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. Lady in GA

    Not this time. We've got to get Saxby Chambliss out of office. His arrogance and mean spirited nature needs to kept out of the lime light.

    November 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Roth-Cincinnati

    Guess it's better than being a Wal*Mart greeter?

    November 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. No Way Palin

    More scarey is why is PALIN still campaigning?

    Now she's complimenting Obama and wanting to help him. I hope he says NO THANX to her even more strongly that he did to Hillary Clinton. Both of them are back stabbers and cannot be trusted. I fear that Palin is worse than we will ever know.

    November 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Cathy

    Loser or looser it does not matter. Spell mistake. Mccain and Palin get out of the media. We want progress. Republicans accept defeat , try again after 8 years.

    November 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Jim L.

    Dear Goodbye John Hello Sarah:
    Are you a complete idiot? Palin has an approval rating of 49%. Most people in this country felt she was not qualified to be VP, much less President. Time for you to come back from your imaginary world. As soon as the media finally tires of her (can't be too soon for me) she will fade into much deserved obscurity. Which is where your mind also is, apparently.

    November 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. john

    It's a toss-up; Country First, or Hypocrisy first. It seems that the only proud, country-first veteran of any stature is Johnny McSlime, who chirpped like a canary to the North Vietnamese, causing the loss of American lives.

    But hey, My Friends, Chambliss is really my kind of dude.....

    Chambliss, Palin, McCain: What an un-holy three........

    November 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Jenny - liberalicious

    A better question than "Why is McCain still campaigning?" is "Why does CNN continue to report on has-been, 110% irrelevant Sarah Palin?" No one cares about her or her laughable political ambitions. We have more important things to focus on at the moment.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. PL

    Wow are things really that bad for republicans that you would ask a loser to campaign for you?? Why not Palin? I would love if Obama would make a couple stops for Martin.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. GA Voter

    Well so much for a Saxby win- McCain please please please please DON'T HELP! Seriously go play golf or shuffle board or something just DONT HELP!

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Cruzan Obama Mama

    And he is going to help this person how? I would of been running from him like he was the plague.

    Well, he has to do something with all that free time now. Maybe he can't decide which house to go too!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Leave him alone. He helped Barack in by campaigning in FL. We need him in GA.

    November 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. MikeH

    Saxby Chamblis is a scummy Republican Hate Party hack who would probably be at home wearing a KKK hood and robe.

    John McCain called Saxby's past tactics "Reprehensible", but in keeping with his, McCain's, complete sellout to the immoral wing of the Republican party, McCain is once again dishonoring himself with this servile crawling.

    McCain, you could've been great but you threw it all away.

    Saxby, I hope you are defeated.

    November 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Republicans are liars

    We don't need to bash Plain: she is more than capable of lying her way into the Republican hearts and minds.
    "She doesn't look like the typical liberal woman" are you kidding me? I dare you to go into a gathering of women and separate them into liberal and conservative by their looks!
    "she doesn't believe in killing babies" Neither does anyone else want to kill babies! But when a woman is raped, do you want the state to decide whether or not she carries that baby? When a child is raped by a relative, do you want the state telling her she must carry that baby even if it endangers her health?
    And for the record, we do not fear Palin. We gear the radical ideas she carries around...and if she really is listening to God, she will go home and take care of her family, who seem to be in more need of her than this country.

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. jim COLORADO

    goodbye john:hellosara

    Star power?Look my friend are you mindless? Palins staff was right on about her personal goals,She is a whack job.But then again a sore loser like you will never get it.Get over it. She will never amount to much more than a media hound with a mindless opinion.

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. GDO

    DREW, who are "those people". If your talking about blacks, well let me be the first black person to tell you, I WILL BE VOTING!

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |



    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Marc

    NYer, show some respect for those who disagree with you. Let's remember that John McCain already made public what he used to think about Chambliss' campaign adds and the person who authorized those adds to go on air... Oh wait, that was BEFORE McCain himself run some adds that were nothing higher (considering moral values above fear smears) than Chambliss' ones. So I think that now that McCain lowered himself to Chambliss level it's OK for him to join his campaign...
    Another thing, give it up. It's President Elect Barrack Hussein Obama and wanting you or not he IS your President.

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Sharon Kitchen

    He might want to think this over......since McCain is a war hero and called Chambliss on defacing war hero Max Clelland. In this state anyone who would smear a war vet does not deservea single vote, no matter who he is running against. I will vote for Martin.

    November 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Barbara in NC

    The people of NC forced a do-nothing out of her seat. Come on GA, you all can do the same thing.

    If the next one doesn't do more for the state, vote them out next time. The people speak thru their votes.

    November 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Praetorian

    So the GOP elite haven't dumped McCain yet?

    I bet within two months the presumed head of the GOP will be riding shotgun w/ Sarah Palin. Her "aw-shucks" charm and steadfastness to the values of the large "single issues" base will most certainly provide her a springboard that will keep her on the national scene.

    November 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Lola Dee

    Why are we still talking about SAD Sarah!!!!!!!!! or MCSHAME

    November 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Jazz

    Your gal Palin left you out to dry. Now it is time for you to cut your losses and move on. Next time don't look at the beauty, vet and be happy.

    November 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. America will be free again

    If there is anyone that need grammatical lessons go right to Alaska and teach Sarah how to use punctuations and respect the parts of speech. Weaving multiple conjunctions to make statements is just terribly alarming, for a graduate in journalism. Please she needs to go back to school study and master speeches and statements making.

    November 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Can somebody please stop PALIN from campaigning? I've heard enough about/from her to last a lifetime... although there is a certain amount of comic relief in her comments.

    McCain campaigning for Chambliss means he's still selling out to the party, rather than standing for his own standards.

    November 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Karen from Charlottesville

    Maybe he's just having fun. Give the guy a break.

    November 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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