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. Sir Nose

    Yeah, cuz he worked wonders for McCain...

    November 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Another washout in the GOP. They wonder why they lost. Guess I'll stick to being a Demo for awhile longer. He going down and maybe rub elbows with Palin? Someone must have slapped them with a dumb stick. Georgia....lock your gates.

    November 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. barbara miller

    The Maverick, Rudy and Sarah – all of the sleazy politicians are coming to town to aid another sleazy politician who is running shameful ads. They should be punished, once again, with a big Martin win! When will they ever catch on?

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. CanIcallyouJoe

    Is he going to announce to the crowds how he didn't do squat to the security of New York after the 1993 WTC bombings?

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. BS not Maverick

    He will help as much as he did McCain!

    November 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. sick n tired

    Why does the GOP keep putting these CLOWNS out there on display to represent them? This is pathetic! The Republicans are a joke to the 10th power!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Former republican army wife

    I used to live in NY under Rudy's rule. A lot of people don't realize, but before 911, us NYC people HATED Rudy. He was a miserable mayor. 911 was his one and only claim to fame. During his mayoral campaign against Dinkins in NY Guliani refused to admit to everyone he was even a republican. Also Kerik was Gulianis man, and we all know how Bernie Kerik turned out!!!!! Guliani is a JOKE. Believe me, I lived in NYC when he was mayor, I actually voted for him, big mistake that was!

    November 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Mike

    Rudy campaigning for Sexby? What's next, Palin? Oh wait. She's on her way to save the day, like she did for McCain.

    November 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Remy

    What the hell this Rudy did to Americans? He was hanging in Reagan office. His achivement was sending hundreds of NY fire fighters to death for no reason.

    I am so sleepy when I see this guy in any news.

    November 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. deb

    I can't stand Rudy or Sarah. Both are jokes!

    November 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |


    November 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Another "lost cause" trying to help another "lost cause".....Rudy, you have outlived your usefulness.

    November 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. chuck

    Who said Rudy Giuliani Is a big name surrogate? The only thing big about Giuliani is his mouth which is like a GARBAGE CAN. The RNC has NO CREDITABLE MESSENGER RIGHT NOW SO I'M EXPECTING FACTS TO BEAT OUT WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING AND THE TURKEY KILLER SARAH PALIN.

    November 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. anticlintonite

    by all means. dont ferget to pack ur stockings for the trip!

    November 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. jt

    You again Rudy, just're such a joke...

    November 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Rudy, the man who let his city get attacked! With men like him, who needs terrorists!

    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |


    November 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Beau

    Let's hope the GOP will use the same playbook that they used in the Presidential election .... including the same speakers ...... like Giuliani. His multiple marriages ought to play well in the Bible belt .........

    November 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Milhouse van Houten

    Another tired old hack that should just gracefully fade to the shadows
    of obscurity.If the GOP thinks anyone but the hardliners are going to accept the re-cycling of the same old characters,think again,a new day has dawned.

    November 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. proud army and navy mom

    why????????? who cares.........

    November 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. ShawnT

    Yea right. Why don't you go around doing what you do best, Guiliani? Womanizing and spreading anti-Democrat propaganda.

    November 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Franky

    Who cares about Rudy. I was the one that told him that he cursed the Yanks and the RNC but he didn't believe me. At least Hillary knows the answer to 2+2...

    November 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Steve, New York, New York

    Let me guess – what will Rudy say?
    9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 – oh, and anyone who is not a pro-Likud extremist must be an anti-semite!

    November 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Joe

    He did so well as an attack dog for the GOP (what was the convention speech all about?), I wonder what role he'll play in GA? The GOP brand is severely damaged and these folks that they keep saying will head to GA (Rudy, Palin) were all "damaged goods". If I were running this GA race (for either candidate), I'd be looking for new faces.

    November 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    What? No Zell Miller?

    November 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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