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.
If I was Saxby Chambliss I'd tell her thanks but no thanks.
THIS IS THE FACE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. 46% OF AMERICA ARE STUPID IDIOTS. GLAD I DONT HAVE TO LIVE AROUND THEM.
I thought she had to stay in Alaska and train as the lead DOG in the Iditarod Race!
...I bet Sen. Chambliss is THRILLED about that!
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!
The Alaskan Governor needs to go somewhere, sit down, and be quiet. She would be doing the Country a favor.
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.....
SWEET ! ! NOW THE QUEEN OF GIBERISH CAN COST ANOTHER HIGH PROFILE REPUBLICAN HIS POST. LOL. IT'LL HAPPEN, YOU BETCHA !
Good for her, the libs think they own the world, LOL!
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?
She is a waist she is only going to hurt even more the GOP ! don't they get it???
Done deal: Jim Martin, next Senator of GA
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.
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.
Please oh please Sarah put Martin over the top.
15 minutes too long.
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.
It is better to be thought a joke, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
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.
The Senator's opponent should be very thankful Gov. Palin is appearing for HIS opponent.
Well, Chambliss can kiss this election goodbye
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 .
Thank goodness I will be out of town...Rudy? Sarah?
GIVE MY STATE STRENGTH.
Go Jim Martin...GO!!!
One can only hope she helps Chambliss as much as she helped John McCain.
Bring on the hate, Sarah. Let's see how well it works for Sen. Chambliss. Two has got to be a charm.