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. Carol

    Go, go, go, go, tomorrow, Jim Martin!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Deanna, MS

    Why I hate Sarah.

    I hate Sarah because:

    -She doesn't speak proper English and celebrates it.
    -She went to school, had babies and became mayor without doing anything except being devisive.
    -She is a good example of what not to do with your life.
    -She knew she wasn't qualified and ruined John McCain's chances to become president.
    -She actually thought she was going to win.
    -She thinks being popular is the same as being qualified.
    -She speaks to a sublevel of people who love to hate others.
    -She has no sensitivity towards the killing of animals.

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Dee, Atlanta

    Hey I live in GA and I voted for Martin and no the voters decided for Obama and if the rethuglicans want to think that the election was bought or stolen, look back at 2000's election people!!!!!!! THAT WAS CLEARLY STOLEN!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Barbara, IL

    She's so stupid. She went on SNL to show America she was an average person. WE KNEW THAT ALREADY. What she needed to show is that she is above average and can answer tough questions during legitimate interviews. She failed that test, miserable. She's a joke.

    December 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Charlene, IN

    Alaskans must be crazy to have her as their leader. What a moron.

    December 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. OBAMA GIRL

    Can she crawl in an igloo? PLEASE. And don't come out.

    December 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Abuse of power

    Are there any rational voices left in my former Republican Party? Do they really want polarizing Palin to be their standard bearer? If so, you can count me out. How sad.

    Palin unfortunately fits right in with Chambliss' inappropriate treatment of war veteran, Cleland.

    Please good people of Georgia vote Martin.

    December 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Nan

    Yes, Sarah! Run! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't forget to bring the headless turkeys and beer for all your brilliant "Joe Six-Pack" constituents. You know the ones – they who hug the porcelain on a regular basis.

    December 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. hugh ~ california

    I don't dislike Sarah Palin because she's a republican. I dislike her because she's like a minor league ballplayer who thinks she more than qualified to play in majors, when it's obvious to most she is not.
    Only republicans with blinders on think she's ready for the world stage as a leader in their party.

    December 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. kb

    The poor Republican party is in shambles. Look who their front runners are- not to mention look at their supporters- a sorry group of bigots, people who watch Fox news, and extreme and radical evangelical and born again Christians. What a sad sight for sore eyes. Meanwhile, Palin is a gift from heaven to all of 'em, Ha! Morons.

    December 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Jinny Lee

    Maybe this will give the polar bears and wolves a little more time.

    December 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Matt

    "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."

    Translation: 67% of Republicans surveyed are as dumb or dumber than Palin.

    December 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. You'll feel better

    Why won't they just admit they're scared of Palin?

    December 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. MESA MICK

    Will the GOP neocons please stop sending this hillbilly trailer trash from Wasilla to the lower 48 – Palin's real-American "talkin" is making me gag already...

    PS: Palin, try reading a book on speaking English...

    December 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. LyonsPhilly

    Get over it – Well I guess you're just educated an naive if you can't see through this woman...

    December 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Larry C. Houston, Texas

    What a worthless person, she is.....I have to turn the T.V. either off, or DOWN, just so I don't have to hear her talk !!!

    UGH !! That's voice of hers, is like a 12 year old child !!
    Her Blabbing, is nothing but trying to put her own agenda first, and
    she wants to put her own self and her family through deceit / lies / and
    just to put her own self in a position that where she can make the most profit and the most MONEY.....but she's defnitely NOT for the people of this Great Nation...

    Larry Coury
    Houston Texas

    December 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Wendy

    The devil went down to Georgia.......Or at least someone who sold her soul to him, anything to stay in the spotlight, right Palin??? We Alaskans don't need you or want you, so feel free to stay down south!!! Permanently!

    December 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Peter in Canada

    Please give us more Sarah Palin..al the time...in every season. We just can't get enough of her. Any chance she will divorce Todd and marry Joe The Plumber? This would be great! What a brain trust they could generate! The thought just sends me shivering with delight.
    Sarah...don't let them get you down, only you and Joe are "Real" Americans. Good luck looking for other "Real" Americans while you are down in Georgia...will you be compiling a list for the Republican Party? They need all the real Americans that they can get. Maybe you can drive them all back to Alaska with you on your Dodge Grand Caravan...a "Real" American vehicle? Then you could all do "Real" American things...ya know...mavericky things!

    December 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    Janey-

    What you describe is called a delusion. Obama has accomplished more in four weeks than the current President has done in the last 6 months. His appointments have been praised by BOTH sides. The only people who have problems with them are Rush, Hannity, and the sheep who follow them around blindly.

    And, once and for all, we do not fear Palin. Please run her in 2012. She makes Bush look smart.

    Ms. Rotten-Stacy was being sarcastic. I've seen her posts, she is no Palin fan.

    December 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. LyonsPhilly

    Palin Fan – Make sure you tell your neighbors to pack up their trailers for the rally.....ya hear...

    December 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Alistair

    Sarah!! PLEASE GO BACK TO ALASKA AND TRY TO FINISH YOUR FIRST TERM!

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Neutralizer

    Way to go Sarah!!!! Can't wait for you to run in 2012! You have my vote!

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Amy

    I just want to say that I'm truly heartbroken that there are so many stupid people in the world who actually believe that Palin would be a good President. It's just really sad :(

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. tishoogle

    Who cares!! Just go away Palin the Half Baked Alaskan! Please
    CNN you lost a viewer. Enough is enough of this woman!

    December 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Matt

    I think it's finally official. "Republican" is now a dirty word.

    December 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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