November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
7 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. FL for Obama

    Oh dang...we'd gone – what – 3 days w/o hearing this woman's name? JUST...GO...AWAY!!!

    November 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. SAME OLD STUFF

    THIS WOMAN IS A JOKE . I DONT KNOW WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT HER TO CAMPAIGN FOR THEM.

    SHE IS A LOSER, SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO ALASKA .
    GO READ MORE ABOUT AFRICA AND AMERICA

    November 30, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. vic

    Oh, goodie! Just what we need right now – more Palin hate and socialism and race-baiting and lies and slime.
    She is a disgusting creature and I refuse to watch or listen to any of her vile, vulgar, rhethoric.
    Hillary is getting the Secretary Of State position tomorrow and I hope CNN spends their time discussing Hillary instead of Palin.

    November 30, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Georgia for Martin

    Palin is a witch she made McCain lose why all the loser coming to Georgia to campaign for a racism Palin need to go back to Alaska woods where she can see Russia.

    November 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Jeff Brown

    Sarah who?

    November 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Sue

    Since I can't post on the last blog about Samantha Powers, I'm going to post it here:
    People who keep crying about the "change" Obama is bringing, or isn't bringing... are simply showing that they do not understand anything about politics, whatsoever...
    Ans since this blog is about Palin.. I seriously hope that she is the "future" of the Republican party, because Obama will simply win again by another landslide.

    November 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Nando

    Good send her in then he will surely lose !!!!

    She is a BUZZ KILL !

    November 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. You Betcha!

    Guess Chambliss has a wish to lose as McCain did, Sarah is what the GOP is all about, thats why they lost everything this year.

    November 30, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. The Pecan State Pundit

    Let us all hope that the good voters of Georgia manage to outnumber the other voters of Georgia by dumping Chambliss. Chambliss is just another Conservative who will do what all Conservatives do: try to prevent the country from solving any of its problems.

    Those people (Conservatives) have almost destroyed the nation. At first, I thought they were just so stupid that they didn't realize that a ten trillion dollar debt was bankrupting the US. They were running the federal government as if it is an ATM machine for corporate CEOs, as we all know. Now I'm beginning to wonder if destroying the nation is their actual goal. No one can be that stupid.

    November 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. democrat from PA

    Palin is like that mosquito that flies around your ear while you sleep. No matter how many times you try to shoe it away, it still manages to make that annoying noise in your ear. Palin, go back to alaska and stay there.

    November 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Ian

    Wasn't she the one who was beaten by a landslide a few weeks ago? I'm not sure I'd want her campaigning for me.

    November 30, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Having this poor excuse for a politician, indeed, a poor excuse for a woman, campaigning with Chambliss will hopefully be a death blow to his campaign. I can't think of a politician that I trust less than her. If Chambliss desires a neo-con theocracy like Palin, he definitely should not win. However, as backwards as the folks in Georgia are, they will probably re-elect the man.

    As a Christian, I respect the religious beliefs of all, whether they are Catholic, Protestant, Buddist, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu. However, I do wish that people who aspire to the highest of our political offices would check their religion at the door so as to avoid any appearance of attempting to impose one type of religious values on others. Huckabee, Palin, Jindal, Romney, Bush, and their ilk just don't get that most of us do not want, nor do we need, our government leaders to define morality for us.

    November 30, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. yellow dog democrat

    sheees baaackk!! might as well get used to it – she has a way to stir up the emotions and she motivates the "base" and the GOP is going to use it to the max – enjoy!

    November 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. I'm Tired

    Plezzzz let her go away!!!!!!

    November 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Zenter

    ride the wave of sensationalism with no substance

    November 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Pat

    She'll destroy anyone she campaigns for. She must have campaign fever or spotlight mania. I can hear her now with her finger pointed to herself saying "Over here pappa, pappa, papparazzi!"

    November 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. lucy

    Palin is providing good service to the Democratic party. Thanks to her. Also, thank you for informing the readers with her achievements.

    November 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. ED FL:

    Mccain down Chambliss to go. Guilliani and Gingrich and a few other [sic] high morality GOP"ERS close by , makes you wonder if the story about greeting male guests in a bathrobe have some validity. Hopefully Sarah might take a liking to the Georgia Peach boys and want to stay and run for governor.

    November 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Steve

    Sarah, dear Sarah...this is not a talent competition. This is real work. You can hog the lens all you want, but your answers to the questions during the knowledge competition will show you up. Stick to blowing on a flute. You're much better at that.

    November 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Sue T

    If he wants to win, he better tell Palin to stay in Alaska.......

    November 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Reality

    will she please go away !!!! :(

    November 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Craig

    Good grief! This woman is a joke. I would tell her "Thanks, but no thanks!".

    November 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Ernie

    Come on all you Palin haters, let's hear it. All worked up over nothing.

    November 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Aaron from Ohio

    It's good to see Sarah still working her magic. The republicans are pretty much a lock to keep the seat in Georgia, but anything that keeps Psycho Sarah in the news makes me happy. When she was first nominated as McCain's VP, I told the guys at work that the race was over. It took about an hour of researching her on the internet to come to that conclusion. She did provide a bounce for McCain that gave him a brief lead in the race and then....she talked. She labored not to make sense, but just to string words together in a sentence that made any sense. Coherence was not on of her strong suits. A pit bull with lipstick, a Josephina Six Pack...the soccer mom from hell. We love you Sarah. Some of the die hard right wingers said Sarah had us democrats running scared...they could see it in our faces. Uh...yeah. That look was incredulity. It wasn't fear.

    November 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Can I go back to sleep now

    November 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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