November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
3 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. Andy

    Amazed that so many people have all lost track of the central theme of the Obama campaign, INCLUSION. You supporters of his that sit here and spread your hatred are either not interested in what Obama wants to do (unify), or you are just hate filled people who are actually the root of everything wrong with this country. If you have nothing good to say, shut up and go away if you truly care about this country. If not, consider yourselves part of the problem.

    November 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. VernisRobertson

    I wish that the Republican party will set back for a moment and regroup . Becasue right know they just throwing things out to see what would work. R

    November 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. elsie

    Stay away you freak. We do not want you here. Chambliss is a nasty racist bigot. He needs to go. Why does he refuse to testify after being suponeaed in the sugar plant explosion? All Georgians, please go vote on December 2nd.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. VernisRobertson

    I wish that the Republican party will set back for a moment and regroup . Becasue right know they just throwing things out to see what would work. Rudy and Sarah is not the answer.

    November 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. vahe

    another crook...... omg GOP people are very evil and scary

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. ladymary

    Rudy may give a "bump", but Palin will grind him into the dirt! I don't think there are many Moose down there.

    November 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. donna

    From sea to shining sea....Palin & Guiliani...one freak to another....talk about blatant self promotion disguised as party unity. Couple of whackjobs.

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    Another nut that flew the coop. Rudy your nothing either people are going to vote for who they want no matter what. The big election is over and that was for The President, all this other really don't matter to people, the democrats have 58 right now.

    November 25, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. ladymary

    Rudy may be irrelavent but at least he can speak in complete sentences. Once Palin gets down there he is FINISHED!

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Rudy will realize just how much people like him and his hate speeches when he decides to run for NY Governor.

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Jodi K

    This clown lost every ounce of my respect at the GOP convention this year. Making fun of community organizers when they have done SO MUCH in NYC was appalling. All to try and make Obama look less substantial, but all he did was make himself look like an elitist jerk who cares nothing for anyone who isnt a wealthy white male

    November 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Sharon Kitchen

    I do not think little ga can take all this..........the Morman, the Huck,the turkey/wolf pup/moose killer...........now the cross dresser..........................................come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
    Chambliss sure must be worried to have this cast of "strange" people to "'come on down".

    Go Martin.

    November 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. thebdb

    Why would anyone want this loser to campaign for them. He is a nasty divisive character that should just appear.

    Maybe he will mention 9/11 a few times to up his royalty check.

    November 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Ken

    Saxby is pallin' around with whom????? Not just one loser but two!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. TyWebb

    Hey, "beevee" – exactly!

    November 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. C W

    I used to respect Guiliani until everything coming out of his mouth was "9/11." He's proven to be just another Republican hack, compromising his values and trading of fear, sorrow and tragedy.

    What a pathetic political party!

    November 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Clint, Wa.

    With Palin and Guillani campaigning for him, he will definitely lose.

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. cmc

    THis guy reminds of "Walter" the puppet with Jeff Dunham.

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Clint, Wa.

    With Palin and Guillani campaigning for him, he will definitely lose.

    November 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. paul oregon

    the gop. is the new comedy channel.

    November 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Guiliani think everyone is as enamored with him as he is. Big time loser who will go to Georgia to "help" Chambliss. Just what Chambliss needs: another GOP who can't win an election "helping" him.

    November 25, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Sarah in South NJ

    Hey Rudy's down there to

    GET CLOSE TO SARAH!!

    HOT SARAH in HOTLANTA!!

    will she wear HOTPANTS???

    November 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Matt

    Captain 9-11 and Bible Spice to the rescue!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. A Republican Plea.

    The Replican base's input ...
    Radio: Rush Limbaugh
    TV: Fox News
    Most loved speakers: Sara Palin, Rudy Giuliani, George Bush

    No wonder the party is going down the toilet. we love watching train wrecks. We can't get enough scandal. Media for the lowest common denominator.

    Hasn't this election been enough of a lesson to the party?!?!?! Can't we find some real, sincere, honest Republican leaders to represent us? At least one who can string a coherent sentence together.

    November 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Jason

    this guy is truely an evil

    November 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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