November 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain back on the campaign trail

Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain will campaign for Saxby Chambliss Thursday.

Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain will campaign for Saxby Chambliss Thursday.

(CNN) - Nine days after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama, John McCain is back on the campaign trail.

The former GOP presidential nominee will stump for fellow Republican senator Saxby Chambliss today in Georgia.

The freshman senator most likely faces a run-off election December 2 against Democrat Jim Martin, a former state lawmaker.

At the start of the campaign, Chambliss was the heavy favorite in the race. But the contest tightened, and neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, thanks in part to a third-party candidate who won 3 percent of the vote. The race appears headed to a runoff between Chambliss and Martin.

The runoff is expected to become official later this week, after the state certifies the election results. Unofficial tallies show Chambliss with 49.8 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent plus one vote need to win. Martin has 46.8 percent of the vote.

McCain will join Chambliss at a campaign rally in suburban Atlanta this afternoon. McCain won Georgia's presidential vote 52 percent to 47 percent. President Bush carried the state by 17 points in his 2004 re-election victory.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is expected to campaign for Chambliss in Georgia this weekend, and an appearance by another former Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is also possible.

Martin is hoping that President-elect Obama will come down to Georgia for an assist. While there's no guarantee that will happen, Obama is dispatching campaign aides to Georgia to help Martin in his runoff efforts.

A victory by the Democrats in Georgia could help determine if the party reaches its goal of reaching 60 Senate seats, which would give the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the chamber. A filibuster is a move that allows the minority party in the Senate to stall and even block votes on legislation. Sixty votes are needed to overcome a filibuster.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Wayne ( Canada )

    Please go away Mccain and Palin. We have had enough of you!!

    November 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    He's doing good things now. I like him, he's trying to reestablish the GOP which I'm sure he knows is falling to pieces. Good for him.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Uncle Ellsworthy November 13th, 2008 11:08 am ET: Thanks for the belly laugh, I was having a tough day until I read your comment.
    Palin beating Obama, totally funny !!!! Not now, not in 4 years,
    not ever.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. mitch

    james at 45: apparently ,you refuse to read the sore losers who are bashing our next president with all the hate and vitriol you accuse obama supporters of. we feel a need to defend our votes and our next president. you are just a typical right-wing hypocrite.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. mitch

    linda: we heard about the '57' states thing, for the entire election, and now you bring it up again,so clam up! sarah palin wears baby polar bear mittens . that's why she was not elected.

    November 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. paul oregon

    i think its great that mccain is out helping a fellow gop to bad palin is nt there helping . looks like dems. will get another sen. seat

    go mccain everyone likes a loser

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Pat F

    Viet Vet, what a hypocrit!

    McCain has been a full time senator for YEARS, representing his State!

    Obama has been running for president every single day of his life since being elected by Illinois.

    Look in the mirror for a change, folks!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Martin

    To have a recently beaten presidential candidate actively campaigning– for anything– just days after having lost an election, impedes the peaceful transfer of power and stokes bitterness and defiance in the contigency of the electorate who didn't get their way. It smacks of treason and shadow governance.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. malabar

    let the Presidential bashing begin!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha, the fraud won and he will get no preferential treatment! Bashing the prez is an American tradition... here we go!

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    linda November 13th, 2008 11:18 am ET

    Barak Obama thought there were 57 states in the USA. No one joked on him about that.
    It turns out that, he meant there were 57 primary contests and caucuses he had gone to, including places like Guam, Virgin Islands, etc. Simple slip of the tongue.

    Also, since Texas has a primary AND a caucus, that counts as two!

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. VG

    You guys are so biased!!! You won your agenda! Obama is in the white house... you still won't give it up! you guys are a disgrace to journalism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    PC from DC November 13th, 2008 11:09 am ET

    The MAC needs to GO BACK (to the Senate, that is!)

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. chuck

    A BORN LOOSER going to campaign for another LOOSER.Maybe he'll greet the people of Georgia as "My fellow Prisoners". I guess the other idiot will join the band after the Govenors' meeting. Nothing will help Chambliss. If Chambliss was going to be the winner he would/should have done it a long time ago. The DEMOCRAT WILL PREVAIL.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. therealmarie

    Pitifull human being. That's what you get when you sell your soul to the devil. Now he has to defend the ignorant and racist member of his party to help him to continue to be racist and ignorant. Poor pitifull little man.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. McShame On You!

    John John John..... you used to condemn Saxby Chambliss for his utterly inexcusable actions, thoughts, behaviors. Shame on you John.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    James at 45 November 13th, 2008 11:21 am ET

    BHO won. Why do the Obamabots continue with the hate, bile, invective, slanderous lies, etc.? I didn't vote for him, but I was willing to give BHO a chance. If his thoughts even slightly mirror those of the haters on this site, though, I think I'm better off going into survivalist mode.
    Lighten up. They 're anonymous, which means they can say whatever they want without being exposed.

    Kind of like what you're doing right now!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Chris

    I'd trade another Democratic loss in another state for a win in Georgia so Martin can displace Chambliss. He needs to get out of office there.

    McCain condemns CHambliss in 2003 for his ads calling a single-limber Vietnam war veteran democrat "unpatriotic". Yet now he comes out and supports him?

    I've said that the GOP's campaign has been two-faced for a long time now, and I guess it's not over yet.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Steve

    Well, you are probably welcome in the South where the White people vote Republican and the black people vote Republican in Federal elections and everyone votes Democratic in State election.
    But you should go back to arizona and prepare for your defeat next time you run for the Senate.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Ivan

    To win his senate seat Chambliss attacted the patriotism of double amputee Viet Nam veteren, while he Chambliss received 5 deferments just like Dick Cheney.
    McCain called the attacks on Max ClelandChambliss reprehensible.
    McCain said country before party duing his run for the Presidency, now its party before country.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Justin

    Didn't McCain speak out against Chambliss in the past when Chambliss questioned veteran Max Cleeland's patriotism? Is politics more important than service now?

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. nancy hughes

    Glad tosee McCain out there helping his fellow GOP candidates. What I would like to know: will CNN will expose fellow liberals to the fact that MSNBC the lowet rated news organization will expose the nitwit that spread gossip about Palin and Africa etc. or will they let that slide because she is not a Liberal???

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Prav


    November 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Doug R. November 13th, 2008 9:19 am ET

    I wonder if Joe the Plumber will be with him…or maybe Benedict Joe LIEberman?? They can hold hands and cry on each other shoulder.
    According to Reid, Joe Lieberman must now work as Joe the Plumber's apprentice!

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. rene

    i hope the afircan anerican community will go back to the polls and vote that clown out

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Pam

    McCain has no principles. He threw those away to win the republican nomination. His campaigning for Chambliss after he slammed him for his ads shouldn't surprise anyone.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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