November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
6 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. Brandon

    Welcome To Georgia Governor Palin. I plan on going to one of the rallies, and Senator McCain got my vote.

    November 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Old Dominion

    Saxby Chambliss is going to lose this election, like he shouldve done years ago to Max Cleeland. That is before he decided to take a page from Rove and co. Politics may be a dirty game, but insinuating a man who has lost limbs on the battlefield for his country is soft on national defense is a new low.

    Justice will finally be served because of the idiocy of the GOP. Palin and Guilianni? NOBODY LIKES THESE PEOPLE. GET A CLUE.

    GA: punish this idiocy and vote for Jim Martin!

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. AJ

    Are you kidding me?

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Darko

    Palin has nothing NEW to add. Dragging along the fresh 'loser' title doesn't help anyone.

    Get one of the real GOP governers out there. Jindal, Pawlenty, Samford...

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Alan

    This is GREAT news. GO SARAH! She'll get in there and - ya know - help the Dem win. MAGIC.

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Kathy

    Well, if I were a Republican, Palin is all I'd need..... DUH!!!!! The Republican party has yet to learn that brains work better than looks...

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Apparently Alaska doesn't need a governor.

    Sarah is seldom there.

    Apparently the Palin family doesn't need a mom, either.

    Sarah is seldom there.

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. V

    ALL REPUBLICANS SEEM TO BE IN THIS RACE TOWARDS 2012. THEY ALL WANNA BE PRESIDENTS. ITS CRAZY HOW REPUBLICANS HAVE ENDED IN A DISARRAY. ABRAHAM LINCOLN WOULD HAVE BEEN SAD TO SEE HIS PARTY LIKE THIS BUT THEN AGAIN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN MORE SAD TO SEE HIS COUNTRY LIKE THIS.

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Carramia

    Why wont this woman go away. Shes a moron. Doesnt she have a state to govern?

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Ari

    I wonder if this will help Chambliss the way she helped McBush. Why on earth would Chambliss want a losing VP candidate who is the poster girl for insane at his side?

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. The Old Guard

    What is she going to wear, now that her campaign wardrobe has been donated? Please, for the love of all that is holy, go back to Alaska and find a big rock under which you may crawl.

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. I can't stop laughing!

    SHE'S BRINGING JOE THE PLUMBER TO HELP HER TOO! Anyone want freshly killed turkey?

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Sarah, please go away. Seriously. Please?

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Kelly

    Congratulations Sen. Martin, you just won the senate race in Georgia.

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. alpha

    that's where she's best good at.
    Senate Campaign.
    She is no presidential material.

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. maylh

    Palin, a shameless politician.

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Steve

    This women cannot give it up. Maybe I will eat crow in 4 years, but if this women is the best that the Republican Party has to offer, then they are in a situation to reform. I respect the fact that she airs her opinions, but she just does not have what it takes to be in the political arena (changed or unchanged). I know we all want change, and I pray to God that it comes for the sake of this nation, but we do not need this dangerous women anywhere close to a light switch, even more the nuclear button.

    Please Palin, give it up already!!

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Robert NYC

    Good! The more she campaigns, the more we are reminded of how awful Republicans remain.

    In the words of our IDIOT PRESIDENT, BRING IT ON!

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Nick

    Really? C'mon, I don't understand why anyone would want her speaking on their behalf.

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Christine

    Why won't she go away?!?

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. MikeH

    Groan.

    Sarah Palin = Ignorance Cubed. Saxby Chambliss = Bigotry Cubed.

    The United States is doomed if it lets people like this become its political leaders.

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Kris

    Give a mouse a cookie and....

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. GA Independent

    Bring her on. She will remind Dems why they can't forget to vote in this election!

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Accountability

    Say Goodbye Saxby...This seals it.

    Thanks Sarah! :-)

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Endri

    Is this woman out of her mind? Sarah, we know that it took you 7 consecutive years to finish college, we know that each time you open your mouth, you talk nonsenses. The lack the basics of the U.S. Government and History, never mind the U.S. Constitution and International Affairs. Do us a favor, stay up in Alaska and fire your M-14. For those GOP members who still think this woman was the change, I had the privilege to know her personally; she is one of the dumbest person in the planet.

    November 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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