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. Daniel

    I truly wonder how many people who will post negative on this individual simply do so because of his Republican tag and don't understand that Rudy's campaign was "over before it started" due to this social positions? The amount of blindness people have, even today, after this momumental event that took place three weeks ago is amazing.

    November 25, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Minnesotan

    Rudy has alienated pretty much every thinking human being. He should realize by now that he's as irrelevant and laughable as a Happy Meal.

    November 25, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Dave

    Typical liberal responses by the people that leave comments.

    November 25, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. 3D

    Send in the clowns.

    November 25, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. EG

    I thought this guy was told to stay off the campaign trail...

    November 25, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Mickie

    He and Sarah Palin should get together and run for moose catcher in Alaska!

    November 25, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I don't know how much Rudy is going to help the GOP cause in GA. They would be better off brining someone like Newt G. or heck George W. Bush in, he is still popular in that neck of the woods in some parts of the state.

    November 25, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Jack Jodell

    Straight out of 1936, here comes dinosaur Giuliani again. Hang it up, Rudy. You might love hearing your self talk, but the rest of the country doesn't. Georgia already has Warm Springs; they don't need hot air to go along with it! O, and by the way, quit swallowing all your L's the way you do when you talk!

    November 25, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Spider

    Ian-

    You're exactly right. Guilliani's primary campaign was a loser. Why have him campaign for anybody?

    Obama should just appoint Rudy to his cabinet. He's appointed all the other primary losers. But wait, Rudy didn't have anything to do with the Clinton Administration. Nevermind!!!

    November 25, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. John, Brooklyn, New York

    We New Yorkers have known for a long time that Rudy isn't a moderate who reaches across the aisle. Instead, he allies himself with people like Chambliss who are the handywork of Karl Rove and company. Want politics as usual? Vote for Chambliss and Rudy. But if you are ready for collaboration and real change in Washington, vote for Martin.

    November 25, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. GaVoter

    Stay away Rudy! Chambliss doesn't need you, and besides, your too are to far left for the true taste of southern self independence. So make a good example of yourself and donate your would have been campaign expenses to the poor children in Atlanta. Just image how many people could actually be helped by the millions your guys are wasting promoting yourselves. Now if we can just keep the rest of you progressive Yanks from invading, I mean, retiring...

    November 25, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Bubba

    Yes, down here in Georgia we really appreciate all these city people coming down to tell us how to vote, since we don't know what we want. Chambliss' ads against Martin are ridiculous, while Martin's just running Chambliss' own words against him. Martin might actually do something for the people of Georgia. Who knows? Not Giuliani, that's for sure, and I hereby repeat my promise to sic my dawg on any former presidential candidate who comes around here telling me who to vote for.

    November 25, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Stacey in NY

    Hey Rudy! can you do us all a favor please and stay in Georgia. We cannot stand the likes of you here in NY.

    November 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    A Yankee in Georgia will not play well.................he should stay home and let Georgians vote themselves into Republican Oblivion. Just what this BROKE State needs..............a Repulican Senator in a Democratically controlled Washington. I'll bet Saxby will ATTRACT all kinds of funding. Ya'll need to get a clue and vote for Martin.....there will plenty of time for Republicans in the future....now is not the time.

    November 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. 007

    Saxby voted against S-CHIP, as did Bush. Time they both leave. Maybe with a democrat president and a veto proof democratic Congress we will get a cigarette tax that will extend healthcare to the 50 million uninsureds, or at least their children!

    November 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Darko

    The GOP has better choices for campaigning than Rudy. I can't understand why they wouldn't have at least one of the up and coming governors stumping for Chambliss.

    November 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. michelle

    Oh oh oh. My stomach hurts. Just the *thought* that Giuliani could resurface in 2012 against Obama brings my breakfast into my throat. He is the worst of the worst, the vilest of the vile. Please God, do not give this psychopathic, grossly arrogant man a chance under heaven of leading this country.

    November 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    All the losers are gathering in Georgia. The big question is will Rudy be dressed as a woman. Maybe his little honey will call him on his cell phone. I wonder if he will speak of 9-11. This man makes me sick.

    November 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    Does anyone else feel that the Republicans are operating in a different universe than the rest of us??

    November 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Bill Charlotte,NC

    The man with the worse campaign in history and the gums to match....
    The man who brought ZERO to a losing McCain campaign is helping someone else?

    November 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. TKW- New Mexico

    WHO CARES? Doesn't this clown every go away!

    November 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Joe The Plumber

    Let's see Rudy can talk about 9/11. Wow, that's like current news?

    November 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. rich

    I am Guilliani out! It's sad when a person does not recognize their 15 minutes of fame is over. The party is over Rudolf the Red Nose Aldultering Reindeer! Everyone has moved on except for you. Can someone...anyone....CNN??? please turn off the lights.

    November 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Abyssinian Lion

    I cant take any more 9/11 speeches from him.

    November 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Eric Covington, GA

    Just heard that Palin is coming to GA for Saxby. Wow! That should be just the push that Jim Martin needs to score the upset. Thanks Sarah!

    November 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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