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. a newly blue state-VA

    Just asking November 25th, 2008 9:58 am ET

    Do any Obama supporters actually work?
    ***********************************************
    yes we do. how about you?

    November 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Tough Love

    Rudy ... I have ZERO CREDABILITY ... Guiliani.

    The party will never advance if it keeps latching on to the same failures .. when will the GOP learn?

    They might win this senate seat in Georgia but Rudy won't be the reason. He is a detriment to the national party.

    November 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Mudila K

    Do people still believe in Rudy? I always see a Buffoon (Clown) in him more than what you are elevated him for. For sure he was a mayor and let just say he lives more in the past than anyone I have known in my life. It is typical of him and their circuit function Hannity on Fox. Rudy and those people do a great disservice to a great portion of the American people. I have never seen such a group of ruthless opposition people who only focus on "Defeatism". I am glad Obama use the formula that will soon put some of those people out of nonsense. I would highlight it as a Buffoon is back on the Circus. And I will end this by saying what a Boor Rudy?

    Writing from Santa Ana – OC

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. michael

    WHY DOESN'T THIS LOSER STAY HOME..WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT RUDY WHATS HIS NAME!!!!

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The GOP still don't get it. People like Guiliani and Palin are one of their biggest problems, they just don't get it.

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Maggie

    Rudy and Sarah Palin. ::facepalm::

    Sheesh. Isn't enough, enough?

    November 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. KMAN

    Rudy is a legend in his own mind ... but a loser in the minds of everyone else!

    November 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. EbonyWilliams

    As a New Yorker....This man needs to go away! It really creeps me out that he was trying to be President of this country. He is a racist (search Eleanor Bumpers), he is an adulterer, and he was married to 2 different women that are his cousins! He did nothing in NY during the 9/11 attacks except tell the people who were already running away, to run away (Great idea Rudy!) two hours later. He makes my skin crawl!

    November 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, go away and let the real serious players play. You are so irrelevant, so history, as today's voters might say.

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Craig from Pennsylvania

    Rudy....please just go away....forever....LOSER

    November 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. the new yorker

    To: Just asking November 25th, 2008 9:58 am ET

    In response to:
    Do any Obama supporters actually work?

    Yeah, we work the nerves of the GOP... losers!

    November 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Sheila the mum

    Rudy who????

    November 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Joyce Becker

    Those dumb Rebublicans sure know how to stick together, two rotten ones Rudy and Saxby, wish they would go far far away as there are much more important things to think about at this time.

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Hey Just Asking....

    Do any Obama supporters work? Yes we do and there are about 66 million of us give or take.

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Shrimp Barnicles, NJ

    Rudy, the red nose rain dear. He had to eat his own anti- Obama convention speech after Obama won.

    He still had the guts to show his losing face in Georgia.
    I don't even know why he keeps taking credit for 9/11. I still don't know exactly what he did.

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Kim

    Boy, if they want to kill the Republican in Georgia's chance of winning, they're doing a good job: 1st Palin, now Rudy, why don't they send "W" to finalize the deal?

    November 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Woodman

    Hmmm..... Can Rudy really connect with the average Georgian? Why am I having trouble with that picture?

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. DJ in TX

    I don't like Rudy much, but this is a much better surrogate than Gov Palin. He at least can appeal to some independents.

    At any rate, both should talk about Sen Chambliss vs using fear politics of the 60 seat fillibuster proof Democratic Senate. I just don't think that will work this time.

    November 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. jurone

    Rudy has know pulling power to lure voters out he is a has been the senator needs some better choices Mccain was a good choice

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Helen

    From NY but really dislike this man.

    November 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. CAL

    This guy chambliss must be desperate. rudy and sarah will be campaiging for him, how scary. they are both idiots, they are both losers, nobody likes them, LMAO this is hilarious. sarah and rudy go home it's over for you both

    November 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. BONEHEAD

    GREAT JOB SYLVESTER. LOOSER.

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Pete in Colorado

    Does he realize he's still just a Yankee to them? You're not going to sway independent or democratic votes by using a Yankee in the south.

    November 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Nancy

    Gulianna and Palin, Geesh! That poor Senator – he should just hand that election over the the Democratic Candidate.

    November 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Feels sorry for liberals

    Do you liberals ever get tired of hating and personal attacks. I truly feel bad that you can go through life looking for other people to dislike, impune, and blame for your troubles.

    May God bless you all

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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