December 1st, 2008
08:10 AM ET
3 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. Liberal4Obama

    John McCain unleashed this cancer (Sarah Palin) on America, now we have to live with it. The only thing that makes me smile is that she is the poster child for the GOPs downfall, a failed party with no ideas/solutions that appeals to the most ignorant amongst us, just like her.

    December 1, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. LyonsPhilly

    Sarah is like a bad penny on tails.

    December 1, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Victoria

    Oh my God, seriously.. Shut up about her. No one cares. She lost for a reason. CNN, I'm ashamed of you. Stop running this ridiculous, irrelevant stories about this stupid redneck.

    December 1, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. deadeye

    I thought Republicans were smarter than that. If they are placing their bets on Sarah Palin for 2012 then they have forgotten how the public cast her adrift in the last election. She was one of the most divisive, uninformed, fear mongering, hate filled, candidate the Republicans have ever put forward. The Democrats are only hoping that she does run because there is no way in hell the Independents, women and Democrats will ever vote for such a candidate. She was one of the main reason John McCain lost the election. It was not only her inexperience and blunders that turned off the public but also it was her radical, religious right wing views that she has on many subjects that turn back the clock to a time when intolerance was rampant in America. It’s time for America to progress not regress. It’s time to start that American dream and wake up from the nightmare. If Palin is going to run again then America will slowly fall back into the nightmare again.

    December 1, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. BOB FROM DOWN UNDER

    Andre , you talk like you have had to much sex. or not eneough !!

    Maybe you could take over where monica , left off.

    Cherry , Cherry , Cherry for Barry, Barry . UH HUH,

    December 1, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin will be again be the demise of the GOP in 2012. Won't they ever learn.

    December 1, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Mike Dallas

    The half-wit just needs to show a little leg, flash a little wink, spew a bit of hate, and the rednecks at the Klan rally deep down in Georgia will be eating out of your hand. Don't forget to exchange some of the RNC clothes at Lenox Square, so you will be outfitted for the rally correctly, I would suggest something in winter white...

    Then just point them to the voting booth and tell them how to spell Saxby and Chambliss and your work is done, and don’t you already have a day job?

    December 1, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Spencer/NY to VA

    Who put numbskull back on the trail? Unless Saxby wants division, he's got the right person backing him.

    December 1, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    Anyone have a spare gag!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. MattH

    Why is there two articles on this?

    December 1, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. EDDIE

    Does the fact that she is an idiot mean anything to the Republicans?What quality does she have that they feel they need in office?Better stop there it's to early.SHE'S GOT NOTHING.

    December 1, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. katiec

    Am so sick of the media shoving Palin down our throats.
    Bloggers, if we ignore all their articles and obvious love
    for her, maybe it wil go away

    December 1, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. vicki

    Palin, go away, you are an evil woman!

    December 1, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. EDDIE

    By the way whose clothes is she wearing this time anyway?

    December 1, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    Seems Sarah hasn't been to Juneau since being "selected" as a VP candidate. Perhaps she should go back to Alaska and do her job!!

    December 1, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. nancy

    " A breath of fresh air" with a heavy dose of carbon monoxide mixed in. I can't believe there are citizens out there that actually think she has enough brain power to be elected to any political party in the future. Haven't you folks seen enough to make an intelligent decision yet??? Thank goodness the majority does. Ta Ta Palin

    December 1, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Harvey Milk

    Does Palin even know where Georgia is, or understand it is a state, and not a country? This is good news, if the polls are correct about the majority of Republicans wanting her to run in 2012. If she runs in 2012, there won't be a Republican in office until anti-gravity cars are on thwe market. I never thought there was a person out there dumber than Bush, but, there she is. I'm pretty sure even Bush knew Africa was a continent, and not a country.

    December 1, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Let it go

    LOL what a hot mess this women is. Sarah Palin wants to be a star and make millions and she well, no matter how stupid she might look.

    December 1, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. David

    We really have to thank the republifools for supporting an idiot like palin. She's a loser.

    December 1, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. DX in TX

    Shouldn't this piece of information be filed under "OLD NEWS!" Right next to Anna Nicole Smith and O.J. Simpson.

    If Sarah Palin offered a remedy to fix the economy maybe she would be news worthy, otherwise she's a hack.
    Dx

    December 1, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Get over it

    I find it simply amazing how many of you liberals are so scared of Gov. Palin, just amaizing.

    Maybe is is because she is a normal person like the rest of us.

    And before you say that I am one of those uneducated "red neck" people, I must say that I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

    The other thing that I possess, which a lot of you don't have, is common sense.

    December 1, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    How much time is required to run the state of Alaska? Mrs Palin was on the campaign trail for two plus months, and has make several trips back to the lower 48 states since the election. Is she short changing her state.

    December 1, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. xcusme

    ENOUGH!!!! I have a feeling she will be around for a very long time. We can hold McCain responsible for dredging up this trick.

    December 1, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Monroe W. DeVos

    Please go back to Alaska! We don't need (nor want!) you here in Georgia. I'm surprised that your constituents aren't saying more in that you haven't been there for them in the past three months. Please save your inane comments and diatribe for somewhere else.

    December 1, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. stop please

    go home please!!!

    you are making this to hard. stop it!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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