November 21st, 2008
08:32 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney back on the campaign trail

Mitt Romney is set to campaign for fellow Republican Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss Friday.

Mitt Romney is set to campaign for fellow Republican Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss Friday.

(CNN) - Add Mitt Romney to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining senate election this year.

The former Massachusetts Governor and former Republican presidential candidate teams up today with Saxby Chambliss at campaign events in Atlanta and Savannah.

Chambliss is the freshman Republican Senator from Georgia who is fighting to keep his seat. He faces a runoff election Tuesday December 2nd against Jim Martin, a former state lawmaker in Georgia.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote 17 days ago on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab 50 percent plus one vote. Due to the inclusion of a third party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff contest.

Romney is the latest former GOP presidential candidate to stump with Chambliss. Last week Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss, just 9 days after losing the presidential election to Obama. On Sunday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss. Like Huckabee, Romney also ran for the GOP presidential nomination before ending his bid in February and backing McCain. Both men could make another stab at presidential politics in 2012.

Romney's doing more than just campaigning for Chambliss. A spokesman for Romney earlier this week announced that Romney is contributing $5,000, through his Free and Strong American PAC, to Chambliss to help with the runoff election. Romney's PAC donated $2,300 to Chambliss earlier this fall.

Martin is also getting some major league help. Wednesday former President Bill Clinton campaigned with Martin in Atlanta. And this weekend former Vice President Al Gore teams up with Martin.

Do these big name surrogates make a difference?

"Generally they can help boost turnout, because of all the media attention. Turnout in a runoff election is often very low compared to a presidential election and each side needs to get as many of their voters to the polls as possible," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

Democrats have so far picked up seven Senate seats in this year's election, with the Republican seats in Georgia and Minnesota still undecided. In Minnesota, freshman GOP Senator Norm Coleman topped his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by just 215 votes, triggering an automatic recount which will extend into December.

If the Democrats take both remaining contests, they'll reach their pre-election goal of controlling 60 Senate seats, which would be a filibuster proof majority. A filibuster is a move by the minority party in the Senate that basically brings the chamber to a standstill by blocking votes on legislation.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. j

    Why do so many rich, super-successful businessmen want to quit in their prime to go to Washington to " serve the people" for a politicians` salary ?????? Could it be more money and POWER ??????

    November 21, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    To me the perfect losing rethuglican ticket would be palin/mitt. Obama would be guarenteed a second term.

    November 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. bill pike

    isn't he the guy dodson put down because he is mormon–you know, all the mormons, cathlics, jews, blacks, or anyone who does not support the wrong wing republicans who sold out our country with an illegal war and greed. and he is now supporting a republican??? please call doctor??? dodson and friends and warn them.

    November 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    NO Romney! NO more spoiled rich boys who can not relate to average America!!!

    November 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Helen, GA

    It is my pleasure to see Mitt Romney here. I had voted for him during the primary. He is a decent person. I hope he can help Saxby to get re-elected. We have our support for him. We do not need idiots like jim Martin who has no policy for our state. Just criticise Bush or Saxby. He has done nothing for our state.

    November 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Val from MA

    Like it or not – MITT ROMNEY WILL BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN 2012. He will be elected in a landslide to fix Mr. Obama's mess that he will create.

    Too bad for you liberals, and your buddy Soros.

    November 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Darrell

    Hey Frankie Lee...if you take the time to read Romney's comments on the Big 3 you'll see they are rather sound.

    I applaud Romney for combating the notion of giving the Big 3 and all their unionized loafers a free check to keep living off the dole.

    In America we believe in just desert – you get what you deserve based on ability, effort, and opportunity. Barack Obama is a good example. In Michigan you believe you can be mediocre and it's Big Government's job to save the Big 3.

    The Big 3 dug their own graves; the unions manned the shovels.

    You produce crappy products ineffeciently; that is why I own a Japanese car and a German car, both made in America! Go get a job with Toyota my friend.

    November 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Apples for sale

    Romney will never amount to anything,hes a proven liar and flip flopper.Rush Limbaughs koolaid drinkers are calling him today asking for new sound bites to use on the blogs.Its so funny,I now see why they call him a comic,but most of the people calling him think he is serious and not looking out for his bottom line,witch is to stay very rich while they stay very stupid.

    November 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. J. Dean


    November 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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