November 23rd, 2008
10:17 AM ET
12 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. Mike

    Why doesn't this lunatic just go away!

    November 23, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. GaWins

    Times are getting real bad! Georgia is going to need Big help from the Obama admin. Martin would be the smart move for Georgia now. It's survival; not politics! You send in the Pitcher that can win for the team (Georgia!)

    You have to play to win. Labels don't matter. South Carolina made the smart move by getting a Democrat Senator. They will win in the Washington sweepstakes! Georgians have a chance to win big also! Win for Georgia! Send a Democrat to get money from a Democrat. Tough times make for tough choices! Chambliss could not get a plug nickel from a Democrat controlled Government! Georgians would go broke!

    November 23, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. JAN


    November 23, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. shirley

    The trade agreement needs to be renegotiated. People that want to put business in other countries should put something there that they can use and pay their employees a wage that they can afford to buy their products. We would not be polluting our oceans by all this back and forth stuff. Instead of giving all this welfare to countries. We could give them freeze dried foods. tractors and other thing< We could even use some of our car manufacturing to build tractors and as they prosper they could pay back for what ever we give them. Remember when people in other countries loved us for the Hershey candy Bar. We give all this welfare to other countries and the wealthy prosper. Look at Arafat before he died. He was one of the ten richest men overseas. Look how much we gave Iraq. when Saddam was in office. Did they pay anything back. Yet he was one of the 10 richest men overseas. Tell you politicians enough is enough.

    November 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Sarah Smith

    What EVIL VILLAINS out there are responsible for the


    to see GAS drop from $4.50 to $1.50 means


    Don't tell me it's psychology ..

    IT'S A VILE SCAM !!!

    November 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Joe the Boxer

    Go get em' Al.................

    November 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Jaye

    I'm glad that men of substance like Al Gore and Bill Clinton are camaigning for Martin. Hopefully it will help get the vote out for him.

    November 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Anna, ATL

    When Al Gore lost his 2000 Presidential bid, he 'disappeared' for a bit and came back with a beard.

    Now Sarah Palin has lost her VP bid this month, but the media is crawling for more of her...interviews are in the works with Oprah, (Oprah?), Letterman, Leno–film and book offers are on the table.

    Why do you suppose that is???

    November 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    I hope that President Obama elevates the EPA to a cabinet agency and appionts Al Gore as the first Secretary of the Environment. That would leave no doubt where the administration stands on Global Climate Change.

    November 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Anna, ATL

    I guess I will answer my own question. (I thought it was more interesting than the Ticker blog posed here.)

    Al, bless his well-meaning heart, just isn't one to pull the crowd's attention.
    I can't imagine he will make much difference for Martin.
    He would have been a heck of a Prez though!

    As for Palin...

    November 23, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Craig from NC

    Hey Al it snowed here in Greensboro last week. It was the first time it snowed before Thanksgiving in this area since I can remember. We need to start sounding the alarm about Global Cooling before it is too late.

    November 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. jane in Columbus,ks

    I would certainly hope that the good voters of Ga would not see fit to re-elect the man who swiftboated the very honorable and Vietnam war vet Max Mclellan in their zeal to prevent a supermajority of democrats in the senate.May the best man win.

    November 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. MK


    November 23, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Texas Teacher

    The more Dems we have, the better chance of improving the status of changes across the board. Repubs have had control for way too long, and look what they have done with it! It's time to let the Dems clean up the mess.... again.... if this were the first time, it might be different. But this has happened over and over again through the history of this country. I can't for the life of me, see why this country cannot seem to realize that the Republican party looks out for only one segment of the population.... the wealthy. All through the 20th century that has been the case! Wake up, America, we are not ALL wealthy. We need a government that realizes that fact! We need politicians that who represent ALL of US, not the few. We need honesty in politics, not lies and attacks with no basis. Why should we continue to accept what we witnessed in the last campaign by the Republicans? I think that Barack Obama signals an end to those kind of politics, because We, the People, will no longer accept it!

    As well, instead of our big business moving to places where they can get rich quicker off the broken backs of the destitute in 3rd world countries; bring up the economy of those countries! Let us level the playing field all over the world! Then we will have a thriving global economy! The rich will be plenty rich enough, and the average citizen of the world can make a decent living as well! When the world is a place where all can work and earn an honest wage for their labor, then we will have Peace on Earth.

    How can a few people continue to use and abuse their fellow human beings, and most of these claim to be children of God. Obama offers a new future for the U.S. as well as the rest of the world, I pray the world opens their arms and accepts this new concept. Then we will know Peace on Earth at last.

    November 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. strong

    Al Gore, what a phoney. His global warming "theory" proved to be a farce and he is admitting it. Now this.

    My message to Al Gore: Don't hit the campaign trail ... HIT THE ROAD !

    November 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    Please give the President elect some space.
    Every thing discussed in private becomes public knowledge.
    America should be able to protect the first family, with some discression on what is reported and whats not.
    It concerns me that even the school choosen for the children is in the public domain.
    How do we protect these children from attacks?

    November 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Donna

    I am very concerned about the "auto industry buyout." Why are they just dealing with the top could just see the unionbreaking and benefit breaking dollarsigns flashing in their eyes as the corporate management sat there without a plan. It is going to take everyone to get this mess moving towards a solution that will benefit America. ALL THE PLAYERS NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. But I believe that "We can do it!" if everyone works together, and yes there has to be retooling and restructuring, but let's move in some more players and get this thing rolling. The corporate tops have cleverly offshored for years....and we have bought into the cheaper "stuff" with the dollars that are not now coming in and/or ofset by poor labor conditions. Soon it may be our turn to be the nation of cheap labor....seems to be cycling the world. And, hello, is anyone thinking how we will be able to control the pollution that will continue to pour out on the highways and byways if we allow all our autos to be produced elsewhere....

    November 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. A Kickin' Donkey

    Send Bubba and Gore out into the Georgia countryside, not metropolitan Atlanta.

    We need them to reach those Nathan Beford Forrest types that would resist an Obama appeal. I'm just keepin' it real folks.

    The best thing Obama can do is to use "quiet power" and mobilize the ground army of Georgia supporters to turn out the vote once again.
    – – – – – – – - –

    It is wholely American to enable as much voter participation as possible so that we get a true democracy.

    Democrats ... one of the 1st pieces of legislation you should push when Obama is president is to REQUIRE ALL STATES to support early voting on TWO weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) before November. This will help end the tryanny of "special interests".

    November 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. California Gold

    Georgia Democrats: please get the ground troops back to work to get out the vote! Your work for early voting and coordinating to drive people to vote made headlines all over the world. Do it again!

    November 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. KLEE

    Please get Chambliss out – he is another "divisive" GOP candidate – One good note – Georgia is turning the bend and opening their eyes & ears to what is "really" being said - Obama gave McCain a run for his money there – and to think the two GOP supporters – talked against him before because of his extreme views.

    November 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. mitch

    who cares? with all the lobbyists and washington insiders runnin barack's new administration, the 'change' i believed in, is looking a lot like the same folks been in the middle of our messes for 20 years. sorry,barack, but, if i wanted a team of clinton/bush/lobbyists/insiders, i would have stayed home, instead of voting early for you,in a red state.

    November 23, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Michael-Ventura,CA

    Thank you Mr. President.

    November 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Simmy


    November 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Gore and Clinton for Martin.

    Huckabee for Chambliss.


    November 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Voter

    I hope they get Martin elected. I'm still worried about the "Blue Dog" Democrats, though. Last election cycle the Dems broadened their umbrella unrealistically wide in a desperate attempt to add Dems to Congress.

    The so called "Blue Dogs" are pretty conservative and have a lot more in common with the Know Nothing Party that's on it's bumbling way out. Some were actually death bed conversions to the Dem party and are in fact Republicans in sheep's clothing...

    All these packages depend on getting every Blue Dog vote. Good luck.

    November 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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