Palin to rally for Handel in Atlanta

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ATLANTA --- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will headline a rally for Karen Handel on the eve of Georgia's Republican runoff for governor.

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Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel on July 12 and will campaign for her in Atlanta on Aug. 9, the day before the runoff election.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel on July 12 and will campaign for her in Atlanta on Aug. 9, the day before the runoff election.

Palin will appear with Handel at noon on Aug. 9 in the metro Atlanta area. A precise location has not yet been determined.

In a statement, Palin said she is making the trek to Georgia because "it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative to take the fight to (Democrat) Roy Barnes in November."

She reiterated that Handel -- who has faced questions about her anti-abortion credentials -- is a "strong, pro-life leader who isn't afraid to take on the status quo and do the right thing."

Palin has said women activists -- or "mama grizzlies" as she calls them -- will lead a conservative wave this November. Palin's support for Nikki Haley in South Carolina is credited with helping fuel Haley's Republican gubernatorial primary win.

Palin's July 12 endorsement of Handel ignited her campaign and provided the former secretary of state with a conservative seal of approval, armor against attacks from fellow Republicans that she's too liberal. Handel catapulted to the top of the seven-person GOP field in the state's July 20 primary. She was the top GOP vote-getter with 34 percent of her party's primary tally.

Handel is locked in an Aug. 10 runoff with Nathan Deal, an ex-congressman from Gainesville, for the GOP party's nomination to take on Barnes in November. Barnes won his party's nomination outright.

The timing of the rally -- the day before the primary -- is designed to whip up the enthusiasm of the Republican base and remind them to get back out to vote, no easy task for a runoff race in the middle of the summer.

It won't be Palin's first trip to Georgia for a runoff. In 2008, fresh off her vice presidential defeat, she swept into the state to headline four rallies for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss as he faced a runoff battle to return to Washington.

That race took on national significance because Chambliss' eventual win over Democrat Jim Martin helped deny Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

Palin was greeted like a rock star, with huge crowds of supporters lining up in the cold for more than an hour for a chance to see her.

Political experts have said that while Palin's endorsement of Handel was important, her appearance in the state could help seal the deal.

Handel has already been busy touting Palin's support. She's featured prominently in Handel's first television ad of the runoff campaign.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said Handel's support is coming from people who don't know her.

"The people who know Karen Handel -- the overwhelming, eye-popping, vast majority of Republican state legislators -- have endorsed Nathan Deal," Robinson said. He touted Deal's endorsement by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/31/10 - 06:00 am
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Hope this puts Karen H over

Hope this puts Karen H over the top!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/31/10 - 07:01 am
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If the good ole boy status

If the good ole boy status quo system doesn't like Handel, she's got my vote. Palin is good for an additional 10k votes Handel wouldn't have received. I see a runaway win for Handel, even though Deal has Gingrich's endorsement.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/31/10 - 08:23 am
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August 10 we have a choice

August 10 we have a choice between a Honest Woman and a Corrupt Washington crook/politician. Handel has my vote and we all need to work in her get out the vote.

disssman
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disssman 07/31/10 - 08:21 am
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A paid speaker is not a real

A paid speaker is not a real good source of information. If Palin is being paid to support Handel, what does it say for both of them?

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/31/10 - 08:26 am
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disssman....Palin is not

disssman....Palin is not being paid to support Handel.. If Palin could have been bought Deal would have bought her like he bought the Ga. Senate.

Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 07/31/10 - 08:29 am
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Who is stupid enough to want
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Who is stupid enough to want Handel to be our governor, when she cannot stand up and debate with someone she does not like. If that had been me you could not paid me enough to not be there, when you are have a problem like that, then is when you should be there more than ever so you can get your point across. So now we have a person running for governor of Georgia, who is too weak to stand up for what she says she abhors, calling in support from another person that that folded under the pressures of the day and abandoned her job as Governor of Alaska. How many friggin idiots do we have in this state that would vote for such stupidity?

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 10:15 am
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riverrunner...woops! Handel

riverrunner...woops! Handel had legitimate reasons for not entering the debate. Look it up?
I take it you don't like Sarah Palin or Karen Handel.
Obama is coming in to rally for Roy Barnes, ahem..so I can kind of see why you dislike Palin opposing him.
BTW...Speaking of buying, did you see where Obama appeared at
2 $30,000 a plate dinners in the same evening earlier this week.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 10:11 am
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And, didn't I read someplace

And, didn't I read someplace that Bill Clinton averages 50 million dollars a year in speaking fees.
Palin is also raking in the dollars and why in the heck shouldn't she. What is good for the men ought to be fair for the women.

chascush
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chascush 07/31/10 - 10:31 am
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‘BTW...Speaking of buying,

‘BTW...Speaking of buying, did you see where Obama appeared at
2 $30,000 a plate dinners in the same evening earlier this week.’
Hussein skipped appearing at a national Boy Scout meeting for this. But why would Hussein want to appear at Boy Scout meeting?

scredsfan
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scredsfan 07/31/10 - 10:37 am
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The first line of the story

The first line of the story should have read: "Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin...." BTW - the unbridled hate for the President that shows up in these comments is telling.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 10:56 am
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chascush..Why would we want

chascush..Why would we want the Boy Scouts to be subjected to Obama, anyhow.

reds fan... It is not hate. It's a little pay back and loads of disagreement.
Really.
And read your comment on Palin, that is pure love, huh?

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 07/31/10 - 11:37 am
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Great Scot! So many of the

Great Scot! So many of the congressbums that have bankrupted America and the Georgia Legislatewhores who bankrupted the state have endorsed Deal, that old Nathan's campaign looks like one huge roach motel for corrupt politicians. The voters need to pull out one huge RAID with Karen Handel. The gold dome gang is worried sick that Karen will cut off all of their lobbyist-supplied girlfriends.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 07/31/10 - 12:40 pm
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I pray Palin stays in the

I pray Palin stays in the public speaking circuit and does NOT return to politics. Our love of this attractive but not too bright figure has made the USA its own reality show. We have to return to intelligent, serious politicians to have any hope for continuing as a great country.

scredsfan
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scredsfan 07/31/10 - 01:22 pm
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dani....payback for

dani....payback for what?.....as far as Palin is concerned, I was just stating a fact. Period.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 07/31/10 - 01:40 pm
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Amazing, people are still

Amazing, people are still listening to someone who couldn't even finish one term as governor of one of our smallest states.Scredsfan you're right she is the former half term governor of Alaska.I wonder how much are they going to pay her to run for president?I'll bet Handel is paying her to come.She's the public servant for a fee.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 01:45 pm
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redsfan..pay-back for all we

redsfan..pay-back for all we had to endure during the Bush years.
As for the facts, that is what we are doing. Is there a difference? Our facts you call "unbridled hate" but your facts/opinions are as innocent as a new born babe. Bless you, may you take your dark glasses off. It is a beautiful world.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 01:48 pm
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Obama speaks to get votes,

Obama speaks to get votes, which actually means to gain more power, Palin speaks for the money. I know which one I consider more honest.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 01:54 pm
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Leaving you folks now, have

Leaving you folks now, have fun, laugh a little.

chascush
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chascush 07/31/10 - 03:12 pm
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scredsfan, 'BTW - the

scredsfan, 'BTW - the unbridled hate for the President that shows up in these comments is telling.'
The hate is for Hussein's politics not for him. I actually feel a little sorry him after all look at the way he was raised as child. I can see why he has a lot of resentment toward the USA. Most people that was raised like him would most likely feel the same way. The thoughts and values that are instilled as child are really hard to over come. One can but it takes a lot of desire and effort. I don’t think Hussein has either. redsfan, does that clear things up for you.

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Willow Bailey 07/31/10 - 03:24 pm
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Vote for Karen, America

Vote for Karen, America can't afford anymore "serious politicians".

Techfan
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Techfan 07/31/10 - 07:01 pm
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"Look, I can see Alabama from

"Look, I can see Alabama from here."

chascush
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chascush 07/31/10 - 07:11 pm
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Techfan, is Alabama the 56th

Techfan, is Alabama the 56th or the 57th state I can't remember? Please let me know?

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 07:24 pm
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Don't ask Techfan. He thinks

Don't ask Techfan. He thinks Tina Fey is Sarah Palin.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/31/10 - 07:30 pm
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Allowances have to be made

Allowances have to be made for Tech fans.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/31/10 - 08:06 pm
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I can't believe the folks on

I can't believe the folks on here that are against women politicians. We have got to get these old egg-sucking dogs that seem to stay forever in politics, back to doing their backroom real estate deals, and rocking on the front porch. It's someone elses turn to see if they can save whats left of our country. If they happen to be a woman, good!

Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 07/31/10 - 09:34 pm
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Dani do not assume you know
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Dani do not assume you know what it does and you sure made one out of your self. I am full Rep but there are others besides Palin and Handel. I hate Obama and hate Roy only a little less than obama Do not care what goes on, there is no excuse for missing a debate like that unless you are strapped down in the hospital which was not her case. When you are wanting to be a leader you do whatever it takes to handle your obligations no exceptions. If you are going to be a fair weather leader get the h out of the way and let the person committed to success take your spot.

sociologyedu_one
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sociologyedu_one 07/31/10 - 10:40 pm
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the blind leading the blind,

the blind leading the blind, get it girl

chascush
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chascush 07/31/10 - 10:44 pm
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sociologyedu, ‘the blind

sociologyedu, ‘the blind leading the blind, get it girl’
You seem to think the dumb leading the stupid is better.

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 11:24 pm
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I think I have it now,

I think I have it now, riverrunner. I welcome any helpful criticism you can give me. :) I still think Handel is the only choice - plus, she is a woman.

The storm passed, no power outage in my neighborhood (30909).

dani
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dani 07/31/10 - 11:26 pm
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chascush..Are you still

chascush..Are you still planning to go to Wash 8/28. My daughter is going, I haven't decided if I will.

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