November 25th, 2008
09:17 AM ET
9 years ago

Rudy to make campaign cameo in Georgia

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(CNN) - Add Rudy Giuliani to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year.

The former New York Mayor and Republican presidential candidate teams up today with Saxby Chambliss at campaign events in Woodstock, Georgia.

Chambliss is the freshman Republican senator from Georgia who is fighting to keep his seat. He faces a runoff election next Tuesday against Jim Martin, a former Georgia state lawmaker.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote on Election Day three weeks ago, 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.

Giuliani is the latest former GOP presidential candidate to stump with Chambliss. Sen. John McCain campaigned with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama. Nine days ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, campaigned with Chambliss. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney teamed up with Chambliss on Friday. Romney ended his presidential bid in February and backed McCain.

Giuliani dropped out of the Republican presidential race in late January and immediately endorsed McCain. Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney could all make another stab at presidential politics in 2012.

Martin is also getting some major-league help. Last week former President Bill Clinton campaigned with Martin in Atlanta and Sunday former Vice President Al Gore teamed up with Martin.

Do these big name surrogates make a difference?

"Generally they can help boost turnout, because of all the media attention. Turnout in a runoff election is often very low compared to a presidential election and each side needs to get as many of their voters to the polls as possible," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

Democrats have so far picked up seven Senate seats in this year's election, with the Republican seats in Georgia and Minnesota still undecided. In Minnesota, freshman GOP Sen. Norm Coleman topped his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by just 215 votes, triggering an automatic recount which will extend into December.

If Democrats take both remaining contests, they'll reach their pre-election goal of controlling 60 Senate seats, which would be a filibuster-proof majority. A filibuster is a move by the minority party in the Senate that basically brings the chamber to a standstill by blocking votes on legislation.

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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. kuriya

    If the republican pick Giuliani they will never win election for may be after the 12 years and that is a big If. He is a very negative person, a man who does not respect the community or community organizer. The state the country is in today many people get help from their community. Moreover he does not have the quality to be president. I think he belong in New York to help his community then he will know what community means. He is a joke

    November 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Bill

    Is it still possible there are people outside of New York City that aren't clued into the joke that is Rudy Giuliani and his traveling circus of freaks?

    Again, Giuliani's ONLY notable contribution to 9/11 was the placement of his emergency "command center" in the World Trade Center, which was then promptly blown up.

    Now, of course, he travels the world making money off of the tragedy.

    November 25, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. ANGIE

    I cannot stand this man go ahead mr 911 sink the republicans more!

    November 25, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. ANGIE

    Hey Rudy how does it feel the country chose the Community Organizer over the do nothing corrupt Republicans eating your words yet Mr 911?

    November 25, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Rick S - WA

    It is amazing the mean-spiritedness of the liberal "winners" on this forum. Can't you just be happy with your victory? Are these comments even helpful? So much for unity, huh!

    November 25, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. James

    Rudy Giuliani has no business stumping for any candidate. He was political toast by running a bad campaign for president. As mayor of New York City, he ran a paranoid administration with an atrocious record of race relations. He took credit for the drop in crime, the seeds of which were laid down by his predecessor, David Dinkins. On September 11, 2001, he did a good job keeping New York safe, but that was his job as Mayor. His inflated ego knows no bounds.

    November 25, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. SKI

    The Biggest Political Comedian is BACK!

    The man who benefited by the National Tragedy and a Shameful Character is coming out to stump for Republicans is so funny. One way it is good for the country to wipe out the Republicans and put them away from power for a long time.

    No fear mongering and no solicitation of religious frauds and NO wars on false pretense. This country need a new direction to march forward into the 21st century and not to back track to 18th century.

    Thank God we got a President who will do what is necessary.

    November 25, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What can Giuliani do for the Republican? Not much really since there was no real connection between Giuliani and the Senate (especially this Senator since he wasn't in the Senate until after Rudy left being mayor). The only thing that connects them is being Republicans and having no clue as to what is going on.

    November 25, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. David in Dallas

    I normally try to comment more on substance than style, but I gotta say, Giuliani has always struck me as having the creepiest of smiles. It has always looked so fake to me.

    I wonder if this unfaithful mob-connected 9/11-bragging former mayor former candidate has-been will actually help the GOP candidate.

    November 25, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Just asking

    Do any Obama supporters actually work?

    November 25, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Jay

    GOP, when are you going to GET A CLUE? If jerks like Rudy and idiots like Palin are the faces of your party, you will never win another election in America.

    November 25, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. AGB, Lanham, MD.

    Seems like the row call of loosers....

    Except for one still missing...

    Wonder if Sarah is gonna make it to Georgia too...

    November 25, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. daniel

    hey kimora you are absolutely right please let somebody if cnn cannot do it remind rudy rude that the " community organizer" is set to be sworn in as the 44th president of the USA and he will also be rudy guilliani's president too!

    November 25, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Independent-Gurnee, IL

    Gotta feel sorry for this guy. Apparently no one told him his 15-minutes were up 15 minutes ago.

    November 25, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. SD

    We have had a parade of loosers here in Georgia lately, to support the biggest liar and looser of them all, Saxby. Does that make Georgia a bunch of loosers to?, yea I think so!! Not to worry Saxby will probably win this one, he is a "Good Old Boy". Which is why our state ranks near the bottom in education and the near top for poverty. No change here --

    November 25, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Chapman

    This is just awesome. The Republicans are running the exact same playbook right now in Georgia that just lost them the Presidency. The only thing missing is Palin... Chambliss is representative of the slime the GOP has become. After what he did to Max Cleland, he deserves to go down in flames...

    November 25, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. ndubi

    Why to the repugs have such a short memory? The reason they lost to Obama was because of bringing into their campaign spent forces such a Giulian. What new is he going to tell Georgians when he himself dropped out of the presidential race even before it started?. In fact he is going to ruin Mr Chambliss' chance of winning and give victory to the Dems who are now riding high after handing their perennial rivals a thorough bashing.

    November 25, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. From Miami

    Guilliani has no political future of his own and he's no help to anyone else. Fade away Rudy.

    November 25, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Barb

    Every time I see him the look on his face reminds me of a kid making mischeif.

    November 25, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Mike

    Show em some of that fine, upstanding moral fiber you're made of. At least what you had before you cheated on your wife and your kids ended up hating your guts. Isn't your (15) minutes up yet hater?

    November 25, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Tim

    If I were Chambliss I would not let Guiliani anywhere near Georgia unless he needs a monkey for his organ grinder.

    November 25, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. sam

    Ok. so chambliss is using "big name surrogate" rudy to boost turnout because of media attention. which begs the question: why is the media paying attention to that loser. the media is keeping is celeb status alive after the public roundly rejected him. This is why I friggin hate the media.

    November 25, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Mike in WI

    Rudy's relevence was demonstrated in the presidential election. Chambliss should tell him to stay home.

    November 25, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Go home, Rudy. No one gives a rat's behind what you think.

    November 25, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. former gop

    This guy is so creepy to me. People, look up "Rudy Giuliani dressed as woman" and check out the pictures of him cross dressing. Dress once as a woman – okay a joke, but multiple times... this guy's got issues beyond repair.

    November 25, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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