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. Obama

    Idoit!!! Stay in Alaska

    December 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. rm

    Will Todd be going too, also, there?

    December 1, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. james

    Like Hillary, you either love or hate Palin. -Myself--- she is more of a Mrs. America candidate than anything else. I`m neither impressed with her politics, nor her personality.

    December 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. grahame

    Dear Larry
    CNN does'nt just post negative comments about Sarah Palin. I really don't know how to tell you this but seventy five percent of the worlds population really can't stand this woman. How can anybody take a person seriously who believes that homosapians and dinosaurs
    cohabited together.
    Or that Africa is not a country. Come on really she's an uneducated idiot. Anybody with half a brain can see that.
    Oh I'm sorry does that include you?

    December 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Deb n Texas

    Sarah please 'go away.'

    December 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Robert of Long Island

    she is a bigot and not even qualified to run a state. not sure how she obtained the position. Desparate measures for saxby I guess...

    December 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. MsRotten

    Well now, isn't that special! Nazi racist hick bible thumpin Barbie is campaigning for Nazi racist redneck bible thumpin draft dodger!!

    I can't wait to watch footage of their KKK rally on the news later.

    Will Palin be making fun of Martin's "disabilities" just like she did a former AK political rival who had cancer??????

    December 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Ken

    That people in the [R] party continue to see Miss Trailer-Trash 2008 as something positive for their party is a sign that they have NOT learned their lesson from the Nov. election. If she is allowed to take a lead position in the [R] party, that will be the end of that party. That's fine with me. The [R] party needs to change, or die; it needs to find a way to move beyond its failed rightwing policies and get back to real conservative values.... it needs to accept the fact that no mainstream political party should be beholden to the intrinsically un-american, rightwing, religious-fanatic underbelly of this nation.

    December 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Soccer Nana

    "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." Quoted from this article.

    That is scary – ignorance is rampant. Romney and Huckabee can speak in comprehensible sentences. How can they place lower than Palin?

    The only reason Chambliss is "using" Palin is to continue his anti-PEOTUS Obama rhetoric that he is spewing in his current campaign ads in GA. Palin spewed so much anti-Obama venom on the VP campaign trail that Chambliss wants her to do the same for him. Doesn't he realize that tactic failed during the recent presidential election? Pitiful, simply pitiful.

    December 1, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Stacey in NY

    Get over it wrote..................I find it simply amazing how many of you liberals are so scared of Gov. Palin, just amaizing.

    Maybe is is because she is a normal person like the rest of us.

    And before you say that I am one of those uneducated "red neck" people, I must say that I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

    The other thing that I possess, which a lot of you don't have, is common sense.

    Who ever you are, you need to get over it. Having a masters Degree in Computer Science doesn't necessarily deflect your ignorance.....by the way I have two MBA! Ignorance and illiteracy doesn't have the same meaning. There are people out there who are highly educated yet they are very ignorant on a lot of social & economical issues.......and anyone who thinks Sarah Palin can run this country is extremely ignorant to what's going on in this society. I'm not scared of her; I'm scared of the hatred that she was spewing during the president campaign. My six year old niece could debate her and win!! So what's there to be scared of........besides her ignorance and lack of knowledge to worldwide and domestic affairs.

    I'm sick of people keep talking about the average Joe and Jane. Why the heck would someone wants an ordinary person to run this country filled with so many problems and chaos! If Jesus Christ himself would come back to earth to run for office, he'll definitely get my vote. I want the best of the best! of all the hundred of millions of people this country have had; only 44 got to be president so far, these are special people, therefore they should be the most intellectual.

    So to heck with that average Joe crap! Because I don't want to be smarter than my boss, I don't mind being as smart as him. I want a well grounded knowledgeable person supervising me. So to all of you haters, lighten up! and welcome to reality!!

    December 1, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Irene

    Who are these Republicans that think she is even remotely qualified to be president? She should get back to governing the State of Alaska; sorry Alaska. Why won't she just go away?!! And now Barbara Walters thinks Palin is one of 2008's most fascinating people. Most terrifying is more like it!

    December 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Dixie AZ

    What I find scary is the fact that so many Americans voted for McCain/Palin.

    December 1, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Matt

    @ Gary

    No. 1000+ comments of negativity is not enough. People should be lambasting this woman until they are blue in the face. Type your fingertips bloody people: maybe, just maybe, the GOP will get a clue. I knwo it seems hard to believe since they seem to have missed the message we sent on November 4th, but there's no reason to stop trying.

    December 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Palin Fan

    Palin for President!

    December 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Shucks

    Yes Republican's, America is still very angry at your party. You lowered yourselves and our nations respect imeasurably across the world. You allowed your candidate to pick a VP candidate to run who was not qualified. She pushed your party so far to the right that "GOD" was even worried. She has continued to be the single most influential politician in your party even though many of your elite despise her. She continues to speak as though she were entering into a war within this country, or trying to instigate one. She will, if allowed to continue her divisive tactics, be the inevitible ball and chain around the repuliban parties brand. Her chances of being elected to a political office of any clout, is minimal, if not impossible. She would mobilize the opposing side to a landslide defeat again.

    December 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Sarah scares you

    They're too scared to admit it.

    December 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Los

    Someone needs to sit the base down and tell them that the GOP cannot survive with this woman at the helm. As much as I hate the GOP, we NEED an opposition party. We've seen what happens when there are no checks and balances.

    December 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. MsRotten

    Get over it December 1st, 2008 9:21 am ET

    I find it simply amazing how many of you liberals are so scared of Gov. Palin, just amaizing.

    Maybe is is because she is a normal person like the rest of us.

    And before you say that I am one of those uneducated "red neck" people, I must say that I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

    The other thing that I possess, which a lot of you don't have, is common sense.
    ===================================
    Funny post! First of all, there is NOTHING "normal" about Ms McLipstick!

    2nd....you honestly believe that you have "common sense"??
    Not by a long shot! If you did, you wouldn't be calling the Wicked Witch of the North "normal"!

    So, YOU "get over it" and GO AWAY! Take McLipstick with you! MORON!

    December 1, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Ryan George

    Jack,
    Please stop asking about Palin. She is only good for SNL comedy skits. She needs to just stay in Alaska and keep her eye on Russia. Seriously, i think i have the majority with me when I say we have seen enough of this woman

    December 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. RJ, CA

    There is so much good in the worst of us,
    And so much bad in the best of us,
    That it ill behooves any of us
    To find fault with the rest of us.

    December 1, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. GA Resident

    Unfortunately, Sarah Palin and her extremist views will resonate with some Georgia voters. Georgia politics shows a real dichotomy. There is the mostly Democratic politics of Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs and then the rest of the state which leans heavily Republican. The RNC are hoping Gov. Palin and her views will appeal to those less educated voters outside of Atlanta and garner support for Mr. Chambliss.

    I live in a smaller town in the state and can't believe some of the racist, uninformed comments I've heard throughout this election from people in my community. I find it quite sad.

    December 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. AP from Illinois

    Note to all you Republicans who drank the Kool-Aid: If you want to see a landslide of the magnitude that LBJ or Reagan had in 1964 or 1984, feel free to nominate the current Governor of Alaska for President. It will not be pretty for the party of Lincoln.

    Lastly...this is the Sarah Palin ego trip tour. Within the next four years she is setting herself up for one humongous let down and she doesn't even realize it yet.

    December 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    It is sad for us from Georgia that her style of politics still work is this backward region of the USA. Many here don't agree with the lying, fear-mongering tactics the Repubs use, but like South Carolina and some other states around us, the majority of the voting population are still easily fooled.

    December 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Darrell

    Palin is not capable of running this country.

    And this from a life-long conservative...

    And then there is Huckabee...who makes Palin look like a genius. What a joke.

    Romney, Gingrich, Jeb Bush...much better alternatives.

    December 1, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Paris I stay at the Hilton

    I would so do her – and Todd too. She looks like so much more fun than Nicole Ritchie.

    December 1, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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