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. Republican not buying it..

    relax folks... only 4 more weeks until we officially can President Obama. This election was over weeks ago.

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Joe Frank

    What a Joke!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Bobby tray

    Todd and I? Is Todd running on the ticket? Why do you need Todd? Because you do not have the expertise to do it on you own. . . .

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    I live in a predominantly Republican area, and there are MANY more Obama signs and bumper stickers than McCain ones here.

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. mmd

    That's why she recently referred to the ticket as palin and mccain.

    October 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. ber6964

    Sad so Sad............I bet McCain is so impressed....

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

    Well, she is just so used to spending these old geezers money. Isn't that how she got old Stevens to get her out of Alaska.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Scott

    Golly gee whiz, Wally. Those doggone Michiganders don't know what's good for them, dang it. Toddie and I can fix their wagons, though. Besides, you can see my house from da U.P.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Maureen / Newman, California

    I think it's HI-larious that Palin and McCain talk to FAUX news daily. That's like talking to the National Enquirerer.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Who's the boss, Sarah? All that rubbish she was spewing last night during the debate about increased powers for the VP. Heck, they haven't even WON yet (and they WON'T) and she is saying "do this, do that". And McCain was all over her performance last night when he spoke in Colorado today, talking like some dirty old man "How 'bout Sarah last night, heh heh heh". Watch it old man, or the little girlie girl will take this thing out from under you...oh wait, Barack Obama and his fantastically-run campaign have already done that for you.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. stephanie

    is his strategy in michigan a white flag?

    i dont understand how anyone can say she did well. she didnt want a debate about the iquestions, she wanted a press conference where she could talk about topics she thinks she is conversant in. and clearly, she wasn't.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. joe

    no thanks, michigan doesn't want you.

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Brian, Quad Cities

    Cut and Run

    October 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. mark

    Gosh darn. I bethcha she could go it there as a maverick and shake things up and do some fixin.

    October 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Greg in Annapolis

    This could actually be McCain's chance to ditch her. He could tell her and the rest of the Palin clan to set up camp in Michigan (which is still going to vote for Obama) and that way she won't be traveling the country helping to destroy his campaign even further. Just a thought. Either way, go Obama/Biden!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Jude

    Hahahaha...go for it lipstick...I'd like to see you waste some more money there...I wouldn't mind at all...all for it...because the people of MI are too smart to let this phoney hockey mom take them down!

    October 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Sue

    I saw an interview with the Republican president of the Alaskan Senate. She told Rachel Maddow that she went to a meeting with Sarah Palin in the Governor's Office. Todd Palin was there. She said she expected that he would leave so she and Sarah could meet. He never left; he stayed there the whole time. This is either a co-govrnorship or Sarah is not the strong maverick she claims to be.

    October 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Don

    Liberals used to allow disagreements, now it's no no (especially when the top of the ticket has not much of what I'd call self-confidence)!
    Now it is reformists who allow it!

    Obama's reckless comments: well, he is running against Bush!
    Did he read the constitution lately!?

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Pain-in-my-***-Palin

    Aawww geee.COME ON!....Your sho shhweet!I just wanna pinch your skeletor cheeks. Can I have my $150 for this wolf paw now?

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Michael G-Ventura ca

    Michigan is a State that has been hit hardest by the Bush trade policies, and by the economic disaster we are facing- There is NO WAY that that State will vote for "more of the same"!
    Barack Obama will carry Michigan by a large margin, and his victory on November 4th will be by a much higher margin than the pundits think!.

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

    Another example of her cluelessness.

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. if u dont get the question, just talk about alaska's energy again

    this was staged people, trust me. mccain aint that dumb that he would quit on 17 electoral votes. this is a ploy to make us think she is actually offering advice and not just being used to "rally the base"

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. EDW

    Todd is the shadow governor in Alaska. Can you imagine Sarah AND Todd running our country after the old man kicks the bucket?

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Carrie Pa

    "Two for the price of one" with Palin and her husband. Who is watching the kids?

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Puff

    This woman will be the next president in 2012. She is awesome!!

    October 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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