November 25th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Jennifer

    This woman will chase the spotlight in a heartbeat!! It's really pathetic that she thinks she actually has a shot in 2012. The majority of Americans can see through her blind ambition..

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. AJ - Maine

    The woman reminds me of the Nicole Kidman character in what was it "To Die For" – an untalented driven ruthless and stupid all in one semi-polished shell.

    Although very scary to the rest of us, her love of cameras is going to ruin her. Just wait.

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Tim

    One can only wonder "why" he's asking her to campaign with him.
    Maybe there's something going on that Mr. Palin should look into.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Norm

    Anyone who believes that Palin can ever lead voted for Bush two times. I can't believe that anyone is still covering Palin.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Edmund Coplen

    Interesting to see how many still are afraid of the Sarah Palin impact.
    ... and for a good reason I will add

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Hilary


    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Stephanie in Ohio

    Jim Jones in lipstick!

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Grimm

    First Rudy Guiliani and now... "Heeeeeeeere's Sarah Palin!" I think this is absolutely laughable but the truly sad part of it is that it just might work...

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. MarnieM

    Please! Save us from this woman! Why can't she just stay home, cook up a little moose chili, and let the really smart, accomplished, polished women represent us? A shell like her trying to be an icon for women or have any kind of far-reaching power is the worst thing that could happen for us! It would be so dangerous for her to actually get in a position of power outside her decidedly socialistic state of Alaska! She doesn't even know that giving the state's oil revenues back to the people is what socialism is! She thinks it is something else. But what? She must be just what her state needs and, perhaps, she understands the people she represents; however, more people live in my hometown, Houston, Texas, than live in the whole state of Alaska. Wonder what kind of damage she could do as mayor of Houston?! Our state does border a foreign country, so all of us down here in Texas have foreign policy experience. Some Texans can see Mexico from their front porches. Travel to a border town can be extremely educational but most of us have sense enough to know what we don't know. Sarah, go home and stay there! Please, Senator McCain, put SarahDora back in her box! It's the right and merciful thing to do.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. brenda

    i dont get it. why all the hate? this woman does an excellent job as govenor for alaska and GOOD luck to all you liberal dems who want to find out if she is as "bad" as other past leaders (clinton, pelosi, dodd, frank, meeks, waters etc etc etc). shes almost poerfect in her life as a woman, a mother and a political leader. dont hate, appreciate.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. SKI

    I also like Palin to pal-around and feed the MSM. In times of crisis and tougher days we need a comedian to make us feel good and Palin is just suitable and perfect for that.

    Come on folks. Think about days without any news from Palin – How boring it will be.

    Thank you Gov. Palin for all the entertainment you are providing.

    But, No Thanks for being a serious contender of any national level public office. Please. Hope you understood that by now. If not ask your 'friend' President SARKOZY.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Mary

    When does your "jealousy" of Gov. Palin ever stop??? Enough – you idiots have your chosen one in office!! Or could it be you are AFRAID of Gov. Palin???

    Beauty, Brains and can handle the big boys and can still stick it to you "jealous ones" !!! LOL – LOL

    Gov. Palin will kick Nobama out of his comfy chair in 2012!!! LOL!!!

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Gisele from NY

    Palin is a narcissitic sociopath who will do anything for attention. She has already been advised to go home to Alaska. She simply cannot accept the fact that she was defeated, nor will she ever, yikes!

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Phil in NC

    Why are we stuck on Palin here. Obama is running the country into the ground, we are going to have to make it through 4 years of an administration even worse than Bush's. I need some money, man! C'mon! Dang!

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. paul oregon

    is this like palin pardoning the turkey on one hand and on the other
    hand the turkey is being hung upside down be hind her ???????
    democrats like it when palin comes to town.

    bush , mccain ,palin are all G.O.P as cluess as these 3 ?????

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. leadership

    She can lead my state as well as Joe the Plumber can do my surgery.

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Err uh...

    Did Chambliss not learn anything from her influence on the Rep. party Presidential campaign...?

    Might want to rethink this a little bit...


    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Adebukola

    I would bet that the citizens of Alaska would love to have an active Governor.

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Ark


    "Chambliss is going to run away with this election unless...."

    Ummmm...why didn't he just run away with the election the first time? Then there wouldn't be a need for a run-off.

    Time to re-try the cunning stunt known as Sarah Palin. No doubt she'll be a hit in the Peach State.

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. tsm

    She is keeping herself in the public eye. She wants to make sure that people remember her when she runs for President in the next election. Everyone should just turn off their television when she is doing her "song and dance"

    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. MommaSchell


    November 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. my oh my

    That should be the kiss of death for the Republicans in Georgia.

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Gary

    You know what Democrats...this isn't this about you. It's the Republicans gig.

    Go troll somewhere else.

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Mike

    At what point does she govern the state of Alaska? What's this campaign wardrobe going to cost? Maybe Ted Stevens and Joe Duh Plumber can tag along just so she doesn't feel like the biggest idiot on the campaign trail for Saxby Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Jeffery

    Please God!

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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