November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
3 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. Put a fork in it

    Enough already. This is a dead story. With all we are facing economically, and considering events taking place in Iraq, Afghanistan and India...NO news agency should be wasting 'front page' news space on this individual. Anyone who believes this woman is more than a ridiculous choice for any office, let alone the Presidency, should have their head checked...or gain a better understand of the history of our Country. Surely, 'conservatives' (whatever that really means today) can find someone with a little more intelligence and worldly knowledge to wave their flag around.

    November 30, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Feminist in Oregon

    Good thing her special-needs son is named "Trig". He's going to need all the strength he can muster with his mom being AWOL all the time...

    November 30, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Sarah---getting ready for 2012'

    Great to see you in Georgia-–remember Obama is only an "interim" President as we await you in 2012-

    Obama will not be relected as he fails to revive the economy and we are beset by terrorism, which he is too woosy to cope with-

    After every act of terrorism, look for Obama to write a speech and make a few phone calls-

    November 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. JerryFalwellWithLipstick

    The ever lovin' lulu with Miss wingnut was the turkey being slaughtered behind her as she was giving a turkey pardon to the camera. I'm speechless every time she opens her mouth. What were you thinkin' John???? That was my lil g dropin' opinion. M'am you are no Hillary. What an insult Miss P. is to women. Miss P. is to Hillary as Flav O' Flav is to President Elect Obama.

    November 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Joe Nevada

    This is the woman who can see Russia from her front door, thinks the VP runs the Senate, needs $150,000 wardrobe for 12 weeks, blamed Bush for election loss, thinks cavemen rode dinasuars..Why don't she just go home and clean some fish and shut up???

    November 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. dk

    Sarah, dear; you had your fifteen minutes, so go home and leave us alone.

    Don't you have a lot of business at the North Pole with Santa and his elves? Toys don't build themselves, you know and if the job's gonna get done, you betcha, Santa needs all the help he can get.

    Also, there are those pesky Russians flying over Alaska and I bet their up to mischief, trying to steal Rudolph's red nose and such. So get home and shoo them away; we're depending on you to get the job done.

    November 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Craig

    why doesn't she go back to Alaska and DO HER JOB!

    November 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. JerryFalwellWithLipstick

    No pun intended on the wingnut turkey thang I just wrote. I'm thinkin' of becomin' a vegetarian after that scene with Sarah & the turkey slaughter behind her. Thanks Sarah! (did I drop enough g's there?).

    November 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Adaora- Houston

    Meet the new Republican herpes infection. Just when you thought it would disappear, it resurfaces.

    November 30, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Sarah Barracuda Returns

    Sarah-let the people of Georgia know how you would handle terrorism.
    Obama is going to do nothing as Al Qaeda approaches our shores and we are victims of attacks similar to what happened in Mombai. He'll look to sit down with Al Qaeda for tea and crumpets as our subways burn.
    Spell it out for them Sarah-I know you have the courage and instincts to deal with these terrorists whereas Obama is likely to wet his pants upon the first attack.

    November 30, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    I'm still praying for the day this woman falls off the media radar screen. PUH-LEEZE......I must be getting thick in the brain as I still fail to see why anyone would find her politically intelligent or even mildly interesting. I've come to detest seeing her name and face, regardless of the coverage.

    November 30, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. rob morris

    I would have voted republican in Georgia till Palin hit the trail. If the rest of the republicans feel and think she is qualified by any means and lend credibility to that, then I have to defer from my party's candidate and voted democratic. As long as Palin is involved in any way, then I have no choice.

    November 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Matt, Chico, CA

    I'm surprised all the libs haven't started ragging on Palin in this thread yet

    November 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    I pray that the Democrats get the Senatoral seats to make the changes needed. There will be enough resistance to changes that will hurt the contributors to candidates who have financing from other than the People! Those Big Business interests are not going to give up control easily. Namely the AMA, Health Insurance, and Pharaceutical Companies. As well as the Oil Companies and on and on....... These are powerful entities. We have a major uphill battle ahead of us!

    One can only pray that the power of the Presidency and the Will of the People will prevail! God Bless Barack Obama and all who support him and his ideals!

    Again, I trust our President Elect! :) Just an old Indian Woman in Texas speaking her mind.

    November 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Richard

    It's a great chance to renew her campaigns of fears, smears, innuendos, lies, and ignorance.

    November 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. m.

    Hopefully she can do for him what she did for John McCain & the Dems can grab one more seat in the Senate.

    November 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Los

    Go away. Please.

    November 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. PaulMoATX

    Who effin cares, really?

    November 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. JImmy boy

    go away moose lady

    November 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. George

    Keep Palin coming RNC, she is the Dems best tool. The woman is a bafoon and clearly one of the least intelligent politicians since Dan Quale. GO SARAH GO!!

    November 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Jack

    Silly Sarah – go away.

    November 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Oh wow! Sarah Palin is backing Chambliss??? Why didn't someone tell me sooner?

    I guess now I'll have to reconsider my support for Martin.

    November 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. bk

    People can say what they want about Gov. Palin, but there is no doubt she would work for the people. She doesn't owe anybody anything like the rest of them. She has proven it by what she has accomplished in Alaska. Some people and the media would rather focus on trying to destroy her than looking at her accomplishments.

    November 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. mike edelman

    if the republican party nominates sarah palin in 2012 or
    features her as one of their up and coming national candidates
    I will give up my republican affiliation which I have had since
    barry goldwater..this is not the party of ronald reagan ..this
    is the party of stupid

    November 30, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Joe the Drummer

    Palin and the crew of faith healers at Fox news may not be enough to help Chambliss win. Perhaps Chambliss should bring in Larry Craig.

    November 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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