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. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    I wonder, if Sarah Failing/Palin, gave the
    clothes back to the GOP, is she going
    to need a NEW WARDROBE? Maybe
    hubby Todd will get a new set of SILK
    BOXERS! Maybe Piper will get a new
    $700.00 HANDBAG?

    November 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. RH from Wisconsin

    Please, do we really need anymore "news" about Sarah Palin? It's becoming sickening.

    November 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. GS

    You people who are still in support of this woman are soooooo funny.
    She may not be entirely stupid, but she demonstrated clearly that she was not suited to be our VP. Why are you still harping on her running in 2012? Rather than running to Georgia to campaign she needs to be reading and trying to comprehend everything she can about this country – not just Alaska, current policies and international relations. She needs to read a book, not just look at the pictures.

    You people want to know why she is constantly being bashed?? DID YOU WATCH THE COURIC & GIBSON INTERVIEWS????? She didn't have a clue! Did you REALLY listen to her campain speeches??? Nothing but negativity and hate!!! Nothing insightful, nothing to prove to those of us with a brain that she was qualified.

    She did more harm than good in the presidential election. You guys need to face that fact and deal with it. And if you can't...well they do say that birds of a feather....

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Scott

    Bad move! That is political suicide!

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Sue T

    If this guy wants to win he should tell Palin to stay in Alaska.....

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. jp

    Palin 2012. I know it's only 4 years from now, but Hussein will have us so distraught by then we'll be clamoring for...........wait for it.................Change.

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Thebe

    Probably a good thing for Alaskans that their governor is on the road again.

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Gary

    I can hear her now
    " I'm here to support Chambliss and make sure Russia never invades this state again."

    November 25, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. aware

    Boise, ID

    Take the log out of your own eye first!

    November 25, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Chris

    Doesn't Palin have a job in Alaska? How important or relevant could she be by missing this much work? I'm sure Alaskans do not appreciate her absences. Most of us who are fortunate enough to be employed in this bad economy, would be fired for missing this much work.

    November 25, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Oh yeah, I can't wait. She was so effective on her last campaign trail – stirring up hatred and fear, that is. All I can say is if this is the type of person Republicans want out there representing them, have at it.

    November 25, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Rhonda

    I thought when the election was over, she would return to Alaska. Whoever thought she would appeal to the professional, intelligent, voting woman was out of their minds. Will someone please give her a reality show, set in Alaska, called Wannabee Barbie and her Creepy Husband. Doesn't anyone else find his "hovering" creepy.

    November 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Sarah Palin represents the worst of America. Her "fans" are the least informed of all voters...

    November 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Charles

    Have any of you ever seen the movie, " Being There," with Peter Sellers? Palin is the female version in the role Sellers played. Whatever University granted her a degree, should have their accredidation revoked.

    November 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Bill in DC

    Oh God no. Please, someone tell this woman the party's over.

    Like that green stuff on the walls of an old refrigerator, you scrape it off but it growing coming back.


    November 25, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Jayne S

    who gives a rats azz about palin, stay in alaska

    November 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Tony

    Now wait a minute folks! Nobody hates Sarah. She's funny. Not that she knows it. And, she's fun. I love commenting about Sarah. It's just that she's terminally ignorant. Up until Sarah, I thought ignorance was something that could be corrected. Doesn't she get any help from the handlers?

    I do wish she'd move on to the swimsuit part of the contest. She'll do a lot better then.

    November 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Whooooppppeeeeeeee.... More SNL fodder!

    Won't this mouth ever go away?

    November 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |

    Palin...honey...just go back to Alaska and pardon a turkey. And make sure it's not going to get slaughtered while you pardon.

    November 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Phil in KC

    Send her out to campaign with all the rednecks. They'll love her. But, then, they were already going to vote for Chambliss any way, weren't they. That's Sarah's problem – she excites the people who are already on-board. She apparently holds no sway over the moderates and independents who will be the real focus of this election.

    November 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    I can not believe that a sane person would listen to Sarah Palin.
    This lady should play the part of the "Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz." He wished for a brain.

    November 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. greta

    governor of alaska seems to be a part time position.

    November 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Sue in MI

    Does this woman never take care of her children? I thought she was in the midst of budget negotiations in good 'ole Alaska. She isn't running her state either. Keep on reminding America of your vast knowledge of issues and command of the English language, Sarah, and you'll be a shoe-in to lose in Iowa and New Hampshire and then, at last, leave the stage. Maybe she can lose her re-election campaign first. She's like a bad penny.

    November 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Carrie in Idaho

    To "A Real Feminist:"

    Excellent points! Palin seemed to imply that not traveling, not reading, not having much education,not knowing Washington issues, made her a better candidate. I personally feel we need smart people in government. Not folksy characters.

    November 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Scotia from NC

    I, SERIOUSLY, cannot believe this woman is still talking! Why is anybody even listening? I don't know another adult who is even remotely as uninformed as Sarah Palin...and I'm a social worker!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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