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. JM in OC

    I'm sorry, but doesn't this woman HAVE A JOB?

    Alaskan tax dollars at work. (I'm just talking about her salary, which she continues to collect, whether working on anything for the betterment of her state or not.)

    November 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Joe

    Will this Alaskan ditz ever get the message, you are used goods, much like your 13 suitcases with the 200 K wardrobe.

    A great day for the democratic candidate and it didn`t cost him a dime.

    November 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Tyran

    All she wants to do is continue to spread her hate and anti-Obama rhetoric. She need to go to Alaska where she is needed.

    November 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. david Armendale, SF, CA

    For Palin supporters to claim that we're afraid of her is true. After the last eight years, we should all be very afraid of morons with power.

    November 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Good. Maybe she can make it two humiliating defeats in a row. Maybe then you media types can FINALLY send her back to obscurity which is where she belongs in the first place.

    November 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. bill

    slaughter some more witch from the frozen north.we seen enough of you for a lifetime.GO HOME WITCH

    November 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Irony

    I also too think that it's kinda cute, guys and gals, how neat it is that the governor is campaigning to help Saxby loose the runoff. We are a nation divided by intelect, the stupids vote like sheep for the Republicans, who are no longer true conservatives, while the smart vote for whats best for our country. False christians hiding behind doublespeak leading our nations rednecks to the slaughterhouse and economic downfall amuses me. Go ahead, vote against your own best interests, see what it will get you. Economy in the toilet, but record profits for the rich. Don't you get it yet? Pro life, until 18, then lets have a war mentality won't save your children. Jesus died for our sins, we might as well use them while we've got them doesn't go over well as an argument at the pearly gates.

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Carrie in Idaho

    She certainly is a polarizing figure - some despise her, some love her. But any Republican party figure with any brains knows she was a fatal drag on the McCain campaign. She can rally the Republican base, and that might do the trick for Chambliss, but the more she sashays in front of the camera and does her thing, the more the future of the Republican party goes down the tubes. She's come to represent that wing of the party that wants to purify its message and drive off anyone who isn't a true believer in their cause, and that's a narrow group. That will not win a general election.

    So speaking as a Democrat: Glad to see you're back, Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. California Girl

    I am very liberal – so are my comments – and l rarely get my comments printed. it isn't about liberal v. conservative here. I have no idea what the criteria is, since some of my dumber comments come through, and the smart ones don't. So calm down – you repubs are sooo paranoid.

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Michael

    Doesn't Palin have a state to run?

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Anam

    She's the Republican Cheerleader...they will use her whenever possible...All you need to do is pay her $150,000 so she can get her hair and makeup done and get all dressed up in designer names she's never heard of and she's ready to say anything that comes up in her mind.

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Dawn

    She will never stay in Alaska again.
    Senator John Mc Cain, this woman you gave your party and all the rest of us is rather disturbing don't you think also?

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. JoeP

    Can we please give Alaska, and SP, back to Russia. Perhaps there someone would tell her to just shut up already.

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. JP from California

    You people are incapable of thinking for yourselves. Let the press tell you what to think – they'll be happy to lead you around by the nose so you don't have to tax those little brains of yours. Like her or not, no one has been treated less fairly by the press than Sarah Palin. And where are the women's rights advocates? Oh that's right, they stand up for women only when they are in agreement with their views. If you don't think killing unborn babies is acceptable; if you are one of those dreaded Christians – they'll push you under the bus without thinking twice.

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. arion


    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Christine


    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Ray

    She needs to take Geography/History and Political Science instead of wasting everybody's time and I sure hope that she's isn't using our tax dollars for this trip !

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. MargaretS

    "...the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president"? Guess you forgot about Geralding Ferraro.

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Charlie

    It is simply amazing to me that folks blame McCain/Palin for the racist
    remarks, etc., during and after the campaign. I think folks ought to look
    at the tabloids and see who was the most racist and I think you will find that the OBAMA campaign and it's minions where right up their.

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Sankoji

    I sincerely hope that in the midst of all of her campaigns, talk-shows and publicity stunts in the lower-48–all while Alaska is beginning to suffer its own economic crisis–that the voters of Alaska get sick of having an absentee governor in power. I live in the lower 48, but if I were an Alaska resident, I'd be truly insulted that she's campaigning for someone in Georgia when her own state is in danger of failing economically (due to the falling price of oil).

    One would hope she would prioritize her responsibilities as governor instead of campaigning for others during this time.

    November 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. KD

    Its sad that she is so dumb, and people will still listen to her, if I was in Georgia I would vote against every person she campaigns for, I dont hate her, but I think she is just the dumbest person beside GW Bush to join politics..

    November 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. aware

    Way to go Governor Palin! 🙂

    November 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. SecondSage

    500 comments in 3 hours??

    And you wonder why the media won't leave her alone.

    November 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. john

    Alaska must be the perfect State, with no problems and nothing that needs the governor to oversee. That must be the reason Palin is down here in Georgia.

    I guess it must be since people in that state are raising thousands of dollars to thank Palin for her VP run instead of using that money to help the less fortunate.

    GO AWAY Palin!

    November 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Susan

    I could definitley say the same for the Clintons! Would you both please just go away?????

    November 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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