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. Perusing-through

    FOR THE PROGRESSIVE, INDEPENDENT THINKERS, KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED

    If Sarah Palin's luck holds up, she may be able to sabotage Chambliss campaign the way she destroyed McCain's campaign.

    Stay tuned . . .

    November 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. j in mich

    *that* voice, saying "saxby chambliss"...?

    good lord

    November 30, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Diane

    Those who gave us the Bush years are back and cheering on Palin. Why? Another simple, shallow ideologue with no depth an any issues. They want Bush back in the form of Palin, let them pay the bill for Bush's mistakes first.

    November 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. jeff z

    Sarah Who?

    November 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. UnAlaskan

    If I were an Alaskan, I'd be furious. Who's minding the store there? It would be very interesting to know exactly how much time she's spent in her office (and to what end) since the election.

    I had hoped that the general election would result in some meaningful reform for the GOP but with her rapidly becoming the darling new face of the party, that hope has faded. The GOP deserves all that will come with this short-sighted selection. We (I mean they, now that I have officially re-registered as an Independent) cannot possibly hope to gain support with a platform based on the extreme right social views of that woman, let alone her vulnerability on other issues. It is a sad time for the GOP which, to all appearances, seems destined to consign itself to the wilderness for decades by holding on to the gangrenous foot that is the current base.

    November 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    *big eyes... whites showing all the way around* Please.... Please..... NO More Sarah Palin.... I don't think I can stand it! *LOL*

    The woman is a lunatic who has only her self interests at heart and appeals to the fringe elements of our society, who appear to be more than one would hope! All these politicians who shout their religious morals seem to me to be the least moral of us all! Their main interest is their own future cloaked in the mantle of Religion.

    If they believed one whit of the teachings of the man they call Jesus, the Messiah, they could not do the evil things they do in HIS Name! Have they never studied the teachings of the man they call the Christ or do they just listen to others who tell them what to think and believe? I sometimes have to wonder. I find HIS teachings compelling, but not what the churches and his followers have done with them. The history of our world is peppered with the Evils done in his Name! Give us Strength to deal with these Base Religious Fanatics who try to wear the mantle of the Christian Faith.

    What I see is the religion of Paul... not Jesus.

    Just an old Indian woman speaking her mind in Texas. My apologies, if I offend the truly faithful. :)

    November 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Andy

    Isn't it sad that Saxby Chambliss needs a moron like Sarah Palin to help him with his campaign? The same Saxby Chambliss who compared a Vietnam war hero to Bin Laden, A vietnam hero who lost his limbs in battle.

    Sarah Palin is obviously the figure head for ignorant moronic Americans who value intolerance over the good of the nation.

    November 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Gary

    ummm....wasn't a 1000+ comments enough last time this was posted?

    November 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. William

    The funny thing is that she's completely oblivious to the fact that no one likes her. She's under the delusion that she's universally loved. Kinda similar to Bush. Both of them need to fade away from the pages of history.

    November 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Don Mitchell

    Poor, poor Sarah.....she just doesn't get that her "15 minutes" are up does she?!? C'mon Sarah...good old Saxby doesn't need your homespun, folksy presence by his side...he really doesn't. Get back up there to Alaska and shoot somethin' hon...and stay there. You cost John McCain the election...haven't you done enough?!?!?

    November 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. hsl

    Please stay in Alaska – the media coverage of your 'events' is way too much!

    November 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Ilene

    Just great. Ms. Stuck in Stupid is returning to her mother ship of the great Stuck in Stupid State of Georgia. Fly away quickly mother ship.

    November 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    SAXBY CHAMBLISS DO NOT DESERVE TO BE A SENATOR REPRESENTING THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GEORGIA.

    Senator Saxby Chambliss took FIVE deferments to stay out of the Vietnam War. No problem. But Saxby Chambliss had the audacity to run a savage and ruthless campaign against a patriot like Max Cleland, calling Cleland a coward and terrorist sympathizer, in spite of the fact that Max Cleland left TWO LEGS and ONE ARM in Vietnam in support of his country. Saxby Chambliss is nothing more than a Karl Rove snake, attacking true Vietnam Patriots while hiding behind FIVE Deferments.

    May GOD Bless the United States of America!

    November 30, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Conservative Not NeoCon

    Poison Ivy strikes again! Doesn't she have a state to run and a special needs baby who really needs her? What is this woman's priority? Seems she has an insatiable hunger for the spot light.

    November 30, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. IndiePA

    The Republican Party has not learned one single thing after the disaster of the "W" administration. They're following the very same path. They continue to think that the American public will be sucked in by the down home personna, with no credible intelligence or professionalism to back it up. Can they really afford to back a feminine "W"? Will Americans stand for it? ...and, once again, the so-called "liberal" media gives the current darling of the far right way too much attention. I look forward to "P"(alin) becoming a forgotten flash in the pan.

    November 30, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Suzanne Olsen

    Does the republican candidate have a death wish????

    November 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Soccer Nana

    Governor Palin, please go home. Your family misses you and needs you. You stated that if God opens doors for you, you will go through them; it appears you are opening doors for yourself and it is making you look desperate. You do not have to be desperate; just go back to Alaska and be the governor you were elected to be and take care of your family. During your bid for VP you traveled with your family. My questions are, why aren't they with you now? Why isn't it important to be seen with you now? Please stop and think about the image you are portraying at this time.

    November 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. apacheye

    Saxby Chambliss is the scumbag who questioned Max Cleveland's (Viet-Nam vet) patriotism in order to win this seat.Saxby had five deferments to keep from going to the Viet-Nam war. Just another scumbag Republican like Bush and Cheney who touts war but doesn't have the BALLS to serve.

    November 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. vanessa the stay-at home mom

    WHO CARES!!!! STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS WOMAN!!!!!

    November 30, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Ari

    Doesn't this woman have a job? Shouldn't Caribou Barbie be running the state of Alaska? Didn't she get the message that real Americans (for example those of us who do not have ties to a secessionist organization) don't want to hear from her? GO AWAY SARAH!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Milhouse van Houten

    Somebody hand me the calamine lotion,this infernal rash is back!!!

    November 30, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. MESA MICK

    Will someone in the GOP tell this hillbilly talkin' trailer trash from Wasilla to stay in Alaska – PLEEEZE!

    November 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Joe The Plumber

    Just when I thought she was out of the news. I really can't stand her anymore! She seemed so nice at first but the more I got to know her, the more she irritated the heck out of me!

    November 30, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Joe from the QCA

    How about that,one who knows how to call others a terrorist supporting another who trashed a true war hero, while lying like a dog to get elected last time around. Guess birds of a feather really does apply here.

    November 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Nick F.

    The overall message loud and clear from this election is, "DO SOMETHING!!" The Republicans' whole position is keep government constrained and do nothing. If they can filibuster, they will enforce a do nothing approach to governing which I don't think is really what is wanted or needed. We should give the new administration our full support so they can deal with the enormous problems that have overtaken the country. "Do nothing" is a hopeless approach and is the largest part of what has brought us to this sorry state. I hope the people of Georgia will vote for change and support the Democrat, Martin.

    November 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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