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. Matt

    @ Get over it

    Indeed. Horrifying, frightening, terrifying, scary, etc. All those things. She's nasty, misinformed, untruthful, none too bright, overly ambitious, delusional with respect to her own capabilities and an extreme right wing conservative. And if that's not enough to have people filling their pants, we get to addanother layer of scary to it in the fact that willfully blind Republicans around the country and even the party leadership seem to think she's just peachy keen should be shamelessly promoted until she gets elected to something important. So yeah, you hit the nail on the head...we're terrified of the damage she is so obviously capable of doing to our country.

    December 1, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. BS not Maverick

    She is a looser, and she will motivate the Democrates and Independents to vote the other way.

    December 1, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. JASON J ANTHONY

    LOOK BEHIND YOU SARAH, TURKEYS ARE BEING KILLED RIGHT BEHIND YOU ON CAMERA.

    December 1, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    @Gordon,

    Gomer Pyle never said "Nasty, nasty, nasty," and neither did Jim Nabors. I do respect your choice to quote a gay American as a voice of authority on this topic, however.

    I think the fellow you were actually quoting was probably Larry Craig, a much less respectable gay American than Jim Nabors. I get the feeling you may be projecting a bit, though. Tell me, Gordon, are you a "dirty, nasty, boy?"

    Incidentally, you might want to consult with Governor Palin before you start quoting gay folk in her support. She might not be comfortable with that.

    Incidentally, @Get Over It, we ARE scared of what Palin would do with real power. We've seen what she has to offer, and she's mostly a fraud. She claims to be an authority on economics because she's governor of a state that's getting fat on $150/bbl oil, as if that were a challenge. She rails against the progressive tax structure and windfall profit taxes AFTER she enacted a 25% windfall profits tax on oil companies operating in Alaska. She pretends to be a loyal American, but to do so, she has to sweep a staunch Alaskan ally, Joe Vogler, under the rug (if not the bus.)

    Is this really the sort of person who represents the best the Republican party has to offer? That's it? Really?

    December 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Matt

    @ Get over it

    Indeed. She's horrifying to us. She's a nasty, misinformed, untruthful, sheltered, overly ambitious, delusional, extremely right wing conservative borderline troglodyte. And if that's not enough to have people filling their pants, we get to add another layer of scary to it with the fact that willfully blind Republicans around the country and even the party leadership seem to think she's just peachy keen and should be shamelessly promoted until she gets elected to something important. So yeah, you hit the nail on the head...we're terrified of the damage she is so obviously capable of doing to our country.

    December 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. rj

    Who Cares!!!!!???? Stop reporting on her. She doesn't deserve the coverage.

    December 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Lucy in Chicago

    To "Get Over It" – We are not scared of her. We are just tired of her stupidity. You have an MS degree? Did they not teach you to proofread or spell?

    December 1, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. KLK

    Palin.....again?

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Not scared

    I have confidence the majority will NOT vote for her, should she be the GOP 2012 candidate.

    It saddens me that there are so many insecure people in the GOP that want an "average" person to lead this country.

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Please go to the website for the Alaska Dispatch and read the first article by Mr. Mitchell. It is EXCELLENT and spot-on about what a loser this woman is. I hope that when she can no longer bribe the citizens of Alaska with $1200 rebate checks from the oil companies, the bloom will come off the rose. Her favorability ratings have already fallen almost 30 points.

    She needs to go away...forever.

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Why would anyone think ther are just Liberals writing about Palin?

    I am a Republican, and cant stand her!

    December 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. RealityKing

    Sarah is the hottest ticket in town down here.., to the shagrin of every liberal in Hotlanta of course. Our very own local MSM even refers to the event as 'The Goddess decending upon Georgia'.

    Only morons and columnists still doubt the divisive intolerance of the MSM. Or which bias players are willing to go beyond the liberal call of duty to put agenda ahead of America's right to un-filtered truth. No, there is no longer any doubt..

    December 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Matt

    Get a clue guys:

    "Normal" = truck driver, garbage man, autoworker, plumber, even doctor or lawyer.

    It does not include "most powerful person on the planet." McCain would have been a disaster as president and people would've been angry, but if you want riots in the streets and threats of secession, make her POTUS. Seriously. If that happens, this isn't my country anymore and you can all rot in what will become an ultraconservative freedom-hating believe-as-we-believe-or-else hell hole.

    December 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. beevee

    A losers galore?

    December 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. ES

    Sarah Palin isn't going away – she is the Anti-Christ -We've not heard the last of her by far...

    December 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. JIM...TX

    @ Get over it...you are correct that we on the left are afraid of Palin. After 8 years of the Crawford Tx village idiot we certainly don't want another one minute of some idiot far right wing nut job from Alaska!

    December 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. SC

    Would you call this the stupidity of both Saxby & Palin? First of all, Palin did not even know what she wanted to say. This is at least my very kind gesture to her. The truth was she did not even know what she needed to say throughout the campaign, i.e., the Katie Couric interview, the Charlie Gibson interview, the debate with Joe Biden and many more. Saxby's stupidity was he brought clueless Palin to Georgia so she could say gibberish to pave the way for him to his Senate seat. I'm completely dumbfounded by these two individuals. I hope she would not say something like God asked her to tell Georgian to elect Saxby.

    December 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Lorna

    Just so you know there at CNN and all other news oulets....whenever I see, hear, or otherwise am subjected to Sarah Palin I turn the channel. I have had MORE than enough of this person who, lets face it, has NOTHING to offer. If I'm tuning out and turning off I bet I'm not alone.

    December 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Stupid is as stupid does

    I love Sarah. She is the best weight loss tool. Every day I turn on the tv and see that face or hear that voice, I throw up everything I ate that day. It's great! So far I've lost 25 pounds. Keep talking Sarah, I have about 15 pounds left before the summer comes.

    December 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Matt

    TROGLODYTE.

    December 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. ran

    CNN you can find better things to report on then this. As for SP let her continue it just shows how dysfunctional the RNC is.

    December 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Dixie AZ

    Has she called Martin a socialist yet? Poor Sarah. She wants to be a star. Try Hollywood instead of Politics.

    December 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Recused Republican

    While you all are taliking trash about this idiot, remember she has a lethal following that's hell bent on keeping this seat republican (as if it mean a hell of a lot to the big picture, which they cannot see anymore.) but a win will be a salve on the burning defeat of Nov 08.

    I know, I lived that lie for 12 years.

    December 1, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Tim, Coronado, CA

    Hard to tell who is the hardest working "Executive". Bush or Palin? Both rarely show up to work. I imagine the people of Alaska must be getting tired of footing the bill for their free-loading Governor who is racing around the lower 48 trying to make a name for herself.

    December 1, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. GaVoter

    Odd that liberals shout down a poster(Get Over it) minutes after it is posted when my posts do not show for hours. Yes, very odd..., or just another MSM setup.

    December 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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