November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
5 months ago

Palin back on campaign trail

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is coming back to the campaign trail.

The Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee is adding her name to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year.

Palin teams up with Saxby Chambliss at a fundraiser Sunday night and at four campaign stops across Georgia on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before Tuesday's runoff election.

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Chambliss is the freshman Republican senator from Georgia who is fighting to keep his seat. He's facing Jim Martin - a former state lawmaker in Georgia - in the runoff election.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote three weeks ago on Election Day, 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 contest.

Palin is the latest high profile surrogate to stump with Chambliss. Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Obama.

Two weeks ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee - who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain - campaigned with Chambliss. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also teamed up with Chambliss. Like Huckabee, Romney also ran for the GOP presidential nomination before ending his bid in February and backing McCain.

Last week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned with Chambliss. Giuliani also jumped into the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. He dropped out in late January and immediately endorsed McCain.

Giuliani, Huckabee, and Romney could all make another stab at presidential politics in 2012. Palin could possibly join them.

Martin is also getting some major league help. Both former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore have separately 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 Senator Norm Coleman topped his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by just 215 votes, triggering an automatic recount, which will extend well into December.

If the Democrats take both 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: Sarah Palin • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (348 Responses)
  1. Sharon

    That woman just needs to go away, way back to Alaska and stay there. Out of sight and out of sound. It is one thing to be confident in yourself, but it is another to be a confident moron. She hurts everyone she is around, and doesn't care as long as it promotes her own agenda. Sad that some people look to her as a leader, she is no leader but just another bully. She even thinks anything she has said or done wrong is because of others. Leaders take responsibility for their comments and actions, and don't lay the blame on others.

    November 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. linda`

    Why or why can't this woman stay in Alaska? She needs to deal with her state, and leave the rest of us alone. I can not stant her and her mouth, and while she was bery annoying during the presidential race, she is now like a bad dream that keeps coming back. Anyone, whom actually thinks she has something important to say should do a reality check. gO HOME SARAH PALIN,go back to you secessionist buddies,and!semi welfare state., and by all means shut that trap of yours! Your voice screeches, and you have nothing real to say. Take your egotistical self back to where you belong.

    November 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Mary Sue

    Why won't she go away? Is she actually doing any governing in Alaska?

    November 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. The Film Professor

    Saxby himself sounds like an orator next to this windbag. Can't the GOP do better than this? Our children need inspiring leaders, not ones who sound like they never mastered third grade english.

    November 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Jen in PA

    This is a pre-response to anyone who says, "Oh, you libs are so afraid of Palin!!! That's why you pick on her!!!"

    No, we're not. We think she's woefully unprepared to be on the national political scene. And she's funny. We think you Republicans are not funny because you think she's qualified to run this country. We think that's kind of scary.

    November 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. vincent

    Too bad the Republicans can't join the real Americans in Congress and work out the problems we face, instead of the usual "I need to control it all" mentality that has brought this country to its knees.....and Sarah, who needs her? No one I know.

    November 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Pepsi

    The best thing she could do for any of the people still running and the rest of the lower US is go back to Alaska and stay there. We were just fine before she was brought in and we will be a whole lot better when she goes back. The only reason most want her still in the news is for a good laugh, and the comedians have new material. She still hasn't learned much of anything. I would think she would catch on soon.

    November 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Gov. Palin: Please leave! the de-Palinization of American is not complete yet!

    Yikeeeeeeeeeeees!

    November 30, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. vincent

    it's really too bad the propaganda mongers at CNN can't post comments with substance instead of......well you guys are all about blind america. Wake up and join the party, put down the Victorian blinders and stop all the BS

    November 30, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Jim in Asheville

    Governor Palin should lay low for awhile. In our entertainment media saturated culture, too much coverage makes a person "old news" very quickly.

    November 30, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. rob

    Palin is about as qualified as rosie o donald

    November 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. LisaB

    I for one will never forgive John McCain for unleashing the Kraken..err.. Sarah Palin on us for purely selfish reasons that didn't even work for him!
    Now here we are having to look at the spokesperson for the deacy of American politics...continuously.

    November 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. annie - Palin 2012

    Go Palin!!

    November 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Colin the Salesman

    The more Palin dives in front of the camera, the better. She is ensuring the GOP remains a minority party for the foreseeable future with her inflamatory statements that continue to drive moderates and independents to the Democrats.

    November 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. sandee in Portland

    I can't imagine why anyone would vote Chambliss just because Palin is stumping for him. As soon as she opens her mouth, nothing but pure unadulated blither comes out of it.

    November 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Savannah-Girl

    Oh no ..no,Sarah,please stay out off Georgia !!!!!!! GO HOME ......PLEASE!!! Stay in Alaska.
    Georgia,vote for Jim Martin.

    November 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. laura

    Palin is so predictable.She needs to reset her prioroties and be there for her young children. I hope her husband has more sense.

    November 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. New England Yankee

    A dog, not a male.

    November 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Justin

    Please Sarah, Go back to Alaska and stay there!

    November 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. A. Baker

    OH MY LORD. When will she go away?!?!

    November 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. JNC, California

    She is a complete fake....All this about going home to Alaska and DO her job as governor....Yea right.....She is like a bad energizer bunny!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

    November 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Theresa

    Palin needs to get a grip. First off, Alaskans are so tired of her because she is not doing anything for their State and just playing dumb politics. NOBODY CARES ABOUT HER....PALIN: GO BACK TO ALASKA AND TRY TO DO YOUR JOB.

    December 2, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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