November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
6 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. fat john

    *Yawns*

    November 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. ClaireL

    What would be really funny is that if Saxby Chambliss lose due to Palin's campaigining for him....Looking forward to view the results:)

    November 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Brian

    Just think about it. America might have had the first special needs Vice President. There is something very wrong with Mrs Palin.

    November 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. jdr

    I wish she would stay in Alaska with the polar bears

    November 30, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Ricky in Atl

    please dont come to GA!!!

    November 30, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Sarah Palin 2012!

    November 30, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. No Ones Home Boy

    Doesn't she already have a job?
    What is Alaska paying her for...Suirely she has put her self-promoting rhetoric before the people who elected her...

    November 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. DB25

    GO AWAY PALIN!!!! You lost the election...so go back to Alaska and shoot some elk.

    November 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    Where's Joe Lieberman?

    November 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. DOC

    CNN, why do you keep regurgitating these news stories about Sarah Palin? Don't you have anything else to offer besides political sensationalism?

    November 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Ray from NY

    Go Home Gov,Palin!!

    November 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Roberto

    Quote from Sarah Palin...

    "Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.

    Yes she's helping a lot !!!

    November 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. chuck

    This is a SICK WOMAN with no family life and that's the reason for her seventeen year old daughter to be pregnant for a stiff.

    November 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Lisa Vilen

    I am not sure what to say of Palin any more. I am sure she would probably make a nice neighbor, so I do not like personally attacking her, but I admit I am terrified of her. I am terrified that even one person could think of Palin as a remotely qualified candidate for much of anything. Yet, it is obvious the powers that be are still going to persist on parading her around. Actually, I think this is what most people are responding to with their negative comments, no matter how they may come off: It is not that they personally do not like her; it is just that they cannot believe anyone could ever take her seriously as a politician.

    November 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. flysafely

    Enough of Sarah Palin already

    November 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. fay

    I'm sick and tired of Sarah Palin – why doesn't she go home to Alaska?

    November 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Endri

    "Being That",
    you cannot stay away from the continental U.S. Go back to Alaska and fire your M-14.
    Have you told the rest of the country that it took you 7 consecutive full time years to finish college? By now you must know that Africa is a continent and not a country. Not bad having a "terrorist" as a president of the U.S.

    November 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. William from Lillington

    GO SARAH PALIN!!!!
    You have them so afraid on the other side it isn't funny, They can't stand it your more popular then Obama and more sought after. But be smarter then the liberals looking to banish you, use all the money you receive from appearances and speeches to found Alaskan projects/charities. That will make them sick to there stomach and next thing you know nothing they do will stick on you and will only make them look bitter. Yeah Obama won in 08, but in that doesn't make him the winner in 2012. As for Hillary we have seen that she is a puppet controlled by party politics, a true leader would of continued to run despite party loyalties. Obama was the worst choice ever made by the economically government enslaved democrats.

    November 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Irony

    Doesn't she have a state to run? Also too, guys and gals?

    November 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. David, Ventura, calif

    someone needs to help Palin out – out of sight and out of mind – please go away

    November 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin should be taking a "stab" at learning how to speak proper English instead of talking like trailor trash.

    November 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. case

    The mere fact that the GOP is fighting to hold a seat in GEORGIA!!! of all places shows just were that Party is. This would be like having to send Bill Clinton to Vermont to hold a Democratic Senatorial seat.

    November 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. The Republican Party left me.

    Say it ain't so. Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. The last couple of weeks has been great without hearing her name by the media or her voice.

    November 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Brandon in Indiana

    Enough about this fraud.

    November 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. air run

    ...she quickly gets back up after taking a fall. I do respect that.

    November 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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