November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
4 months ago

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. Barbara in NC

    Guiliani is a joke !!

    November 25, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Doug R.

    Rudy Giuliani is a non entity, a loser. It goes to show you how pathetic and desperate the Republican party is.

    November 25, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Just another CNN poster

    Is he going to "DRESS" up for the occasion?

    November 25, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. james in s.c.

    here comes the noun, verb, and 9/11. come on georgia lets kick chambliss out! i live in s.c. and i donated to jim martin, and georgia don't let the rethuglicans suppress your voting rights.

    November 25, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Mello in New Mexico

    There was a time when Republican met intelligence and middle of the road politics. Whatever happened to William F Buckley politics? This man has such a narrow mind he could stand sideways and not create a shadow. Sorry, Sorry,Sorry politics!

    November 25, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. pat C.

    GOOD THAT WILL HELP THE DEMOCRATS!!! CAN'T STAND THE MAN!

    November 25, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. Danielle, TX

    Ummm....why?

    November 25, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Ken

    Sorry Rudy, we really don't like you too much anyway... Go back to New York.

    I am hoping and praying that Jim Martin can pull this election off. We need him at a time like this, and I don't think I can stand 6 more years of Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Diana Ewing NJ

    With Rudy Giuliani going to Georgia to speak up for him, makes me thnk less of Chambliss. Giuilani is nasty, lying exactly what the GOP does not need to mend itself..

    He has gotten enough miles out of the dead from 9/11 and has no shame about it.

    November 25, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. alvino

    Rudy is trying hard to be significant, but it is a losing battle for him.

    November 25, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. mac

    Sounds like Chambliss has a solid line-up of losers coming to campaign for him.

    November 25, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. Ian

    Wasn't his campaign over before it even started? Not really someone I'd want campaigning for me.

    November 25, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Kimora

    Hey Rudy, remember the "Community Organizer" will be your new president in January.....wish I could see you in person to rub it in!

    November 25, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. TrueIndependent

    Those say that the Republican Party is out of touch are absolutely right!

    Yes, we don't care what you do in your personal life. But we sure as heck care that Giuliani is on his third marriage, was carrying on an affair while still married, and yet expects to be voted into office.

    No, I don't think the center has shifted that far to the left.

    November 25, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. abraxis

    Rudy, last and certainly least, is going to turn out hardcore conservative repubs. Don't underestimate him, even his children hate him, he will do whatever it takes to win or in this case spread the core family values of the repubs so someone else can win.

    November 25, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. theblackdiamond

    An All Star Line Up Of Losers. maybe Palin will show up doing her parlor trick- speakng as livestock gets slaughtered behind her

    November 25, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Truth

    Hey Rudy, don't forget to remind them of 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11 9-11

    November 25, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOOD! Old Skull Face should be the kiss of death for Saxby! One more GOP down the tubes....

    November 25, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Adrian from Chicago, IL

    We need to get rid of the Democrats in Congress. They are as much to blame for the economic mess as Bush.

    November 25, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. Slick

    911!
    Oh yeah Chambliss too.

    November 25, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    I can't stand this man. The repugs are going to lose this one.

    November 25, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. Felonious Monk

    A noun, a verb, and 9/11

    November 25, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. Darren

    Rudi also spent the last eight years on his knees, praising King Bush.

    Does the GOP have no concept of 'credibility?'

    November 25, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. LyonsPhilly

    Guiliani the wannabe....

    November 25, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. JrzyMom

    Man ... talk about a New Yorker you want to just go away!

    November 25, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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