Updated: Palin rallies Handel faithful for ‘epic’ election

Updated throughout 12:50 p.m.: Sarah Palin and Karen Handel just ended a spirited 40-minute rally in which the former Alaska governor urged Georgia Republicans to show the “good old boy” network that there’s a better way to govern.

Palin, appearing on stage at the InterContintental Hotel Buckhead with her husband, Todd, Handel and her husband Steve, said she’s been asked why “so many of us have an opinion in this race.”

“It’s epic,” she said. “It’s historic. The eyes of the nation are on you Georgia, to see if you get rid of that good old boy network. People are watching what’s going on in Georgia.”

Handel, a former secretary of state, and Nathan Deal, a former congressman, face off Tuesday in the GOP runoff for governor. While Handel’s able to boast today’s visit by Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, about 800 Deal supporters gathered in Gainesville on Sunday for a rally featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Palin, while never mentioning Deal or Huckabee by name, said she heard the criticisms of her decision to endorse Handel.

“I know there are some isolationist politicos around here who have questioned my endorsement of Karen,” Palin said. “I don’t know if they’ve questioned endorsements by outsiders of the other guy. I havent’ read a whole lot about that.”

She said she chose to endorse Handel because “I know Karen Handel is a self-made strong woman who pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She left a tough home situation and got a good education. She didn’t blame her circumstances. She worked hard to get where she is today.”

Palin said she and Handel have much in common. Both were considered underdogs who have been criticized by the political establishment.

“More power to her,” Palin said. “She’s been under-estimated her entire life. She’s been able to thwart what the experts have said about some circumstances and situations.”

Palin was joined briefly on stage by two of her children: Trigg and Willow.

The Palins and Handels came on stage shortly after noon to the 1980s metal anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by the band Twisted Sister. With nearly 3,000 people packed into the ballroom, Palin made mention of the song and of Handel’s campaign slogan, “Bring it on.”

“Georgia are you ready to bring it on?” Palin asked the crowd. “Are you ready to elect Karen Handel as your new governor? The intro music? That was Twisted Sister singing we’re not going to take it anymore. And bring it on. I can’t believe that’s your theme. Did you know what you were asking for?”

Handel said she was thrilled to have Palin here, the day before the election.

“This has been a tough race and it’s going to get tougher,” Handel said. “That’s why I’m so proud to have this great lady with us today. Governor Palin you’ve been an inspiration for me. And this room says what an inspiration you’ve been for them as well. Governor Palin was under-estimated too. She took on the powerful career politicians, too.”

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It’s not everyday that a Republican event features the (recorded) musical stylings of Atlanta hip-hop legends Outkast, but the rally today for Karen Handel featuring Sarah Palin already has the electricity of a pre-concert crowd.

The vast InterContinental Hotel Buckhead ballroom is already filling with people and the rally isn’t even supposed to begin at noon.

A few chairs line the walls, and all are already taken by mostly older Handel (or Palin, or both) supporters, while others are already standing four and five deep around a small stage up front, similar to the packing of a dance pit before a concert. A precious few are parting with $3 for a cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a soft drink.

A Handel campaign aide said they gave out about 3,000 tickets and reached their max three days ago.

Handel, a former secretary of state, and Nathan Deal, a former congressman, face off Tuesday in the GOP runoff for governor. While Handel’s able to boast today’s visit by Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, about 800 Deal supporters gathered in Gainesville on Sunday for a rally featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

It’s an interesting crowd that’s showing up. There are some dressed in Sunday best, some in T-shirts and shorts, and more than a few dressed for a party.

Update 10:45 a.m.: Sharyl Dawes, 57, of Johns Creek, got here early to help with a phone bank the Handel campaign has set up. Anyone who calls an entire sheet of names gets a free T-Shirt, which Dawes is already sporting.

“I said put me to work,” Dawes said. Dawes is here more for Handel than for Palin, but said it’s a bonus to have both in one place.

“It’s more important that Karen wins,” she said.

But Joan Towles, 47, of Alpharetta, was clutching a copy of Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” and admitted she was drawn more by Palin.

“I know more about Sarah Palin than I do Karen Handel,” Towles said. “I believe in Sarah Palin’s message.”

Knowing Palin endorsed Handel means a lot to her, however.

“Karen is very solid,” Towles said. “I can tell by the way she carries herself. She’s a graduate of the school of hard knocks. Karen Handel having Sarah Palin’s endorsement doesn’t hurt her at all. It elevates her to a national level.”

Update: 11:06 a.m.: Handel spokesman Dan McLagan said the security presence at the event is courtesy of the hotel. There are several men in dark suits with ear pieces and lapel pins, but they’re not Secret Service. McLagan said it’s hotel security and that the state patrol is also on-site — all arranged by the hotel.

Update 11:10 a.m. James Apsey of Athens drove down for the event. He figures it’s a two-fer.

“We support Karen Handel and we wanted to come see Sarah Palin in a small environment,” said Apsey, 52, who is here with his mother, Sally.

Of Handel, Apsey said he likes “that she’s conservative. I think she’s been unfairly attacked by Nathan Deal. And if Sarah Palin is supporting her, I think she’s a Tea Party conservative.”

Sally Apsey, 80, said it’s empowering to see women doing well.

“I am so proud the female population is getting a little bit of what they deserve, and not just becuse they’re female,” she said. “It’s because they’re good.”

Update 11:34 a.m.: Palin is in the building. Repeat, Palin is in the building. In about 25 minutes Palin and Handel will take the stage and we’re told that the two will walk to the stage to the 80s metal anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” by Twisted Sister. Check out the original video below.

Update 10:51 a.m.: The Georgia Democratic Party has taken note of Palin’s presence and are using it to raise money. This just in from party chairwoman Jane Kidd:

“You may not have heard, but half-term governor, Fox News personality and tea partier Sarah Palin is in Georgia today.

Republicans see the writing on the wall- Georgia is going to elect Roy Barnes for Governor this November, and Republicans are pulling out all their tricks to prevent our victory.

Why is Palin fighting so hard in our state? Because the Democratic Party registered over 200,000 new voters in 2008 …”

What do they wanna do with their life? They, it appears, want to rock.

161 comments Add your comment

Goofy GOP

August 9th, 2010
10:53 am

Q: Why did Palin / Handel chose the “Intercontinental” hotel’s ballroom? A: So Palin can cite it as part of her “foreign policy credentials” the next time she runs for office.

lmno

August 9th, 2010
10:58 am

Well, I am glad I don’t have to drive around Buckhead this morning. The Soccer Moms in SUV’s who have no idea of where they are going will be EVERYWHERE. I predict a minimum of 15 fender benders.

chui

August 9th, 2010
10:59 am

May be the ding bat , nit wit, hypocrite Sunday Christian , evangelical, the opportunist, mata hari Palin will hit by a truck or such something. Sure enough they handed out 3000 tickets to their hard core nit wit tea bags, Handle could have defeated the idiotic Nathan Deal, but come Nov. 2nd they will have no chance against Roy Barns.

Hope Handel and Palin yahoo have enough insurance

Big Boi

August 9th, 2010
11:10 am

Please don’t play Kast at your event. You’re not fooling anyone.

Palin sucks

August 9th, 2010
11:30 am

palin, huckabee, ginrich. Really? This is the best you guys can come up with? beyond pathetic. Playing Outkast – the message is very clear: we are hip white people! This is the superficiality of the republinecks. no substance, no form, no character, no ethics, no nothing.

idesign

August 9th, 2010
11:31 am

God created Sarah Palin to show how intolerant and hateful the left is.

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:32 am

Don’t hold up any signs she can’t read them. She should come on stage and say “GOTCHA” because she know yall paid a lot of money for someone who writes on their hands and took 7 years and 5 schools to get a 4 year degree.

Sary Palin

August 9th, 2010
11:33 am

The shopping is better in Buckhead, and the wasilly hillbilly wants to loot the taxpayers some more before she lights out back to her iceberg mansion and her secessionist rednecker hubby.

West Savannah

August 9th, 2010
11:34 am

Throw your hands in the air, wave em like you just don’t care. If you like lying polits and fish and grits, everybody say oh yea-yuh!

john k

August 9th, 2010
11:43 am

If she’s in Buckhead who’s watching Russia?

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:47 am

It’s funny how Palin knows everything that President Obama does on a daily basis but doesn’t know anything about what her daughter does. First she didn’t know about the pregnancy and second she didn’t know about the fake engagement. Does that tell you something. Were is Todd. Oh my bad he is enjoying the ride.

T Knight

August 9th, 2010
11:48 am

Best of luck Karen. My daughter is there and will film these fabulous ladies together.Go Karen…… It’s time to kick some RINO democrat arse out of government. Nathan Deal is part of the problem….. not part of the solution. It’s time for fresh blood in Georgia

VOTE KAREN HANDEL TUESDAY AUGUST 10TH.

PearlJam

August 9th, 2010
11:51 am

Palin – 2012

PearlJam

August 9th, 2010
11:54 am

Palin/Bachmann – 2012

Palin is a demagogue

August 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Here’s the problem with Palin. Since day one she has done nothing but stir the pot with hate filled rhetoric. On the other hand, should anyone be critical of her, then whomever is being unfair and she is instantly a victim. Her two favorite roles are agitator and victim. Her biggest victim moment came the day she quit her job as governor. Palin is the perfect example of what not to be.

educated Voter

August 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

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Food For Thought

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

If dems were not intimidated by Sarah Palin…. you would never ever hear them say a word. My guess is they are here to wooo all those Nathan Deal democrats

conservative teacher

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Interesting that you are giving a play by play before and during the Palin party. Where was your play by play yesterday for Mike Huckaby in Gainesville.
Typical AJC. More reason why we cancelled our subscription.

former democrat

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

just because you are democrat is no reason to go democrat now in light of what the democrat party is dishing out. one would be foolish, imo, to simply vote democrat because they are democrat or want to save their pride because they voted for obama.

its time to get serious and put this country on the right track by using every opportunity to do so. Barnes is not a bad guy but another democrat governor is only bolstering the further damage obaa is doing to this country and as adults it is our time to act on what makes this country great by doing what is right not what looks good.

conservative teacher

August 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

Palin has become a prostitute for candidates. Pay her a large amount of money and she will be there. Sad.

wow

August 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:47 am
It’s funny how Palin knows everything that President Obama does on a daily basis but doesn’t know anything about what her daughter does.
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a little cheap shot my friend. demand more from yourself.

Sea Hags

August 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

Hate filled rhetoric? Please site examples if you are going to claim that. There has been nothing but contempt for small business, middle age white males, and conservatives from the current President. When Obama says that a white policeman acts stupidly without him knowing the facts. When Obama says the Arizona law allows racial profiling (even though it expressly says that police can’t do that). What are those? When Obama says that people are clinging to their guns and religion. When Obama lies routinely about the deficit belonging to Bush when he himself quadrupled the deficit. The hate filled rhetoric comes from Obama and the dems.

Teacher at lunch

August 9th, 2010
12:08 pm

Another reason not to vote for Handel. My vote is for Deal, as his wife is a teacher and he is endorsed by the NRA and Right to Life. Handel is not.

Political Discussion - NonIndex Page

August 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

[...] Palin flies to Atlanta, Georgia today to endorse (again) Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Karen Handel, at a midday hotel [...]

Whatmatters

August 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

Karen Handel has embraced Palin for her style of politics, which is a limited depth of issues; a willingness to tread in the political mud; and an ease to spew deception and venom. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin made a bogus issue about Barack Obama “paling around with terrorists.” Handel has willingly chosen her choice of political pals. Her new friend does not represent the best ideals for governance or leadership. If Georgia wants to move forward, it deserves a better option for governor.
Even GOP Rep. Bob Inglis (SC) spoke the truth: What about Sarah Palin? Inglis pauses for a moment: “I think that there are people who seem to think that ignorance is strength.” And he says of her: “If I choose to remain ignorant and uninformed and encourage people to follow me while I celebrate my lack of information,” that’s not responsible.”
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/08/bob-inglis-tea-party-casualty

educated voter

August 9th, 2010
12:12 pm

What a great statementfor palin to be here.I would lots rather vote for someone she endorses rather than the candidate that the ga.legislaters endorse.the legislators gettin envolved just shows how affraid that their politics as usual is in jeapordy. They want deal so their good ol boy backroom deals can survive.put on your big boy pants politicians and do what your elected to do. That is worry about the people’s best intrest and not your wallets.

Idua

August 9th, 2010
12:12 pm

@Teacher at Lunch. For some of us an NRA and RTL endorsement are 2 reasons not to vote for him.

Raw Deal is a reprehensible, corrupt, old neo-con politician. He is not the way to move forward.

I am voting for Handel tomorrow and Barnes in November.

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
12:15 pm

Hey, where are all you Deal supporters with your “inside” info about Palin canceling? You sure were busy posting that crap a couple of days ago LOL! Like Deal, you gamble on people forgetting about your lies.

james

August 9th, 2010
12:15 pm

I hope Bristol made the trip, my chances of getting laid increased….

Deal is a wimp

August 9th, 2010
12:16 pm

Deal’s wife, Sandra Dunagan, never even took his last name! Thats sounds very liberal to me.

Rick Patel

August 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Chic, charming, charismatic Gov. Sarah Palin flies down from far Northwest to deep Southeast to help Karen Handel become Georgia’s first female Governor. Sarah cares about her country.

Teacher at lunch

August 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Obviously you didn’t watch any of the debates or check your mailbox. Karen Handel has turned off so many with her negative lies. Even her Cobb County chair Bill Byrne switched to Deal because of it.

I love Palin!

August 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Handel is great! She will be a great face for Georgia!!!

khc

August 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

patel, you need help….palin is a carny

Old Ga Boy

August 9th, 2010
12:23 pm

I don’t get where people are saying Handel has run a negative campaign! Looks to me that she has used more humor in this race than anything. Deal is the one who is negative with his pointless TV ads. I love the” put your big boy pants on” comment! Keep it coming Handel!!!

audioguy

August 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

I wonder if the party has gotten permission this time for the music they’re using? Seems like a lot of political rallies somehow overlook that detail…

clickdawg44

August 9th, 2010
12:41 pm

All of this will be a non issue anyways, Roy Barnes is the next Governor of this state.

Lp

August 9th, 2010
12:47 pm

Karen Handel, just like Sarah Palin, QUITS everything she gets elected to!
She is a disgrace to Women, especially Southern Women and I am appalled that any self respecting Georgian would even consider this extremeist as qualified to do anything worthy or worthwhile for WE THE PEOPLE of the ONCE Great State of Georgia!
We’ve had a higher than National Average Unemployment Rate for 34 MONTHS!
But all she’s hopped up about is Gay this and Pro-Life that!
Unless she’s planning on aborting a homosexual fetus, then her focus should be on How to Bring Jobs BACK to GA!
But since that’s not priority ONE and she’s aligned herself with the laughing stock of Politics..she brings NOTHING to the table for THIS GA voter!!
She should disappear into obscurity and let someone who actually has a workable PLAN for helping GA Get Back To Work get busy help bring Georgia back into the mainstream!
Karen Handel is a Bigot, a Quitter and a Hate Monger, and THIS Georgia Woman does NOT want her making decisions for me, my family, friends, neighbors and the Once Great State of Georgia!

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Random use of capitalized words–check. Ending every sentence with an exclamation point–check. Random caps lock–check. It’s official; the Trolls have a fine representative here.

Voice of reason

August 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

To the comments of Handel’s lack of a degree…I can think of 10 Atlanta business owners who are the backbone of our GA economy who don’t have college degrees either!

king

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

sarah do not care about this country or Ga what sarah cares about is sarash!!!!!

JJJ

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

if this screws up Buckhead traffic, I hope they both get breast cancer and die.

Deal needs a makeover

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Raw Deal should help stimulate our economy with his ill-gotten $$$ and buy some new clothes. he looks like he should be on the container of a sausage label!

Roy Who?

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

We need a conservative in Georgia, to protect us from; the Mexican Drug Cartel, The Islamic Threat and Obamanation’s Socialist agenda. Wake up America! 9/11 could happen again. We have an Islamic, anit-American Radical in the White House.

Lp

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Awww..Poor Aquafresh-head..if someone has a diffference of opinion, you can only go on the defensive and call them Trolls..or other names.
You have nothing of substance to dispute what was said, so you hold your breath, turn blue and hopefully fall over. On Sarah Palin and Karen Handel.
Georgia is in serious trouble and frankly, it’s people like YOU who can’t see beyond party lines and the Cult of Personality that’s been thrown at you by the Media, that PERPEPTUATE the hard times we’re living in!
FORCED to live in because of people like Handel and Palin and all the other spotlight junkies who toss out buzz words and inflammatory phrases, playing on your fears and hoping to spark just a trace of nostalgia by talking about bringing “government back to what it USED to be.”
And who’s responsible for everyone’s problems today and pointing mad fingers, instead of identifying the REAL problems and offering up VIABLE soultions.
So please, go bury your head BACK in the sand, or up Palin’s rear end, which apparently you can see Alaska from there too, and leave the real issues to people who actually care about them and aren’t blinded by celebrity and the Blame Game!

G Katz

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

I could never take seriously the endorsement from a quitter who is disrespectful of teachers.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/08/sarah_palin_rolls_her_eyes_at.html

Reality

August 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

Flip-flopper Deal

August 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Soooo Deal used to be a Democrat, Now he’s a Republican and says he will run as an Independant when he looses tomorrow! He was in Congree for 18 years and did not distinguish himself and has ideas that are antiquated.

M1

August 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

Interesting choice of intro music:

Oh We’re Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain’t Gonna Take It
oh We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we’ve Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain’t No Way We’ll Lose It
this Is Our Life,

A song sung by a bunch of guys in makeup talking about not losing the Right to Choose.

Reality

August 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Roy Who, that is about the stupidest remark I’ve ever seen in print. You have no factual basis to make such accusations. You are are blatantly moronic….just like Palin and Handel. And Deal too for that matter.