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

Bill Clinton makes big return to the campaign trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Tim

    Go Jim Martin, send Chambliss packing!

    November 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. 3strikes

    dixie az
    November 19th, 2008 9:46 am ET
    The morning news reports that we have a new cooperative Bill Clinton. He is opening the books on his business and charitable orgs and campaigning, too. Sic the Republicans, Bill.

    monica clinton just wants back into washington

    a democratic america is just self destruction, wait and see.

    November 19, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Kay

    Now, change was not about people but about attitudes, thoughts, ways of doing things, etc. Even if the Clintonistas came back with an attitude befitting the situation now, THAT WILL STILL BE CHANGE.
    People get it, if anyone wants to strictly refer to change when it comes to people, everyone over the age of 8 years is the same old thing......get it?

    November 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Diane

    It is sad to see folks trash talking our former President just because they are frustrated that the failings of the Bush crowd and the ridiculous VP choice of McCain have sent them into the wilderness for a while. We had an 8 year period of peace and prosperity while Bill Clinton was our President. We had a SURPLUS, high employment, lower numbers of poor, etc. As to President Clinton's personal relationships, the Presidential biographers believe that only 1 president since WW2 has NOT had "affairs" while in the White House! We can all wonder who that was, but let's face it, evidently, it's a pretty common situation. I sympathize with the Republicans – it's not a good feeling to be on the losing end, but at least you are able to know that Senator Obama actually DID win, unlike the case of the Y2K shenanigans. Imagine what it was like for the rest of us to know that Bush had been SElected by the Court's Republican appointees instead of Elected by the voters? You folks chose poorly with Bush. Whether by true primary votes or by more "shenanigans" as is widely believed, Bush got to be your candidate, and he and Cheyney have done more to damage this country than any other leader, including Nixon. I am sure none of you hoped for that outcome, but that is what happened. Let's give President Obama a chance, ALL of us, and see what happens. It would be great to have another period of good times, with employment, a good stock market and good health care for all. Relax, the circle turns and leaders change, Just try to remember how you feel now when it's your turn to win again, and show a little consideration to the losers of that race!

    November 19, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |


    November 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Sara from Arizona

    Go away Clintons!!!!! So tired of seeing you in the news.

    November 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. jenny

    When Romney set sail for Georgia I am convince that DEMS Martin will win.WHY? Romney is a LOOSER. This one of MANY republicans that cannot be RECYCLED.

    November 19, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Milhouse van Houten

    Show them southerners how you can play the sax willie-boy.

    November 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Oh the irony

    Why are all these Bush haters so negative?

    November 19, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Michael

    You guys are so stupid. Obama IS making Change. Not the "new faces" change (which is good), but the "Experienced and qualified" change. I hate reading all of your stupid bullcrap against his change. If he picked people we never even heard of, then this country would be screwed. Bill Clinton was a great president, and that's whats going to make Georgia blue.

    Also: we have 58 seats now, thanks to Alaska. Suck on that Falin'.

    November 19, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    My kids grew up in Australia, married there, have families.

    If you disagree about "socialism," those countries that practice it, like Australia, Canada, Scandinavian countries, and others, or some form of "socialism," are in better shape than we are.

    My girls and their families ALL get good health care whether or not they are working, disabled, rich or poor.

    So what in heck is wrong with that?

    Capitalism is doing very well now, is it?

    November 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Terri

    Gore never wanted Clinton to campaign for him, that's why? Were you even around in 2000?

    November 19, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Gov. Palin

    The name is Palin. Sarah Palin.

    November 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    Wow, what invective - on both sides. Too bad most of it had nothing to do with the story.

    I'd like to see Chambliss suffer the same fate as his "supporters" McCain, Romney, and Huckabee. I have friends in Georgia who would like to see it, too. One got hit by a car that had a Chambliss bumper sticker on it, while my friend had a "Go Green" t-shirt on. Interesting, that. But Republicans are like kudzu, you can cut them back and they'll just grow to take over another state. You have to dig them out and distroy the roots before you can get rid of them.

    November 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Eddie

    President Bush after 8 years ruined everything Clinton set up and now our Economy is in shambles and not to mention he lied to put us into an Endless war.

    I hope we can win another seat. This Bill Clinton dislike is stupid all because he had an affair during the white house. He gave us prosperity for 8 years. This is what it is like to have a good president. We actually get to see him campaign for other democratic candidates I could never be tired of a great president like Bill Clinton.

    Your right it was republican majority and I'll give credit but also give credit to Bill Clinton for working with Republicans to get things done unlike Bush who only started to threaten vetos when the Democrats came back in 2006.

    Also just because Obama gets a few former lobbyists and Clinton staff in the white house. It does mean its going to be Bush 2.0 or even the return of Clinton. Which would not be a bad thing mind you but I'm sure he will run things much differently and better. Stop demonizing the guy hes has not even got into the white house and your already bashing the guy.

    November 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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