November 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
9 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. Ken

    Hope he is running to stop Obama from freeing the muslims that killed or men and women in Irag. Well this is the free spirit people wanted, right. Obama wants to bring US soldiers home along with that free terrorist too. Yep thats smart.

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Kim, Ohio

    I am really trying to understand why some of these people think Sarah would be a good candidate. Are they watching her interviews? She needs to shut up. She is dumb. There is no way the first dude should be anywhere near the white house. She is an attention getter and it is sickening. Her husband will run the white house. This man has no education! I now realize she is a terrible mother and she only thinks of herself. What about her children? Her daughter was kept out of school all that time??? Why didn't her husband stay back with the children like Michelle Obama did. She is bad news. Go home Sarah!

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Chuck

    Why is Obama still campaigning? Is this article even necessary. duh!

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. chuck

    He's working on stopping the Democrats heavy majority. Every vote counts – even if he doesn't really like the guy. I used to like McCain, especially since he was against the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. He said that marriage was up to the states to decide. It led many to believe that he was for gay rights. Later he fought like crazy to get a marriage amendment to the constitution of Arizona. That's when I found out that he was a wolf in sheeps clothing talking out of both sides of his muzzle.

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. big daddy

    Palin does not have a brain that god gave to a grubbing hoe !!!

    November 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Noah

    LIBERAL FOR LIFE- You are the disgrace. Sarah Palin is a treat to all liberals because she is a woman who worked her way to the top of the political chain ALL BY HERSELF. She did not need her husband's help like Hillary and she did not need Affirmative Action policies like Obama. She also balances a great home life with 5 children and a successful marriage. These are all things that threaten Liberals and their twisted thinking. I thought liberals were all for the advancement of women? Apparently they are only for the advancement of Liberal Women. PATHETIC Hypocrites

    November 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. dan

    Mcsame go home ! Sarah go and hunt !

    November 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Rick

    I'll tell you why I'm afraid of a person like Palin being elected as the (potential) leader of this country.

    I'm afraid of a leader that relies on instinct instead of knowledge or intellect to make decisions that affect our economy, our freedoms, or our standing on the world stage ... and I'm really afraid of such a person having the ability to wage war on others based purely on gut feelings.

    I'm afraid of a leader that is intellectually disinterested, that clings to dogma that's based on religious principles that don't represent this country as a whole. I'm afraid of leader that fosters divisiveness and intolerance as the core of his or her beliefs. I'm also repelled by a leader that uses his or her powers to punish those that are unwilling to bow to his or her specific agenda.

    The thing I most fear is a leader that is either incapable of proper communication, or intentionally portrays a level of communication that resonates with the uneducated or undereducated segment of our society, in order to garner their allegiance. This country is poorly served by either of the above.

    November 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. GARY


    November 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    John McCain has truly lost his marbles. How he could be so correctly critical of the disgustingly negative campaign run by Chambliss in 2002, and now be out on the road in support of Chambliss as he wages yet another negative, fear-laden campaign, is astounding. Shame on both of these dirty campaigners! I hope the voters of Georgia will reject Chambliss and elect Martin.

    November 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. FAYE, NV

    Thanks that you know who wont be there, she's really gone hollywood and loves to be seen.

    November 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Chuck

    Iris – Think beyond your world for a moment. He chose her because of her experience with big oil, energy and the Alaska wilderness. At the time he could not have made a better choice when gas was $4.50+ and rising. So don't belittle those you like to belittle by thinking that the GOP wanted any of Hillary's supporters.

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Joyce Becker

    Has McCain lost his mind, to campaign for such a person as Chambliss is unbelievable after what he did to Max Cleland, the real war hero. McCain should just fold up his tent and go someplace in Arizona and stay there for a long long time, invite Sarah and Joe to keep him company, America is sick of the likes of them.

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Garrett

    Actually, Chambliss is the SENIOR senator from Georgia; Johnny Isakson's the freshman senator. Come on, CNN!

    Martin '08!

    November 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Sarge in Florida

    Grandpa your tactics didn't work on Obama. Get over yourself and retire from your seat. Is your memory loss so bad that you still think your running for office? Go and get back into your rocker and have Cindy rock it for you..I also agree with another person said in here about the south. Lost every war fought...Just goes to show you how red these states are..Full of blood and have no brains...

    November 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Lakes

    Here's my take on the article and comments:
    -McCain simply has a duty to support fellow republicans. Don't hate on him for that.
    -More white people voted for President elect Obama than at any time in previous-recent elections.
    -I am black and Canadian. I followed this election more fervently than I've ever done for any other. The initial reason is because Obama is black. Nothing to be ashamed of at all!! He made me feel more and more comfortable as the race went on. His policies and demeanor clearly separated him as the the more competent of the two candidates.
    -Obama came across as being more diplomatic while McCain seemed more as a stubborn leader that sticks to his guns; even when his wrong. Debate this all you want but common sense dictates that a leader needs to be able to compromise and accept his/her mistakes. Compromise is not a bad thing because it allows you to go back to the drawing board and figure out a better approach in fixing problems. People (black and white) got this feeling from Obama and that's the main reason why he won this election. That's the main reason why more white people voted for him; a democrat, than any other democrat in before him.
    -Lastly, Americans!!! The world is watching how you the people handle your race relations. Get over this whole pigmentation and religion thing and deal with people..........AS PEOPLE!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    McCain is campaigning to find his lost honor-but it is gone

    November 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Jackie in Dallas

    Why would Chambliss want a loser campaigning for him? Maybe because Chambliss is as big a loser. My friends in Georgia say he's a joke that they can't seem to get rid of. Maybe McCain will make a difference...for the opposition.

    November 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. jason, tx

    go home McSame.

    November 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. GA for Obama

    James Galt, Ditto, MD.TX.-

    You know, if this was Mars, maybe your 'Obama ha not DONE anything noteworthy' comment might be plausible. But, I believe this is planet earth and the US on North America where ignorance and lack of knowledge is NOT tolerated.


    Obama is like the modern version of JFK/Harry Potter/Luke Sywalker/Obi-Wan Kanobi coming to save the world from Darth Sidius (McConell) and Lord Voldemort (John Boehner).


    November 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Bob in PA

    This is yet another example of McCain flip-flopping. After condemning a Chambliss ad attacking Max Cleland in 2002 he nows sees fit to support Chambliss, a despicable character, based on his campaigning.

    With all his mind changing, I wonder how McCain even gets dressed in the morning. He never seems to be able to make up his mind.

    Bob in PA
    Obama – Biden in 2012

    November 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Cathy Brandes

    Typical – Saxby Chambliss continues the disgusting rhetoric the GOP ran this entire campaign.

    November 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Limbaugh is my Saviour

    Rush told me Chambliss is a great American and would never lie or smear anyone.I always believe Rush,the man with the golden microphone,my hero.Georgia is a godly place to live and we have Nascar too.

    November 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. ran

    The blind leading the blind.

    November 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Proud to be American

    McCain “suspended his campaign” to work on the economic issues we are experiencing …. Right that is what he stated. We are still in a crisis shouldn’t he be working to get us out of this mess? Yeah it was definitely political ….

    November 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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