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)
  1. NOT AGAIN............

    History Repeating itself? Sarah Palin AND George W. Bush are both “C” Students.

    Palin did a good job "parroting" the phrases drummed into her head by her Republican strategists. However, her performance was at best mediocre. She did not appear to be "presidential". In my opinion, she would do well as a maybe a small town mayor or a talk show host, but NEVER a president or vice president might I add. The expectations for Palin going into this debate were so low that it is almost ridiculous. I would grade her "PERFORMANCE" as a C. As I can recall...........George W. Bush was also a C student; and we all know how that worked out!

    October 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Helene

    Go for Obama Michigan ! We need you. McCain/Palin are failures of the first order.

    October 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Confused

    Does this mean that Michigan is not worth fighting for? Furthermore, if someone calls themselves a "Strong Hillary Supporter", and yet does not support her decision to support Sen. Obama, does this make them delusional?

    October 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    It's nitty-gritty time. Everyone has to put their resources where they will do the best. I am ecstatic that McCain has conceded Michigan. If we can get Wisconsin back in, shore up Pennsylvania, and pull out Colorado or Virginia, we can get back on track to fixing this country and reverse the misery of the last 8 years.

    October 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Tony, ME

    Sarah is better at promoting John and herself than she is answering questions. When someone says they're going to talk straight to the American people (wink, wink), they really mean, I'm going to ignore the American people by ignoring this process. I'm going to say what I want to say, which is nothing, and then pretend I'm for the American people (wink, wink).

    Obama/Biden 08

    Joe did an excellent job by the way.

    October 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. ken

    well john your going to have to pull out, of florida, nevada, in a matter of a week from now ohio, but john if obama just gets florida that the game on your campain, about 80 % of the mistakes made in your campain, is mc cain him self . i expect to see him inplode any time now as his temper and his way of blameing everyone else but him . he will soon try a dooms day push , mc cain has sold his soul to get this job as a maverick, yet you all found out this week he lost that name real quick, when he voted on the bail out bill with over 1 billion in pork bills, mc cain went before the country and said " i will not be a part of any bill that has ear marks in it " then he went and voted for it. which ment again he was a maverick he did what he needed to do for the party and for bush, not his poeple. so all the months of his saying he would not do such a thing and he does it. so he lied to you he will do what ever it takes to be president , and if that means going against his own word, so john watch as one state after another drops from your sight, you are now seeing the real mc cain , doing what ever he has to do. ken

    October 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Winnie in Montana

    People are tired of the Republicans running the country for the last eight years and I am referring to the entirety of the Republican party, including the platform they stand for. Yes, Democrats deserve some of the blame for the crises we find ourselves in. Yes, lenders and borrowers alike shoulder some of the blame for this economic mess. The Republicans, however, have blindly followed a leader with no foresight, no ability to reason, and a knack for turning the rest of the world against us.

    Americans, by and large, do not want to be preached to about morals and family values. We can handle these things by ourselves, within our own family units. We want leaders to lead us into economic prosperity and world-wide respect again.

    To those people who are angry about Hillary Clinton losing to Barack Obama – get over it. Do not punish the entire party, the entire country, because of sour grapes. Palin is NOT Hillary and will never be. As an example, the right of a woman to do what she needs to with her own reproductive health is paramount. This is not a matter that needs to be legislated by anyone, least of all the religious right and conservative Republicans.

    October 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. annoyed seriously

    palin and mccain are really something else, please let the bush tactics end with bush leaving office. really another four years of the turkey running the country, and maybe will all start thinking "W"

    October 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Angela, DC

    And OBAMA must accept that he is going to lose big time on 11/4.

    Dear Strong Hillary Supporter:

    The only thing Barack Obama must accept his the office for the President of the United States on January 20th. See you there.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain has wasted so much supporters money talking about Obama on the campaign trail until it's almost like he's been campaigning for Obama. The economy is the issue and McCain is stuck between a rock and hard place because Americans aren't interested in his lies and slander against Obama. Obama gets it and McCain still doesn't and he can't hide behind Obama anymore in his attempt to avoid the economy issues.

    October 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. LB

    After a full week of the McCain camp working with Palin on difficult issues, Palin was only able to answer questions on about 5 different subjects. She said at the start she would not answer some questions, Now we know why, after 3 days of working with her the McCain camp had to concede that she was not knowledgeable or intelligent enough to only grasp the knowledge of 5 issues or less. Thus when asked a question she didn't know she reverted back to answer on of the other 5 topics she had studied.

    October 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Rodger

    This is the beginning of the end for McCain and the Republican Party!

    October 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Linda

    Hey, ":Say it aint So Joe" I hear has a commercial by Backtrack Barry from lastnights debate.

    Is it the one where he starts to cry?

    ...no mind you. He didn't cry for main street, he didn't cry for the problems we're having, no no, he cried because he son was gong to leave for Iraq today.

    Now, a funny thing is that apparently Obamabots were actually hoping Joe would have made Governor Palin cry at the debate. Yes, they don't deal in reality, otherwise they would have never really thought that possible. But they DID and thought that would be the nail in her coffin.

    ts ts ts ts, looks like only Joe shed those tears, for him self. Get that hammer busy! roflmao

    October 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Caribou Barbie

    Governor Palin, please discuss how your foreign policy positions will differ from the current administration's?

    Hey, can I call you Gwen? Heckuva job, Gwen!

    I'll betcha' my opponents are a-wishing that you had a Maverick representin' every Joe Six-pack, hockey mom – bless their hearts – ya' know? Darn right, a maverick does a heckuva job, not just kinda good, but honest-to-goodness heckuva job! As one of my heroes, Donny Rumsfield, once told me, "Golly gee willickers, that's a peach of a pickle!". So yes, I know a little somethin' about oil up here in the only Arctic state 😉

    October 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. ww

    Palin may have done "well" in the sense she didn't fall on her face. However her same 5-6 prepared talking points were all she had. What I'd REALLY like to see is a reporter asking her NEXT WEEK about all the things she said – wonder if she could even remember once the "test" was done?

    October 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. JB

    McCain can still carry Michigan.. How can Michigan vote for Obama knowing that he has no experience, no substance, and no kind of track record to indicate that he will do anything if he becomes president. Wake up America.

    October 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. McAncient

    I guess that's his payback for being heckled at one of his factory visits to lie to the American people.
    It would have been easier to win to win the hearts and minds of the people in Michigan than to win those of the Iraqis.. (which country is really first to McInsane)

    Invest in Americans: Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. mitch

    he should pull out of the whole race.

    October 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    This is just the begginning!!!!
    Let's see .... If I don't know the Answer to a question: WINK
    If i have no knowledge of the question: WINK
    If I feel threaten about experiance vs. inexperiance:Wink
    If the person debating against you is smarter: Wink
    If i don't know the answer to a question:TALK ALOT, WINK

    Sarcasm, Innapropriate non-verbal behaviors, redirecting the questions, babbling about nonsence, trying to entice Men (or Women)
    etc... etc....

    Let's See.....
    Joe Biden last night did:
    Answer questions, did not redirect questions, respectable, honest, relates to average Americans, believes in true Democracy, not just for "EYE-CANDY", does not want unjust WARS, etc.. etc...

    CNN Pease post

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. annoyed seriously, and female

    hey too be fair obamas not the answer either but he is the lessor of two evils. as long as the turkey flys the coup at least america may be able to stop the crash led by "W"

    October 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. old white woman

    As you will know from the following, Biden impressed me last night. No more words are necessary.
    I was pleasantly surprised by Palin last night. Although she didn't seem to know what the moderator was asking, she threw in answers anyway. Although she strings her words together without pause, and no periods, she at least didn't make too many mistakes.
    She must have a good memory to remember all that the trainers are throwing at her.
    I am most offended by her language. I don't think leaders of our country should be throwing around such words as "hecks" and "goshdarn" . I want them to at least appear to be educated and have a decent command of our language. Can you imagine her in high level discussions such as Candi enters into?
    Also the constant grin and winking was very unpresidential. This country is not in a position where constant smiling is correct.

    October 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Noah

    Just so all of you liberals know, the Drudge Report, which is widely regarded as the best source for news, has a poll for last night's debate: 76% say Palin won, only 22% think Biden won. VICTORY!

    October 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. bobbi

    well Michican its ovious mccain doesn't care about you, but then don't feel bad he and palin don't care about the rest of us either.

    October 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Dale

    Why do Republicans think that by going against your party that it makes you a good leader? In the USMC I was taught that you have to be a good follower before you can be a good leader. And isn't working with a team to accomplish goals more important than striking out on your own as a so-called "maverick"? The age of the lone cowboy/gunslinger riding into town and cleaning it up over. Actually it never was and has always been a Hollywood, Eastwood, John Wayne piece of fiction and never based on reality.

    And while we're talking about movies, you can keep your Maverick McCain who crashes his planes, I'll take the Iceman Obama any day of the week.

    October 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Thompson

    Obama Campaign have been about reform, reform from the
    lobbyists.How do Obama go to Washington to vote with the
    Senate and vote on Wednesday 10-1-08 for the Melt Down and
    $150 Billion more dollars have been attached a bunch on Junk and
    nothing for The HomeOwners that are losing their home but some-
    thing in the add on about some WoodenSticks for children.A reformer
    a Change Obama said he is but what good will there be for an
    economic change and we are getting Bomb in these United States.
    Clinton didnot do anything after the bombing of the Ship with 17 US Military personnel getting kill ,Obama want to pull out of the War now
    because of Obama lack of Military skills for not having any,Never
    being in Military or Reserve as Clinton. Security is not their Priority.

    October 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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