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. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Memo to "Get Over It"

    If you're so proud of your common sense, why are you supporting an idiot like Palin?

    December 1, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Muckinello

    Why do we have to keep the "lowest common denominator" around? Why, as "Get over it" says, do we need someone "like the rest of us" (meaning, arrogant, with limited english knowledge, not curious about learning and expanding their knowledge) still around? I want to be concerned about people better than me, someone I can learn from, not the moos hunting binge-shopper Sarah!

    December 1, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. BONEHEAD

    GET OVER IT, YOU ARE STILL STUPID LIKE PALIN. DO YOU SPEAK LIKE SHE DOES .

    December 1, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. helene

    Palin : GO AWAY !

    December 1, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Susie B

    Just watched Sarah in Augusta, She was great!!!! The crowd loved her. For you who don’t like her I suggest you change channels and don’t waste your time reading and writing about her. Millions of people do love her and she is here to stay.

    December 1, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Obama still needs you!

    We still have work to do here in Georgia.
    Please get out tomorrow and VOTE!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. FL for Obama

    To get over it: As another highly educated individual/educator with an opinion, I can admit I am SCARED of Palin. Having her as a leader of the US should TERRIFY you as well. If you meant intimidated by her...that's a joke as well. Took her 7 years to get her Bachelor's...yes, that intimdates my intelligence.

    December 1, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Susan Knoxville, TN

    Get over it – what gives you the idea that we're scared of Palin? I think she's hilarious and has only been a bonus for the Democrats. Keep it up, Sarah! We love you on the left.

    December 1, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. honeychild

    Who cares!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Shoe

    there's lots of educated rednecks. we're scared of sarah palin because she represents the kind of step backward that would be absolutely disastrous. she looks like big bird compared to W.

    December 1, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Billy

    She a complete idiot, she doesn't understand right from wrong. I don't understand why the republican party wanna japodize the future of the party for such mentaly challange person? they acting like they were bling or perhaps there's someting behing all of this that us the majority get yet.I wonder what can she bring to the republican party.

    December 1, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. G Unit

    Suprised she could take time out of her busy schedule, there are a lot of bears and moose to catch out there.

    December 1, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Srikop

    @ "Get Over it", whatever you just said is a complete oxymoron, lemme write that down here again

    In your own words, Liberals are "scared" of Gov. Palin because she is a "normal" person like the "rest of us".

    By "rest of us" you are probably refering to the minority that voted for her ticket which did nothing to stop the landslide victory Obama had.

    Your words: You are not some uneducated "red neck", you in fact have a Master's degree AND who also seems to possess another thing, which a "lot of us don't have", and that is "common sense".

    Are you listening to yourself???

    December 1, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. WI Cheesehead

    In Palin’s own oxymoron (certainly probably). Some of you who hear the much sense that she makes when she speaks will “definitely almost certainly” see her amount to something on the national political scene once she “undoubtedly maybe” figures out how to use a grammatically correct and complete English sentence because certainly probably it’s the only language she knows. Not that it matters to know more than one language but she can at least be coherent articulating her self which ever way.

    December 1, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. grahame

    Having a master degree in computer science does not mean you are intelligent in other areas. It just means that you are woefully stupid concerning real people. I suggest you go back and talk to your computer screen and play games

    December 1, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. jeanne

    WHO'S RAISING HER CHILDREN?????????????????????????????

    December 1, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. AC

    To "Get Over It": We liberals are afraid of Palin. She is nothing like us. You may have an education, but you are not well educated. Palin has an extreme view of this world, which does not represent most well educated individuals. While Palin has a pretty face, she lacks the ability to connect to those that do not think like her (ie. extreme right) and resolve issues. We had 8 years of crazy policy and it has taken our country into a dark hole. There are pockets of this country that have like minds with Palin. Thankfully, the majority saw her for what she is ~ nuts. She is a flash in the pan and a sad display of the Republican party.

    December 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Hardy Takhar

    We know this woman is as dumb as a box of rocks. We know the media has nothing to do since Obama destroyed the Republicans and the elections are OVER. Wake up Georgia. !!!! you have an ineducated imbecile out there telling you who to vote for. I know you are smart enough to figure this one out

    December 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Kristy in Georgia

    I live in Georgia and I'll be voting for Martin tomorrow–despite Sarah Palin's campaigning. I gotta admit that I had to stop and think about it when she visited the state. I mean, she can kill a moose...

    December 1, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Jed

    Get over it:

    I am not scared of Sarah Palin. She is indeed just a "normal person" but I happen to not agree with her values. I also believe that she doesn't have what it take to govern and that she is mostly motivated by her greed for power over her desire to serve.

    The fact that you feel that you have to justify your education because you are endorsing her should tell you something.

    December 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Sarah Palin will always be popular as long as the American people refuse to read and to think. So what else is new ?

    December 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Ria

    Go Sarah!!!! This woman needs to be as visible as possible to teach those politician snobs how an honest, real people's servant operates as opposed to the usual self-focused, two-faced elititst hypocrites we've always had!

    December 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Why the hatred?

    Religious Christians are people too.

    December 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Brian

    Please just go away! Hearing your very name is like hearing fingernails screetch against a blackboard.
    You have shown your ignorance on a multitude of subjects, lied repeatedly to the american people (not only about things that Obama and Biden supposedly did but about your involvement in your abuse of power) and now you want people in Georgia to believe that you really care about them!
    Lady, do the right thing. Shut up and go home!

    December 1, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Larry

    Does CNN only post the negative things being said about Palin ???
    Not one positive post here,and she got "close" to half of the votes,CNN?

    December 1, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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