November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
2 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. grahame

    Rudy Giuliani is a self serving ego-maniac who will do and say anything to get the publics attention. Actually I take it back. He's just a sick old man who you can lump with all the other losers. Just take a look at the linup, There are no 'Talk Show' Democrats for example. the real hate mongers are all republicans. Please go and live in Alaska Rudy with the other sad losers

    November 25, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    You'd think that after the results of the last election, the OLD white guys of the GOP would realize that its time to exit stage right!

    November 25, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Richard

    Why would anyone want Giuliani's support? He ran possibly the worst primary race in U.S. history.

    November 25, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. James

    Evil Rat!

    November 25, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Peter

    Remarkable. The serial philanderer re-appears. I wonder if Pat (Family Values) Robertson still thinks Rudy is the man.

    November 25, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Boise, ID

    Lord, please bless the intellectually less fortunate souls that believe in trickle down economics. Grant them enough intelligence to see through the fear tactics of those that seek to use them for their own gain. Please allow them to see that you cannot blame Clinton for the eight years after his presidency (Future) while blaming the Democratic Congress for our current situation (Present) and Obama for the two months prior to his Presidency (Past). Please show them that people with different colors on their skin are every bit as good if not better than themselves. Grant them the humility to realize that they have no right to project their own flawed morals upon others that seek to share their lives together in peace and tolerance. Show them that you cannot drill for more oil and protect our planet at the same time. Lord, please raise the price of gas continuously until we finally find something else. Please teach them how to spell so they don't look so dumb when they try to respond to this.

    November 25, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. vic

    Rudy, once Americas Mayor, now the laughing stock of the republican party.
    He shamed himself during the elections, using 911 to further his career and making fun of community service. He was a talking head for John McCain...spreading the lies and innuendo and making himself look like a complete idiot.
    I have NO respect for Rudy at all, and wish he would just go away.

    November 25, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. shs

    No surprise that Rudy is showing up for the last Senate race; he waited till the Florida primary to start his own presidential campaign.

    November 25, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Notre Dame Fan

    Ruuudeeee, Ruuuudeee, Ruuuuuudee, Ruuuuuudeee, Rudeeeee

    November 25, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. MEP

    Yes, he will be the crowd- pleaser that tips the scales over to the Republican candidate. Why not see if a turkey slaughter can be arranged as a backdrop– it worked so nicely the other day. Happy Thanksgiving, Rudy.

    November 25, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. A Really Conservative Realist

    Imagine if everyone in this country had the attitude, morality, and character of most of those who post on this thread. We would need to call ourselves.....Canada.

    Please, if you love europe (read Canada) so much....nevermind.

    November 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Mila

    Rudy,

    Please go away!

    November 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. America demands answers

    Welcome how 911 hero...Moose hunter promoter, community organizer reducer...looser follower, Rudy 911any
    CLAP!! CLAP!!!

    November 25, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. 56 more days of bush

    Cockroaches never die.

    November 25, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    On 9/11 I had loads of respect for this guy. Then he started acting like a typical, arrogant politician. Then he started acting a little crazy and rude. Now, I can't stand the man. He needs to stay in NYC.

    November 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Barbara

    I am still recovering from his obnoxious behaviour at the Republican
    convention... He is the most transparent and ambitious ,amoral
    person in politics. Hope he decides to stay out of the national scene..
    Not a Democrat alive that would support him after that performance. Not even a die hard New Yorker

    November 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Saad from NJ

    I don't think I have ever seen a smile/laugh of anyone that is more evil than Juliani's.... maybe Rumsfeld or Cheney... but Juliani is definitely up there... I am not suggesting the three are evil, maybe they are, maybe not but the point here is there smiles/laughs look sooooo evil-ish..... ::))

    God bless.

    November 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. perceptions

    Wow! It pretty clear that the most intolerant group in America today is the Liberal Democrats.

    And they all sound like our MSM wolfpack press. Repeating the same sterotypes and slogans.

    I wonder if they could ever think for themselves............sad

    November 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Chut Pata

    Let us see if all the mega bucks of all the corporate lobbies, that the biggest corporate lobbyist "Rudy 911" is bringing, can win the election.

    November 25, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Honestly, I think the people at the Republican convention (not to mention the rest of us watching) witnessed Giluiani make an absolute fool of himself. I don't see how that is going to help Chambliss because what people saw from Giluiani that day was ugly, mean, divisive, and ignorant. He clearly does not know what the Republican's stand for either. He should go off and learn what a community organizer is. He can just watch if he wants.

    November 25, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. ran

    Keep people like Guiliani in the Republican party and they will continue to lose which is fine with me. He, Huckabee and Palin are dividers and their ideologies will never unite us.

    November 25, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. WAW

    All these Republican "names" coming to Georgia to support the biggest scum bag that ever was. This is the draft dodger that called Max Cleland, a triple amputee Viet hero, a traitor. If Chambliss is what Republican leaders think this country needs, then the GOP is Gone with the Wind (as in hot air).

    November 25, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Real Change

    Hey Rudy, why don't you spend some time ridiculing community organizers. That showed what a deep thinking person you are, and I think it really helped bring America together.

    November 25, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. LyonsPhilly

    Just asking: We do work...We work for Obama.........

    November 25, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Barbara

    Could someone please make sure he reads this unanimous
    outporing of disgust over him......
    Please someone , get his e-mail and forward...
    Hope he and Lieberman get an opportunity to have to grovel to
    their new President.....
    Integrity won this time !

    November 25, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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