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Palin back on the stump

From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage -

Sarah Palin is going back on the campaign trail, just a few weeks after returning to Alaska from her two-month run for vice president.

The governor is planning a trip to Georgia to campaign on behalf of Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss early next week on her way to Philadelphia to meet with her old foe, President-elect Barack Obama.

Obama is meeting with governors of both parties in Philadelphia to talk about the ailing economy. It's not clear how many governors are going to attend the Obama event, which the National Governors Association helped put together.

"I don't know if she has a one-on-one with (Obama)," said Palin spokesman Bill McAllister. "It may be, given that they were both involved in the national campaign." McAllister said Palin will be in Philadelphia on Monday and Tuesday, and the state will pay for it. He said the Chambliss campaign will pay for Palin's side trip to Georgia.

Palin will join Chambliss for rallies Monday in Augusta, Savannah, Perry and Atlanta. Chambliss is in a close runoff election with Democrat Jim Martin.

What's the benefit to Alaska for Palin to campaign for Chambliss?

"Well, I don't know. It's a political event so I'm reluctant to comment much on it. But she works pretty hard, so you could consider it a day off," McAllister said. "I don't know that it necessarily has to have a direct benefit for Alaska, although probably you could make some argument there's an indirect one."

This is Palin's second trip out of state since coming back to work at the governor's office on Nov. 7. Her trip to Miami for the Republican Governors Association in the second week of November took about three days, the governor's office said

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