December 1st, 2008
08:10 AM ET
6 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. Get over it

    To Eddie

    " Hey"GET OVER IT" a masters degree does not come with common sense. you just proved that "

    I partially agree with your comment, that is why most democrats voted for Obama.

    And by the way, I have a lot of "common sense" and understand the inner workings of why a lot of things really do work in the 1st place. The thing that I take solice with is the fact that the "CHANGE" Obama was talking about was to change back to the Clinton years. More corruption on the way.

    December 1, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Get over it

    To KJL

    "The definition of "Republican" has certainly changed, and it isn't for the better."

    I couldn't agree more.

    With more and more republicans like McCain acting like democrats, I find it refreshing to see a new conservative face in politics.

    December 1, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. billy g

    I thought Palin was going to concentrate on being governor of Alaska.
    All she's doing is running all over the countrey. She's the worst thing to come along outside of george bush. The good news is she's republican and theyre now obsolete.

    December 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. paul oregon

    youve gotta give it to palin she takes a licking and keeps on giving to
    dem. party. lol.
    alaskans have to be really proud of palin. palin must have the state budget, and the gas prices , property taxes all under control.
    ( just like bush had everything under control.) alaska are you still paying palin a per diem.? id like a job like she has

    December 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. MsRotten

    KJL December 1st, 2008 11:29 am ET

    The definition of "Republican" has certainly changed, and it isn't for the better.
    It certianly has! There was only ONE REAL REPUBLICAN in the 2008 race, and the GOP BLEW IT....BIG TIME!

    I'm an Indy and I was supporting Dr. Ron Paul. I WAS going to vote for him. McShame is too INSANE for my taste; and he sure proved that with his Palin pick.

    The Republicans are now a dead breed!! It will be Indys and Dems from here on out! The REAL Reps jumped ship and voted Obama. And more and more REAL Repubs are leaving the party and becoming Indy.

    You blew it big time RepubTards!! (FAKE Republicans = RepubTards).

    December 1, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    how is she even relevant anymore. STOP shoving her in our face CNN!

    December 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Esther in Fl

    Why won't this woman go away???
    don't the good people of Alaska pay her to do a job? What the heck is she doing on the campaign trail??

    December 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Mickie

    Sarah is another one of those who espouses religion to get votes while going to a minister who uses witchcraft; has a long term affair with her husband's business partner while he is away; judges everyone else even though the Bible tells us to "judge not, lest ye be not judged", and uses her own children as a tool to try to get elected. Yeah, she sounds like she is a republican. For all of you who think "liberal" is a dirty word, liberal sex and loose morals are not owned by any one group and are rampant among "vocal right wingers".

    December 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    Sarah Who??

    She is history...

    December 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. chuck

    I will not be surprise if Sarah Palin give the people a strip dance for a Republican vote. Nothing is impossible with this dopee.

    December 1, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Amanda, GA

    Sarah, welcome to GA. I am here in Duluth and I will meet you this evening. We Georgians will vote for Saxby. Barack needs to be checked. He got elected by fraud. We have to keep the checks and balances. Vote Republican. Votes Saxby. Martin – go away. We do not need your tricks. You are trying to hide behind Barack's victory. It is not going to happen.

    December 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Francheska Georgia

    I live in Georgia, having Palin campaign here is just extra, unwanted torture.

    December 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Uncle Sam

    Why do Democrats and Republicans hate one another?
    The world is much too small for that.

    December 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Ann

    I am glad she is back on the campaign trail. Perhaps this will help ensure that Franken is finally elected. She is nothing but fanfare for bad news.

    December 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Thomas

    It is stunning to see the Obama team putting together a coalition of the "brightest and the best" to take the country in a new direction while all the Republicans can do is wheel out this "half-wit" to represent their view of the future.

    December 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Proud to be American

    The Republican party should be ashamed to USE this woman in this matnner She has been exposed to the world as uninformed of the issues in the political world. Hope she didn't bring the children this time.

    December 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Rocky in GA

    Yeah, but Ludicris is campaigning with Jim Martin. One Ludicris trumps a Palin. And.........I'm really surprised Palin made it to the real Georgia. I thought she would go to Europe to the other Georgia.

    December 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Woodman

    *....yawn....* ...zzzzzzzz....

    December 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Nan

    To Amanda, GA – Boy! That's the pot calling the kettle black! Obama elected by fraud? Let's see, I seem to recall Republican storm troopers trying to break down the doors to stop the count in Florida in 2000. And the only way Dubya got in was through his Daddy's Supreme Court appointees selecting Jr. If any party makes a habit of committing election fraud, it's the Republicans!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Marcy, IN

    Miss no-nothing, say nothing, and do nothing. What a waste of air time. Move on America, there's no one home here.

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Nancy, MO

    I don't hate Republicans, I just hate Sarah Failin.

    December 1, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Geez, looks like she forgot she has a state to run!

    December 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. amused but happy in Vegas

    The sad part is that Chambliss is likely to win, and Palin will be credited with the save.

    That someone as ill-qualified as she gets this far at all is a tribute to her publicity people, this is another coup for them.

    December 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. deb

    For Janey – where do you get your misinformation! Even the Republicans couldn't stand Palin, that is, with the exception of the right wing evangelical sheep. Obama hasn't even taken office yet and you've already made up your mind that he is a flip-flopper, "stutterer" and God knows what other idiotic things! You're pathetic!

    December 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. MBA

    Stacey in NY December 1st, 2008 10:50 am ET
    "Who ever you are, you need to get over it. Having a masters Degree in Computer Science doesn't necessarily deflect your ignorance… the way I have two MBA! "


    Haha do you know what MBA stands for... why would you have two of them?

    December 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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