November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
2 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. J Williamson

    The Republican presidential nomination campaign for 2012 is, quite apparently, in full-sway. Any polls yet on who is leading in Iowa or New Hampshire? Oh, this "withdrawl" is awful (LOL!)

    November 30, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    I Have Read And Heard All I Want About This Woman! Please Report On Something Else, . . . Perhaps World Events, Health Issues, Technology, Or Art! Give This Woman A Rest!

    November 30, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Debbi

    maybe it's time for Sarah to stay home for a change and take care of her 5 children....soon to be six children.....hmmmmm....maybe if someone was taking a little more care of her there wouldn't be six....

    November 30, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Obama da Man

    Caribou Barbie campaiging for Saxby "I compare a war hero to Bin Ladin?"

    Bye Bye Saxby! YOU BETCHA!!!

    November 30, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. RevC

    For the sake of the nation, let's hope Caribou Barbie has the same effect on this contest as she did on the one for the Presidency...

    November 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. keekers

    God did the right thing and sent her back to Alaska. Lets leave her there...she's done.

    November 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. zaphod2000

    I knew a week would not go by without another story about this woman. Does anyone but her family whom she has a need to leave behind now really care? She should be home tending to that baby boy.
    If only the media wouldn't be as smitten as most of us aren't we would be a much happier nation.

    November 30, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. texas

    AND THIS IS NEWS WHY/?????????????????????????

    November 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Atlanta Democrat

    Welcome to Georgia, Governor Palin – you are just what Jim Martin needs.

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

    Seriously, what has she been doing for Alaska since she was the VP pick for McCain???? She needs to get back to work!

    November 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Texas Trail Kitty

    Sigh . . . . I suppose she'll go away at some point. She is the most self-aware politician I have ever seen – and you have to go some to stand out in a crowd like that.

    November 30, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Aliou

    Go home to your children and husband. that is the christian way.

    and the smart thing to do when you are out of your league.

    November 30, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Linda , Phoenix, Arizona

    Palin should go back to alaska and learn some stuff1 As a Democrat i am happy if she is all the GOP can come up with as a rep of her party. She is uneducated, ignorant, dishonest, rude, annoying and sickeningly arrogant. She doesn't beieive in the Constitution, is anti-gay, wants only abstinence education, wants to teach religion in schools, cares nothing for the environment, still claims that global warming is not a fact. Just NOT what the world needs, not even Alaska. How stupid is she to allow herself to be taped while a guy sticks turkeys by the head into a horrilble slaughter machine while she jokes and winks in the foreground.
    God Bless America and thanks for Obama and Biden!

    November 30, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. suzyku

    will this woman never go away?!

    November 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Tab Cocovillea

    If there is a God, she'll sink two careers in one fell swoop.

    November 30, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. enoughalready

    When is that dolt going the way of Dan Quayle? she needs to get back to Alaska and being a mother to her oft neglected children.

    November 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Art

    Let's see if I can drag him under too, you betcha!!

    November 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. JR in GA

    Won't it be wonderful have Carribou Barbie here. She ran one of the most vicious attack campaigns ever. Now she is coming to GA. to do the same for Chamblis. So fitting, Shameless Chamblis has run nothing but attack ads and smears, it would have been nice to see what ideas Chamblis had (if any)...but this is the same man who thought that ripping apart a disabled Viet Nam vet was good sport.

    November 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Tired Of Palin

    If everyone is as tired of her as I am I cant see how it would help.
    When does she work for Alaska?

    November 30, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Yes, by all means, bring 'er on! She should be the face of the Republican party – she embodies the wit and wisdom, intellect and reasonableness of her party. She will help ensure her party's place.

    November 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Barbara Campbell

    Chambliss and Palin – birds of a feather – will stoop at nothing in their pursuit of wealth, fame, and power. Just what we need more of in Washington.

    November 30, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Sarge in Florida

    Haven't the people had enough of your crap? Sara go back to AK and watch how they slaughter turkeys. You seem to enjoy watching animals bleed to death...One of your kids might just become a serial killer. You know that stats show that most serial killers get a kick out of killing animals....You should stay out of politics period. After all you voted for a convicted felon..Stevens.

    November 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. MrPragmatic

    14:57.....14:58.....14:59.....

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. BV

    Please stay in Alaska, Sarah, please!!!

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. dentri

    Good for her and I hope entire US is goign to see How Big Lie is Obama .telling us about Whashinton Insiders are gone.Guess what is full of them.Hillary is secretary of State,This guy is a joke.I can see the experience blaminf Sarah.IS good for Rebublicans to lose the electrion because we can see the ipocrosy of Obama campaing.He lied to us when he say will do the Somenthing MCCain will about taking money from public finance.He lied to Us about Whashinton insider.He told everyone of us he will rise taxes to the rich now he is backing up(their campaing say temporary for the economy).Is a joke.But i hope to see the third party or somenone to keep this liars accountable.HE say will rich to others .I don't see a single republican in his cabinet.He keep shouting against Bush .Now what happend in India America need to be proud of Bush keeping us Safe.Not selling his soul to those big liars Demoratic party or Rebublican party.We need a president he is not changinf after the wind.I pray for Obama to take this country in right Directions but i can't see that when he is puting Hillary Secretary of State and claiming himself in the debates about her readines in foregin policy.,He is a Joke.But MAeirca deserve a lesson when you choose a MArxist.

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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