November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
3 years 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. I too sing America

    I'm surprised she could find Georgia on the map.
    Go away.

    November 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Don't tell me, Sarah,....you can see India from your front porch!!!

    November 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. andrew

    good news there will be great sound bites of this stumbling bumbling bimbo . how desperate does a campaign have to be to invite this retard to help you. please gop make her the rising star !!!!

    November 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. ED FL:

    based on my first comment that disappeared I see that CNN is back on their CENSORSHIP MODE WHEN SOMETHING CONTRARY TO THEIR DESIRES OR BIAS IS WRITTE N . It disappears or the page happens to conveniently shut down. Well it did not work with Obama or the demos so put that in your pipe and smoke it. Probably job openings in Russia for censors.

    November 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. sbkilb Ct

    When will this woman go away!!!!! People of Georgia think very carefully before you vote. The time for change has come,

    November 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Denise Cole

    Oh goodness, why can't she just leave us in peace?? She is obviously an attention wh*re.

    November 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    Her own legislature found she abused her power and violated a state ethics law, she can't or won't identify what newspapers she reads, she was tricked by a radio DJ into believing she was talking with the president of France, she didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was, she winks and flirts her way through a national televised debate, her use of the English language makes educated people cringe, she doesn't believe in evolution, and her high-school droput daughter is knocked up by a high-school dropout hooligan boyfriend, in the best Family Values Republican tradition. The woman is a loon.

    November 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. B. Deal

    Please let her go away.

    November 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. B. Fountain

    When are the media going to get it!?

    We are tired of Palin and her raised controversy.

    We are tired of hearing about Ms. Beauty Queen.

    We are fed up with the politics, lies, stories about this woman who sets everyones teeth on edge.

    I am sure with the world crisis, the economy, Christmas, a New President, a leaving President, etc., etc., etc. your news organization could find something better to write about.

    Millions of the public (quite a majority woman) cannot see this woman becoming anything more than a figurehead and has been. She has set back woman especially business woman back at least 100 years with her negative behavior on the campaign trail.

    CNN find someone else newsworthy. Someone that cares about people. Someone that has a human interest story to tell. Get off the Palin bandwagon for heavens sake.

    November 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Elizabeth in Texas

    Who cares?

    November 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Anonymous

    When Lord, when?? When will this woman stop talking and just go home for good?? When will she shut up so we can stop listening to how STOOPID she is?

    We've just had 8 years of STOOPID in the White House, and look where it's taken our nation. Send this woman back to Alaska and make her stay there once and for all!!

    We can't afford any more STOOPID in our nation's government... not now, not ever again!!

    November 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Nina in Orlando

    Oh, God. Please make her GO AWAY! UGH!

    November 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. S. Bird, Phila., PA

    A majority of the electorate would appreciate if Govenor Palin goes back to Alaska and stays in Alaska.

    November 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Jim Hall

    What a village idiot. She is a real unintelligent pushie old bi__h Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    November 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. John

    Keep on showing up Sarah...the democrats appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf!!!

    November 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Roland

    Obviously she needed some new clothes.

    November 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Randy

    Give it up Palin your done nobody wants to here from you anymore, but I guess moose hurting is not in season so she's going to try campaining again for a loser.

    November 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. John Q. Cynic

    Palin doesn't get it...she offers a twenty first century America nothing, but old dusty evangelical ideologies that sucks up our modern culture, that's then replaced with her failing political message. She has a persona that's as attractive as a decomposing corpse left out in the hot Georgia summer time sun.

    November 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. jrc903

    It is official, according to Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin is now the undisputed leader of the republican party. By default, she brings with her an unbeatable combination of wit/charm /intelligence /insight/knowledge(apparently) not equaled by anyone other member of the republican party. In fact, so as not to appear to be disgruntle, I bet most of them will continue to pretend this women really knows something. The question is, for how long–can they keep up this ridiculous self-delusion. Will Rogers once said "I don't belong to any organized political party– I am a democrat." Well.. republicans can now say– "They don't belong to any party led by intelligent human beings- they are republicans."
    But seriously, wouldn't it be NOT funny if they laughed her off for so long that somehow the so-called center of the party– the ones who keep drinking the KOOK-AID, finally declared: that in so much as Darwinism is false– Sarah Palin is true. I guess at that point, the country would split apart along mental health boundaries. At that point it would be truly a test of "the pen being mightier than the sword"

    November 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. kb

    PALIN = FAIL

    November 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Carl from MI

    When, Lord... when?

    When will this woman stop talking and stop showing the lower 48 states just how STOOPID she really is? Wasn't enduring eight years of STOOPID enough? Must we endure more???

    When, Lord... when???

    When will be our time to go without Sarah Palin and more STOOPID??

    November 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Palin campaigning equals another Democrat victory.

    She should stay in Alaska and write moose cookbooks and take care of her family.

    November 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. aquinas

    Funny to see a big-time loser in Palin go to the aid of what many of us hope will soon be a two-time loser in Chambliss on December 2. Voters, look to see the poor judgment of Chambliss bringing in one of the most prolific national landslide losers in the form of Palin to appeal to the whacko, evangelical Republican base who hold Palin as a god-like creature due to her pro-life and anti-gay direction given by God–they believe.

    And, Palin and Chambliss do both share a common bond in being self-avowed and flaming rednecks! Let's send Chambliss back to performing jobs he is aptly suited to do, like plowing corn fields.

    November 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Joe

    Why doesn't this moron crawl under a rock and die? It's no wonder that the GOP lost control of the White House this year, look at the morons that become large players in the party..

    November 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Lisa

    All I want for Christmas is for this woman to stay in Alaska.

    November 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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