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. Amy from Michigan

    I'd think better of McCain if he hadn't run any ads at all in MIchigan.

    The ads he ran in my state made me cringe, and were full of lies and distortions.

    What happened to the Straight Talk Express? The Express that ran through Michigan was anything but.

    October 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. deb in az

    well we have a worthless congress that have a poor decision making process and we take a chance on them every day.... i think biden said it best last night everyone knows my record and i will not change..........if you are about change and will not change how far can you go with that motto? what really scares you folks about sarah palin? that she is a real person and can make a difference in washington? this congress and the congresses before have caused this mess.........this sham has been going on for years and it started with the housing.......if you want change with barrack obama just look at the jimmy carter years........this is the change that he will bring......every promise that barrack touts we never happen because he is not ready to be in charge of the united states of america........his church and his friends demonstrate his complete lack of judgment......michigan will vote for barack only on the belief that barack will get their jobs back for them, when infact gm has moved to cananda due to lesser taxes and they dont have to pay for healthcare.....higher taxes on companys, high healthcare,,,,we are broke people, no extra funds, no programs.......

    October 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. America will be free again

    The Mccain campaign are as broke as anything...conceding and cant keep up with their spending. Did anyone recall this will be the 5th time in McCain,s campaign that he will be broke...and Americans want to let him run the country? If you cant manage your campaign to stay afloat and cant make good judgement on picking a Vp what else do we got left to trust you with?

    October 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. cp3

    obama is the man mccain just have to accept that he is going to fail against obama because obama is going to be the next best president

    October 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Annie

    @Matt, oh poor dear, where have you been? Obama a socialist liberal? I love how the republicans keep batting around that socialist term as we are on the verge of a $850 BILLION bailout of wall street capitalists. The extra $150 BILLION added to appeal to House Republicans. Socialist can no longer be applied to just liberals when taxpayers are funding the largest Welfare for the Rich program ever.

    October 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Debbie, Chicago Illinois

    Olivia October 3rd, 2008 12:59 pm ET

    Palin reached out and touched me last night

    Yes, she reached out and touched me too but not in the same light as you. When Biden almost broke down, she said nothing. That was not a planned moment on his part and it is apparent that he is still in pain. Palin just smiled and winked at the camera...

    Didn't like her when McCain chose her, like her even less now.

    October 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. New Day

    Matt – California has had a Republican governor. The US has been led by a Republican for almost 8 years.

    Under Clinton, we enjoyed the greastest 8 years of prosperity of our lives.

    I can understand why you and ur republican lackeys might wanna run this bate and switch, dog and pony act but, it doesnt appear to be working. McCain is innept and his running mate might have the same learning impediment that Bush has.

    PS "Who are the gays going to vote for now?" well, I can guarantee you that, with that kind of condescending attitude, most of them wont be voting for your party.

    October 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. mitch

    i knew john would lose this election as soon as he said he would veto every beer,

    October 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Scott NYC Independent

    McCain is spending his campaign funds like a drunken sailor; just as Bush has spend the American's tax dollars like a drunken sailor. Now the RNC wants donations. What for more drinks.

    October 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. bobbi

    mccains getting palin to throw kisses and give her flirty winks isn't working any more, mccain, AMERICA IS NOT THAT SHALLOW, we are sick of all this drama, we want and need OBAMA-BIDEN.

    October 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. LB

    I wish during the debate last night when Biden pointed out the Palen never answer the question put to her he should of point blank asker her to answer the question and when she repeated her "I won't answer some questions" Biden should of said won't or can't.

    October 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. nitro

    I find it hard to believe that anyone that watch the VP debate saw anything other than Sen. Biden eating Gov. Palin alive. To think anything other or to allow any of the pundits on cnn to say anything else means that you watched something else. She looked just as ignorant as she has all week long. That small town country girl , im just like you movie she tried to show last night didnt work. She has no idea what her own cadidates issues are. All her answers seam to sound like she had them written down and I know there is no way that they could have been writen down

    October 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Uncle Unaffiliated

    man, if McCain just bailed out on the people of Michigan, then who else is he gonna bail out on?

    October 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. You do the Math

    You Do the Math

    21% of likely votes say Sarah Palin won the dedate
    78% of likely votes say JOE BIDEN WON THE DEBATE EASILY

    Wind up Caribu Barbie...........Needs more lessons.

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. s. braddy

    strong hillary supporter but will not vote for obama.mccain for president.we dont need a risk taker obama to lead this country in this tumultous time we need a maverick to lead our country who is honest and will put our country first. go mccain we need you

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Griff

    I listened to that Debate last night, John. Boy she's Tough! Now it's time for the "Tough to get Going".

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Jeff in Colorado

    Last night's debate, as revealed by CNN's focus group, showed that the debate was the last piece for 'undecided' voters to largely make their decision. I would be amazed if after all the waffling on direction and message John has done over the last few months, people would actually pick him over Obama. Americans want and need a leader that is calm under pressure, a thoughtful thinker and stays focused. Both Hillary and Obama exhibited those qualities. McCain and Palin haven't. All we have left now are people who are tied to fear of a black man running the country which pretty much can't be helped. They will believe what they want, no matter how irrational it is. Let's hope there aren't too many of them out there that can find their polling places come November.

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. annoyed seriously, and female

    what can we do, here in california we have one bad apple in ARNOLD, hey leave. please don't elect another bush in to office californias aready gone from bad to worst, please were bankrupting and we are becoming POW in our own countres economy

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. question

    Does this mean Mccain is not going to get all those jobs he promised us here in Michigan if he wins?

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Robocop

    I think palin did a terrible job. She could not even speak about the future, she had to go into the past. We need someone that thinks bout the future. I like some one that thinks ahead of time so we have time to plan for it. Thats really what i thought of her speech

    October 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Mark

    Republicans know that if McCain loses Florida or Ohio...either one...he's done. They're upset about it, because they know McCain made some huge mistakes in his campaign. Choosing Palin, and the so-called campaign suspension...bad ideas, John. Guess he's learning that sometimes you can be too much of a maverick.

    October 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Amy, NY

    Can you pull out of OHIO too?...oh and in Florida as well if you don't mind; Thanks!

    October 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. J from DC

    I hope Obama supporters give him more this weekend. He deserves it. He has done the hard part. The rest of us must do ours. As for McCain, the republicans have always had more money than the Democrats. So don’t believe the hype.

    Biden was all about the business. Palin proved that she could recite sentences. If you want a person who will follow the Bush doctrine, and pick up where the last eight years left off, then you want Palin. I think that Palin is a weak candidate. Biden is strictly business. I like that in a candidate. I want a business man or women with answers. If you can’t handle the business, don’t go into the office. Palin proved that she is NOT ready for the VP Office, no matter how many in the Republican Party says she is. They might want a puppet on a string for VP. I don’t. I want someone who is able to be SERIOUS, offers intelligent insight, make decisions, and get the job done. Biden was all of that and then some. Good job, Biden.

    October 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Saviour

    McCain P-L-E-A-S-E do this country a favor and be a maverick by pulling out completely and let Obama start cleaning up this mess.

    October 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. BigPimpin

    I dont really know much about this debate. As of what i heard, Palin didn't answer most of the questions. She got off of the subject on the questions. I also heard Palin was joking and playing alittle during the debate when it suppose to be serious. Of my opinion i think Biden is right for the position.

    October 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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