November 23rd, 2008
10:17 AM ET
14 years ago

Al Gore hits the campaign trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Al Gore will hit the campaign trail for Jim Martin on Sunday."]

(CNN) - Add Al Gore to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year. The former vice president teams up with Jim Martin at a campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia.

Martin is a former Georgia state lawmaker who is the Democratic challenger to Saxby Chambliss, Georgia's freshman Republican senator who's fighting to keep his seat. The two candidates face off in a runoff election Tuesday, December 2.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote 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.

Gore's campaign appearance follows that of former President Bill Clinton, who teamed up with Martin on Wednesday in Atlanta.

President-elect Barack Obama is lending his voice to the Democrats' efforts to win back the Republican-held senate seat in Georgia. Obama speaks out in a 60-second radio ad for Martin that hit the airwaves Friday.

A trio of former Republican presidential candidates have campaigned Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss, just 9 days after losing the presidential election to Obama.

Last week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Bob Glavine

    GO AL!

    You are the man!!

    November 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. steve

    how much is he charging for these appearances?

    with al "manbearpig" gore, we know it always comes down to the money.

    November 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Turn Republican

    I wonder how much they paid him to go around campaigning for them. His name is money hungry.

    November 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. john

    i think martin has better chance to win and democrats gonna succed in senate remember that change is always good i think this election is about and it will be a continuation of this process

    November 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Sheryl

    High Five Mr. Gore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. jesuino leduino rosa

    He got , one oscar, one nobel price, one climate change revolution,all with no help of the suprime corte.

    November 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    I like Al Gore.... I have a secret dream that Obama will offer him a post as the Environmental Czar or whatever you call it... and that Gore accepts! Call me a dreamer.... 🙂

    November 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Barbara

    We're lucky that we'll have Al Gore helping Pres. Obama from outside the government. This is probably the best use of Mr. Gore's talents.

    November 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Proud Democrat

    Although I am a proud Democrat, I don;t like the thought of one party rule.

    So I hope the Republicans win this one.

    Our Democrat led Congress has done a terrible job these last two years, so I am not that thrilled about giving them complete and total rule over the Senate.

    A balance of power would be better for us.

    November 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Obama08 but...

    It sucks, this guy should have been our President. We would have never been in Iraq. The Clintons ruined any chance for Al Gore for President and now Obama is tapping THEM for important positions.

    November 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Pamma

    Martin, please bring in Gore. He is the kiss of defeat.

    November 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Al Gore is a complete moron. He has accomplished nothing. He is a tree hugger not a politician.

    November 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. I knew it

    The hot air of Al Gore has been determined to be a major contributor to the rise of global warming by leading scientists...

    November 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Trollmaster

    I'm still mad at Gore for running such a horrible campaign against Bush.

    How much misery could have been avoided upon our nation if Gore even did a half way decent job of running for president.

    November 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. David Goldman



    November 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Mike

    Isn't this the dude who tried to steal the 2000 election?

    November 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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