November 19th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton makes big return to the campaign trail

Bill Clinton is campaigning in Georgia Wednesday.

Bill Clinton is campaigning in Georgia Wednesday.

(CNN) - Jim Martin gets some major league help today in his runoff election battle against freshman Republican senator from Georgia, Saxby Chambliss.  And the surrogate stumping with Martin today is Bill Clinton - about as big a name as you can get.

The former President will join Martin, a former Democratic Georgia state lawmaker, at a campaign event in Atlanta.

Martin and Chambliss face off in the runoff election on December 2 for the U.S. Senate seat Chambliss won six years ago. Chambliss won a plurality of the vote two weeks ago on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab 50 percent plus one vote. Due to the inclusion of a third party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff contest.

Former President Clinton is the first big name Democrat to campaign in person with Martin, although President-elect Obama has sent resources and workers from his presidential campaign to Georgia to help out. Clinton carried Georgia in 1992 in his first presidential election victory. He won re-election as President in 1996 but lost Georgia that year.

Today's campaign event is scheduled to be held at Clark Atlanta University

Chambliss is getting plenty of big name visitors. Last week Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss, just nine days after losing the presidential election to Obama. On Sunday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss. And on this Friday, Mitt Romney will campaign with Chambliss in Atlanta and Savannah.

A spokesman for Romney also announced that Romney is contributing $5,000, through his Free and Strong American PAC, to Chambliss to help with the runoff election. Romney's PAC donated $2,300 to Chambliss earlier this fall.

Like Huckabee, Romney was a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination before dropping out in February and endorsing McCain. Both Romney and Huckabee could have designs on making another run for the White House.

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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Brooke in PA

    That's my boy. He's being so good lately. I'm quite proud of him. Go Bill!!

    November 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Joe Green

    The Ayman al-Zawahiri video is a FAKE!

    CNN you are being pranked.

    Real Muslims would have no use for fake American Black "Muslims" like Malcom X or whatever. Nor would they say "May Allah have mercy on his soul" if they respected Malcom X (that is a phrase reserved for someone who as OFFENDED Allah).

    And the term "House Negro" (or "house slave") would never occur to an Arab Muslim.

    Some prankster is having fun with you, CNN!

    Geez, be skeptical! The MSM is so full of shiite!

    November 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Doug R.

    Under Bill Clinton, gasoline was $2/ gallon, millions of more people were gainfully employed, millions more people had health care, we had budget surpluses, the stock market was higher, our homes were worth more, we all had more $$ in our 401k's and savings accounts,...the list goes on and on and on.
    I was at the mall last evening and the stores was 90% empty. There was no holiday music playing. It was strange.
    You can thank George Bush and the Republican party for where we are today.

    November 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. John ( NY City )

    I don't know either Senator, but I don't agree that any party should have so much power.

    Be careful what you wish for...

    November 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Jay

    Seems to me all the libs here want is the super-majority, filibuster proof Senate. All this gets you is the off ramp to socialism. Many of you claim to be educated, but have you learned anything. A close inspection of the people Obama surrounds himself with presently and formerly indicate nothing but a hard turn left. The centrist in this equation is Hillary, can you believe it. I am not talking about Revs. Wright and Flueger, or Ayers, but policy makers. Godd luck with that. It will take 10-15 years to corrct one term of an Obama president.

    November 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. truthsayer

    It will be a great day for this country when Republican smear and fear politics are no longer credible. The GOP as we know it is dead and good riddance.

    November 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. hover

    you mean CNN is trying to make a big deal of it

    November 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. cool onlooker

    Don't American people get enough of Bill?

    No Offense, but – enough is enough. What do you think, my folks?

    November 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. sglman4Obama

    Clinton didnt even work this hard for Obama! Makes you wonder if he wanted Obama to win the election......oooh thats right HE DIDN'T!

    November 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. drew

    SHELLI your an idiot. After the democratic primary the Clintons did nothing but support Obama. I think Hillary spoke at the convention in support of Obama and Bill campaigned for him. And for the issue of trust, if you actually trust a politician you are dumber than I thought.

    November 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. ch

    Thanks for the:

    22 million jobs created

    budget surplus

    end to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia (without the loss of a single American life)

    appointment of 2 supreme court justices who will vote to uphold civil rights and a womans right to choose

    love and respect that other countries had for the US

    the greatest first lady in history

    November 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Nannie Bouroughs

    Bill is THEE MAN!

    Help Georgia retire Saxby for GOOD!

    Even though I am an Independent I recognize true slim when I see it...

    November 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Jen, Cali

    mavericky November 19th, 2008 9:43 am ET
    I am tired of right wing nuts saying Obama supporters are uneducated. Why don't you look at the exit polls? Graduates and higher (meaning doctors, Ph.D, juris doctorates, etc.) voted for Obama. I have a Masters and I'm going on to my Ph.D.

    I worked in academia for years. And let me tell you, all those Ph.Ds and doctors juris and Masters folks have their heads in the clouds (actually elsewhere, but never mind -). They wouldn't know reality if it hit them in the face.

    November 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Acarai

    If not sixty(60) this year then sixty(60) or more in two years. Hee Haa!

    November 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. bibi

    Change is:
    reviewing policy
    Adopting new policies
    recruiting the best people whether old ones or new ones as long that they have the top skills that the counrty requires. Obamas policies will be the new engine , not that of the Clintons'. I wished people understood that. Obama cannot recruit people who have not got the expertise especially not now.

    November 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. CanIcallyouJoe

    GOP = fail.

    Go for it Bill!

    As the lesser evil, Martin deserves to be in power to do as much good as he can before he becomes corrupt and we have to oust him – in contrast to Chambliss, who is already corrupt.

    November 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. John

    Georgia is a red state. If I was Martin, I would ask Clinton to stay away. He was the most flawed President in our lifetime.

    November 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. sia

    The voters of Georgia have chance to make an historical change in our country.

    Bring our country back to the real America. Keeping the same old man in office will keep our country in lock down. Do the right thing do not become the one that held our country back.

    Vote Democrat so we can make the changes.

    November 19, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Acarai

    Yes he ( Jim Martin) can.

    November 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. j. williams

    Go away Bubba and take your wifey with you.......

    November 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. John

    Doug R. - All the things you cite were true through 2006, until Congress turned Democratic. You need to blame them, not Bush.

    November 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Yeah, big name alright...but low character.

    November 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. anthony brown

    If Bill is so great a campaigner then why did he not do it for Gore in 2000. The American people are tired of Bill and his sleazy ways.

    November 19, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Lizz

    Hard for Dems to win in Georgia. This is a Repug's state.

    But if Repug wins, it will pose difficult position for Dems as they are mostly uncooperative.

    November 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Purple Nurple

    I hope 60 is right around the conner Baby! No more GOP fillerbusters!!

    November 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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