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. Pamela, Sacramento

    Palin one question. Where are your children? Especially the baby that needs you the most. I am sorry to say but I see a subtle disconnect here. Something just isn't right!

    November 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Moses

    The new Sara Palin movie: The Creature That Refused To Die.......

    November 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Brian in Indiana

    I think by the end of the next four years of give away programs it will be nice to elect someone like Sara Palin that at least has a record of cutting cost and excess spending . That's o.k. Sara keep on doing what you like to do. The Democratic controlled Congress got us in this mess, there is always 2012 !!!!

    November 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Karen

    Palin needs to do some heavy duty studying before she does any more campaigning. She could improve her diction, understanding of world affairs, understanding of neo-liberalism and its policies that have put us into this economic mess, education, health, labor, etc. Her extreme lack of polish and education hurt the McCain ticket beyond description

    November 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Wilfort

    How is it that this Lady [ just kidding ] who has less brain capacity than a 5th grader have so much support ? Has Stupidity become the new plauge on this country ?!?!?!?!?!?

    November 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. p.h,. Riverton ,Wy

    This moron should stay in Alaska and try to be the Govenor that they elected. Or was she ever running it to begin with?. Who is in charge in her state her husband? She is such a farce and we need to get on with the rest of the problems in this country .STOP giving her air time. She is disgusting.

    November 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Sherree from MO

    I'm willing to admit it: I'm a Dem, and I'm terribly afraid of Palin. Not because she's so accomplished or so smart, but because she's not. And people seem to like her. If you haven't noticed, when we are uninformed on a topic, its hard to make good choices. Kids who don't know about condoms have unprotected sex and get pregnant (see articles on the Palin girl). Patients who don't understand why a medication will help them sometimes choose to stop taking it. Politicians who don't know which regions are continents and which are countries make bad foreign policy decisions. And people are actually cheering "Palin 2012"? Of course that scares me.

    I hope her campaigning in GA brings tons of intelligent liberals and intelligent Republicans/independents to the polls. If you know someone there, call them and tell them to vote for Martin!

    November 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. dan in Tucson

    I don't think Sarah is doing the GOP any good. Wish she would just go home and leave us alone

    November 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Wow! She is so popular. The largest number of responses are logged for articals about her. I guess she will always be in the news thanks to everyone on here.

    November 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Diana

    Enough is Enough!!! Go home and take care of your family! Your have a son that needs your love and caring for. It is your responsibility to take care of him not someone elses.....

    You also have your daughter to look after and soon grandbaby.. Maybe you should have lectured to her more????????

    GO AWAY........................................

    November 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. DEB

    Have we not had enough of Sara Palin? She's nothing more than fodder for the late night talk shows.

    November 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Barton Brown

    Thank GOD! This should be the final nail in Saxby Chambliss' LOOOOONG overdue political coffin. You GO MooseMom!

    November 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Bea

    Bad choice – she lost a lot of support for Sen. McCain and now she is doing it again for Sen. Chambliss. Will she ever learn to stay home and do what is supposed to be good for her State?

    November 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. james

    AH !!! How some love the limelight--– GO AWAY, Sarah

    November 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Don

    I am no fan of Palin's policy idea's...but could you people stop attacking her and callinh her stupid names. You act like two year olds who are spoiled. Palin has every right to campaign...I also will add that the other side should knock off the nasty comments about Hillary. Why is it when its a women politician you feel you can do this. More power to Palin as far as I am concerned. She is no dummy and you people should watch out...she will be back.

    November 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Jesus.... when will this stop? This nightmare of her talking.

    November 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. St Paul Guy

    How Palin can be of any help in this senator's campaing is beyond me. After all of the dumb comments she has made in the last two/three months, I certainly would want to keep away (a long way) from her if I were running for reelection as a republican. If that's all the repubs have to look to for campaign support, they have a real problem.

    November 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Jen, Cali

    Ed, Santa Fe, NM November 25th, 2008 11:41 am ET
    Doesn't this boob have a job she was elected to do?

    You mean like the boob who was elected U.S. Senator and then immediately spent TWO YEARS campaigning for president? You mean THAT boob???????????

    November 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. andrea from MA

    stop giving that woman press coverage !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Jelly

    Can we afford another wardrobe for this illiterate tart?

    November 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. PS

    I really wonder how Sarah Palin's kids are faring! How can they miss school for so many months? Who's teaching them homework? They do not appear to be homeschooled and WE KNOW that they have missed school for so many weeks already! Their mother's fixation on herself and her political future seems to have taken away all her attention from them. Why have so many kids if they can't be educated adequately. Her pregnant daughter tells a lot about the attention she got from her parents! A mother is important to daughters! Obama's kids went to school the entire time!

    November 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Simmy

    Rudy is the kitchen sink, this is the bathroom sink!

    November 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Cruzan Obama Mama

    If she is the hope of the GOP, then that is just SAD!!!!!!

    I'm a working mother and I'm horrified at how much of a disgrace she is. I have no clue how women can support her.

    I must be missing something.

    November 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. FER

    Unfortunately she really appeals to the anti-intellectual NASCAR types she has been brought in to "excite". Hopefully the urban and suburb voter will step up now that they are uncumbered by an African-American candidate on the ballot. Considering the number of great educational institutions in the State, e.g. Georgia Tech and Emory, it is difficult to understand why the State has not managed to shed its less than progressive image. It may still all be about racial bias.

    November 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Pat

    Let me see all you Obama Haters. Palin gave her citizens 1 Billion dollars back out of a surplus, which means she knows you can only give away money if you have it. Obama wants to give out 600 Billion on top of a deficit (not surplus) of 400+ billion to increase the Federal Debt to 11 TRILLION dollars. And of course the great Country of China gets to buy this debt of ours. So who is smart and who is stupid? I don't need to go to Harvard for 20 years to know that being TRILLIONS in debt to China is not good for our Country.

    November 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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