November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
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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.


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soundoff (1,282 Responses)
  1. Ryan DC

    I wish women wouldn't run for public office, especially if they are attractive. The stress of the campaign and the job wears them down and their faces get wrinkled and old. That is doing a disservice to everyone. If they are attractive they serve a different purpose, let the frumpy ones run for office.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. John

    Why are the Republicans trying to lose this election?

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. TRIMIX4ME

    That ought to help Martin

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Rachel

    Go home Palin. You messed up the GOP enough while you were running for VP. Go back so school and do your job in Alaska!

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Marian

    I am so sick of this lady, she's like a STD that won't go away. For God's sake if she couldn't help Mc Cain then how in the world could she help this other goof ball. She's like a nightmare that you can't awake from. PLEASE GO AWAY, I'M BEGGING YOU.

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Frank

    Don't see how this helps Chambliss much.

    He already had the moronic right wing vote pretty much nailed down.

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. ps

    The gift that keeps on giving!

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Dallas, TX

    GO Sarah Palin!!

    We're pulling for you!

    Sarah Palin!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Todd

    She's a bad rash that won't go away!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. beevee

    Send Katie Couric of CBS to ask her questions again. This time Palin will definitely disappear for good. This guy Chambliss must be desperate to ask this bimbo to campaign for him.

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Cammi317

    LOL...she probably read all of the comments on these blogs asking when she was going to campaign for him and thought we were serious. It was a JOKE!!!!!!! We don't want you here in Georgia, stay home.

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Ross - Boulder, CO

    Go sit Down. Your political career is over. Go back to Alaska, please for the love of God!

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Oh, lord, time to refamiliarize myself with the MUTE button on my remote.

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Mark

    Palin will help gather a crowd as a novelty but she will bring no more substance to table nor credit to the candidate than she demonstrated in the Presidential election. We need Chambless but without the political marketing

    November 25, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. sglman4Obama

    GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY! WHAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND YOU IGNORANT, OUT OF TOUCH, RIDICULOUS SNAKE OF A WOMAN!

    IT IS SO CLEAR THAT YOU DIDNT WANT THE VEEP SPOT YOU WANTED MCCAINS SPOT YOU JEZEBEL! ARE YOU SURE WHEN THE MINISTER WAS PRAYING FOR YOU AT CHURCH HE WASN'T PUTTING THE DEMON IN YOU INSTEAD OF CASTING IT OUT OF YOU?!

    THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! REPUBLICANS PLEASE HELP YOURSELVES AND PUT HER AWAY!

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Teri

    Good grief. Doesn't this dreadful woman have a state to govern or something. I hope her travel expenses are being monitored closely to make sure she isn't using state funds, which at the very least would trigger another ethics violation investigation.

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. indyred

    Thank you, Sarah Palin. You'll be a big help to the Democratic party.

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Doug in New Mexico

    I don't understand why a person who does not know history or the Constitution of the United States is someone who would make political news and worst of all would be listened to and taken seriously.

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

    More good news for Martin. Darn right!!

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Rich

    Oh God No! This is a nightmare.

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Billie Jo Doman

    Sarah was not the first nomination for female vice president. There was also a woman under Walter Mondale's ticket as well.

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Chris

    Please, please, please, stop covering Sarah Palin. She is butting in on the President Elect and his plans to help this country. She is doing nothing but trying to steal attention and focus away from a very important administration and get sympathy from the American public. She never has anything helpful or reasonable to say. She doesn't even makes sense! Stop covering this completely baffled regurgitator!

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Susan

    wow,
    Martin is palling around with whom?

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Brenda

    Palin's 15 mins of fame is over. Wish she would shut up and stay in Alaska.

    She has proven to us she has no knowledge or skills, just lucky.

    Time for the Repubs to fix their political wheel

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. joyce wolfe

    Oh Sarah, GO HOME. Your little kids and the pregnant teenager need you..........and just possibly, the people of Alaska who elected you (tho it's hard to tell why). Hopefully she'll turn out to be the proverbial 'kiss of death' for Chambliss, just like she was for McCain. This woman is so unqualified and the media are feeding the stupidity by constantly following her. (that includes you, CNN) She's good looking, for her age, and that's about it. Otherwise people are just watching to see what goofy thing she'll say next. Does that merit all the attention and warrant her to seek a high gov. office? If so, we are a sad, sad country.

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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