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. Maggie Muggins

    This election will be the IQ test of the electorate. I can understand the Republicans embracing Palin as their entire agenda is based on having everyone conform to their religious doctrine but surely more than half of an entire state have more intelligence than the those involved in the religious cults.

    December 1, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Charlie

    I must be getting senile! I could have sworn that CNN reported this NEWS last week on the Ticker and got a ton of comments suggesting that Senator Palin just go away. She won’t go away as long as CNN keeps soliciting comments. Maybe if the regular Ticker readers would stop making trite comments, CNN wouldn’t be so enthusiastic about keeping her in the REHASHED NEWS.

    December 1, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. ME

    CNN breeds Palin haters........

    December 1, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Deborah - Louisville, KY

    What a shot in the arm for the Democratic party!! She's the bad luck charm that the Republicans just can't get rid of.
    Fortunately for us, the Republicans don't understand how offensive and disgusting she is to the people of the United States. Remember, she doesn't count herself to be part of the U.S. She and her husband support Alaska seceding from the U.S. and becoming their own country!

    December 1, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. ME

    Gary...CNN only lets in the negative comments, positive ones are moderated out.

    December 1, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Rob

    Didn't anyone tell her that the election is over and she lost?

    December 1, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. sky

    Who?

    December 1, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Moderate Republican

    Sweet lord lady would you go away you try and get in the cameras eye more then Hucklebee

    Really go home for awhile give us a break and please stop opening your mouth.

    December 1, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Baze

    Oh brother... I guess the G.O.P. just hasn't learned that America and the world are tired of these fringe gatherings.

    December 1, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Barbara Middletown, NY

    Enough already–I used to hit mute on my remote whenever this particular intellectually challenged person would speak. Now I just change the channel. Go away Sarah!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. shirley, battleford, saskatchewan, canada

    Please would this women just go away-her fifteen minutes of fame was over a long time ago. As an outsider the American people spoke quite eloquently when they decided they did not want her to ever answer a 3 a.m. phone call. She should now be working as an advocate at a turkey ranch in Alaska, saving posssibly the only voters who in their right mind that wold vote for her

    December 1, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Georgia for Martin

    Palin go back to Alaska we dont want you here in Georgia

    December 1, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    Did Sarah Palin ever release her medical records? Just wondering.

    December 1, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Kaleena

    Eww, I don't want Sarah Palin in my state!!! =(

    December 1, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Chuck

    This GREAT!

    Now we'll have more gaffs and comedy to watch from the over hyped empty suit.

    December 1, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Republican voter

    Frankly what sarah palin does doesn't matter one bit to me- who cares!
    As an R- i sincerley hope Chambliss loses.

    I understand that we need one victory in the last 2 undecided states and I hope it is Coleman-

    Hate to say it, but I really can't stand Chambliss.

    December 1, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Larry

    She sure has done more for her country and community than the citizens that voted Democrat,she has given of her self–NOT just wanted for herself.

    December 1, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Mickie

    Gary seems smitten. Having Sarah campaign for someone just shows how desparate the republicans are. At least Sarah shot the moose and not the person with her on the hunting trip.

    December 1, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Keep talking Caribou Barbie. Every word you say is another vote for Jim Martin.

    It's time for the GOP to go the way of the Whigs.

    December 1, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. nan

    Sarah – You are doing NO ONE any favours by your continuous presence. Don't you realize you are a detriment to America. GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY. Your poor family needs you, not America.

    December 1, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Former republican army wife

    Anyone ever hear the saying "Go big or go home"? Palin tried to go big, and couldn't. Now she needs to go home. I would love to see the state of Alaska dock her pay for days she spends doing business out of state other than her duties as governor. They should make her punch a time clock. While shes on the campaign trail, I guess the state of Alaska is on it's own.

    December 1, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Breaking News

    All she needs is a bottle of moonshine and her sidearm to be loved by the yokels in Georgia.

    December 1, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. nan

    Sarah – You are doing NO ONE any favours by your continuous presence. Don't you realize you are a detriment to America. GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY. Your poor family needs you, not America.

    December 1, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that she doesn't want to really run for president in 2012. Why do I say that? It is because she needs to finish her term as Governor of Alaska and actually show something for it. So far, I don't think that I would vote for her based on her limited record.

    Obama has been in elected office far longer than her. Being a maverick doesn't count for squat (or other words that start with S). Her attitude also needs to change. She is so anti-intellectual that it could hurt every segment of the economy and our future. How could we get here without the high tech sector? We couldn't and that requires some level of understanding.

    She needs to take care of her family and state first and let the rest of the country do what it needs to better the country. She can stay out of national politics where she doesn't belong.

    December 1, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Don't blame me.

    To Ken in Dallas.

    "Empty suite"????

    Remember, Y'all elected the ultimate "empty suite" called Obama.

    And right now, Pelosi, Ried, and Obama are working to restrict "Law Abiding" American Citizen's rights thru;

    1) Our 1st Amendment rights thru the "Fairness (sensorship) doctrine" this will silence the voices of over 55 million American voices.

    2) Our 2nd Amendment rights to gun ownership. Obama was AGAINST laws that made it tougher on GANG members while serving in the Illinois senate, but he is FOR restricting the the rights of "Law Abiding Citizens" to own guns.

    And this is just to start.

    They are also working to add an addtional 32 – 58 cent tax on a gallon of gasoline.

    And they want to grant AMNESTY to "law breaking" illegal aliens which will wind up taking JOBS for "Law Abiding" U.S. Citizens.

    And these are just the tip of the iceburg.

    December 1, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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