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. NEO-CONS and AIPAC setting the stage

    where Obama will be forced to continue the Bush doctrine:

    "DEMONIZE THE OTHERS, and

    PERPETUATE THE WAR AS STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM!"

    a gunman at taj smiled spraying bullets, eh?

    what about Bush / cheney / neo-cons smirking all along?

    i know, the mossad is at my tail.

    November 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Judy

    YOU'RE CONTINUING TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE A COMEDY SCENE. GO HOME; WE DON'T WANT YOU HERE.

    November 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. ranjit

    It is a very good move. Right now, Sarah Palin is the one who is energizing the conservative base. Also, this will make her earn the position of being a leader in the conservative movement. This move is going to increase the margin of senator chambliss .

    November 30, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. kirk in upstate new york

    It makes sense that the woman who made the act of turkeys loosing their heads a public affair would team up with the bum who got into office by attacking an amputee.

    Seriously folks...the Republican party is looking more and more like a Mad TV sketch.

    Sheesh...I'm almost sorry for them!

    November 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. ABG

    Gov. Sarah Palin has shown she can energize large crowds at campaign stops.

    I bet she out draws Giuliani, Romney & Hucklebee combined!

    November 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Janey

    I can't wait to hear her speak again–I love the way she ignores all of the attempted smears from the left! This is one tough, smart lady! And she does NOT stutter at hard questions like the chosen ONE.

    November 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Bob F.

    now the democrat is sure to win. GO BACK TO ALASKA SARAH. The lower 48 states are sick of you.

    November 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Tired of Palin

    She just needs to go away.

    November 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. johnrj08

    Clearly, Palin believes she is a powerful campaigner, but her involvement way down in Georgia, thousands of miles from her family and her duties as governor of Alaska, is totally unnecessary. Chambliss is expected to win this run-off and doesn't need her help. Palin is doing this for herself and nobody else, but she seems to think no one will notice that fact. How do you spell "Sarah Palin"?

    O-B-L-I-V-i-O-U-S.

    November 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. bill

    Evidentially being Governor of Alaska is not particularly time consuming job.

    November 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. REG in AZ

    ‘Sarah Palin haters’, I think people who use that phrase are missing the point. It really isn’t hatred; it is disgust, disgust with her many faults and her brazenness and surprise and disgust first with John McCain for bringing her out of obscurity and now with those who are trying to make her their next puppet to pick up where GWBush left off. There is where the fault really lies. One individual stated they didn’t think she was a sociopathic personality because she had meaningful relationships but, as McCain discovered, it is apparent she just uses relationships for her advantage. They also felt she deserved credit for having her DS baby instead of aborting yet there is the question, does she deserve credit when she constantly uses the baby as a prop, soliciting sympathy and recognition, and then just handing it off? No, those along with all of her other self-focused characteristics, especially the lack of any conscience, strongly suggest she really fits the sociopathic category and would be a real disaster in any national office (as the sociopathic GWBush has been). Personally, I think she is a sick and sad case and simply wish that she would fade away. George W Bush has proven to be the worst President this country has ever had and we need to remember all of it in order to recognize and reject anyone else who is similar – Sarah Palin is a cut from the same mold! The Republican Party can do better and we need to demand that they do so.

    November 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Amanda, GA

    Sarah, you are welcome here in GA. We want Saxby to win the race and your help is deeply appreciated.

    November 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Jeffrey

    Chambliss equals George W. and then some. Here's a guy who supports teacher-led prayer in public schools, scores an A+ from the NRA, supports Bush's war in Iraq, opposes stricter limits on campaign funds, supports the ridiculous Border Wall, supports privatizing Social Security, and scores near the bottom on issues pertaining to civil rights for gays, women, and other minority groups while scoring high on support for big business and corporations. Global warming? Not an issue.

    I guess it's no surprise he draws support from Palin, McCain, Romney, etc. And guys like Huckabee and Giuliani, who tried to separate themselves from Bush as independents, now show that their true allegiance is to...the GOP.

    Americans just voted against this kind of politician. Let's hope Georgia completes the housecleaning.

    November 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Ryan

    GO AWAY SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your fifteen minutes were up November 4th.

    November 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Seattle Sue

    Another loser headed to Georgia.

    November 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Allen from Pa.

    She will do anything to get in the news.

    November 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    It's a sorry state of affairs when someone who cannot string two coherent sentences together is "a big name surrogate" in a political campaign. It's time for America to stop rewarding sub-mediocrity by paying attention to such people.

    If Gov. Palin is truly concerned about Alaska, why doesn't she stay home and attend to the pressing needs of that State? Seems she is STILL more interested in the limelight, as indicated by her recently missing a conference on education in Alaska in favor of granting another interview. Typical Sarah.....ego prevails over the interests of those who put her in office.

    November 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Alex

    In Juneau, the capital of Alaska, inhabitants wear a button with the words: "Where's Sarah?" She spends more time in the Lower '48 than she does in her own state.

    November 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. mike

    I like the fact that the repubs are running scared and trying anything to get those last couple of seats.
    Let's see how they like having little to zero input on running the country while they sit in the senate.
    Hahaha Serves them right, never take advantage of the American people, we're not idiots, we will turn on you in a heartbeat.

    November 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Srikop

    Oh puhlease! aren't we done with her yet???

    November 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. kirk in upstate new york

    Sung to the tune of Twas the Night Before Christmas

    Twas the week before voting and all through the state
    Was the sound of redneck and a former vice presidential running mate.
    There were shouts of honor and yells of "country first"
    too bad it was integrity that the voters did thirst.
    The man, to get in office, made fun of an American veteran
    a stupid human trick found only on Letterman.
    One can only hope that America has learned its lesson
    fake WMD, fake links to Al Queda just aint worth messin'
    Because we are on to the tricks, the hoodwinkery, the hurly-burly
    enough of Senators being jerks and VP's played by Joanne Worley!

    November 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    They must be celebrating in the Martin camp. The exit polls clearly showed that she was a major turnoff to an overwhelming majority of independent voters (male&female) and her being on the ticket was the reason given by them for voting democratic.

    If Chambliss loses you can be sure that the exit polls will again show her being a major reason.

    Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results!!

    Oh well, here comes the 60th. vote!!

    November 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. John in VA

    Yes, Sarah, please campaign! Every campaign you involve yourself in turns to goo. Looking forward to a Martin victory on Tuesday.

    November 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Diane

    Snore. Palin is just an attention hog with no ideas.

    November 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Stu-Florida

    She's going to force the lower 48 to like her, whether we do or not...

    Any dictionary can tell you the meaning of: go away, we don't need you here, stop opening your mouth, shut up, stop please, tell Todd, abuse of power, lies, fear, misconceptions, truth, etc... IF she used one!!!!!

    CNN, you're going to loose readers if you keep her in the news! Please STOP!

    November 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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