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. Uncle Sam

    Why do Democrats and Republicans hate one another?
    The world is much too small for that.

    November 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Tim, Coronado, CA

    THAT ought to clinch it for the Democrats.

    November 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Jackson

    This on is in the bag for Dems. Pilon is a moron, just listen to her talk, she'll turn off GOP'ers just like in the National election.

    November 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. MoodyBlue

    Sarah, sweetie – About this governor job you have, is it a part-time gig? I know Alaska has a small population, but let's face it, after taking time off to run McCain's campaign into the ground, don't you think the people you serve would like to see you at home doing your job?

    November 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. john

    no one cares

    November 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Joan

    Well, I was hoping that Palin would be, by now, hidden from view somewhere far away from civilization – maybe this will happen sometime in the new year. We can only hope!!!!

    November 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. tara

    Oh no! Not again. Not another Sarah Palin story!!!!!!! :(

    November 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Will

    Republicans have been appealing to the very people that stand to suffer under their policies, under educated rural whites. Palin stokes the fires by calling these folks "Real Americans" and Republicans in general attack "Elitist intellectuals".

    Well, city dwellers produce the pick up trucks, shotguns, refrigerators and TV's these folks use and the elitist intellectuals turn out our doctors, dentists, architects and engineers.

    Their bibles are printed in cities and our armaments are produced there. City dwellers pay most the taxes to be used to build rural roads and schools as well as to pay for agricultural subsidies.
    If all of us were these "Real Americans" as Palin calls these folks, we'd be worse off than any existing third world country.

    The appalling thing is that this just does not click with these folks. Their level of comprehension of the factual position they occupy in our society is nil. And the Republican Party, fully realizing the value of folks you can bamboozle into believing anything, has been mining this lode of votes for decades.

    November 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. elizabeth

    Doesn't she have some kids who need parenting? Miss Family Values!

    November 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Jacqueline, New York

    Can the media please stop talking about this woman??? The public is sick and tired of having Sarah Palin thrown in our faces!

    November 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Me

    Are you out to ruin it for someone else Palin? Please stop hurting the Republican party and crawl back to a hole somewhere..

    November 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. mildred w greear

    This discredited candidate (Palin) is of the same stripe of Chambliss who
    ran a filthy campaign against our true veteran hero Max Cleland. Chambliss has never done anything we can tell to help anyone except cronies, witness, i. e,. the sugar refinery explosion in Savannah and Chambliss' position on the actual event and vote afterwards. If well known, he does not wear well, and his politics of personal destruction are detestible. Sooner or later, his birds will come home to roost. My hope it will be day after tomorrow. Mildred Greear

    November 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Abby from Florida

    yaaaaaaaawn. loser.

    November 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Randy, Indiana

    Don't this women ever quit? Stick to your job as gov

    November 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. drumble

    I have to say that despite my relief that Palin is not Vice President of the United States I don't like seeing all these blogs from people asking her to go away, all it seems to do is stir up partisanship when Americans should be becoming one nation once again.

    Sure, she wasn't ready to be in office, but she won't go away now that she's so embedded in the media, no matter how much one might want her to, so why not just let her get on with it. If she decides to run again, or to host the next Alaskan Cookery channel, getting angry about it won't change anything.

    The funny thing about Sarah is as much as we all say we're sick of hearing her, we all still tune in to listen to whatever she comes out with next, it's just as much the media's fault for keeping her star alive. I just wish the so called "Hater" thing, with both sides accusing the other of being the nastier people, should be forgotten.

    I doubt it will, I just wish people would focus their energy on something better.

    November 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. arion

    someone throw some water an the witch

    November 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Linda Ness

    i forget about her until her name pops up. must say it is most pleasant to not hear her name or her voice. oh well.

    November 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Trollmaster

    She's a mean hateful woman at heart.

    When she tries to act nice, it's more fake than pro wrestling.

    But please keep on campaigning for the Republicans so they can continue to lose elections.

    November 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. jackson, seattle

    Good now she can help a second republican lose an election!

    November 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. mildred w greear

    If as your reply, I sent same message before, "don't know where, don't know when." That sorta scares me. Will eliminate my participation in future and keep it to the ballot box. Mildred W Greear

    November 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Misty

    Go Away!! Brainless Bimbo- Enough of the low IQ un-elite

    November 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Charles

    Sarah. Please go back to Alaska and take all of the religious Fruit Loops with you. You are a Queen there and can be very happy. We don't need your crazy ideas here.

    November 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Sweet Daddy

    All I see is a group of looser backing a looser!!!

    Go Dems

    November 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Truth Speaker

    Why is this woman still in the press?Who cares about this ignorant, small minded, weak lady. She truly gets on my last nerves. Its like she talks and doesnt even know what she is talking about!!! Go away Sarah Palin!! The elections are over and thank God you lost! I would of had to look at you for four years and scared for my life because you are ignorant and couldn't be president.

    November 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Nan

    The thing that wouldn't leave

    November 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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