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. April Garlow

    During last nights debate Biden used Obama's name so few times I got the impression he thought he was the presidential candidate.Biden 's remark about being with Obama when he makes every decision, just reinforces the feeling that Obama is just a puppet of an old white Washington insider.We know that Biden will be calling all the shots, and nobody would have ever made him the president ,that's why the DNC handpicked their stooge Obama.

    October 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Just so all of you liberals know, the Drudge Report, which is widely regarded as the best source for news,

    You mean the same Drudge report that claimed that Bill Clinton had an illegitimate baby by someone who turned out to be a former prostitute, or that John Kerry had an affair with an intern?

    My personal favorite was when Sid Blumenthal sued them for defamation and the ruling judge decided that Drudge was "neither a reporter, a journalist or newsgatherer but... as he admits himself, simply a purveyor of gossip".

    October 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. meron

    Bad judgement picking palin. She did not help him at all on the last night debate. Just repeating talking points she got from mcsame campain

    October 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Sue in MI

    Hate to burst your bubble, Noah, but Obama is up in all but one poll in Florida as of Tuesday. And calling the Obama supporters dumb is one reason the Republicans will lose this election at all levels. From the convention on, all they have done is deride, make sarcastic comments, and make it clear that the Republican Party wants no help from anyone else, while the Democrats have been polite and inclusive. They chose Palin because she can be mean with a smile on her face, and someone really believed we wouldn't look past her winks to see-nothing there!
    Can you, the intelligent conservative among us, name anything concrete that mcCain has planned for the US? Didn't think so.

    Kerry only lost Michigan by 3 points last time-McCain is leaving a rapidly sinking ship.

    October 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Well, it's out: While Biden spoke, Palin was studying reams of note cards, hidden behind her lecturn.

    Wow, I feel so much better about her being a heartbeat away from controlling America's nuclear arsenal.

    October 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Ron from Baltimore

    There go McCain's coattails for Michigan Republicans. He really had no choice, with money tight and a need to redeploy his remaining resources.

    Naturally this may hurt him even more in Michigan, where the implicit agreement was that he would bring back jobs if he were elected.

    October 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. REAL Christian for OBAMA

    Ohhhhhhhhhh.....is that an Alaskan wind I feel a-blowin????

    SIXTEEN YEARS OF WINTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Gadissa

    MacCain/palin should suspend all their bases. They don't have any new ideas. I'm sorry for Palin MacCain used her but it didn't work. MacCan thought it will work. This is not working. I can't wait this election is over and I don't see them no more on my TV screen. Obama and Biden are part of the solution.
    Vote for Obama and Biden is voting for our economy.
    Obama/Biden 2008-2016

    October 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. TheCentrist

    @ Noah,
    You must be on drugs or something. Same goes for all you Republican bloggers here. Pathetic inbreeding lowlifes as you people are, I won't be surprised that if a rhesus monkey (which by the way has more brain cells than you people have) were to lead the GOP ticket, you'll vote for it just the same.

    October 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. jeff in MA

    Quiting so soon? Leaving without honor or dignity? Why doesn't he try a 'surge' technique? That worked wonders in Iraq, why not Michigan?

    October 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Doug R.

    This is an example of John McCain not caring about all the jobs MI has lost and the record unemployment the state of Michigan is experiencing (the highest in the nation). He turns his back on the American citizens AND then asks for people to send him contributions. Go ahead Republican losers, send him contributions!!

    October 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. PS for Obama

    Truly Mrs. Palin and some of republicans are in their own world. To even think that Mrs. Palin did well is absurd. Then again the expectation was so low. Imagine you are a teacher how would you grade a student who keeps giving the wrong answer, but trying to charm you with a smile or a wink. Listening to her made me wonder about our education system. It’s a shame that McCain wants people to believe she is ready to lead. I am not talking about experience obviously no one in these four is seeking “re-election” I am talking of her lack of substance. She was like a kindergarten kid. Because she was trained to say it’s a wonderful sunny day, she would not care if it were raining. So that was her mission last night, just got out there and said what she was trained to do.
    She is really a “NEW KILLER”

    October 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Candy West Virginia

    Do you honestly think john mccain really really cares?

    October 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. NC for Obama!

    Sorry, folks, but Hillary is not running! Enough already! Whether she should be or not is irrelevant now. I think she's an amazing, talented, intelligent woman and she's respectfully asked those of us who supported her to consider your future and that of your children and grandchildren and vote Democratic in November. You disrespect and belittle her and her lifetime career by ignoring her request. Obama for America!

    October 3, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Something's Fishy...

    That's it John....start folding up the tents...this thing is over.....now you can retire. Good Luck!

    October 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. BL

    Comment to Noah

    Don't know what the "Drudge" report is, but I'm certain it is not in touch with reality. Palin spouted off in her usual manner, speaking powerfully and with alacrity, while having little substance in much of her speech, and lies in the rest. She had the audacity to announce that she wasn't going to answer some of the questions at the beginning of the debate. At least she kept her word – she didn't answer many of them.

    She's a piece of work alright. It's like she's a drone – she has no emotion, but she sure knows how to wink. Gosh, I think that's what makes a good VP – a person who winks.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Michael L. Tucker

    If Obama is elected we are looking at the begining of the end of America. You can not tax America into prosperity. The governor of Michigan has made that case proof positive. You would think that UAW would be smart enough to know that.
    It appears to me that folks are determined to put Obama in office because he is a black man, regardless of the damage he plans to do.
    With Obama we will get higher taxes, higher unemployment, higher gas prices. If you vote Obama, you deserve what you get.

    October 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Nate Hussein

    The Drudge Report is one notch above Faux News, get your head out of the sand.

    October 3, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Correy

    I think Mccain should stop, because he is not goin to win

    October 3, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Kim in AZ

    folksy airhead/grumpy megalomaniac

    October 3, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Survival of the Fittest

    I'm from Michigan and I breathe a sigh of relieve that hopefully, I won't have to see and hear more of McCain's campaign ads which are full of lies and distortions. I'm not sure what turned this Straight Talk Express to Straight Lies Express. Lies that have killed his chances in Michigan. Country First my a$$!

    October 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. MLH

    Sounds like counting on the Maverick hasn't been such a good idea for other Republicans in Michigan. Why would I think that counting on the Maverick would be such a good idea for me or my country?

    October 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Andy from Michigan

    Michigan has constantly voted democratic and jobs have constantly left south to republican run states.

    Our do nothing governor has finally got it and started giving tax breaks to companies that bring jobs into Michigan. Huh, sound familiar. So when you give businesses a reason to move into your state or country they come and create jobs. When you raise their taxes they leave. WOW what a thought. I have lived here my entire life and seen the negative effects of over taxing business. If Obama has it his way, the whole country will look like Michigan.

    If you raise taxes on Exxon, they will either raise their prices or leave the country that has the 2nd highest corporate tax rate. Are they greedy? Sure! But you can't legislate morality.

    October 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. John McCain Maze

    It is almost like a maze trying to keep up with the IMPULSIVE AND ERRATIC behavior of John McCain in the past weeks. What is going on? First he suspends his campaign. Goes to Washington and makes a fool out of himself. The campaign is on again. Then there is the Palin issue (poor Judgement call). Now he has pulled out of Michigan.............What duh? This is a first. Weeks before the election he is conceding Michigan. I wonder Does John McCain even take the time to discuss any of these impulsive self-destructive moves.

    October 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Proud Obama/Biden Supporter

    Palin is so out of touch! She said "John McCain has won many wars" Question, what wars has he one? Also, I felt insulted when she said "average six-pack Joe" Who is she referring to? I have never bought a six-pack in my life! Is this the type of trash we want making decisions for us in Washington? I think not. Even my 8 year old says she makes no sense!

    October 3, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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