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. jerry

    Doesn't she have work to do?

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

    What a showboat!! With the economy and oil revenue dropping like a rock in Alaska.....we have Sarah on show in Georgia.

    It won't work long term Sarah....you're done. Appealing to the "base" was proven to out of touch with voters. Go home kill a moose..why don't cha!

    I sure hope that people remember the what Karl Rove helped Saxby do to Max Cleland. Anyone who can make a true war hero like Cleland look like he is not a patriot desrves to burn.

    By the way.....how much did Chambliss really help Greorgia in six years???

    November 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. texas

    ANd this is news WHY?

    November 30, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. kevin

    GO AWAY SARAH, GO AWAY!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Mike Denver Colorado

    How long before the people of Alaska get fed up with their absentee Governor? $50 barrel oil has got be wrecking havoc on the State Budget.

    November 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Gambi

    Not surprised she would show up, This race is as ugly and vicious as the Presidential campaign McCain and Palin ran. The women is politically blood thirsty.

    November 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Bob Stephens

    She is like a fungus infection. She keeps coming back again and again, even though nobody wants her to.

    November 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Al Feldzamen

    It seemed a bit mysterious, why Governor Palin's health records were such a secret, and only released on the eve of the election.

    She was adamantly determined to keep those personal health records from advanced public scrutiny, a most unusual stance for a candidate for such high office. What on earth was the lady hiding so grimly?

    Could it be that, since the date of her first delivery is known and also the date of her marriage, being a public record, is also known . . . that her health records would reveal this first birth was not premature, but full term, and that it strongly indicated the conception occurred before her marriage?

    And that is exactly what the medical record showed, that the birth of her first child was full "term," which means 9 months, plus or minus 2 weeks. Yet the lady gave birth only 8 months after her elopement marriage. Such marriages are often rushed, for pregnancy reasons, and that seems to have been the case here.

    This certainly would have been damaging in the election for one who professes such fundamentalist views and such personal virtue as the Alaska governor. She, after all, has been an ardent promoter of premarital chastity and abstinence, and an equally ardent opponent of sex education.

    Seems to make her a total hypocrite, no?

    November 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Diggins

    ..Why bother..What is there possibly left that can be said about Sarah..

    November 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Carol

    I wish she would just stay in Alaska, tend to her day job, and shut the heck up. She's a joke (a very bad joke) and the country will be a lot better off when it doesn't have to hear about, or from, her any more.

    November 30, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    Show a little leg, flash a little wink, spew a bit of hate, and the rednecks at the Klan rally deep down in Georgia will be eating out of your hand. Don't forget to exchange some of the RNC clothes at Lenox Square, so you will be outfitted for the rally correctly, I would suggest something in winter white...

    Then just point them to the voting booth and tell them how to spell Saxby and Chambliss and your work is done.

    November 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Lauren

    I would imagine 90% of the comments on here will be people slamming Sarah and making crude comments. And I would bet this will not get posted.

    So before all you nuts start talking trash about how Sarah needs to go away,,,,,,,,,,

    So does Hillary. Just go away Queen Hillary,,,,

    November 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Joyce

    I was hoping she had returned to Alaska for good!!

    November 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Jim

    Here we go again...round 2 for Sarah Palin. Her last minute of undeserved fame is upon us. I can't wait to hear her thoughts on Georgia issues. She can't wave to us from Alaska but I'm sure she will do a lot of waving today. She is very good at coming into campaigns and stirring the pot. She will get a lot of cheers from those who love her. Many of which don't really know why. The scramble by the republican partyto save what should have been an easy win in Georgia is clear indication that America has moved, even in the red south. Chambliss may win but it is the way that he won that tells the real story.

    November 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. an independent

    Palin Free – Please!!!

    November 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. J Stuart

    What does Sarah Palin have to do with Georgia politics? She should be in Alaska protecting us fromr those Russian MIGs that she says wanders into Alaskan airspace

    November 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. 3strikes

    PALIN 2012 – the new slogan america will be taking up next election year is – "nobama change failed, we need republican reform and palin power!"

    November 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. sandy

    PLEASE give all us red blooded American's a break!!! I have had my fill of politics, and especially of Governor Palin. Aren't her 15 minutes of fame up yet??? Lets just get on with fixing this country and enough of the bull already

    November 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Salliesue

    Please go back to Alaska, Sarah! Your 15 minutes are up!!!

    November 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Ray jay

    Sorry but I wish you just stayed home, you just don't get it

    November 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Getting It Right

    CNN – Let it go. It's hard, I know, but there are so many urgent issues ahead of us:

    UAW President – Get his thoughts more – he did an excellent job on Sunday.

    Retail Sales – Provide some tracking on this sector of the economy – it is the last strong indicator of where we are heading.

    Businesses that are doing well – and how they are doing it.

    Political News:
    Results of the GA runoff – not the players (they are the same)

    PE Obama's transition team: Under-reported staff-cabinet positions – get beyond the Clintons -we got it; we got it

    Agenda items for Congress when they come back in session – progress/updates still are good news.

    That can keep you busy for a while.

    November 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Anonymous in Texas

    Makes you wonder who's taking care of the kids in the Palin household.

    November 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. George Arlington, TX.

    This woman needs to go away. We were blessed with a stupid president for 8 years . It will be nice to have someone that speakes proper english. I must confess I did learn some new words Skoosh is only one . I would need to see his dictionary to get the proper spelling..Sarah will only add to his wordbook GOD HELP US..

    November 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Veteran for OB

    She'll fire up the base. That's about it. Maybe since Georgia knows now that they are clearly in the minority (in vision and direction), they will change course. America has spoken. Georgia can get on board (with change, competence, and accountability), or continue down the road of corruption and kronyism (good old boy hookups and under the table handshake deals).

    Not having the most talented folks in office right now is not an option for us. Folks in Georgia should be voting for the best interest of the country. Forget hypocritical, self righteous, divisive, partisan ideology. Turn away from it. It has wrecked us, and almost wrecked the world.

    If we have learned anything, it is that we don't want to be governed by inferiors (regarding intellect). We see what happens when we let the "beer keg" captain run the country. If we have learned anything, we need to vote people in with above average intelligence, a good understanding of national and international affairs, and true integrity.

    November 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. kaz

    I wish Sara Palin stay in the news all the time..

    November 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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