November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
5 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. Vicki5

    Honestly, I think the people who witnessed his speech at the RNC saw Giluiani make a fool of himself. How could he help Chambliss when his rhetoric was ugly, mean, divisive, and ignorant. He clearly does not know what the republicans stand for either. He should go away and learn what a community organizer is also. He can just watch if he wants.

    November 25, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Sanity has Returned

    Chambliss who?

    November 25, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Los

    After that speech at the RNC I'd be hiding my face in shame.

    November 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Pat in IL

    I kind of feel sorry for the candidate that Guilliani is stumping for. If it were me, I'd tell him and his arrogant, non-relavent, slimy ways to stay far, far away from me, my campaign, and my state!

    November 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. ANDY DAAS

    This looser again.

    November 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Martin must be paying Rudy to campaign for Chambliss.

    A few questions questions for Senator Chambliss:

    Will Rudy be bringing his third wife to campaign with him?

    Will the taxpayers of Georgia have to pay thousands of dollars for his security detail if he decides he wants to visit a paramour while he is in Georgia?

    Will Guiliani be dressing up in drag?

    Are Rudy's kids - who are now grown - speaking to him again or are they still outraged over the shameless way he treated their mother before he threw her out?

    Do you think Rudy's personal values are acceptable to most Georgians?

    November 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. David

    Do any Obama supporters actually work? Apparently you think most of the country is unemployed . . .

    November 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Fenarkleman

    Ha! 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. 9-11. That's totally Rudy's plan to solve our problems.

    "Truth" is right on that one. Do we really need a guy named "Saxby" remaining in the Senate anyway?

    November 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Rob

    Hey, just asking? Actually, not many work thanks to the past 8 failed years of Bush policy.

    Have a nice day:)

    November 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Ruby

    He's so fake! I can't stand fake people.

    November 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Tremend18

    RUDY, GET OUT OF HERE!!!! NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU ANYMORE YOU RAN FOR PRESIDENT RIDING ON THE COATTAILS OF ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC EVENTS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, "FOR SHAME, FOR SHAME"

    November 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. larry

    Let's hope losing is contagious.

    November 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Mike in GA

    Suxby is a joke, and that coming from a right-leaning Georgian.

    He calls himself a "fiscal conservative": like most if not all neocons, Hucktardians, etc., he's a big spender, he just prefers to borrow the $ for his spending, vs. raising taxes.

    I opted to sit out the runoff, neither Suxby nor Martin is "fiscally fit" enough to earn my vote.

    November 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Lauren the Designer

    I don't understand how a former mayor who milked a national tragedy for his political benefit and then was pummeled in the primaries is even relevant anymore.

    I'm a Democrat and I feel bad for the Republicans at this point . I want to see them get their party updated and back on track. And it's not going to happen until someone tells clowns like Guiliani to sit down.

    November 25, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Apples for sale

    Here comes the fearmongering ,Yankee carpetbagger, to the rescue of a Rebel fearmongering racist.

    November 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Jen, Cali

    Just asking November 25th, 2008 9:58 am ET
    Do any Obama supporters actually work?
    ___________________________________

    They may have a job - but are they working? No! They're clearly blogging on company time. And we wonder why this country is going down hill !!!!!!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. nathan

    Perhaps he'll give campaign strategy advice ...

    November 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Otto

    Hey folks, remember what Rudy said before the presidential election. He said Barack Obama is only a community organizer. I say he is right! But the organizer out organized him, John McCain and the whole lot.

    Hey Rudy, you will never gain a seat in New York again and stop thinking about running for Governor.

    November 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. happy thanksgiving

    georgia vote jim martin, the republicans have runied our country, lets take it back. vote dec. 2, 2008

    November 25, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. ephraim

    ever since the convention speech he gave, america lost all
    respect for this man. he is bitter, sarcastic and utterly irrelevant.

    November 25, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl.

    How many more losers will the RNC send to Georgia to try and prop up Chambliss? First McCain, now Giuliani. Jim Martin has to be loving this.

    November 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Rich

    God bless you southern voters for seeing Rudy as he truly is. As a life long New Yorker we don't want him back here either. He will loose again in a few years when he runs against Gov. Patterson. People here can't stand him and I'm one of them.

    He takes credit and money for 911, being the Mayor was his job, and that's what he was expected to do. He openly bashed Clinton for his affairs, but he had TWO affairs on the city's first lady, Donna Hanover, he had a press conference to say he was divorcing her WITHOUT telling her. He took credit for cleaning up the city when all the community policing programs were put into place BEFORE he got elected by Mayor Dinkins. He put the city's command center in 7 World Trade when he was told NOT to, and it fell down with the rest of the buildings.

    I'm GLAD this guy is a republican. :)

    November 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. kaz

    I am glad to see Rudy Giuliania and Sara Palin are emerging as stars in Republican party, that will take care of the party faster than anything else.

    November 25, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Jeff Brown

    Like a bad penny, this little Munchkin just won't go away!

    November 25, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. jimmy

    Why are some Americans still rehashing the Presidential election.
    Folks, It is over and we have a new President and with GOD's Blessing He may indeed turn our country around the right course.
    Many Evangelicals have been saying America hs strayed away from its moral values . Our culture has not only turned to more materialiism , hedonism , violience and sensuality. It is on the wrong track and our young people are following what their peers and the entertainment media keeps feeing them.
    Let America have a revival and turn to GOD.

    November 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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