October 3rd, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain’s Michigan decision is felt down-ballot

McCain pulled out of Michigan.

McCain pulled out of Michigan.

(CNN) – John McCain’s decision to pull out of Michigan prompted the state Republican Party chairman to issue a desperate plea Friday for donations to help fund political activities the presidential campaign would likely have shouldered.

“I won’t sugar coat it; the McCain Campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan is a tough blow,” Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, wrote in an email fundraising solicitation to Republicans. “But we cannot let it deter us.”

The latest CNN poll of Michigan voters, released late last month, suggested Obama was holding on to his edge over McCain in the fight for the state’s 17 electoral votes. Among likely voters, Obama held a 5 point lead, 51 percent to 46 percent; among the larger sample of registered voters, the lead was 7 points. Obama had a 4 point advantage in the previous CNN poll in Michigan, conducted at the beginning of September.

Michigan has voted for the Democratic candidate in the last four presidential contests, though John Kerry's winning margin there over President Bush in 2004 was just 3 points.

McCain aides acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was shifting resources and money out of Michigan and directing them to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maine, among others. Anuzis said that McCain’s decision not to contest the state “leaves a tremendous hole in our ground campaign that we must now fill” in its fight for congressional, judicial, and state-level candidates.

In a note to supporters posted on the state party’s Web site, Anuzis disputed the McCain camp’s assessment of the Republican ticket’s chances in the state. The McCain campaign, he wrote, believes that “Other states ‘today’ offer a better opportunity for the campaign and they decided to shift their strategy. We do NOT agree.

“Michigan Republicans kicked into overdrive last night. We had a series of conference calls and meetings with activists and donors, coming up with our own plan on how to implement a ‘Michigan strategy’ for McCain and the rest of our ticket,” he said. “We will have a revised plan in effect by next week and are NOT conceding an inch to the Obama campaign or any Democrats in Michigan. This is a battleground state, the numbers always tighten up and we will bring the McCain campaign back to Michigan by our own efforts statewide.”

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soundoff (253 Responses)

    The economy is hurting everybody it seems, I will be donating $100.00 to help out the Obama/Biden ticket just because of this news.

    October 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Leta

    McCain no worries Michagan has a hard on for Hillary......Don't much know why.....I believe that state has been ridding her skirt for a long time.......

    October 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Rose

    This is so funny and terrible scary.

    Did we just not go through eight years of a man 65% of Americans voted into office just because he was just like them? I say now Americans are now paying with the financial crisis I saw coming years okay with all of the outsourcing of our jobs and paying dearly with a war we should not have been in in the first place.

    Now all we need is a cutesy almost pageant queen to go on stage with a well rehearsed set of words, a wink and a smile and people thought she did a wonderful job. Give me a break. I don’t even care that she does not have the experience; someone with a thoughtful mind who can think on their feet would do better then her. What we saw in her interviews was her, what we saw last night was an over rehearsed pageant queen. She even had the wave and the blowing of the kisses down pack.

    Ms. Sarah is good maybe for Alaska, I hear Alaska now is saying that she better win VP because after seeing her with McCain they do not want her back. She may even be good for Mayberry. But not helping run this country.

    October 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    THANKS LIDNA IN CAROLINA! CNN..........You are closing these comments too soon, and you are not considering that MANY of us live in the WESTERN time-zones!

    Thank YOU, Michigan for not being fooled by the Republican-propaganda machine!

    Regardless, of what the pundits say, about the governor being "folksy, cute, smiley" .......she recited Republican-propaganda well, did anyone else notice? She repeated the same lines over and over.

    PLEASE America, do not be fooled by CUTE, we do not need another Bush in the white house!

    We have lost 159,000 jobs in September, things are going to get worse before they are better. WE need new ideas, we need change, another Republican, one that has been in Washington for over 25 years, and has supported Bush/Cheney is not the answer.

    October 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. victim Palin?

    John McCain has done nothing right in this campaign, what makes anyone think he would do better as President?

    October 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. WI Cheesehead

    Even I regular "Joe Cheesehead" at least know that – Under the Constitution, the Vice President serves as the President of the Senate. And yes Sarah just reminded us that she still doesn’t know what the VP job is.

    October 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. lewci

    McSame is able to read the writing on the wall, he knows that he is on a sinking ship. He knows that not only are his economic plans falling on death ears in Michigan, but in the majority of the other 49 states as well. His camp won't admit it, but he is suffering a great defacit in ELECTORAL VOTES already.

    People please keep encouraging voter registration and GE voting on Nov. 4th. Keep your eyes on the ELECTORAL MAP!!!

    DEMS will be in charge in JANUARY.


    October 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. CNN=worst blog

    dont worry, Sarah Palin was just on TV saying she doesnt want to pull out of michigan and her and Todd want to go and meet with the people of michigan. this may not be over there. Go Sarah – you were a star last night !!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Ron

    Mark my words, the Republicans will steal this election.

    October 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. rm

    No one wants a leader who is gambles with our safety!! McCain/Palin are all wrong for this country.

    October 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. paul in FL

    If she is not elected what are the chances that Palin will go back to Alaska and never be seen again?

    October 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Josh, Charlotte, NC

    I really don't think anyone offers us a great solution at this juncture...they both will say anything to get elected! Hillary should have been the Dem. nominee! I might as well write in her name in November because the other candidates SUCK!

    October 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Obama is REAL UNITING of the PEOPLE

    I'm from NC and we ALL have seen a BAD last eight years with this Republicans administration. I am tired of people who were not going to vote for Obama to keep using that he didn’t' want to allow your vote to count. If you would be honest with yourself and others, he wasn't the only one who AGREED to FL & MI not counting. It was ALL the democrats in the primary, INCLUDING Clinton. Obama isn't the reason for the stress that states are facing with high house foreclosures in ever town. Why is it that because Obama is biracial EDUCATED and SMART MAN, that the Republicans want voters to believe Obama is trying to BUY votes? NO candidates has been accused of this in the past and I think it's a shame to label ANYONE in such a negative and untrue way. I'm not sure if you are a paid blogger for or just a Republicans supporters, but if you look back at all the lies told by your candidate you would hope the American voters would reframe themselves from such trickery.

    October 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Smith

    This country is in a big mess

    Our leaders let it get out of hand

    pandering to the powerful and the INTELLIGENT!!!

    We MUST NOT let bipolar uneducated glamorous and filthy rich

    pit bull joe six pack susie dim wit pitbulls

    loose in this mine field

    we already know McCain crashes plains and

    becomes prisoner..

    don't let that happen again EITHER !!

    Vote for people who can think and speak and make wise

    careful decisions.. PLEASE and THANK YOU

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Bill, ca

    Re: Strong Hillary supporter

    Sorry, but you are out of touch like McLame.

    Republicans are using the old tactics like Bush, which won't work anymore.
    They are slowly shifting day by day to Obamas line, but that is just a desperate attempt to get votes, nothing more.

    Anybody in his right mind iwon't go for McLames flip / flops.

    They are lieing and distorting the issues.

    And still McLame is telling everyone that Obama is not qualified.

    Well John McLame, Obama is the direct opposite what you proclaim,
    is honest, has judgement and you are wrong in all your negative attacs on Obama.

    You stand for the same and that is a fact.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Wise White Guy

    Noah...your logic is flawed and if you believe your precious leader they said they believed they could win in Michigan. Now is he lying now or was he lying then? My point is that if you want change in Washington it doesn't really matter which time he was lying to you. All that matters is he is willing to lie to you and that should make a whole bunch of bells go off in your head. He lied to your faces about the Obama/Biden tax plan and that is ok with you? He lied to you in virtually every ad they put out and that is ok with you? Here is a little info for you about why the Republicans are full of crap. 3 times in our history has a president seen the national debt grow compared to when they took office to when they left office. I will list them for you Reagan, Bush Sr., and lil Bush. Not once did this happen while a Democratic President was in office. The debt actually decreased slightly under Carter and dramatically under Clinton. So they can take their tag lines about the Democrats being the bane of our economy and the tax and spenders and shove it where the sun don't shine.

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. RapidRay


    "Talk to me when Obama gets a lead in an important state like Florida"

    Sure thing. Looks like we can start right now.
    What is the topic?

    Might I suggest the effect of the current economic downturn on electricity usage and the adverse effects it has on keeping updated on current polling results in Florida?

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Noah

    Barack Obama is the single biggets risk anyone in this country could take. We have no idea what his true views are, as he has pulled off one of the greatest magic acts in the history of politics. How do you Lefties feel knowing that the most left Senator in America today has intentionally pulled himself to the center to appeal to more Americans? The guy is a liar, a pure politician who has never stood for change in his entire political career. Suckers

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. rm

    Strong Hillary Supporter:

    You are a republican for sure. No true democrat will vote for the trainwreck on the republican ticket. You should be true to yourself.

    October 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Ken in Dallas

    Michigan was always a long shot for McCain. Now I want to see him fail in Florida and Ohio.

    He doesn't have the capacity to lead, he's unwise, and he's no hero.

    McCain doesn't have a clue about the economy. He's already been talking about the national financial crisis in the past tense, when we haven't even begun to deal with that issue.

    He keeps talking about "victory" in Iraq, when no military strategist, including Petraeus, is willing to use the word "victory" to describe any possible outcome in Iraq.

    He keeps trying to win votes with gimmicks and stunts ike parachuting into Washing last week to save the day. These tactics accomplish nothing except to make a splash in the media.

    Now he revises his campaign tactics, waving the white flag of defeat in Michigan. The incumbent would, in an honest moment, describe this behavior with the words "cut and run."

    Some hero.

    A nightingale sang in the Hanoi Hilton. Nightingales are just poseur pigeons, anyway.

    October 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Hoosier Full of Hope

    Man, if only McCain's Michigan strategy was the same for Iraq....

    October 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Vincent, Great Lakes Illinois

    I wanted to be objective on my thoughts after the debate last night so I decided to be able to do that I didn’t need any visual obstructions. I wanted to base my opinion on the substance of what the V.P. candidates were saying, not on what they were wearing, if they looked at each other when speaking, etc., etc., etc.

    I believe that Sarah Palin got her moxie back but, as far as substance I had to go with Joe Biden. Sarah came off as charming and cunning and I believe the Republican Party will be schooling her for the 2012 Presidential bid. She should be ready in four years but, not as V.P this year or not for President in case she has to step in now.

    I personally have had enough of the six-pack Joe as President for a lifetime. We deserve better.

    October 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Kelby in Houston

    I want to see more stories like this in other states. I want to hear a story that says McCain just gave up on Florida or Ohio or McCain shocked by TEXAS turning blue...that would be so cool...


    DO IT!!!

    October 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA




    October 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Cackles in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania will stay BLUE
    McCain's gambles aren't paying off this time
    Former Hillary supporter for Barack and Joe – the change we need

    October 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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