Sarah Palin Goes Back On The Campaign Trail

By Doug Mataconis | Related entries in Palin, Republicans, Senate

Sarah Palin is headed to Georgia to campaign for 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.

The biggest challenge that both Chambliss and Martin face in the run-off election is getting their voters to turn out to the polls, since it’s unlikely that voter turnout will be anywhere near the level it reached on November 4th. To the extent that she’s able to motivate the base to get out and vote, Palin could prove useful to Chambliss.


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5 Responses to “Sarah Palin Goes Back On The Campaign Trail”

  1. Southern Exposure - The Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    [...] Mataconis at Donklephant considers the strategy: “The biggest challenge that both Chambliss and Martin face in the run-off election is [...]

  2. ccv Says:

    This article states, “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.” WRONG. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to to lose her bid to become the nation’s first woman to serve as vice-president, back in 1984.

  3. William Says:

    CVV–

    Try again:
    “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.”

    RIGHT!

    She lost her bid — to become the first woman to serve…

    Since Ferraro lost, she didn’t serve.

    That is: she was the second person to lose the bid to become the first woman to serve…

    Reading comprehension. It’s what’s for dinner.

  4. sus Says:

    Let’s hope it has the same effect as the last campaign she was part of.

  5. Jonathan Says:

    The GOP gives you a choice: Would you prefer a lame duck or a headless turkey?

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