Chambliss: Palin 'allowed us to peak'
Fresh off his runoff victory Tuesday night, Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss credited Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with firing up his base.
â€śI can't overstate the impact she had down here,â€ť Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.
â€śWhen she walks in a room, folks just explode,â€ť he added. â€śAnd they really did pack the house everywhere we went. She's a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she's got a great future in the Republican Party.â€ť
Chambliss said that after watching her campaign on his behalf at several events Monday, he does not see her star status diminishing within the party.
The Republican also thanked John McCain and the other big name Republicans that came to Georgia, but said Palin made the biggest impact.
â€śWe had John McCain and Mike Huckabee and Gov. Romney and Rudy Giuliani, but Sarah Palin came in on the last day, did a fly-around and, man, she was dynamite,â€ť he said. â€śWe packed the houses everywhere we went. And it really did allow us to peak and get our base fired up.â€ť
But as Chambliss heaped praise on Palin and other big-ticket Republicans that came to Georgia on his behalf, he questioned why President-elect Barack Obama would not use his star power to aid his Democratic opponent Jim Martin.
â€śI have no idea why he didn't come down,â€ť Chambliss said.
â€śHis people were here. His organization was here,â€ť he added. â€śThey really did a good job in the general election of turning out people. And whatever their game plan was this time, if he had been here, I have no idea whether it would have worked better.â€ť
Chambliss: Palin 'allowed us to peak' - Andy Barr - Politico.com