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. Dee Boyd

    Exactly what are the responsibilities of Governor of Alaska? They don't seem to be particularly demanding given the current incumbent has been spending her time yakking it up with whoever will have her on air. Now she's spending her time campaigning in Georgia. Who's minding the store back home?

    November 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Make it stop!

    Please tell me this is a nightmare, I can't make it stop! I know Todd is pushing her out there, cause he wanted to live in the White House and now he has to go back to being Mr. Mom while she calls the shots. He thought he would be able to lay back and have people wait on him. Todd, give it a break, nobody wants the Palin family around. Alaska is your home, I mean where else can you be first dude? Sarah only calls yoiu that to make you feel less important, cause the fact of the matter is, you're nothing more than her servant.

    November 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Vickie

    CNN – Stop focusing on this poser... We voted for someone that can bring us real change – She's been voted out, so give us the relief that we voted for.... No MORE Palin!

    November 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Obi-Wan

    I hear there are turkeys to be slaughtered at Pilgrim's Pride headquarters in Georgia. Thank you Republicans for this awesome gift of Palin you have bestowed upon us, the gift that keeps on giving!

    November 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Eric

    I find it kinda funny that most of the people that keep telling Palin to go back to Alaska are calling her "Sara" or "Plain." Having trouble getting her name right? Anyways, believe it or not, Palin actually did help the Republican party quite a bit. She certainly got alot more people to vote and helped to get a fair amount of votes. I know everyone's been blaming her for McCain not getting elected, but she was the boost of votes he needed till the economy went down the tubes. McCain had no answers for fixing the economy which was his downfall. I know I'll get flamed for that, but it's not like I really care. I'm sure half the commenters will bash Palin for her "stupidity", but you should remember that she was nominated with two days to go before the presidential nomination. Let's see how you guys do with two days to know absolutely everything about the government when you had no intentions of becoming a vice president. Who cares about her "old" views? Honestly, she showed more life than Biden did.

    November 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Susan

    Sarah Palin "...losing her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice president." Silly me, I was under the belief that Geraldine Ferraro was the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party.

    November 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Oh please, please, please....someone get this woman back to Alaska and off the front page! If I see her name or face much more, I'll be forced into seclusion. She's a nitwit who appeals to other nitwits....and I guess there's quite a contingency of them out there.

    November 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. zzzzzz

    this woman is like a stray animal..... you give it some food a couple of times then you can't get rid of it. GO HOME and STAY.

    November 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |


    November 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Karen, Arkansas

    Sounds as if the GOP is scraping the bottom of the barrel again.

    November 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Loletha

    Woman to Woman Sara Paliar go home to your son, don't your son need you. Let things die down some, your previous campaging was lacking quite a bit of substance. In about 2 years then reappear, right now is not the time.

    November 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Ritter197

    Palin is etting back the Women's movement by at least 10 years!

    Can't you ever let go, Palin?

    Don's you see how you are the ridicule of your party?

    November 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Carol

    You know those birthday candles that you blow out and blow out and blow out, and they just keep coming right back. Well this dear governor reminds me so much of those.

    November 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. brian

    Can't wait to see Palin back on the trail! Love all you liberals and your hate! The fact of the matter is, If you didn't want to hear about her then you wouldnt have taken time to click the link, read the story, and commented! PALIN 2012!!! You only hate her because she is effective.

    November 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. G. Brash

    I thought she was sorting thru the designer clothes she didn't pay for - packed in horribly expensive DESIGNER luggage she didn't pay for! Sounds like a reformer maverick taking home the pork! RNC should make an accounting to the public since it was public money who purchased it and it should be the public who benefit either by way of auction or charity! We won't forget.

    November 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. 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 abortion is acceptable; if you are one of those dreaded Christians – they'll push you under the bus without thinking twice.

    November 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Maria

    Jimmy H, you have to be kidding. Palin/Rice in '12? I think Rice, herself is much more qualified to lead this nation than Palin. Rice is hyper intelligent, educated, experienced and eloquent. And I think Rice is much too smart to pick someone as Palin as her running mate. I have much respect for Rice and none for Palin. I'm a woman and a democrat.

    November 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Americans for Palin!

    I hope Palin get the Republican nomination in 4 years!!!!

    Because she CANNOT win!!

    November 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Miss Gracie

    Sarah who?

    November 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Chris

    Hopefully she does the same for Chambliss as she did for McCain...

    November 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. nancy

    I wonder if she's going to use Alaskan taxpayer money to fly down. I bet the Palin family has always wanted to go to Atlanta, so they're all flying down. Atlanta has some great shopping.

    November 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    And the republicans are wondering why they are loosing so bad!

    November 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Maria

    Oprah doesn't want her. Remember when Palin begged to be on Oprah's show during election season and Oprah told her that she didn't want candidates on her show until *after* the election. Well, this is Oprah just keeping her promise and picking up a few ratings along the way. Let me remind everyone that Oprah is a staunch pro-choice supporter. I hardly doubt she wants Palin on her show so they can talk about books and politics.

    November 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. steve r. from Wash st.

    This is GREAT news for the democrats. What are they thinking . LOL.

    November 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. JOE GRAY

    Maybe she can visit her friend Mrs. S. Carolina while she is down south-such as and therefore and the Iraq. It's very funny how she came out all full of herself at the RNC and in the end she was exposed as a complete idiot. The scary part is that there is any percentage of this country that buys her ridiculous act.

    November 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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