December 1st, 2008
08:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin back on the campaign trail

Palin becomes the latest 2012 prospect to hit the trail in Georgia.
Palin becomes the latest 2012 prospect to hit the trail in Georgia.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes on the closer role today, teaming up with incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss at four campaign events in Georgia on the last full day of campaigning before tomorrow's Senate runoff election in the state.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate joined Chambliss at a pair of fundraisers last night. She adds her name to the list of big-name surrogates who have made campaign cameos in the year’s final remaining Senate contest.

Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Obama. So have some of his Republican primary rivals, like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — all likely 2012 candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, along with Palin.

Palin came out on top in a recent Gallup poll that asked Republican voters who they are most interested in seeing run for the GOP nomination in 2012. Sixty-seven percent of Republican and Republican- leaning voters said they would like to see her make a bid for the next GOP presidential nomination. Romney and Huckabee followed, at 62 and 61 percent.

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. President-elect Barack Obama isn't making a trip to Georgia but he did lend his voice to a 60 second radio ad that's been running for over a week. And many Obama campaign workers in Georgia from the general election are now assisting Martin's campaign.

Today, Martin teams up with Georgia Congressman John Lewis and other prominent Georgia Democrats before ending the day at a rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta with rapper Ludacris.

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 remaining contests, they'll reach their pre-election goal of controlling 60 Senate seats, a filibuster-proof majority.


Filed under: Georgia • Jim Martin • Sarah Palin • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. Shucks

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Ian

    Please just go away.

    December 1, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Mickey, New York

    Not moose hunting this week, Sarah?

    December 1, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. gary n.

    Who's taking care of the kids. This trailer trash should just stay in Alaska.

    December 1, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. FL for Obama

    Geez...just when I was celebrating a few days w/o having to hear this woman's name...HERE SHE IS AGAIN! Someone please show her a map and give her a one-way ticket back to Alaska!

    December 1, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Gary

    wasn't the 1000+ comments of negativity towards Palin enough they last time this article was brought up?

    December 1, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Doug R.

    Let Palin campaign for the filthy slimy Chambliss. Palin is a dimwit non entity. She's one of the reasons McCain was smeared all over the map on 11/04/08.

    December 1, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Andre

    Go Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please.

    December 1, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. fat john

    *yawns*

    December 1, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Debora, IN

    She's still an idiot. Things haven't changed that much.

    December 1, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Barbara in NC

    After all the divisive smut that woman spewed for two months, why would anyone waste their time going to see her or believe anything she is told to say? She doesn't know Chambliss. Send her back to Alaska.

    December 1, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. Robert

    Andre: Are you afraid of women in politics?

    December 1, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Penny

    Well, this should be interesting. I'm from the state of Washington and I will be fascinated to see if the fine citizens of Georgia can understand what the hell this woman is saying........she just had too much to say with little knowledge of subject or sentence formation for us here on the coast.

    December 1, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. Lisa V

    How does this sort of scenario: “Alaska has no income or sales tax, and a huge chunk of its annual revenue . . . comes from taxes and fees on oil companies.” Prepare one to lead any other state, much less the rest of the United States? This is not even remotely close to reality for most states.

    December 1, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. MoveOn.org

    Andre, you go away.

    December 1, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. Ken in Dallas

    Nobody expected Evil Gidget to return? HAH!!

    NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!!

    It's pathetic that the American people offer this Needlessly Marked-up empty suit any credence at all. Her politics and policies belong in the 19th century, not the 21st.

    December 1, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. tpayne

    Well so much for her claims that she has so much experience in running Alaska. How can she when she's never there. Something emotionally wrong with an ex beauty pagent contender who can never grow up!

    December 1, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I think it rather humorous that a bunch of losers are breaking their necks to go out for this disgusting guy.

    December 1, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Real Talk

    She's taking everyone down with her.

    December 1, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. ET from Omaha

    In the kingdom of the blinds, the one-eyed is king.

    December 1, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. Chris from San Antonio

    But, she's had so much success with her own campaign, it only makes sense she'd be out there to secure that same success for others.

    December 1, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. mr.g

    GO HOME ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. AZVoter

    Um, how many "Palin back on campaign trail" ticker entries do we need>

    December 1, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. Jay

    Someone, anyone PLEASE explain the hatred and vitrol for this woman?

    December 1, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    Sarah, your 15 minutes are up! Please go away. Oh, wait!!! This isn't posted on Fox (which probably wouldn't post it anyway) so you probably won't read it, even though I used words small enough for you to understand!

    December 1, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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