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. mike

    maybe he knows how much fun you all are having BASHING him and he doesn't want to spoil it. Lighten up you won already!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. TAYO, NY

    McCain again?

    Not this time!

    November 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. LIBERAL FOR LIFE

    to 1/20/13. Us short haired, baby killing liberals, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT want someone like Sarah Palin in our rankings nor do we want to be in her so called rankings. She is pathetic and a moron like yourself and a disgrace to all women, straight or gay. Go back to your ignorant world.

    November 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. pati

    Here in GA there are a lot of people who are very disenchanted with Saxby Chambliss. He was and is a useless politician. That's the reason why the vote was so close. If the independent hadn't run, it would still be a runoff. What happens with their vote will determine who goes to Washington.
    Chambliss dishonored a double amputee veteran to get elected. He never went to Viet Nam, yet he accused this man of being unpatriotic.
    Any lie to win. So he did then, but he did NOTHING for the state, and that is why he has to fight so hard in a red state. McCain can come here. I figure he feels guilty for the blue inroads made here. Let him try to help. But whether Chambliss wins or loses, let this be a lesson to Republicans in sorta red states. Start working FOR your state, not your party.

    November 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Tom

    I think McCain forgot that the election is over, and I think people in Georgia should realize that the repbulicans are the ones who got us into this mess... why prolong it?

    November 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. LIP

    I doubt if it would be a good idea to send Clinton, as these people respect women and Slick Willy from his White House days of chasing underage women is not what we feel to be a respectable occupation. Obama lost the state, so he wouldn't be real welcome either.
    Perhaps the gaff master, Joe Biden might help, but probaly not his party. Hillary has hung up her expensive wardrobe of pants suits and is looking at that proverbial magic mirrow and uttering "Mirrow mirrow on the wall...will I ever be president?", so she will be of little help now.
    I think you are SOL.

    November 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. reggie

    Georgia backed McCain over Obam by a rather large marin. So, he can help Sen. Chambliss get reelected.
    I expect the extremely popular Gov. Sarah Palin to also lend her support.
    Palin '12

    November 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Frank

    I love the loony left as so well represented in so many comments here. God forbid McCain actually act like a politician and support his party. I particularly enjoy how the left will argue for constitutional rights for terrorists and then as soon as some offers up an opinion that they don't like, they immediately want to take that persons right of free speech away. I love the irony.

    November 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Karl Rove

    Rep. Chambliss is running the same ole tired campaign of Rovian fear, rhetoric, and division. I sincerely hope the good people of Georgia send a clear message in the runoff that repudiates this type of nonsense. It is the best way to set a precedence going forward that voters want positive campaigns from our politicians that deal with issues!

    November 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. James

    McCain is a complete hypocrite. He has sold out to the right wing fear mongers and now is trying to savie his reputation. However, just a few years ago he called Chambliss "horrid and dispicable" and now he's campaigned on his behalf; so much for saving any dignity!

    November 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. jbon

    I wonder if he's gonna use hid favorite words "Joe the Plumber" and "spread the wealth" which the smart people never fell for. Palin is so two-faced. She says she'll help out Obama as much as she can ,but she's still concerned about William Ayers relationship. Doesn't she get it, the campaign is over.

    November 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Linda

    JM, please tell us why we are afraid of Palin. I can't understand why anyone should be afraid of a narrow-minded, poorly educated, shrewish, mean-spirited, ambitious and manipulative person with sights on the Presidency of the United States. So, please tell us what we actually should fear about her.

    November 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Iris

    Why in the world are McCain and Palin getting so much press? He's an old finished politician and she is an insult to women. How he could think that those of us who supported Hillary Clinton would vote for him when he chose Sarah was his biggest mistake. She is a loudmouthed opportunist. Of course that's just my opinion. Hope she runns in 2012. Democrats will surely win again!

    November 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Redneck from Kentucky

    He's going to make sure that Obama doesn't have a filibuster proof Senate. Its the only payback he can get at this point.

    November 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Reality Check richmond virginia

    I don't think its such a big deal. I wish some high level dems would get off their butts and go down to Ga. and campaign for Martin.

    November 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Jim

    Wow to see all of the hate being spewed by the facist pigs in here. Spewing hateful things without facts to back them up is why the Rethuglican party is in the state that it is today. Keep it up we need more Democrats in government. For all you fools that keep saying Obama's Presidency is an "interim" one think again he won by a landslide and the poles show the MAJORITY of the country is fine with the Dems in office in very large numbers. Also for you facist pigs that keep blaming all of this mess on the Democratic controlled Congress think again. That is not the reason they won again in resounding numbers and even took more control of our government. You might want to look at the record number of filibusters the Rethuglicans have brought forward as the reason nothing is getting done. Maybe then you would realize Congress is not the problem it's the Rethuglicans in Congress that are the problem and why they keep getting low numbers of approval. Lastly, I can think of a whole lot more beautiful women that are Liberals than I can that are facist pigs. Get your facts straight. One more thing while I'm at it. For those facist pigs that can read without pictures go to the dictionary and look up liberal and then look up conservative and tell me which one sounds more like God. You know, that omnipotent being that you facist pigs claim to work through. GET OVER IT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE UP AND YOU LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Olivia

    On Nov 4 Georgia went to GOP column by a smaller margin unlike the "old south" states of Alabama, Mississippi, LA, Apalachian counties, etc where the margin increase and according to voting data these are states where the racism, Jim Crow and the pre-Civil War mentality seem to be alive and healthy judging by the number of white men voting against Obama (in 2008 almost 9 to1 compared with 6 to 4 in 2004). The old south is the only place where GOP increased

    However, Nov 4 also showed that the "old south" is again the loser. The old south lost with the indepence war, the civil war, the civil rights movement and now it lost great part of its political relevance –social conservative base masking racial, sexual orientation, origin and religion intolerance– Georgia is trying to scape from this straight jacket and it almost did it on Nov 4. This is the time for Georgia to show it is on the path to be part of the New South as Virginia and North Caroline.

    November 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. John Galt

    Ditto, MD.TX.

    It's obvious that BHO is a left-wing Reid-Pelosi puppet who has never actually DONE anything noteworthy, and the only place this Socialist train can be stopped is in the senate.

    Obama is the modern-day real-life version of a Mr. Thompson or James Taggart.

    November 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Jim Hall

    The old man is crazy Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    November 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I don't know what McCain is going to tell the voters about the Senator Republicans running for re-election......especially when he was defeated in the Presidental election. Voters remember the winners, not the loosers......good luck....McCain........the Republicans are going to need all the luck and help that they can gather.

    November 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Anne

    Afraid Of Palin?? I don't think so..revolted, disgusted, sick of, yes!!! Afraid of this person?? Not in your dreams!!

    November 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Allan G.

    The house and senate need to be 100% democrat. Because if even 1 republican is within 50 miles of the capital, all the countrys problems will be his/hers fault, as the liberal media will lead you to believe.

    November 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Noah

    This is such a ridiculous story. Of course he is going to campaign for Saxby. He won 46% of the overall vote and he won the state of Georgia. he could be a huge help to making sure that the socialists, I mean democrats, do not get the super majority in the Senate. Look, Minnesota is magically finding all kinds of votes for that knucklehead Al Franken and I am sure when it is over the corrupt dems will have stolen the election for him, so the Republicans need Saxby to win. McCain can help him, he will not hurt at all

    November 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. T

    Mc Sain and Sarah Pain, just can't get enough of the limelight. If she only knew, the media is not talking to her because they want to promote her for 2012, it's because she was never allowed to speak, and now we really understand why. He's old and she's dumb, dumber than a pile of bricks, and that's pretty dumb. As far as good looks, what does it all mean when you don't know stuff that was taught in elementry school. Africa is not a country, but then coming from the person, who can see Russia, on a clear day. Is that her real hair color? Please, the both of ya mavericks, go rent a movie, and pop some corns while you enjoy time with your families, because you're duties are over. You both have fulfilled the mission of getting on the nerve of all of the people who voted for Obama/Biden...You're both dismissed! scram, scoot, get, poof be gone!

    November 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Anti-Nitwit

    1/20/13 – As a baby, I bet you were dropped on your head a lot.

    I LOATHE Palin for actually thinking she has anything more to offer this nation other than hate, division, sheer ignorance and a narrowminded view of the world we live in. I have no problem with her beauty, there was just no brain to back it up.

    As for killing babies, I don't believe in murdering a living breathing child. But if I am not ready to handle a family, you better believe that dividing cellular globule, that lacks a brain stem, organs and a nervous system, will be removed from my body BEFORE it develops.
    Why not stop the death of millions of Iraqi people that are actually here and may have something to contribute...not to mention the US soldiers...

    Not everyone follows your bible and/or religious doctrine, you dingbat. Remember that. Republicans...they believe the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth. Imbeciles...

    November 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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