November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
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Rudy to make campaign cameo in Georgia

Rudy Giuliani will hit the campaign trail with Saxby Chambliss in Georgia on Tuesday.
Rudy Giuliani will hit the campaign trail with Saxby Chambliss in Georgia on Tuesday.

(CNN) – Add Rudy Giuliani to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year.

The former New York Mayor and Republican presidential candidate teams up today with Saxby Chambliss at campaign events in Woodstock, Georgia.

Chambliss is the freshman Republican senator from Georgia who is fighting to keep his seat. He faces a runoff election next Tuesday against Jim Martin, a former Georgia state lawmaker.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote on Election Day three weeks ago, 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.

Giuliani is the latest former GOP presidential candidate to stump with Chambliss. Sen. John McCain campaigned with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama. Nine days ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney teamed up with Chambliss on Friday. Romney ended his presidential bid in February and backed McCain.

Giuliani dropped out of the Republican presidential race in late January and immediately endorsed McCain. Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney could all make another stab at presidential politics in 2012.

Martin is also getting some major-league help. Last week former President Bill Clinton campaigned with Martin in Atlanta and Sunday former Vice President Al Gore teamed 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 Sen. Norm Coleman topped his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by just 215 votes, triggering an automatic recount which will extend into December.

If 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 (240 Responses)
  1. Ken Pittsburgh

    So Mayor noun,verb and 911 is still around speaking has wrongly has he ever did before

    November 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. LP

    Most of the people who will be voting for Saxby don't give a crap about who is coming to show support for them. They have already made up their minds. Besides, ignorant voters that really only cared about Obama winning will have little care of who wins this one. They won't even waste their time going back to the polls. Hopefully it will be a landslide win for Saxby.

    November 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. JT

    I needed this laugh. Chambliss might as well have Bush help his campaign. Matter of fact, Giuliani might do a good as a job that Swarzenagger did for McCain.

    November 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. bill

    BOY THAT OUGHT to be great.rudy palen.both in georgia at same time.god bless georgians.chambless is done for sure.you are judged by friends you keep. GO RUDY AND PALEN.TALK ABOUT SICKENING

    November 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. w.l. jones

    We still speak the King language in Georgia naturally we love you but keep a arm lenght when it come to our State politic.

    November 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. john

    Moose Hunter Barbie and 9-11 Rudy together in Georgia. I suddenly feel the urge to donate money to the DNC in Georgia although I live in Missouri.

    If we could only get those 2 to breed we'd get someone even dumber than George Bush.

    November 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    Unlike Palin, Rudy could make a difference. Because he appeals to moderates.

    November 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. jenny

    WHY IS GEORGE W BUSH NOT CAMPAIGNING FOR CHAMBLISS? HE GAVE A SPEECH THIS MORNING. OH! I GUESS HIS CREDITABILITY HAS GONE TO ZERO. COULD YOU IMAGINE RUDY GIULIANI,SARAH PALIN AND GEORGE BUSH ON THE PLATFORM TOGETHER? IT MIGHT BE A COMEDY OF ERRORS.

    November 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. mike NY

    to PG – reading all this it sounds like "hate" never left. How can it "be back"

    November 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Gary

    I wonder if he'll be wearing Palin's hand me downs.

    November 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Christine

    Sorry Rudy. Even though you're a Yankee fan- I lost all respect for you after the election.

    November 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Angie

    who cares. he is big a loser as bush & crazy cheney. LOSERS!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Dan

    Community organizers aren't so bad now, huh Rudy?

    November 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Rick in L.A.

    Rudy Who?

    November 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Phil in Ca

    What can this idiot talk about except 9/11? Rudy your finished and so is Saxbey. He's using anything and everthing at his disposal. Palin, Rudy who next George Bush? lolol

    November 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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