October 4th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
10 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. Go Sarah!

    Its amazing how so many "journalists" just can't hide their true feelings when ever they write a story or interview a candidate. I don't care what the media has to say about a candidate, I don't vote based on these journalists' opinions. Obama's supporters (that's most of the media) are running scared over Palin's popularity. Do you know why she's popular and why a lot of people prefer her over Obama?? Because she is REAL and has CHARACTER. Obama is just an empty suit, full of flowery speech. I am so sick and tired of the Media and Obama's supporters using the phrase "A heartbeat away of the Presidency" when referring to Palin's candidacy, YET they don't seem to notice that their own candidate is totally inexperienced, with only 100+ days in office as a Junior Senator, voting "present" countless of times to avoid having to make a decision on tough issues. If elected, Obama will not be a "heartbeat away from the presidency", he will BE the president, pretty, pretty scary....
    Obama and his supporters are also extremely arrogant and show disdain on anyone that supports the McCain/Palin ticket. My vote will go to the person with character, strength and leadership, and NOT to someone that just talks pretty and offers empty promises. I do not trust someone that spent over 20 years in a church like the one Obama attended. His close and long relationship with Reverend Wright CLEARLY shows what Obama really stands for: Anti-Semitism and anti-America.
    Change???? Give me a break! Obama will definitely "change" our country's dire situation from bad to worse!

    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Mike Halpert, Kalamazoo, MI

    Don't bother, Gov. Palin. We're smart enough to see through your empty promises, and we know that 4 years of McCain/Palin will bring the same economic devastation to our state as the last 8 of Bush/Cheney.

    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. steve

    I agree Jane.

    If Caribou Barbie and "First Dude" want to waste campaign time in a state they cannot win, well, then, doggonnit, go ahead, there, whydoncha!!!


    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. George

    Sure. But first pronounce "nuclear" for me.

    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Donna

    "Todd and I?"...is he running for CO-Vice President or something? Does he NOT have a day job?

    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Ilene

    Save it. I live in Michigan. Only die hard Republicans who refuse to see that your party is for the rich and that your party has done all this damage to our state and our country are giving you guys a vote. Obama is taking this state by a LANDSLIDE. Stay away and try for Ohio. They seem to be pretty stupid down there. They gace it to Bush last time. I don't feel a BIT sorry for all the people out of work in Ohio.

    October 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Daniel from FL

    This woman is an idiot. Now that she made it through last night's debate and managed to talk in complete sentences she is now free to go on FIXED News and attack everyone? PLEASE!!

    Maybe she and "FIRST DUD" (spelling intentional) SHOULD go campaign in Michigan so all those auto workers can start shouting OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! like they did the last time Palin and her randaddy McMoron campaigned there!


    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Tim - Michigan

    We'll do without her, she still has 49 states to torment with her improper grammar and "folksiness"

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    She's so much smarter than the campaign experts, eh? Please! But if she wants to waste money in Michigan, as an Obama supporter, I guess I should support that.

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. oscar

    who is surprised at her demand? palin has already asked for more vice presidential power even when she not sure of getting to the white house. She is basking on the euphoria of the flattering she is getting from her blind leaders. She can't wait to dictate for mccain since her deceitful popullace has made her believe that she hold the aces and are responsible for the vibes and recognition mccain is getting. good for them. let her go and flip flop, lie and disgrace herself. she thought she did well at her debate

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Rich in Seattle

    That's the problem with pitbulls, when they are scared they attack anything without thinking. Looks like Palin just bit the hand that feeds her.

    The thought of this person being VP scares the heck out of me!!!! I mean, COME ON!!! SERIOUSLY? REALLY? PALIN! REALLY?

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. change

    loser go back home!

    u not the kind of change that we need,we need our beautiful country move forward!

    Joe/barack 2008/2012

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Nick

    What a piece of work .
    It did;nt take long for.the barracuda to tell the boss what to do.
    She just can;t be left alone. Even FOX can;t protect her.
    What a mouth.Anybody remember Jackie Gleason

    October 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Greg, Atlanta

    Haha. McCainstein's monster wants to take over! Maybe if she bats her eyelashes and winks enough, McCain will let her go.

    Actually, he should let her go to keep her occupied for a while and so that she can't do any damage for him in a purple state. And, I do find it odd that Todd is everywhere with her...I guess he figures this is the only way he'll see all these cities and states for free. But, if she and Todd are out campaigning, who's watching the kids and why aren't they in school in Alaska?

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Larry

    The Dems in Michigan are probably a lost cause,historically they vote for the party that gives them the most free stuff,union workers you know,a big part of the problem we are in now, is of course their fault.As with most Dems , I'm sure they are in denial,they think everything is someone else's fault.Palin could help by lowering taxes,instead they'll vote for Obama to raise taxes,and the situation will of course get worse.

    The only way back is to stop spending,lower taxes,and work hard.

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Natasha in tally

    I have heard that Todd Palin sits in on meetings with his wife, which is very unprofessional, given he has no government office. We don't even know that much about this person with whom she depends on. Other then he is willing to place hisself in the middle of his wife dealings: see his role in troopergate. Michgian first then Florida seocond.


    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Tim

    I don't think autoworkers give a darn if Palin visits their plant. She is not Joe Sixpack, her tax returns were just released and she makes hundreds of thousands a year. What a typical phony. At least during the debate Biden was honest that as a Senator he earns a nice salary and he is thankful for that.

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Sad very sad..... I bet McCain is just so impressed!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Anne E.

    "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."

    Excuse me, but as a VP candidate, she should already be familiar with the challenges facing a state as important as Michigan.
    Poor comment on the heels of a poor performance by a poor veep choice.

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |

    It is shameful that a few people in this country think Sarah Palin did a good job last night. That show of hers was very unprofessional. She was not answering the questions, as asked. I am getting tired of the silly remarks and her onelines. It is ashame that the Rep. think she is smart, or just good enough to be president, if something was to happen to McCain. If the moderater was allowed to keep Palin on track, Palin would have blow up at her or she would have broke down in pieces. Let Palin have another one on one interview, and she would be over. Note: the interviewer would have to be allowed to ask her questions people would want to hear, and not anything about Alaska. Palin doesn't have it. Anyone can see that, but the Rep. This is sad

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. patricia (white grandma with mixed Black/white, Asian/white grandchildren)

    wow! This lady must be out of her mind. McCain, you should probably check out her past on how she uses people to get what she wants and then dumps them. It happened when she was in the city council, it happened when she was mayor and she did the same as a governor. The people who help her get what she wants are the people who are the ones initially in power or in the lead. She is truly a barracuda. Watch your back McCain, this may just become a Palin-McCain ticket.

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. precilla dreams

    mccain knows when its time to say when,and thats what he did. sarah theres nothing you can do.its almost over just take it like the mavs that you say you are, and move on. hey a lot of us knew the out come months ago.theres no way possible this woman can run our country. by the way i live in phx,az mccains turff and guess what we are trying to turn it blue also. obama/biden all the way

    October 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Whyvoterep?

    Seems like Palin has other things she could be working on...

    1. Actually answering questions
    2. Remembering where her family is
    3. Checking on that place...oh yeah Alaska
    4. Sending a thank you letter to Katie Couric
    5. Working on her "I'm just one of the regular people" accents

    Go back to Alaska and take care of your family Sarah...your in over your head.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Tom

    I am sure Katie Couric would be pleased to have back on and ask her any questions that Ms. Palin would care to submit, in addition to any that Katie may have herself.

    I doubt Palin would accept that invitation at this point. The fact is that there is no filter, the flubs are all Palin's and she should show us some of that straight talk she is always talking about by accepting responsibility for the poor showing and not blaming Katie Couric or the random voter that asked her a question at a cheesestaek shop for engaging in "gotcha journalism".

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Maggie

    Palin is speaking for the GOP bigwigs, believe me. She has no say. It is so obvious that McCain chose Palin as a political move, demanded by the GOP bigwigs. He preferred Lieberman; but the GOP wasn't having it. McCain is a rich old man with one last mission. That mission is to be President. He sold his soul to evil for it. That's why he is deteriorating; not only in the polls but within his soul.

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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