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. Gordon

    Nasty Liberals...You Liberals are so nasty you can not say a good word about anyone..all you do is critize...if you can't say anyting good about anyone just shut up...Look in the mirror and see for yourslef how nasty you ae...as Gomer Pyle would say; "Nasty, Nasty, Nasty...

    December 1, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Susie B

    Gary, if you read fox news she had 7000+ comments good. They are more people who love her than hates her. Keep watching, reading and writing about her and she will continue to be in the news. The news media loves great ratings and they get them with Sarah.

    December 1, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. grahame

    I just don't get it. HELLO! Having a special needs child does not qualify you to be anything other than the mother of a special needs child. It does not mean this lunatic should be anywhere near the white house in any way shape or form. Please go and dig a hole in the ice and crawl back into it

    December 1, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. silver bells

    palin adds confusion to every sentence she speaks, time for her to go away. georgia vote jim martin dec.8,o8.

    December 1, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Gylon Barrow

    Stay with them Sarah. You're the woman to ride the river with. Especially the one to run this country. Palin 2012.

    December 1, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Reality Check

    Quite bluntly, Palin just isn't very bright. You're right, she does scare me. The thought of someone with such low intelligence leading the country WAS a terrifying thought. There are at least 20 other female republican politicians that I can think of that would be much much much more qualified to lead than this bumbling moron. Go back to Alaska with your hypocrisy and force your daughter to unwillingly marry at the age of 17. I'm sorry but I just don't want someone who went to 5 colleges over a 7 year period to obtain ONE degree to have a shot at running our country. That should scare anyone!

    December 1, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Al, NY NY

    PLEASE run in 2012 for office lipstick Fido!!! Us normal, thinking folks (does that mean "regular" according to Get over it?) would love you to represent that narrow-minded, lily white, gun totin', gay hating, bible thumping GOP in the election. Its a guarenteed landslide for Obama

    December 1, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    In response to "Get Over It," if you have a Master's degree in computer science, then hopefully you can recognize the fact that Gov. Palin cannot speak in coherent sentences. Now can you please tell me why someone with the common sense you claim to possess would equate themselves with an illiterate like Ms. Palin?

    December 1, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Kaleena

    To "Why The Hatred"

    I know religious Christians are people, but I am saying Christian extremists are not normal, as by definition, an extremist cannot be normal.

    December 1, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Chris

    Doesn't Nanook of the North have some people to govern?

    December 1, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Ken in NC

    Palin is the secret weapon of the Democratic Party. You people should leave her alone and let her do her job. She demostrated in the Presidential election how well she does her job. The Democratic Party needs her. It is easy to find idiots in the world today but only in America can a political party find "A HAPPY IDIOT" the likes of Gov. Sarah Palin.

    December 1, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. grahame

    Remember Britney Spears breakdown?
    The media were all over that and you couldn't pick up a newspaper without reading something about her.
    Palin is just the same. We delight in watching her slide down the razorblade of life. We can only hope there is a large bucket of iodine at the bottom.
    I, and millions of people world wide who laugh at this woman and the Republican party will cheer.
    And to all the others who suport Palin, it just underscores the woeful mess the US education system is in.

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Tom in Delaware

    The best part about the hate and fear that the Liberal Left exhibits everytime Sarah Palin's name is mentioned is that the MSM will always keep her name in the news, because she is like a magnet to steel.

    It's the perfect parasitic relationship, except that both sides are parasites.

    Please don't change a thing.

    Between the impossible expectations that Obama can never meet, and Palin staying in the news every week, it's the best free advertising that can be found.

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Sue

    When Martin wins, maybe the GOP will finally realize that Palin's appeal is limited, and will never cross over to the voters they need unless she changes her narrow world view, and learns to speak correct English. And SHE didn't win 47% of the vote, McCain and she did. If it had been her atop the ticket, many more people would have voted for Obama, because she was a polarizing figure during the campaign...not once did she mention serving "all of America" as Obama did every day.

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Matt

    Not news. If you want to report about Palin, make it news, like "Palin learns to tie shoes" or something. At least then might be suprised enough to consider it newsworthy. But you don't have to tune in to CNN or be a psychic to know she's a waltzing political timebomb for the Republican party.

    December 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    She won't be campaigning for Chambliss at all-she'll be campaigning for HERSELF! What a self-centered little witch. It proves she's politically naive for her to think that anybody but hardcore right wingers really support or believe in her shallow and divisive "message" of emptiness! Back to Alaska where you belong, Palin!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Palin Fan

    Cannot wait for Sarah to become PRESIDENT in '12.

    December 1, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. venue

    United States has enough problems. I like Sarah. But she's not ready for solving the problems we have today. I'm sorry beauty is not a enough. for my follow christian " we can do all thing thru christ "

    December 1, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Karl

    Gordon, you may want to rethink your thoughts. Palin is using you and Saxby Chambliss is the worst politician alive. He's the one that dodged military service 4 times before getting a waiver for his knees. Yet, he went after a man that served honorably in Vietnam, left two legs and one arm in that war in Vietnam, and had to endure a painful recovery. And then falsely identified as 'Soft on Terrorism" by Chambliss all because he wanted not to wage a false war and expend the US Treasury. Sounds familiar? Chambliss is a man that would backstab the military to get what he wants. He does not give a hoot about you. Admit it. He's dishonorable and should not remain in the Senate. Georgia would do well to vote him out and send Palin back to Alaska to clean up her mess.

    December 1, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. katiec

    Well, just returned from blogging on MSNBC,
    You see, CNN, they post all comments, whether it is
    disagreeing with their views etc. You on the other hand
    do not publish anything that your moderators may not want
    to see or question the media's reporting.
    So much for you supporting freedom of speech.,

    December 1, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. clifford

    I know it's hard to admit and it hurts and you'll make endless excuses for him but I think all of you who supported Obama have been "BAMBOOZLED". OUCH !!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Why...?!

    God, this woman is like a computer virus... You think you got rid of it, but it just keeps coming back.
    :|

    December 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. OHIO here

    I wish I lived in Georgia so I could vote for Martin

    December 1, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. GO AWAY SARAH

    What happened to this state she is supposed to govern? I guess it disappeared (or Russia took over), because she apparently doesn't have a job anymore.

    I'm sorry if you think I'm a biased liberal. I am biased, I suppose. If by biased you mean somewhat well educated. Sarah Palin is not bright. She has no business being on the national political stage, and probably even state politics, but I won't comment on that because I'm not Alaskan.

    People want people to stop talking about her? We will when she goes back to where she came from and does her job that she was elected to do. Stop all the showboating – you lost, honey.

    December 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. BV

    You know I've come to the conclusion that it must take very little to Govern the State of Alaska. Are we on another trip Ms. Sarah? It's not just who's whatching the children it's who watching the State, too?

    This woman is a master mind. She can do it all. Yes sir me, she sure can. Oh wait, the Big Dude must be watching the children and minding the State so little Ms. Sarah can get more of the lime light. She's got to get herself to the top ya know whatever it takes.

    December 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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