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. Alan

    If the Democrats gain a fillibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, it won't be due to any "socialist plot" as idiots like Rush Limburger and Shawn Hangitup are spewing. It will be a total REJECTION of the Republican party's long-overdue overthrow.

    I can't believe I'm seeing Republicans on here telling us that it will take years to "correct" the "damage" that's going to be done by just one Obama term when we're saying goodbye to THEIR team that has left our country in shambles that could take DECADES to clean up.

    Please - get over it. You can't rape and pillage an entire nation and the world the way your party has done these past eight years and not pay the price of losing ALL power to an angry people.

    There is still a vote. We are still majority rules. You are now the minority. Learn to live with it.

    November 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Grady Mooney

    One can tell what current 'Liberal-think' is/is not: These people have no idea what a rotten nation this could be when the government controls everything and all people are considered as a collective unit. The American spirit will die, the spirit that brought us to the greatness we are now enjoying. It is American spirit that allows the day-to-day person to criticize freely our government and bring about change. There is no government on this earth that can do everything right all the time.

    November 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Rick

    Peter (CA)

    I have legit. questions that have not been answered. All Obama has to do is allow the people to know the answers. I have not drank the Kool-Aid as you have. Anyway glad to see your husband let you get back on line, It's no fiun without the clowns.

    November 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    I refuse to comment or correct the vile lies on this blog, from the far-right-nuts. Its distressing to read such ignorant statements!

    All one has to do is read some of the vile comments from the far-right-nuts to know WHY the Republicans will lose over and over and over!

    The Nation has rejected the politics of hate, lies, fear and division that the Republicans and their mouth pieces spew!

    What Chambliss did to WAR HERO, Max Cleland, is hateful. Chambliss is a monster in my book.

    CHAMBLISS= hate, lies, fear and division. PLEASE GEORGIA JOIN OUR NATION IN REJECTING THE VILE POLITICS OF THE FAR-RIGHT!

    November 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    We met our old lover
    On the stump last night
    He seemed so glad to see us
    We just smiled

    And we talked about some old times
    And we drank ourselves some beers

    Still crazy after all these years
    Oh, Billy, still sexy after all these years...

    November 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Lifelong Democrat Lorna Hanson Forbes

    No one can beat Bill Clinton, he is simply the best!

    I pray Barack Hussein Obama, Junior can be half as good as Bill Clinton as President.

    November 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. jeff

    I love Hillary.
    She should not take it.
    She will be better in the senate.
    Also by adding her to his list Obama is just more of the same.
    Example.
    in primary and general
    No lobbiests in his white house
    To some lobbiest in White House
    To lobbiests in White House but with rules.

    His supporters are already finding excuses as to why he will not live up to what he promsed.

    November 19, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. maynard hopkins wi

    shut up and get the hell out of politics. you and the oval office and nafta will be the only thing that you will be remembered for.... all are a insult to the american people and workers.

    November 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Alan

    If Obama supporters are "uneducated," how do you explain the Republican Party's own "explanation" when their side's biggest columnists started slamming McCain's pick for VP? Remember? "Those are just INTELLECTUALS."

    Hmmm.

    Sorry, Repubs...you can't fool INTELLECTUALS as easily as you can the lower-IQ rabid Republican base. We're fully awake now and aware of your crap.

    November 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. JLS

    Under Bill Clinton, when he had the chance to take out Bin Laden, he didn't. Instead he had a missile hit an empty tent.(Documented). He did zip against terrorism. You can blame Bush for alot of things, but it was under Clinton's watch, that when something could have been done, nothing was. Except Monica, of course.

    November 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Bob from NC

    Go Bill. After what the repiglicans did to win the seat in 2002, we should pull all the stops to rid the senate of that Chambliss fellow. But, it is Georgia, so I am not holding my breath.

    November 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Apple

    I think it's great, the people who dislike Clinton would object but I like Clinton, he helped America, he took us out of a hole the Republican
    President's created. Yes, I know no Presidents could do as much harm
    as Bush. If you really believe Clinton was the first President to fool around you don't know much about our President, yes, Republican
    Presidents. Narrow minded people accomplish very little in life.
    Apple

    November 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Craig- Easton, PA

    Isn't Chamblis the low-life that smeared veteran hero Max Cleland six years ago? He's not fit to hold any office. I thought Georgia honored their heroes.

    November 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Chip

    Some of the comments on this board amaze me.

    November 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. John

    Hey Doug R.:

    Don't forget that republicans ran congress for 6 of the 8 years Clinton was in office. Shouldn't they get some of that credit too or are you going to play the double standard card you libs play so well? All I'm saying is that if you give credit to Clinton (which I do) for all the good economic things that happened in the 90's, you must also recognize the republican controlled congress as well.

    November 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Bob from NC

    A Texas grand jury indites Cheney and Gonzolas? I say send them to Gitmo. A taste of their own, so to speak

    November 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Rick

    Actually I'm expecting Obama to go ahead and name Bill Clinton as the next President of the United States since he has appointed everybody else from his administration.

    Change you can believe in??

    November 19, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. JJ in NY

    The cold in Canada must be causing brain freeze for some, eh ?

    There just isn't a stage big enough for Billary's ego . Enough of this pandering to the intellectually challanged groupies .

    November 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Tulsa

    There sure are a lot of scared conservatives out there. Funny they didn't say a thing the last 8 years. Considering the path the Bush administration has set us on and the way the Republican controlled House ans Senate rubber stamped everything he wanted for 6 years, you'd think thes "fiscal conservatives" would be ready for change too.
    Have any of you looked hard in the mirror and seen what YOUR party has done?
    I guess you're just blinded by the spectre of "socialism"..... Dumb-dumbs.... Nobody is going to take away your guns, the majority of us will get a reduction of our taxes and the prosperity and place in the world will be restored. SCARY, isn't it?

    November 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Chip

    I fear the American way of life will soon follow the fate of its language.

    Lobby, Lobbier, Lobbiest .... The three degrees of loitering?

    Poems to Bill Clinton, our old lover?

    Get a grip!

    Everyone blames the Republicans for everything. I love that cute worn out phrase "Repugs" that gets used so often on this board.

    It's nice to see that the unity is kicking in after "Hope Won!" the recent election.

    I just can't wait until all of my troubles are gone because the government is going to solve all of my problems for me.

    November 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    People are not happy that Obama is picking too many Clintonites for his positions. Well, why not recommend to Obama that some young outsiders be picked as INTERNS alongside to learn from this crisis?

    November 19, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Jaye

    Thank you, President Clinton!
    You are still greatly respected.

    November 19, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Go get them Bill because we know you can.

    November 19, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Daniel

    by Patricio

    Our deep religious moral values will be sistematically lessened in this horrible administration!!!
    ______________________________________________

    One can only hope. I, for one, have had about enough of religion hindering our progress as a society.

    November 19, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    All our presidents arent perfect. We can talk about the past all we want, but we CANT change it. Let's instead, change the FUTURE together. Obama is ready on Day 1 to listen. Make sure your opinions ARE heard!!! !!!!

    November 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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