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.


Filed under: Georgia • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Michael

    The more I find out about Rudy, the less I like him. Stay home Mr. G.
    With Palin already headed to help out, who needs more of the same BS.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. shaking my head

    I can't believe all the HATE on these CNN ticker boards.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. zgomer

    Good, the libs think they own the world.

    November 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. PG

    Hate is back!

    November 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Ross - Boulder, CO

    Maybe you can compare the senate race in Georgia with 9/11. If anyone can do it, I know you can Rudy G.

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Make it stop!

    Mr 911, go pick up your pal Sarah and the two of you can dream of what it would have been like to win, cause you're both loosers!!! Please go away, please!.

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Old Dominion

    so Rudi and Palin are going to GA to campaign on behalf of Saxby Chambliss, eh?

    Im sure a sanctuary mayor who is pro-choice will really help his cause down there. Its time Jim Martin took back the seat Chambliss shamfully stole from Max Cleeland.

    November 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Bill NY

    This is a person with no morals whatsoever, who has no right to run for or endorse anyone. His law firm represents a major flaw in the bailout process where firms like his stand to make hundreds of millions from companies seeking bailout money. This money should be for bailing out the citizens of this country and not making Rudy richer.

    November 25, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Brian MacDougall

    Oops, Chapman, spoke to soon. Heeeereeeee comes Sarah!

    November 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Mickie

    So let me see, we have two losers running to Georgia to rescue this guy, Rudy and Sarah (what a team!). That should really seal Chambliss' fate, or at least I hope so.

    November 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Guiliani 911 and you guessed it "you betcha The Alaskan turkey with that bridge to nowhere " arriving to put Chambliss in a chamble .
    Can't stand either or .

    November 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. I can't stop laughing!

    "It is amazing the mean-spiritedness of the GOP "winners" on this forum. Can't you just be happy with your loss?"

    Yes, Obama supporters do work. Yes we can! Yes we did!

    Vote Martin! Don't let Chambliss spill more hate in our state!

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Giuliani 911 and "The Turkey from Alaska with a road to no where "
    both loosers

    November 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Terri Ann ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Wonder if his phone will ring during his speech??? (Remember that one!)

    November 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Losers

    Rudy is a total loser. Palin is a moron. Wow...the Republicans have really great new leaders....... Why not have George W show up too, afterall he will be declared yet another republican hero once out of office.

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Kelly

    I agree with some of the comments above. Do the republicans realize that they lost the presidential race using these same tactics? For those of you who don't live in Georgia, be thankful becuase the tv ads are ridiculous.

    Same old song, different day: Martin will raise your taxes; Obama, Pelosi & Reed will have complete control to do what they want; don't let the Dems take over government and destroy this country; vote for Chambliss because he will be one to stop big government, etc., etc.

    The last time I checked, the american people wanted and voted for something different and not necessarily one side fighting against the other in Washington. And I hear Gov. Palin is on her way to town.

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Name N.

    Rudy: I think Sax can handle 9/11!

    November 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Beverly, NYC

    Gee Rudy and Palin,desperate much Saxby? Well I guess Rudy has some appeal to the back woods hicks since his first wife was his cousin.

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. J. Dean

    "BIG NAME SURROGATE" ? THIS IDIOT, CALLED RUCY GIULIANI, SHOULD BE CALLED TRIPLE LOOSER.
    1- RUDY LOST HIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTRION BID.
    2-RUDY'S ENDORSED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOST HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID.
    3-ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVED RUDY'S ELECTION ENDORSEMENT, FAILED TO BE ELECTED. CHAMBLISS'S ELECTION BID WILL END UP WITH THE SAME DESTINY.
    A FRIENDLY ADVICE TO LOOSER RUDY GIULIANI FROM A LIFE TIME REPUBLICAN PARTY MEMBER: RUDY FORGET POLITICS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. RETIRE AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY. YOU WERE NOT BORN TO BE A SMART POLITICIAN. GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS: JUST RETIRE.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Brian in the ATL!

    It will probably be a tremendous mistake for Chambliss and the GOP to allow this Yankee to go into parts of rural GA and campaign for Senator Chambliss!

    November 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Jazz

    You can stay home also Guilani. You and Sarah just want publicity so you can run on the Repub ticket.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Hilary

    $10 he'll find a way to fit 911 into it.

    November 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Stop the nonsense

    Please go Giuliani and remind the good people of Georgia how far the Republican Party has fallen. His RNC speech was as dishonorable as Chambliss' treatment of a war veteran.

    Please vote Martin...hands down.

    November 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Three buzzards on the Roof

    All the nails for the coffin have come to Georgia.I love the gasping sound, as the Republicans watch as they lose the Senate for good.

    November 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. beevee

    One loser campaigning for another loser. Laughable.

    November 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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