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. Frank

    The Palin/McCain ticket, as she liked to call it, did worse in Alaska than George W. Bush in 2004. Her popularity there dropped 27 points in the two months after she sent every qualified man, woman and child residing int he state a $1,200 check, on top of the $2,069 check they received a month later. That giveway has left the state, which figured on $80 per barrel oil, in deep financial straits.

    Hopefully, she can work the same magic on Chambliss, the man who called war hero Senator Max Cleland "unpatriotic," and who may have stolen the 2002 election through vote rigging.

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Sue in MI

    "understand her philosophy on energy related issues" I believe that would be drill, baby, drill, tax the oil men and give to Alaskans, build a pipeline and give to Alaskans, drill in the protected wilderness and give to Alaskans, kill the polar bears, moose, elk, wolves, and turkeys in order to drill, and GIVE TO ALASKANS. Oh, and just "GIVE to Alaskans," early and often. No wonder they like her and Stevens...they are great at grabbing tax dollars from the rest of us. Yes, Palin is the gift that keeps on the "pro-Americans" white, wealthy, and certain that God is blessing every word they try to say...also.

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. palin4prez

    When the socialist regime that this country was just fooled into electing is exposed for what it really is, anti-American (which most liberals are), racist, anti-capitalist(which most liberals are), it will need more then just media protection to shield it from angry Americans. Palin or Romney will walk easily into the presidency in 2012- THANK GOD

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    maybe the republicans don't really want to win anymore. get her off the stage!!

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Just admit she scares you

    Got tired of bashing Bush?


    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Ken

    this woman's endorsement would be enough to convince me to vote AGAINSt whoever it may be.

    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. POS

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss might have invited her to secret Moose chiili dinner she couldn't refuse.Enjoy...get back home as soon as you can Gov Palin.No one here likes you..Can't you get that........!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Lee - Oregon

    Not again...........does Palin ever know when to quit? Are the Repubs that desperate? Haven't they learned yet? They keep digging their hole deeper & deeper!

    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Joe Hussein McCain

    Typical of the party of the confederate to send their Top Symbol of Southern Womanhood down there to do the dirty work of racism . I no this wont post, but it felt good to write this.

    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Ron.Toronto. Canada

    , For Lyle.
    It is President elect Obama. Have some respect for you new
    to be President.

    November 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Terry

    I'm a proud Republican living in Georgia and want desperately for Sen. Saxby Chambliss to remain for a second term.

    To that point, for the love of God – KEEP PALIN AS FAR AWAY FROM US AS POSSIBLE !!!!

    November 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Rob


    November 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Betty Bee

    The Palin Puzzle: Doesn't it scare anyone out there that this sort of person is in our political structure and seems to be going hell bent for election? Really frightens me to think she had a chance to become our vice president, but there she was on the ticket!!! How many others like her are there? We need to do a reality check on our elected people, especially ones like Senator Teddy Kennedy: a life-long alcoholic now with some sort of brain disease and still making decisions for us! God help us!! Someone needs to.

    November 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. GeorgianDemocrat

    I'm sick of hearing about her in the media every day! When will she go away?!?

    November 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Tony

    After the turkey that a pun? Tina Fey has a lot of catching up to do.

    November 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. juan carlos, NYC

    What a joke! Please make her go away.

    November 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Scotti

    Palin is the Britney Spears of the Republican party (except Britney's smarter)

    November 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. CJ1218

    I'm more interested in the handsome cop next to her...what is this article about again???

    November 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Jason

    Guess the kids can wait. Maybe they can fool around some more while mom is off gallavantin around the south. Dad's got his snow machine racin to do. Boy good thing that pot of caribou she made for Gretha is still keepin

    November 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Angie


    November 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. wpb in nc

    Gonna take some slaughtered turkeys with her???
    What a joke! Martin should count his lucky stars.
    Go Dems!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. rob

    what is she campaigning for ? the stupidest woman in the world ?

    November 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Irene

    Why won't she just go away. She should stay in Alaska and actually do the job she was elected to do. If I lived in Alaska I would be talking impeachment about now.

    November 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. FJ from Atlanta

    I wonder if she is going to bring Ayers, Socilaism, Joe the plumber, tito the builder, blah, blah, blah.

    We've heard the speech already.
    Does she even know Saxby or where Georgia is located?

    November 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. former gop

    Doesn't this bimbo have a job already? Palin's taken women back a hundred years with her trying to flirt and wink her way to the white house. Women, stand up against Palin's horrible behavior!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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