November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
3 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. Lisa F SWPA

    I bet Chambliss is THRILLED to have her out stumping for him. That would decide my vote (against him)

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Robin in SC

    And I was so hoping we in the red, red South had dodged the Palin bullet...no such luck. Sad thing is she'll get a heroes welcome.

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Mickie

    If that doesn't sink his boat, nothing will. Actually, it may stimulate the democratic base to get out and vote against Chambliss once they get another whiff of her. As I once heard about a former employee, "she's dumb with an attitude".

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. uncle elsworthy

    Good to see her back. Way to go Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Jon, Atlanta GA

    It's bad enough we in Georgia are still subjected to Saxby Shameless' ridiculous TV advertisements. Now HER! Make it all stop!!

    VOTE IN GEORGIA on December 2nd for JIM MARTIN.

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. paula

    yay.....she'll lose it for Chambliss just like she did for McCain

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    OH NO!! Not this idiot once more. Please.. keep Sarah out of the USA .. ok Alaska is part of that, but come on people.. Lets be serious. She is soooo bad.. please NO MORE SARAH!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. JasonTN

    Palin, please stop doing anything but being the governor of Alaska, we are TIRED of you.....we don't care!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Deb in Colo

    Doesn't she have a job in Alaska she's been neglecting??

    November 25, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Paul

    Hopefully Ms. Palin's "midas touch" will have the same effect on Chambliss' campaign that it did on the McCain campaign It is time Mr. Chambliss to receive his just reward, a resounding defeat, after running one of the most sleazy campaigns in history against Max Cleland.

    November 25, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Rosemary Storaska

    You Go Girl! Team Sarah is now over the 58,000 mark, approaching 100,000, in just a few short weeks. We are with you weather a Democratic, Independent or a Republican in puruit of 'Country First over politics or party!.

    November 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Curtis

    Didn't we send her home already? My gosh Mrs. palin, please just go away.

    November 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Micky

    Well doggoneit,......will someone PLEASE tell this woman that she LOST so she can go home and STAY there?
    You betcha,.....

    November 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Bill Williams

    Really, its time. Go Away.

    November 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. ashlee

    OMG, does Sen. Saxby Chambliss want to lose this race?

    I can't image anyone would take this woman seriously!

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Lisa in Florida

    Good...this should make certain that Chambliss looses the run-off and the dems gain yet another seat in the Senate!!!! Why do they keep using this idiot? Maybe Chambliss should talk to McCain before he allows this whack job to represent and worse, speak for him. But the worst thing is we (the intellegent public) have to endure more media coverage of Caribou Barbie. Please make her stay in Alaska!!

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Marc

    Chambliss won his seat by denigrating the patriotism of a man who was maimed in Vietnam. I hope someone asks Palin to find Vietnam on a map.

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Jim

    The Republicans need to quickly reinvent themselves and start campaigning in an all out effort for future elections, including the 2012 presidential election. They need to go on the offense full force and continuously. There should be no more sequential campaigning.

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Ted

    OMG> the Repubs just dont get it!!! ahahha. hope she loses it for him. GOODNESS. Get a GRIP Republicans

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. crownsy

    She going to be back to governing alaska at any point or is that offically her side job now?

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Get it together Repubs

    Wow. I guess the presidential election hasn't taught the GOP anything. I just feel sorry for the people of Georgia. The poor souls have to put up with more of her winking and "you betchas".

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. ABG

    It is all about Sarah Palin!

    Will she be our first female VP or President? You betcha!

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Brandon

    This just in ......Jim Martin has won!!!! Thank you Sara Palin!!

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Pat

    Palin should stay in Alaska. The GOP must be desperate if they send a simple-minded, narrow-minded, divisive politician to represent the party in Georgia! If she is the "face of the party", it is time to worry.

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Sandymouldin

    I want to know who's going to pay for this useless trip.

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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