November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
4 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. justice

    reporters should stop covering this woman......if you ignore her, she will go away............

    November 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Mary Tyler Moore

    Anyone who wants to LOSE anything political – get her to help you.

    Stupid cow.

    We've hear enough from here for a decade. Go away, loser!

    November 30, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Tony

    If Chambliss has stooped to bringing in Sarah Palin, then – like with John McCain – he's lost all real credibility in my book.

    November 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. SHAME

    Well Gov. Palin is back. Her and Chambliss ~ makes sense. They both use hate and fear to promote themselves versus discourse and policy. Makes sense. I really do hope that Palin finds a time when she can settle back, take care of Alaska, and drive herself to gain broad knowledge. Until then, I just sigh or laugh, depending on what she says on any given day.

    November 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Wwhyyyyyy!!!!!

    If he wants to keep his seat, why is he paling around with terrorist? Why won't she go away? Please make it stop, it's like a night mare that won't end. I wish I could open my eyes and never hear or see her face again. Sarah, I'm trying to keep my turkey dinner down.

    November 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Wendy NC

    Even the Anchorage Daily News has pointed out the irony of her campaigning for a man who launched one of the nastiest swiftboat style ads against Max Cleland, a man who served this country in VietNam, losing three limbs. So she supports the troops and wants her son Track to be safe in Iraq and she wants to be an advocate for disabled, yet she is campaigning for a man who sought 5 deferrments to get out of the draft during VietNam. So Chambliss went after a disabled veteran in the most vicious way ever, got out of a war to protect his own butt, and she's going to campaign for him? So much for supporting our troops and being a voice for the disabled of the world. WTG Sarah.

    November 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. joseph

    Who Cares.

    November 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    If there's any justice to the election system Saxby will suffer the same fate with Sarah's help as did Senator McCain. It would serve him right for the nasty campaign that he ran against Max Cleland in 2002.

    November 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Butch Dillon

    Let's not fool ourselves, Georgia is a red neck state with the type of mindless constituency that drive Palin's popularity. They will listen to her vicious attacks with delight and threaten to kill Martin because he is on Obama's side. Palin's pals may not turn out to vote, but they will turn this thing as ugly as Palin is.

    November 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Lucinda, Albquerque, NM

    All of those losers are in denial! The best,very best, thing that could result from all of this is that Palin continues to challenge Romeny,Giuliani, Huckabee all the way to 2012, thereby guaranteeing that Democrats will continue to dominate both houses of congress , governorships,and preserving Obama's presidency. Republicans lost in 2008, will continue to lose for a long time because they just don't know how to win. Thanks Gov. Palin!

    November 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. No Palin

    Hey,

    Don't you have a state to run?

    Don't you have kids to take care of?

    November 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    Please, CNN, just let her fade away, there are much more newsworthy stories out there.

    November 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Don Fitzgerald

    I hope that the good voters of Georgia remember what the Bush-McCain Republicans have done to America and her citizens !! If they do, I think Mr. Martin, a Vietnam War Veteran, will be elected to our Senate. That is the smart thing to do !!
    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE AND WHOLE. NOW.

    November 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Soccer mom

    Isn't she supposed to be governing Alaska?
    Typical Palin, forget about working together for the crisis of today, but only thinking of her own run down the road. I wonder how many people she will have fighting against each other from now until then.

    November 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Tom Dawson

    Why doesn't she just stay home and "govern" or whatever she does in Alaska? Enough is enough.

    November 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Shoot'em Up!

    "Good Ole Saxby"! What luck that self-imploding "Caribou Barbie" is coming to resuce. Hey Sarah! Neiman-Marcus is open and waiting for you in Atlanta.

    Palin's the biggest thing to hit Georgia since General Sherman. Come guys give her a real "warm" welcom.

    November 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. paul oregon

    accordind to a artical in the anchorage dailynews . chambliss made a comment on 911 that all muslums should be shot . also there was a veitam veteran that ran against chambliss that is disabled ( who had lost both legs and a arm in the war ) a comment that chambliss made was that since his oppent had lost 3 limbs in the war he was weak and would hand the country over to the terriosts. doesnt trhe G.O.P make you proud to be a american. palin is ajoke from what i read in the a.d.n she has a few problems in alaska that she is ducking. us dem. like palin she takes a licking and keeps on giving
    to the dem. party. everyone needs a laugh a day

    November 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. David

    Sarah Palin is NOT news.
    The news is that there's a contested race still to be decided what it means for the country.

    What it means for Caibou Barbie is NOT of interest.

    November 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. EdM

    I'm glad to hear this, the Democrat should be a shoe in now!

    November 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    NOT HER AGAIN!!!!! GRRRRRRR what an insult to our intelligence. IF we are to be a 'great' nation as Sarah is always using this empty word, then we need TO KEEP RELIGION OUT OF GOVERNMENT.. I wish the Repubs could understand this basic principle that used to make the US a leader in the world..

    November 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Good Grief

    Not much help here and I would think unwelcomed attention if you want a Republican in that senate seat.

    Sarah really needs to go back to Alaska and "cool off" a little. She can keep her "first dude" with her up there too. She is just a little too folksey to be taken seriously and I'm more red neck than I like to think I am and a Republican thru and thru. Seriously there is a time to let you hair down and a time to shut the heck up. She didn't know the difference.

    November 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Don from Maine

    Makes me wonder if Chambliss watched the Presidential election results. If history is any indicator the last candidate who was endorsed by Palin lost in a landslide. Somehow I think the people in the state of Georgia are far too intelligent to be swayed by Caribou Barbie. In fact voters just might tell Chambliss 'Here's your sign". They don;t put lipstick on their pitbulls in Georgia. Palin is like that obnoxious distant relative that keeps showing up with their hand out. Aren't there some ethics charges she needs to address back in Alaska? It amazes me that any sensable republican would align him or herself with this pathetic loser. Total idiot? You betcha wink wink. I cxan't wait to read the latest on this egomaniacal hockey mom. Should'nt she be back in Alaska waiting for Putin to violate our airspace? Good luck Saxsby-you'll need it if you join this ship of fools.

    November 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. DKing

    I guess there is nothing for the governor to do up in Alaska. She was on the presidental campaign trail for months so one would think her neglected office would require some attention. If I was an Alaskian I would not be happy. But then again to get the dimwit out of the way may be all for the good.

    November 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Russ

    One can only hope she will do for Chambliss what she did for McCain.

    November 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. A G Bevin

    I guess Palin is trying to get some political experience in the lower U.S. since she was a mess in Alaska. She really should get back to her family and look after the needs of her daughter (the pregnant one) and her Downs' syndrome son. They need her a Hell of a lot more than the American public.....I hope she will continue in the future to do better by her family than she could ever do for America. No intelligent peson could tolerate her as Vice-President, let alone President.....but then, perhaps some voters were thinking of some limited (or only) characteristic she has rather than the over-all good of American.....Peace !!

    November 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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