November 30th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin back on campaign trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss."]
(CNN) - Sarah Palin is coming back to the campaign trail.

The Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee is adding her name to the list of big name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year.

Palin teams up with Saxby Chambliss at a fundraiser Sunday night and at four campaign stops across Georgia on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before Tuesday's runoff election. Share your photos, video from Georgia campaign

Chambliss is the freshman Republican senator from Georgia who is fighting to keep his seat. He's facing Jim Martin - a former state lawmaker in Georgia - in the runoff election.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote three 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.

Palin is the latest high profile surrogate to stump with Chambliss. Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Obama.

Two weeks ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee - who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain - campaigned with Chambliss. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also teamed up with Chambliss. Like Huckabee, Romney also ran for the GOP presidential nomination before ending his bid in February and backing McCain.

Last week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned with Chambliss. Giuliani also jumped into the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. He dropped out in late January and immediately endorsed McCain.

Giuliani, Huckabee, and Romney could all make another stab at presidential politics in 2012. Palin could possibly join them.

Martin is also getting some major league help. Both former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore have separately 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 Senator Norm Coleman topped his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by just 215 votes, triggering an automatic recount, which will extend well into December.

If the Democrats take both 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.

Filed under: Sarah Palin • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (348 Responses)
  1. gp

    Republicans will need to finde way them selves how to get rid of McPitbull, Democrat were so smart not to get their hands dirty, slowly even media will back off totally , so republicans you better look what you will do with her before she runs party to the ground with her extrem positions and nasty will to power.All what she performed against Obama she is ready to aplay against any other disent republican who would dares to run against her. There is lesson to be learned from this election . awy with her.......

    November 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Alex

    Shouldn't Palin be busy shooting defenseless animals and speaking in tongues? And why is this dangerous cretin still on my radar?

    Shoo Bimbo. Go away.

    November 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Susan

    Who cares??!!! Honestly, what is this country's sad obsession with the stupid side of America???

    November 30, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. carol

    Here she goes again....campaign trail Sarah, I bet she couldn't wait to get back into the frey again.....if she did a bad a job as she did for McCain at the end of the day....Chambliss will be sorry she ever turned up!!!!
    I wonder how many times she will mention Alaksa this time around and if she is a Maverick.....I guess we have to stay tuned to find out.

    November 30, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Don, Seattle

    Someone please make Palin go away!

    November 30, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Steve in Louisville

    The people of Alaska should start demanding that their mayor return and start paying attention to the business of the only people who have actually elected her to do anything.

    November 30, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. BBB

    Who is actually governing Alaska?

    November 30, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Rick

    What a gift to the Democratic party to have this wingnut back in the spotlight!

    November 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Joe Dennis

    How can any person with sound mind and judgment take this lady seriously? When is the right going to wake up and see the numbers?
    America has moved beyond your outdated thinking, your Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News thinking. I truly hope you embrace this lady as your spokesperson in the future.

    November 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. chucky1169469

    He might wanna ask her to stay in Alaska and keep her mouth as far away as it can be.

    November 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Tracy M.

    Decorum would require at least a short withdrawal from politics while she analyzes what went wrong with her campaign and acquires some knowledge relating to politics, geography and the Constitution (what is it, like, eight pages?). Decorum, however, is obviously on the long list of things with which she is not familiar. In other words, "Oh, gee whiz, I don't know much about decorum. But I do hang garlands from my doorways!"

    November 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. bill depp

    Obama should talk to the USA and tell them how important it is to elect Martin and not another Republican thief loser dirtbag. Civilian life for Chambliss is much better, just look at Elizabeth Dole for example, she can now sit back remove the 20 or so coats of make up and the trusses supporting her face and spend some time with her fossil husband Viagra Bob. It would be a good test to see if Obama can get his people out to vote!

    November 30, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Alistair

    Sarah do us all a favor PLEASE go back to Alaska and help your own people.

    November 30, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Svetlana

    Will someone please pull this moron off the stage. It is starting to get kind of obnoxious. She is a fanatical idiot that is not qualified for any political office.

    November 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Please, a majority is simply more than half. If there is an odd number of voters, no candidate can receive half a vote (think about it).

    November 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. god bless the US

    All this talk about filibuster proof majority. Remember when republicans wanted to get rid of the filibuster when they had a majority? now all they want to do is be able to keep it in place since they are the minority

    November 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. bill depp

    Palin relates to the uneducated hayseed Bubba types, so this can be good for Chambliss. Giuliani appeals to the thiefs and dirtbags and Huckabee to the bible toting inbreds from the hills. It might work out just fine!

    November 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Glenn-GA

    Go Sarah! You and Chambliss are soul Republican soulmates, mean sprited and just plain uneducated. Chambliss said he doesn't know what a rescession is! Sounds just like something Palin would say.
    Chambliss is however a good propagandist. Maybe he can come up with another Osoma Bin Ladden Max Cleland smear! ? ha!The people of Georgia will not bite this time.

    November 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. your average girl

    I'm sorry, but Sarah Palin just needs to let it go. I'm tired of hearing about her because I do not think she has the talent or what it takes to be a truly successful politician. Sure she's good at "zingers," but there is much more to the job description than being able to deliver one liners.

    November 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. abraxis

    Ignorance knows no bounds! Let her campaign for any one she wants, and let them grasp for straws. It is only indicative of the state of conservatism in Georgia which, by the way Palin, is a state in America.

    November 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. JCQueipo

    This Palin is like my ex-wife's lawyer: keeps coming for more !!!

    November 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. JG

    Yes, please go campaign and say a lot of things, yes please. We need more stuff to laugh about!

    November 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. dan

    She's twisted steel, and rompin' stompin' dynamite!

    November 30, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. sandrs

    A person when guided by greed, pride and stupidity often become blind, unable to posess a normal sense of perception, when the sense of persencion is distored a person make all kinds of very poor desicions, no so hard to see this happening in her case. Some one like her never will succed, and if she does it will only last for a very short time, the fall will be great, the bitterness will hopefully teach a lesson for many

    November 30, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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