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. Rachel

    I just have to say for the Record...I am an Obama supporter but Palin did not intimidate me at all. I just think it is absurd that this woman is out running her mouth leaving all those kids at home and not on her job in Alaska. No way does she bother us. So don't flatter her by thinking so. It's the woman does not belong out campaigning and doesn't have the knowledge to do so. She needs more education okay? Read the blogs and you'll understand. She was no contest as a VP. I just wish her First Dude would just keep her at home on the range! She does not do anything for the GOP except trash it and the only following she has are the Dull Normals.

    November 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Simmy

    Say it ain't so! You've got to be kidding! Citizensof Atlanta: make a citizens' arrest at the airport, on the grounds of accessory to turkey murder in Alaska!

    November 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Paul C.

    Tadashi Davis, the truth hurts doesn't it!? Yes it must be so tough when one knows that they have lost. And given the fact that the few and I mean few mindless minions of Palin like you, keep championing Caribou Barbie, we will continue to win so Please righties, keep Palin on the stage, nominate her please! She's the gift that keeps on giving and those that defend her are poster children for the typical right winger: sex starved, cowardly, uneducated, weak, lying and most of all dumb as a bag of hammers!

    November 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Patsy

    What amazes me is that the Democrats won and they are still mad! I don't understand why a Democrat is always mad. They're mad if they win, mad if they don't win. They have an excuse for everything. It's always someone else's fault.

    Well, you can't borrow or spend your way out of debt. And the United States is in trouble. Big trouble. And it's going to take conservatism, a strong person with the ability to say "NO". We can't do that now, we don't need that now! Tighten your belts and get ready for a ride, cause it's going to get worse before it gets better! Start working, save your money, help your neighbor, and be prepared to protect your country. Oh, it's going to be a hard next 4 , 8 or 12 years.

    November 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Texas Two Stepper

    Is she taking some freshly-killed turkey for the Georgia Senator?
    I heard they can fry them up quicker than jack rabbit in an open field!
    Maybe some moonshine to wash it down.
    I love her; the more she talks the more Repubics lose.
    Go Annie get your Gun!

    November 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. FW

    Sarah and her Mickey Mouse club campaign crew (Piper, Baby Trig, Willow, Bristol the Teen Preggo Dropout, Joe The Plumber, Todd the secessionist) will be headed down there to Georgia to do exactly for Saxby what she did for McLame...end his career, his reputation, and his honor.

    I can't wait for her to get down there and spew the same hateful rhetoric that will play over and over on all the networks. Jim Martin, your prayers have been answered, I will now contribute to your campaign...say hello to a filibuster proof Senate! Yeehaw

    November 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. bill

    Evidentially being Governor of Alaska is a part-time position.

    November 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Georgia is going blue 2!

    I thought she promised to stay Moose hunting until 2012?

    November 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |

    According to a new Gallup Poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents most would like to see Sarah Palin run for president in 2012. That’s right…Sarah “I read all the newspapers,” Palin. Former mayor of Wasilla, first-term governor of Alaska and hockey mom. Her interviews with Katie Couric are the stuff of legend. After she and McCain got their clocks cleaned, Governor Palin couldn’t get enough of the TV cameras. They were in her kitchen, her office, virtually every corner of her life. She is now reportedly being wooed to write a book-that would be interesting-or maybe do a TV show.

    November 25, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Marilyn

    I really would love to see Palin as President. A rock-solid strong and powerful force of a woman who does not have the man-hating, unmatternal and unfeminine attitudes that traditional feminists do. A woman who sticks her 3-inch heel right through those who hide from the untrendy GOD AND COUNTRY.

    November 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Elizabeth - Texas - Former Republican

    Palin needs to go back to her Turkey slaughter and Rudy with her.

    November 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Great! Is she bringing Joe the Plumber with her?? This is one sure, way, though to insure a Democratic victory!

    November 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Shakespear SouthAfrica

    Holly molly she is at it again. This guy is going to loose big time.

    November 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Frank563

    She is becoming an energizer bunny for any sort of media attention and I thought the election was going to be her 'off' button..

    November 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    jen from cali,
    bitter little republican, aren't ya?
    lol..... it's ok. You can be forgiven your small minded hate filled outburst..... after all,

    Let me repeat that,,,,
    LOL.... and I'm LAUGHING AT YOU.

    November 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Emit R Detsaw


    November 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    The sad reality here is that the GOP has truly been suspended in animated histrionics. They still truly believe that the American base is a population of uneducated, religious-leaning, ultra-conservative, rightist populace that brew fear in their kettles and spew bigotry from their mouths. I am sorry to tell anyone and everyone reading this that thanks to the migratory trends and the dawn of the "newer world", the US of A is now eing populated by a minority (yes, we are still a minority and we never seek to be THE majority, although we just want to be Americans, all of us!) of highly educated and highly skilled immigrants (and not just the lowly farm and factory migrant workers who turn the wheels of our economic movements) who only dream to dream.....that is what America is now.....and that is why President-Elect Obama won.....because of these intelligent, caring, broad-minded, unbiased Americans!

    November 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Ron

    Palin makes Obama seem like a toy.

    November 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Howdy

    C W – you are not the feminist you claim to be. The feminist movement was about supporting all women (yes, even those women we may not like) in the choices they made – be it career, family, educational or other choices. The movement was not about judging women based on those choices. Shame on you. Lots of women go back to work days after giving birth – many do so out of necessity, others do it because let's face it, women give birth every day and most ARE able to return to their normal routine within a few days. Palin returned to work with the baby at her side. You are faulting her for having a strong work ethic.

    November 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Tulsa

    Mike November 25th, 2008 2:47 pm ET

    Prediction — Salin will fire up some voters to turn out in support of Saxby. The negative turning point for Martin was the "help" of Al Gore, the biggest joke ever!!!!! Republicans will win this race.
    You don't get it, just the fact that there IS a run off is a sign of the times.
    The Republican "brand" is out of favor and well it should be.
    Keep putting simpletons like Ms Palin out there as national candidates..... PLEASE!

    and if you think running a state with the population of Memphis is qualification to be POTUS, you're not really living in the real world.

    November 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. The truth

    Sarah Palin is smarter than you all think....she's pathetic but SMART. She knows that having her face in the camera whether people love her or are making fun of her means more coverage and money in her pockets. She loves the attention and it's not about politics anymore.

    Mark my words, once she has "totally" humiliated the GOP, and they turn their backs on her, she has an amazing career in entertainment at her and her families expense no less. She has proven what's important in her life. She doesn't care if you humiliate her daughter, unborn grandchild, down syndrome son, or her husband.

    This disgrace of a woman will do anything to get more and more famous and the media is playing her like a flute. The more coverage she gets the more papers they sell. It's sad...and you can all blame Jonh McClain and the Republican Party for choosing her the energize their base and fool the public into voting for a woman. They created a Media Monster, now they can't control her and unfortunatly we ALL have to endure her until her flame burns out!!!

    November 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Why dont they invite Cindy McCain down as well? Two well dressed hot women who have nothing to say should seal the deal for someone

    November 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Beth Lunsford

    There sure are a lot of cynical people in the Dem Party out there.A lot of haters. Well, down here in Ga., we like Sarah Palin. You are all just scared you're man Martin is going to lose. People in Ga. also like Saxby Chambliss. We want to keep our guns & our freedom. Dems are such wusses!!

    November 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Luis

    Excellent! That way another Republican gets to go home. Keep'em coming Sarah. You're the best thing that happened to the Democratic Party.

    November 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The little self-centered idiot should just stay home-FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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