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. You're scared

    Why else would they care so much about her?

    December 1, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Joyce in Indiana

    this liberal is scared of Sarah Palin because so many conservatives think she is qualified for high political office. Personally, I don't want leaders who are "like the rest of us". I want someone who is smarter than I am running the country. BTW, I am a college graduate, and it only took me 3 1/2 years!

    December 1, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. EDDIE

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

    December 1, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Kel in Auburn, AL


    December 1, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Shucks

    Get over it. First of all, you can be educated and still be a moron. The fact that you think Palin speaks for "normal people like us" is pretty scary unto itself. Normal, I'll conclude, means in the case of Ms. Palin, hate monger, Chirstian nutjob, divisive, racist, unable to form a coherent sentence when asked a question that requires thought and being informed, and just plain stupid. Yes Americans are a pretty stupid bunch. Especially the Republican party this time around. We saw what their decisions meant to their party at election time. Only a true moron would not have gotten the message.

    December 1, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I am so glad that Sarah Palin is in Georgia. I am sure that the good people of Alaska, who elected her to be the Governor are too, since she has been on the job so long since accepting the nomination for Vice President months ago. She seems to be all hands on when it comes to her duties there.

    December 1, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Monroe W. DeVos

    To: Get Over It

    Sarah Palin is not "a normal person" like the rest of us. Just because you have a Masters Degree in Computer Science doesn't necessarily mean that you have common sense. Your inability to look beyond the cover is apparent in this situation. Sarah Palin's right wing stance means that she is not representative of 70% of the population. Again...she needs to go back to Alaska and take care of her constituents.

    December 1, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. jon

    To: Get OVer It
    "Maybe is is because she is a normal person like the rest of us."

    Didn't you learn your lesson the last 8 years that picking the person that is normal just like the rest of us does not get us anywhere? Actually it gets us the WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS in almost 100 years, TWO WARS, A TERRIBLE INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION, and SOME OF THE MOST INHUMANE ACTS ON MANKIND, EVER!

    how about you take your b.s. (and thats not bachelors of science) in COmputer SCience and get a real degree that actually gives you some knowledge on politics and policies, like a political science degree like i have

    December 1, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Lou R

    Sarah Palin excites about 30% of the voters, primarily the Evangelical Christian base support of the Republican Party. The majority of republicans and Independents see the Alaskan Governor for who she is, a shallow, uninformed opportunistic politician who puts Sarah first, even ahead of her family's needs such as parental guidance and instilling quality life values and achievements. She talks the game, but plays at a minor league level. She is the perfect throwaway candidate for the 2012 Republican Party.

    December 1, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. sue calgary

    GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. mckenzie

    PALIN – Don't you get the message!! You are an unqualified, ignorant, uninformed person. The ONLY thing going for you is your looks. Yes, you are attractive BUT that does not go far when people listen to your whining, senseless words. PLEASE stay in Alaska.

    December 1, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    Liberals are not afraid of Plain. It is quite the opposite. We are just sick of her.
    Run her all you want and you will be out of power for generations to come. Bring her on! We love it.

    December 1, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Palin Fan

    Love these scared liberals -keep it up!

    December 1, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    December 1, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Kaleena

    To, "Get Over It"

    1) We're not scared of her, we just can't stand her.
    2) Normal person? Christian extremists are not normal. They're EXTREMISTS.
    3) Telling us about your so-called education before anyone asked makes you seem insecure and stupid.
    4) So much for your common sense. =P

    December 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. GA Independent

    Well, the twit is here and is blathering at rallies covered by TV News. She's obviously reading from the script and still can't get it right. It seems that not only can she not say anything sensible on her own, but when she reads from the script, she appears to end sentences in random. places making. a simple sentence seem. confused and without. meaning you betcha.

    Yup, she'll be a great Prez candidate – maybe she'll pick GW for her running mate.

    GA – get out and vote Martin tomorrow.

    December 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Robin in SC

    Hey...Georgia may be a good stomping ground for her. She doesn't have to use big words or answer questions correctly or even speak coherently, but I'll betcha she stays the heck out of Atlanta!

    December 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. w.l. jones

    One who every had a taste of that RED clay, Georgia stay on his or her mind. So at home Dems tell all on the other side please come back home we need you. Sign a fellow dear Georgian.

    December 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This Party will be going down the WRONG PATH with this young Lady(PALIN) as a foundation for the NEW Republican Party. In a Democratically controlled Washingtopn the state of Georgia has an opportunity to elect a Dem into the Senate and retain the other seat as Republican. Does Georgia expect to get ANYTHING in the next 6 years with a Republican Majority from their STATE ??? You'all need to use your heads and get some of your Federal Tax Money back. WOW HOW UNINFORMED AND STUBBORNED YOU FOLKS MUST BE !!! Vote with some intelligence. You Republicans need to examine some other Republican Women whom are brilliant and get Moderate's support for a New Republican Party ...That is Sen. Snow and Sen. Collins. These good people would give me cause to reconsider the Republican Party as most Moderates may very well do.......

    December 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Leah from FL

    Hey "Get over it" – my common sense works great, and this woman is not who I want representing the USA. She is OK for AK, but not the bigger picture melting pot of America. TOO narrow minded and bigoted. We need to move forward in the 21st century, and she is not able to take us there. Her blunders are astonishing, and her knowledge questionable at best (even my 9 year old knows Africa is a Continent). Her campaign style is vile, divisive, lying and borders on evil, all while smiling, winking and insulting her targets. Maybe now we need to be asking "Who is THE REAL Sarah Palin?" in the same fashion as she used to ask us to question Obama. When the smoke screen around her lifts, the truth about her will finally start to be revealed, and those touting her praises now will slowly see how she has actually betrayed their trust and played them like a fiddle. MY COMMON SENSE IS TELLING ME SHE'S A FRAUD.

    December 1, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. LWE, former Republican, Central FL

    Perhaps she is deaf...that would also explain her difficulty speaking with coherent sentences.

    December 1, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Sir Nose

    It's amazing to me how the extreme right refuses to accept that their patron saint Palin is a functioning idiot that can't string two coherent sentences together to save her life-

    THIS is the future of the republican party?

    America dodged a major bullet when we rejected this moron- Now that she's nowhere close to power we can laugh at her insane bobble-headed ramblings

    December 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. anti palin pro women


    i really wonder about her supporters....i wish they had at least half a brain.

    December 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. No afraid

    Palin is about the past, about fear, about Cold War mentality.

    Not only can a person see Russia from Alaska, but apparently the big bear can be felt in Alaska, and the good Gov. of Alaska is driven by her own fear.

    I'm sure it makes sense to her, and may be even for Alaska, but not for America as a whole – not at all.

    December 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Paris Hilton

    She's hot.

    December 1, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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