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. same ole BS

    Some people never learn. The people that bring her in are dumb she can't help anyone but herself by that she is lining her pockets with republican fat cats money.

    November 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Suzanne

    Sarah needs a TV show...not a public office. Go home.

    November 30, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Birhanu

    The only thing she should be doing now is start fresh from Politics 101. It's a disgrace to the nation when a person who know almost nothing about world politics runs for the presidency in 2012. Don't waste time Palin! It may help a little if you put in 4 more years of studying!

    November 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. shakespear

    Oh my Gosh poor guy needs help from well known loosers. Even the turkey knows better than to rely on these reps for help.

    November 30, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. silver bells

    georgia vote jim martin dec.2, 2008

    November 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Mankind

    Sarah Palin will not stop to amuse people, including myself. She just doesn't get it that 'Talking fast or furiously is not tantamount to gross intelligence'. Just like most comedian, this lady is just adicted to the spotlight. She simply has no substance and only a looser will allow her to stump for them in any campaign. Ridiculously, she thinks she's preparing herself for 2012. lol.

    Shall I say, here comes another show of foolery and out-of-sync rhetorics from the least qualified governor in the history of our nation.

    November 30, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Mary

    I'd sure want Palin campaigning for me! I would concede the race before I'd align myself with her.

    November 30, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. BKrause

    Don't you love this apocalypse of mediocrity?

    November 30, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. katiec

    Bloggers,
    Let's ignore all articles about Palin and the media's obvious love
    for her. Maybe they will get it through their heads that the
    American people care less what that hocky mom is doing.

    November 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. pat C.

    THAT SHOULD MAKE AN AUTOMATIC WIN FOR MARTIN!!
    I WONDER IF SHE WILL ACUSE HIM OF BEING A TERRORIST????
    SHE NEEDS TO STAY IN ALASKA AND HUNT MOOSE.

    November 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. spence

    Doesn’t this woman have a state to run? I wish she’d go home and do her job, care for her family and her superstitions and leave the rest of us alone. I am just thankful that we aren’t in a situation where she is a heartbeat away from the White House in times like these. Please, Ms. Palin, go tend to your knitting, your moose gutting, or whatever and mind your own business.

    November 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. cmars

    i really wish she'd just drop off the face of the earth.

    where are the good leaders nowadays? one isn't enough.

    November 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. JJ H.

    Please go away Palin.....

    November 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. clifford

    Texas Teacher here's a "shout out" for ya! If you had a brain you would be a retard! Why don't you try doing some research for facts before you spout off that big mouth of yours. You can start by using that gray matter inbetween your ears for something other than farting!!!

    November 30, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Peachy Keen

    Ha! That sounds like the exact thing Chambliss needs.....another loser coming to campaign for him.

    November 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Ken

    Chambliss is worthless and he does not deserve to represent the state of Georgia. 6 years was enough.

    I hope Ms. Palin brings her luck with her and helps his campaign go down in flames, much like her own.

    Chambliss should know he did something wrong as the race is as close as it is. A Republican in Georgia should be

    November 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. SC

    I'm still wondering who would want someone like Palin. I think only a loser like Sexby would.

    November 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Ken

    Chambliss is worthless and he does not deserve to represent the state of Georgia. 6 years was enough.

    I hope Ms. Palin brings her luck with her and helps his campaign go down in flames, much like her own.

    Chambliss should know he did something wrong as the race is as close as it is. A Republican in Georgia should be quite a bit more ahead than he is.

    November 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Sezi Demirkilic`

    What a big mistake. Having S. Palin as your support in an election. It just shows that people do not learn from their past errors. But, I can almost bet that a bunch of people will come out and probably bow down to S. Palin and probably listen to her words of wisdom without breathing. She is doing everything she can to stay in the limelight, instead she should go back to Alaska and try and do the job she was elected to do. Some of us already forgot her and would like to continue to erase her permanently from our memories!

    November 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Spokane Bob

    Pretty sad when the worst of 4 candidates is elected. Sara Palin should be president. Obama has no experience and is a terrorist supporter. Palin IQ 138, Obama 119. We elected the wrong person.

    November 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. former gop

    Honestly, there's no politician I hate except Sarah Palin. She's humiliated this country. The world laughs at us because she's such a joke. Somebody please make her go away.

    November 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Dorothy in NC

    I guess Sarah Palin isn't going to go away no matter how most of us feel and the thought of her and Romney, Huckabee & Giuliani making another Presidential bid in 2012 is about as refreshing a thought as drinking sand on a hot day.

    No matter how you pair these people up; Romney/Palin or Huckabee/Giuliani or Giuliani/Palin or Huckabee/Romney the result is distressing. Surely the American people have some Republican inlaw or even outlaw that would like a career in politics because it definitely would take more than 3 of a kind to beat any one of those pairs !

    If that is the best the Republican party can do, thank God I am a Democrat.

    November 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. aaron

    Well what I think about that and also too Palin the campaign trail is just brutal and also as well as and the main stream media and bias and also gotcha journalism up there in Alaska you betcha. Will someone please put this moron back on her short bus to Alaska so she can peep on Russia from her house?

    November 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Demon_Joe

    Why bring in Palin to boost Chambliss? Both have nothing to add, except fear mongering. The Chambliss attack ads are stupid at best, again pandering to the low information voter... the same people that supported McCain-Palin. What will she say about Obama and Martin now that she has been invited to Georgia? "Raise your taxes" will surely be on their speech agenda. Typical Republicans.

    The people have spoken! Go away Chambliss, go away Palin!

    November 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. James B

    I weep for the state of the Republican party. We are in very big trouble if this woman is the best we can come up with. She's clueless and needs to go away.

    November 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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