November 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 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. S Callahan

    Now that is demoracy at it's fullest! It's been a long time since a runoff.....let the people speak.....

    November 13, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Glenn from Houston, TX

    I can understand how McCain is a good Republican trooper and would campaign for a fellow Republican. What I can't understand is how he could campaign for someone like Saxby Chambliss who in his election battle in 2002 questioned the patriotism of a fellow Vietnam War Veteran, Max Cleland.

    November 13, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Casey

    If the DNC is smart, they'd send Obama and Clinton both to Georgia to stump for Martin–Obama isn't going to get the guy in office on his own, given the fact that McCain won the state, but when you stop and realize that Hillary won so many rural parts of the South in the primaries, she could have a huge impact on getting this Martin fellow into the Senate.

    November 13, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Butch Dillon

    McCain is a fool for campaigning in behalf of Chambliss. The Dems are going to run and rerun Chambliss's 2002 ad linking Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden along with McCain's intense repudiation of that ad and the spirit of Chambliss it portrayed. After all the flipping McCain did in the run against Obama he hasn't much good reputation left to squander, but he seems ready to sacrifice himself for a dirty loser.

    November 13, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Nathan,

    Didn't McCain call Saxby dispicable when he accused Cleland of being a traitor during the last election. Didin't he say calling a man who left 3 limbs on the battlefield of Vietnam a traitor was reprehensible. This change in McCain is why he was trounced in the election. This lack of principles is why MCCain was trounced in the election. Saxby is the same guy he was 6 years ago and Cleland still is short 3 limbs, so what has changed. THe only thing that has changed is McCain.

    November 13, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. facts are facts

    Two losers McCain and Chambliss won't a winner make. It's unfortunate McCain didn't stick to his principles if he had any and let Chambliss swim for it but by supporting him McCain is showing Party first country last.

    November 13, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Rumsfeld

    I love the comments, post-election. The harsh truth is justified considering what we as a country have gone through during the past eight years and, now what we will have to struggle with in the near-term. Thanks so much Repugs! This is going to stick to you for a good long time. Quiet down and take your medicine.

    November 13, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Chambliss is a despicable person for what he did to Cleland. He should NOT be returned to the Senate. Obama and his folks need to make sure of that and get out the right vote in Georgia.

    We need upstanding people in the Senate and I do believe that John McCain needs to stay away from this one! (Or is it "that one"?)

    November 13, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Michael, Houston Texas

    Hey 01/20/13 no one likes Palin due to she was never qualified to be VP let along Govenor of a state. The problem with people like you and the rest of the Palin groupie corps is that looks will only get you so far in politics. If she wants to use her looks for gain, she needs to pursue a career as a stripper uhhhhhhhhhhh I mean in Adult Entertainment, therefore no one will care about her thoughts and words. And she still bringing up Ayers is mighty hypocritical when she says two minutes later that the accusations against her were petty mean spirted politics. You anbd the rest of the Republicans who still support this whack job need to admit that you thought America would be so superfical that picking a ex beauty pagent contestant was going to be enough and once again, we, the American people, well at least 65 million of us, proved that we are smarter than that. Now go away and find a qualified person to support in 2012.

    November 13, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    McCain is campaigning because he has "them right where he wants them". This man is a terrible joke.

    November 13, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Matt

    That's right McCain...help put narrow-minded racists like yourself in office. Bigot.

    November 13, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. MattH

    Well, I for one am glad McCain is still up and about. These days, the last thing we need is our nation's politicians sitting around moping.

    November 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. char

    Stop giving stupid Sarah so much airtime. She's just trying to stay in the public eye for 2012. I hope the 57 million morons who voted the GOP will have left the country by then.

    November 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. tim

    McCain didn't want to have anything to do with Chambliss 4 years ago.... now they are buddies.

    Palin.... go away! You will be old news in a few weeks anyway and you can go back up and freeze in Alaska.

    Yeah!!!! Go American Independence Party.... eh Todd Palin? Lets get those Alaska secession rumors up and running again!

    November 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Sandra

    What is worse is the Democrats campaigning for Franken.

    November 13, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Spencer/NY to VA

    A loser supporting another loser. How ironic is that.

    November 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. mary, colorado springs

    Why isn't he back in Washington doing his Senate duties? His political war is over and he lost. His partner-in-crime has resumed her duties as a governor, so he needs to hang up his bag of political lies and inuendos and hit the trail back to Washington. OR, he could go back to Arizona and warm his rocking chair, and watch the sun set in the West while he reminisces about what could have been. You did your best and flubbed it.

    It's time to turn out the lights, lock the door, and go home.

    November 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Matt

    bunch of lies...the CCHD cut off funding for ACORN because Obama supports abortion rights. Liars liars liars.

    November 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Dave

    I'm curious to see if he'll revert back to the old McCain, or if he'll keep pandering to the mouth breathing pedestrian right.

    November 13, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Charlie

    It's funny how a wide majority of people don't want GM to get bailed out by the government, yet the bailout is being heavily encouraged by Barack Obama. I thought everyone wanted this guy in office? Or did all his brainless voters not know what his policies were and are?

    November 13, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Ann,

    What is with the continued hatred I read in these posts. Democrats deplored those same sentiments when spoken by republicans but find it now excusable to do it themselves? What is it with the fact that you won and now seem to continue to act like you do? This is the one of the reasons being an "independent" looks so good because how can you support a party with a leader who says he stands for being bipartisan and wanting a change in the tone in Washington when his supporters still seem to feel there is an election going on and need to denigrate and belittle anyone who doesn't agree with them. How can one support Obama's dream when they read what his supporters write?

    November 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Ray Fisher

    McCain is still politicing because the media is still covering him, short and simple. If the media would ever learn they serve America best by removing the pulpit from the political pariahs allowing them to simply whither away, our nation would be much better off. We are now in the dark days of transistion and the media should be covering the ongoing looting of our finances by the outgoing administration rather than reporting on the losers!!!!

    November 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Bryan

    Obama and the DNC should pour every bit of money left over from the campaign (and it's got to be a hefty sum) into this election. Every prominent Democrat should campaign. Begich looks poised for victory, and Franken has a good shot. This race could be the key to 60.

    November 13, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. cmacivor

    Maybe he can encourage Chambliss to suspend his campaign for the sake of the economy....

    November 13, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Truth Hurts

    Mccain needs to go and sit down. He needs to figure out how they are going to restore the GOP!!

    November 13, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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