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. Mark

    What are you Dems so afraid of,, this little girl who is now going to become a force?

    October 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. No McPain

    Who gave her – her opinion on that one?

    October 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Tired of Media

    Both candidates need to take a little Leadership 101:

    Disagree in private, but not in public.

    Why in the heck would you speak out against your boss?! This is what inexperience looks like and why the city of which she was mayor is in debt. Some basic rules in ROI coupled with some common sense on getting to 270 without breaking yourself is in order.

    I mean I am for Obama, so it makes me no difference, but when you are double-digits down (for either candidate), you pull chokes. It's that simple.

    Stay there Palin – go for it while all the while trying to hold MO, NC, VA, IN, NV, and CO – throw in OH. Ready to lead on day 1?!

    October 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Please ,
    Sarah Palin can ride on the hood of a Hummer down the middle of main street !

    October 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. McCain THE LIAR

    Palin has her eye on the Presidency and she willing to use her good looks and sexuality to get it. She plays with the camera making winks like a porn star. McCain has created a monster that wants his job that he doesn' even have yet.

    October 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    The Bible was telling the truth. When you have a wise leader, it does make a difference. Nevertheless, America, Be strong. You need God, Guts and GUNS. that's all you need...

    Keep the Faith...and Dump the Elephants!!

    October 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. A CANUCK

    Mc Cain had better keep an eye on the Palens......in the Alaskan Government THE DUDE is also known as THE ENFORCER!!!!!!
    Looks like old McCain has gotten two for the price of one.......can he control both of these hillbillies ??????

    October 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Palin....can you repeat again what the office of VP is responsible for?...deb

    October 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Dal CA

    "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"

    Does this mean that Todd is being used as the enforcer to threaten the voters to vote for the Palin/McCain ticket?

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. NANCY, MONTANA

    Oh Sarah, you and Todd?? I can't imagine what the workers in Michigan would want from 'you and Todd'- but go back to Michigan, and leave the rest of us alone, doggone it.

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Beth

    We don't want her in Michigan!

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Roz

    I heard a rumor Todd Palin attends official government meetings with his wife and is a regular fixture at the Governor's office without any real reason to be there. Can the truth squad verify this?

    If it is true, it would seem to be illegal or at perhaps unethical?

    Can the real Alaska govenor please stand up?

    It's hard to believe Mrs. Palin was legally elected after listening to her babble in interviews and read the answers obviously being fed to her at the debate. Not that they were any more intelligent but better than her previous and subsequent nonsense.

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Louise in Arizona

    Someone needs to tell Palin she has children that she made a choice not to abort. Sarah did'nt anyone tell you that after you make the choice not to have a abortion, you are also making a choice to be a loving MOM. You treat your baby like a sack of potatoes, ALWAYS throwing him over your shoulders, I never seen you even make eye contact with him and then give that big baby to your youngest daughter.
    Your oldest daughter is so loving and attentive to him and you show no emotion. So Sarah instead of wanting to go back to Michigan, go back to Alaska because you do not fit in the lower 48.
    Sarah let me inform you that we, the lower 48 allow your country [Alaska]to become a part of our great United States of American, not vice versa.
    Lets hope the next decision McCain makes is to drop out of the race and retire, our country do not need your old views.
    McCAIN THIS IS THE 21st CENTRY

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Karen

    Sarah needs to go home and take care of her children. That's probably why her daughter doesn't live with her anymore. She asked for an aborition because she wanted to go to college and have a normal life (she made a mistake) (probably because the family doesn't believe in sex eductions) and was told "NO". There have also been threats made to the young man and he was told "You WILL marry her".

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Vince -- California

    Good .... the beginning of the end, and NO she did not do well in the debate .... I guess if you give beauty contest answers (that some were INCORRECT) to questions, smile, wink and a few "you betchas" "darns" you did good, but NO Sarah you didn't do well enough to convince people you're running mate made a good choice in picking you to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Well gosh darn, Sarah does not even know what the Constitional Responsiblities of the V.P. are ......

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Voter

    Todd and Sarah should be interested in making sure that that their children are attending school, instead of out campaigning with them.

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. grace

    Or what a waste of resources if u go to Michigan.

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. PROUD AMERICAN FOR OBAMA

    I AM A MIDDLE AGED WHITE WOMEN AND IN MY ENTIRE LIFE I HAVE NEVER HEARD A "SHOUT OUT" AT A DEBATE! THIS IS NOT A HOCKEY GAME SARAH! NOT VERY VICE PRESIDENTIAL! GO HOME AND FACE YOUR TROOPERGATE INVESTIGATION AND FOR GOD SAKES, TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. bill

    Superman complex. I, Sarah Palin, have arrived to save the day. Gimme Michigan and I will save this state for me and my minimouse Todd.

    Where is

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    Ok, cool. Send her to Michigan. They can have her.

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. eddy

    How can Palin work for this quitter after all she has done for him.Did he not t least ask her opinion.You call this a team effort.What an ignorant man.Sarah get out now before this guy brings you down with him.

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Jacky Espriella

    Yeah right!!! McCain in going to cede Michigan to Obama. That i dont beleive it. This is a strategy to show that Palin and Tot has good ideas and knows how to change things. Becasue now we have to VP candidates for the republican party. Tod and Palin

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. offthefence

    Wow. Good thing McCain doesn't know how to use a computer and will probably not see the email....

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Junakirii

    hubris: exaggerated pride or self confidence (Merriam-Webster Online)

    It was clear that Palin is afflicted with Bushian levels of hubris the instant she said "yes" to McCain's offer. Here is one more example.

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Ralph

    Governor Palin,

    "Thanks but no thanks." We here in Michigan prefer people who tell the truth, especially those who wear religion on their sleeves. We built the industrial core of this nation on innovative, new ideas, not begging for drilling with archaic technologies.

    We are voting for Obama because he will help transition our auto industry to compete in a post-oil era. He will help create manufacturing jobs in wind, solar, and other alternative energies.

    We already have enough hockey moms here in Michigan. We need a visionary leader.

    October 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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