November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
3 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. Ruth

    Go away DUMB lady.

    November 30, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. chuck

    It's over Palin, just stop, please. I don't know why the media keeps reporting on her....

    November 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. jane in Columbus,ks

    Dirty white trash following more dirty white trash.Will the republicans ever learn?

    November 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Bret

    Thanks Senator McCain. Apparently the Palin virus that you exposed the country to will not be going away any time soon. Hopefully we'll find a vaccine soon.

    November 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. s

    Palin is a has-been. If the Republicans think she's the future of their party, they better change their mascot from the elephant to the dinosaur.

    November 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. R Liberty

    Give it up Palin -
    Go back to where you belong:
    Moose Country !!
    And leave the rest of America alone.

    Didn't you get the message the first time ?

    And take care of those kids why dont'cha wink wiink
    No more pregnant unwed teens!!!

    November 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Linda

    Governor Palin, YOU ARE GOOD! Don't know you can help Chambliss, but if anyone can, you will. The rising star and hope for the country and the Republican Party.

    See ya' in a few years

    November 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Christy

    Stay down in the lower 48 Sarah. They can keep you!

    November 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. greg

    Clinton drew 3,000, Gore drew 500 during their rallies for Martin. Donna Brazile, Gore's former campaign manager, held an event for Martin that drew just 75.

    McCain drew 3,000, Huckabee 2,000, Romney 1,000 in their rallies for Chambliss.

    Gov. Palin is booked into arenas that can hold 10 to 12,000 for 3 appearances, and one that can hold about 20,000. Her events will be maximum capacity. She'll also raise a lot of money at the fundraising event.

    obama's campaign people have been pouring into Georgia to attempt to get out the vote, and he has produced ads supporting Martin.

    Palin will outdraw them all combined in just one of her events. She'll get out the vote for Chambliss, and will be a huge factor in handing obama his first defeat.

    November 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Dan

    I wonder how much someone has to pay to ensure that Palin stays out of the media for good, gosh darnit. I would happily visit Alaska anytime I feel the need to know what she's up to.

    November 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. David Goldman

    TO ADEQUATELY EXPERIENCE PALIN'S TALENTS &

    EXPERIENCE THOSE TOWNS NEED TO SET UP A POLE.

    November 30, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Robert

    Who the heck is running Alaska now?? Is it "the Dude?" If I were a "smart" republican who is in a tight race, why would you ask someone who lost the big race to attempt to come and help you? What is the RNC thinking?

    November 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Rural CA

    Palin can fix this, you betcha! Just as long as she doesn't speak.....

    November 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    It truely amazes me how with all the problems in the world, the media gives this IDIOT with no clue, coverave

    November 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Ray Fisher

    If the press would simply stop giving Palin air time, maybe she would dry up and blow!!! She can resurfaceafter she learns her office and a little about politics...

    November 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Roger

    She can campaign for Chambliss all day if she wants to and even wear lipstick. While no one will be able to understand what she says, I hope they will still see her for what she is.

    November 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Phillip Bunn

    This woman is like a germ that there is no cure for. I sincerely hope that the future of the Republican Party depends on her. If that be the case, Americans will only have to suffer her hideous winks.

    November 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Monroe W. DeVos

    Please, please....go back to Alaska and help your own constituents. You certainly haven't done anything for them in the past three months and we certainly don't need you in Georgia. Save your inane comments for someone else!

    November 30, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Simmy

    GEORGIA! It's your time to join the rest of the country and get rid of evil in politics – Vote Yes to Martin! Vote NO to Chambliss! Vote NO to Palin!

    November 30, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Ivan Sanchez

    Sarah Palin is like an annoying fly she needs to go back to Alaska and tend to her elected responsibility! Enough of her!

    November 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Big Ed

    Enough already!!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Simon

    Who CARES what this illiterate woman says? Ship her back to Alaska and let her melt in the snow. The world is SO TIRED of this ignorant person. How can she stump on behalf of anyone? She can't even speak in joined-up sentences. She takes educational levels to a historic low.

    November 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. frank

    cant this bimbo thinglet just go away. as i recall she lost.

    November 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. twiddly

    This is great!
    Nothing works better than Palin to get out the democrat vote.

    Also too, more fodder for the comedians, again also.

    November 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Katherine

    So, Sarah, what happened to your plans to get back there to the great state of Alaska and doing what the great people of Alaska elected you to do, which was to run the state, also, too? You seem to be everywhere BUT in the office of the governor these days.

    November 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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