October 4th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin disagrees with McCain's Michigan decision

Palin wants to keep trying in Michigan.
Palin wants to keep trying in Michigan.

(CNN) – The McCain campaign decided this week that the battleground state of Michigan may be out of reach for the Republican ticket this year - a move that's drawn criticism from one prominent dissenter: VP nominee Sarah Palin.

Earlier: McCain cedes Michigan to Obama

In an interview with Fox News Friday the Republican vice presidential candidate appeared to be disappointed with the decision and said she still wants to take a stab at winning the state that hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate in two decades.

She also said she made her disagreement known to top campaign officials:

"I fired a quick e-mail and said, 'oh, come on! Do we have to call it there?' she said. " Todd and I would [be] happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants [with] car manufacturers.

"We'd be so happy to get to speak with the people there in Michigan, who are hurting because the economy is hurting," she added. "Whatever we can do and whatever Todd and I can do in realizing what their challenges in that state are, as we can relate to them and connect with them and promise them that we won't let them down in the administration."

Earlier: Palin calls Obama comment 'reckless,' criticizes Couric

McCain aides told CNN Thursday Michigan increasingly appeared a long shot the Arizona senator and the campaign had decided to divert its resources there to other key battleground states. The latest CNN poll of polls in Michigan shows Obama with an 8 point lead in the state where the nation's economic woes have hit hard.

Related: McCain dropped $2 million before pulling up Michigan stake

But Palin maintained Friday she and McCain still have a shot there.

"I want to get back to Michigan, and I want to try," she said.


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soundoff (964 Responses)
  1. CTSadler

    Maybe some of her folksy charm could convince the marginally employed whiners who are having their homes foreclosed that the fundamentals of the economy are sound.

    October 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. jane

    No problem. Go back McCain/Palin. Spread yourself thin and Dems. can pick off Florida, NC, and Virginia while you are there.
    -jane

    October 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Rich

    Send her back to Siberia.

    October 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Karen - Missouri

    Well, it's not up to Ms. Palin. And since WHEN is Todd involved. HE isn't running for anything.

    This isn't what "Todd and I" can do. Does she think she's HIllary and he's Bill?????

    October 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. mk

    Todd and I? What office is Todd running for?
    If Todd and Sarah are spending all their time on the trail who is minding the kids?

    October 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Chanda-Cincinnati

    "I fired a quick e-mail and said, 'oh, come on! Do we have to call it there?' she said. " Todd and I would [be] happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants [with] car manufacturers"

    I keep waiting for Aston kutcher to jump from behind a desk or chair during one of these interviews and scream " America...you've just been punked"!!!!! Then the REAL Republican VP comes out. This down home Ellie Mae Clampet bit can only last so long.

    October 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    I suggested that Ms. Palin spend some time reading up on Article 1 of the Constitution. You know, the one that *explicitly* states that the VP is not to have ANY legislative powers. Apparently, that one seems to have escaped her during the debates in between the "ya' know" and "you betchas".

    October 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. ket

    This Gov has no shame she should stop pandering. this is silly

    October 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. carol kesling

    SHUT UP AND GO home!!!!!! daddy said no and no is NO!!!!!!!dems dont like you repulsive reps !!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Concerned Voter

    Awe....isn't that cute. The power-hungry Palin doesn't want to give up hope...she is very dangerous, people. If her head is that inflated from not doing as terrible as she had been doing, which is a FAR STRETCH from doing good...oh, my God...what do you think she would be like if McCain won...she would be the worst nightmare of the Senate. Just say NO! NO WAY! NO HOW! NO MCCAIN-PALIN.

    BARACK OBAMA/JOE BIDEN 2008/2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Bs

    Can someone stop Palin and Rove from destroying the Social Security system ?

    October 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. AB

    I call insubordination on that!

    If there's one thing McCain does not tolerate it's someone else trying to run HIS ship. Palin is doing just that – and really – that is the person that SHE is.

    Give Palin a little and she will take it all.

    Right now she is getting a good dressing down and her playbook for the home stretch. Follow it or pound sand!

    Yet another reason not to vote for this pathetic ticket.

    October 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Joseph

    Perhaps she should prepare a list of acceptable questions for the next interviewer?

    October 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Eric

    "Todd and I would like to walk those car manufacturers"

    Is she talking about tourism or she does have a clue she is running a campaign during a time of economical crisis? Those people are losing their jobs.

    What did we do wrong to have to suffer the agony of hearing her stupidities for an other four weeks?

    October 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I CAN HONESTLY SAY MCMORON PICKED HIS EQUAL.

    October 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Anon.

    Didn't realize Palin and Todd are running for VP position.

    October 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. susie

    I hope Palin comes to our beautiful state of Michigan.

    October 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    She should be set loose in Michigan. Sara and Todd can work their magic and salvage the state. What a great debate performance! We were all so proud of her! Incisive, confident and knowledgeable.

    October 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. hometowndemocrat

    Sounds like the Johns "waving a big white flag" in Mich.

    Bet they're happy to be rid of him!

    October 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Curliss

    Yes she can ! Yes she can!

    Palin keep telling the truth. Tell them about McCains tax and health plan that will benefit them up to 2018. Keep telling them that a "white flag of surrender" in Iraq will bring down america both miltarily and financially. The world will no longer see america as a source of strength. Keep telling them, that its the same old insiders that are running for President, but yet, there is one ticket with an outsider that can bring perspective and realness to one of those tickets. Change we can believe in!

    McCain / Palin 2008/16!

    October 3, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Martha

    I'm a 45 year old black woman and Biden is HOT!!

    October 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. TEXAS NICK

    Sounds like a party divided to me...

    I wonder why they didn't bother to pick up the phone and tell Sarah what their strategy was? Two theories:

    #1 – She was too busy studying hard at debate camp...and sneaking out to meet the boys across the lake. *tee hee*

    #2 – The McCain campaign is realizing what the rest of the country already knows - Sarah is too dimwitted to comprehend strategy.

    Thanks for the intelligent debate, Joe. You and Barack keep up the good work. Don't worry....we're behind you 100%.

    October 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    That's the problem she sent John McCain an e-mail. Miscommunication. He clearly didn't get the message.

    October 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. josh

    Palin and her dude would still lose Mich no matter what

    October 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Ron L

    The fact that Gov. Palin feels the Mccain campaign should not leave Michigan is IRREVELANT. What is important is she basically told the moderator at last night debates she WAS NOT going to answer the questions given if and when she did not feel like it..
    THIS NEGATES the very foundation of a debate!!
    What is wrong with us? Have some of us become so partisian that we can allow a public official to basically tells us that the RULES don't apply to them???
    America WAKE UP!!! This is inexcusable and should not be tolerated. What is the point of a DEBATE if you are not going to follow the fundamental rule that EACH contestant has to answer the QUESTION GIVEN….
    Gov. Palin tries to brush over the fact she has very limited knowledge on certain important subjects by either not addressing them or giving some "heart warming hockey -mom type answer”.
    And this is OK to many of you??? Not good.
    HOW LOW ARE YOU GOING TO ALLOW THE BAR TO BE DROPPED IN EVALUATING OUR LEADERS??
    If Governor Palin is SO KNOWLEDGABLE she should be do MANY more interviews on CNN, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and many more. The fact is plain and clear...She is NOT READY for the V.P. spot and they are trying to fool the American public of that fact.. And MANY of us are falling for it...I DON'T GET IT!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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