Sarah Palin tells Augusta crowd to get out and vote for Chambliss

Video from the Saxby Chambliss rally.
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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged an Augusta crowd to vote Tuesday to re-elect U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

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Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the James Brown Arena. She attended a rally for Georgia Sen Saxby Chambliss.  Annette M. Drowlette/staff
Annette M. Drowlette/staff
Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the James Brown Arena. She attended a rally for Georgia Sen Saxby Chambliss.

"All of this depends on you tomorrow. Georgia," she told several thousand gathered this morning at the James Brown Areana. "The stakes are so high. America is depending on you."

Mrs. Palin said Republicans need to hold the line in the Senate. She said the party offers checks and balances to stop tax hikes, promote conservative energy polices and see the war on terror end with a successful conclusion.

"Saxby has not forgotten who he is serving,” she said.

"He knows we must get government back on your side.”

Mrs. Palin will be traveling the state today to campaign for Mr. Chambliss who faces Democrat Jim Martin in a Tuesday runoff election.

Campaign staffers and local Republican Party officials said more than 2,000 had sent RSVPs for this morning's event, and a long line stretched from the doors of the James Brown Arena up Seventh Street and down Telfair as people waited for the civic center doors to open.

"It's not so much about encouraging support for Saxby, but encouraging people to get out and vote," said Ashley Nelson, a Chambliss campaign aide. "Mr. Chambliss believes voter turnout will decide race."

Among those who braved a chilly Monday morning to attend were Courtney Turner, 18, who is the Miss North Augusta Teen USA.

This was her first year voting, she said, and as someone who competed in pageants, such as Mrs. Palin, she supports her.

"She's interested in the things I'm interested in, and I can relate to her,” Miss Turner said.

Another woman, Nicole Barnes, brought her daughter Kate Monahan, 9, a third-grader at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School.

"I think this was a great educational opportunity for her to be here at such a critical time in such an important election," Ms. Barnes said.

Kate also voiced support for Mrs. Palin, adding, "I think her policies are good."

When the 9-year-old was asked for specifics, she said she supported domestic drilling and lower taxes.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 863-6165 or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com

From the Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 online edition of The Augusta Chronicle

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Boston93
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Boston93 12/01/08 - 09:46 am
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Thanks to Sarah for making a

Thanks to Sarah for making a huge effort to keep a Republican in office to keep one party from having 100% control of our rights. To those that don't like her, keep it to yourself.

What4
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What4 12/01/08 - 10:17 am
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Interesting, 9YO republicans

Interesting, 9YO republicans can articulate what they support. Contrast that with the scary reports of the Obama supporter surveys.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 12/01/08 - 10:22 am
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First of all, Saxby Chambliss

First of all, Saxby Chambliss does not have the best interest of our military troops, our veterans, and the economy at heart. Remember how Saxby Chambliss spread myths about Max Cleland a decorated Vietnam veteran who lost three limbs in the war. Saxby Chambliss ads were misleading and linked Max Cleland to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Why would any sensible voter cast their vote to elect a liar that would make these and other types of accusations to win office. Do you vote for a candidate solely because he is a member of a particular political party and not consider his platform or integrity? I am just curious about those voters mindset...

jack234
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jack234 12/01/08 - 10:28 am
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As an independent, I urge all

As an independent, I urge all independents to cast their vote for Mr. Jim Martin if you belong to the middle class.

jack234
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jack234 12/01/08 - 10:29 am
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We all know that Saxby voted

We all know that Saxby voted against the returning veterans. Enough is enough. Have a blessed day.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 12/01/08 - 10:37 am
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Saxby also does not want all

Saxby also does not want all Veterans to have access to health care. He is a Chicken Hawk Scumbag. Funny who the Hillbilly from Wasilla pals around with... losers.

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Dixieman 12/01/08 - 11:14 am
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Max Cleland served honorably

Max Cleland served honorably but was a lousy Senator and there was NOTHING misleading about the ads. (I am a Vietnam veteran, Army, 1968-69, and voted for Saxby the first time around because his policies were better). We need Saxby to preserve that slim toehold on the Senate to block the Dems' radical agenda.

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skat44 12/01/08 - 11:27 am
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I belong to the middle class,

I belong to the middle class, jack234, and I am as independent as they come. Jim Martin will not get my vote because I want a government that is not controlled completely by one party. How can that be good for America?
If you care about the balance of power on Capitol Hill, get out and vote for Saxby!

jack234
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jack234 12/01/08 - 11:43 am
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I meet eat at Zaxby but I

I meet eat at Zaxby but I won't vote for Saxby.

pyainter
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pyainter 12/01/08 - 11:55 am
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I am a Florida voter but

I am a Florida voter but contributed money to Saxby's campaign because as like skat44 has stated I too do not want the Federal government controlled by one tax and spend party.

jack234
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jack234 12/01/08 - 12:01 pm
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Don't worry pyainter, the

Don't worry pyainter, the republicans are gone!!!!HELLO!!

jewel
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jewel 12/01/08 - 12:07 pm
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Vote Jim Martin.

Vote Jim Martin.

backpac-bill
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backpac-bill 12/01/08 - 12:09 pm
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WOW!!!!A looser comes to town

WOW!!!!A looser comes to town to support a looser,only in America.Come on Augusta,let race-go and vote "Martin" 2008.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/01/08 - 12:27 pm
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Was anyone out there holding

Was anyone out there holding Martin signs LOL...

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/01/08 - 12:27 pm
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If elected I wonder will

If elected I wonder will Chamblis do a BROUN type of statement after the fact?

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shamrock 12/01/08 - 12:45 pm
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All I know is whether or not

All I know is whether or not I agree with Saxby, we need all the Republicans we can in Washington or this country will continue on the downward spiral created by the Democratic Congress we have "enjoyed" the last two years. Everyone wants to blame Bush! NEWSFLASH ... the President doesn't pass the laws or spread the pork!

GaWins
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GaWins 12/01/08 - 01:19 pm
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Forget about politics. This

Forget about politics. This is about survival! Times are bad! It ain't right, but Politicians take care of their own! Chambliss won''t even get hind teet from Obama! With Martin as Senator voters can really increase what Georgia gets from Washington! Vote to help Georgians survive!

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Philo-Publis 12/01/08 - 01:21 pm
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Its not about Race, its about

Its not about Race, its about proctecting the few conservative principles that still exist.

Saxby may not be perfect, but who is? We need to do whatever we can to keep liberal extremists from destroying this nation's values. We have a better chance to stop the moral decline by electing Saxby than by electing Martin.

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Nothing else to say 12/01/08 - 01:24 pm
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Mr. Chambliss is NOT against

Mr. Chambliss is NOT against veterans. He has visited our local VA many times and spoken directly with our vets returning from Iraq and Afganistan.

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Partlycloudy420 12/01/08 - 01:48 pm
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Nobody is AGAINST veterans,

Nobody is AGAINST veterans, senior citizens or speckled puppies. If you believe that, you're a sucker. All these so-called votes against this or that usually occurs when the opposing party attaches an unreasonable rider (addition to the bill, for those who aren't politically savvy) on a bill and then whines that the candidate voted against the bill. It happens on both sides of the aisle. I voted early, so there was no persuasion involved concerning my unusually early morning trek downtown to see Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Gov. Sonny Perdue and Gov. Sarah Palin. I was happy to see long lines waiting outside James Brown Arena this morning. But those long lines left me perplexed. Who voted for Obama?? It's only Dec. 1st and "the messiah" hasn't even taken office yet and I'm already sick of him. Gov. Palin has more experience than Obama politically and is a very bright woman. She got burned because she did choke on some interviews with a certain woman who despised her. She's a smart and resourceful woman who may be our next President. If the media didn't have such a sickening lovefest with Obama, they would point this out. Obama was a "community organizer". Code word for troublemaker.

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InChristLove 12/01/08 - 02:02 pm
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Lorraine, you posted at

Lorraine, you posted at 9;22am "..Why would any sensible voter cast their vote to elect a liar that would make these and other types of accusations to win office. Do you vote for a candidate solely because he is a member of a particular political party and not consider his platform or integrity?" This is the same question McCain/Palin supporters asked during the presidential election concerning Mr. Obama. Why would any sensible voter cast their vote to elect a liar. Do you vote for a candidate solely because he is an africian american and not consider his plateform or integrity. We were all accused of being racist.

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InChristLove 12/01/08 - 02:04 pm
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I'm so tired of all the name

I'm so tired of all the name calling. Gov. Palin or any other candidate running does not deserve to be degraded. You may not like the candiate but why resort to childish name calling.

ispeakadatruth
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ispeakadatruth 12/01/08 - 02:14 pm
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sexy!

sexy!

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 12/01/08 - 03:17 pm
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Wow InChristLove, do you have

Wow InChristLove, do you have any rocks to throw with that judgemental BS you're throwing around....LOL....tell me again...how did you get your name?

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 12/01/08 - 03:17 pm
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InChristLove, all the ranters

InChristLove, all the ranters know how to do is name call. It's because they don't have anything really important to say. They should all be ashamed.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 12/01/08 - 03:20 pm
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Being judgemental by whomever

Being judgemental by whomever is a sin....and we're all guilty of it. Whether it's someone else being judgemental and slandering people or anyone else making a judgement about you being judgemental. I do suppose that what someone has to say is important to them at the time though, right? We might not have the same opinion...I can promise you we don't much of the time, but in the end...is it really up to us?

Lorraine
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Lorraine 12/01/08 - 03:21 pm
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Sexy has no brains! For

Sexy has no brains! For InChristLove, I did not accused anybody of being racist. In fact, there were a number of persons from different racial groups that voted for Barack Obama. For me, I voted for him because of his integrity and platform. Unfortunately, McCain and Palin had nothing to offer but the same old tired and stale ideas. Palin cannot even light a candle to Barack Obama. Palin degrades herself every time she opens her mouth. No one else has to do that for her.

greygranny
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greygranny 12/01/08 - 03:32 pm
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If Sarah Palin says vote for

If Sarah Palin says vote for Saxby then it is a sure thing that I will vote for Jim Martin.

"Stupid is as stupid does" and she does say some stupid things!!!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 12/01/08 - 03:36 pm
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There goes the name calling

There goes the name calling again. It gets you no where.

greygranny
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greygranny 12/01/08 - 03:43 pm
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Just a statement of fact!!!

Just a statement of fact!!! And I did not call her a name---I did not say she was stupid, I said she says some stupid things.

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