing and looking at ya!

    November 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. chuck

    The Alaskan Governor needs to go somewhere, sit down, and be quiet. She would be doing the Country a favor.

    November 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. LyonsPhilly

    That's right Sarah. Let it happen for the Democrats.. Thank you in advance.....I'm not sure who keeps letting her out of her cage but we need new security.....

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. R-Howard

    SWEET ! ! NOW THE QUEEN OF GIBERISH CAN COST ANOTHER HIGH PROFILE REPUBLICAN HIS POST. LOL. IT'LL HAPPEN, YOU BETCHA !

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. zgomer

    Good for her, the libs think they own the world, LOL!

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Geoff

    Sarah Palin will be a footnote in political history. Too bad she believes the hype. It was entertaining when she thought she was helping McCain; now it's just sad. Will someone please let he in on the joke?

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Sandy

    She is a waist she is only going to hurt even more the GOP ! don't they get it???

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Kevin

    Done deal: Jim Martin, next Senator of GA

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. ConsciousAmerican

    GOP must be getting desperate to use Sarah Palin. Her involvment in the Chamblis campaign and national politics for that matter is like watching a train wreck.

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

    With Palin, the Republicans have finally found somebody equal to Saxby. Both are show-boaters who just do as they are told. Georgia's gone to blowhards. I'm voting for Martin, he has done something besides rubber stamp the party line.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. B

    Please oh please Sarah put Martin over the top.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Bama for Obama

    15 minutes too long.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. muffy

    Why doesn't she give up and stay home with her special needs child. What a mother she is!!

    I pray her national career is over, then again she would be a great opponent for Obama in '12.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Betty777

    It is better to be thought a joke, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Tom

    Between Palin and Rudy, he can kiss it good bye! They will bring the crowds in to see what real losers look like but not the votes.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Art

    The Senator's opponent should be very thankful Gov. Palin is appearing for HIS opponent.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Adam in VA

    Well, Chambliss can kiss this election goodbye

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Bruce

    Come on...I hope she opens her mouth and says something that costs him the election. this is bad when you have to ahve her come campaign for you. I would have told her stay in Alaska .

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. julie

    Thank goodness I will be out of town...Rudy? Sarah?

    GIVE MY STATE STRENGTH.

    Go Jim Martin...GO!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Larry Karmel

    One can only hope she helps Chambliss as much as she helped John McCain.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Jonesey

    Bring on the hate, Sarah. Let's see how well it works for Sen. Chambliss. Two has got to be a charm.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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