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. Dennis-Alaska

    This is quintessential Palin. Her and her Alaska co-governor (husband Todd) think that they walk on water. The woman is clueless! She has managed to incite anger and division among Alaskans and now the remainder of Americans. The sooner she blows this election for McCain, the sooner she will return to Alaska to face the music for her own misdeeds!

    October 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Annie

    I am sick to my stomach that we are even considering that Sarah Palin should have a shot at the Vice Presidency and maybe even the Presidency. Our country is facing problems in magnitudes never encountered before in our history and we may never be the same. We need real leadership, smart people who make informed decisions, based on facts from quality advisors who's only mission is to do what is best for the American people. Period.

    Do Americans really believe that John McCain's choices will meet that end?

    The economy is in a frightening mess;
    The future of Medicare and Social Security are uncertain;
    Our country is fighting two wars and we could easily be adding a few more threatening nations to the mix;
    Health Care is becoming out of reach for more and more people every day;
    Jobs are disappearing and we don't know if they are ever coming back;
    Prices are soaring for the basic staples every American needs – food, gas, utilities and just about everything we need to exist.
    The list goes on and on.

    Life is getting harder and harder and there is less joy – something that everyone deserves in their lives. Without joy, why are we doing all of this anyway?

    We need leaders who can think for themselves, surround themselves with the top minds in our nation, and solve problems – not someone who can cram talking points into their head, and just because they didn't fall on their face, run away with over-inflated confidence that they can do a job that they clearly cannot handle.

    I'm begging Americans to come together and really make the correct decision on November 4th.

    October 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |


    October 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Angie

    Palin did better last night than her previous performances. I would just love to know whether Sarah Palin realizes that there is a group of voters out there where families don't hold a portfolio large enough to even take a $20k loss??

    October 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Sue R.

    I am so very to say this but she is an idiot! It became clearer after her debate performance last night. I've seen better performances in spelling bee contests! Honest to God, I did! This is a bad joke and somebody wake me up please. So sad and very scary too.

    October 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Denise

    Who cares what the cheerleader says and thinks. She wants her vacation to go on a little while longer because she doesn't want to face the growing opposition to her administration back home...

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Sam in Seattle

    I'll be glad when this election is over and Palin goes back up North.
    Let her be their Governor if they want, but god help us, we do not need her as our VP.
    Last night all she proved is that she is adept at looking into a TV camera. That is all. Otherwise, there was no substance to anything that came out of her mouth. I'm tired of the "folksy Palin speech" - grow up and start speaking like a stateman, will ya? Gosh darn it. Bless your heart, you're full of nothing.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. davit

    Oh boy, there's gonna be hell to pay now. I bet the Maverick is quaking in his boots. Ya know?

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Teresa, Georgia

    Paliin...how about you and Todd just going back to Alaska...and take McCain too.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. David

    McCain needs to leash his pitbull. By the way the only Constitutional authority you would have, Sarah, is to break ties in the Senate. You betcha.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Steve C


    she is going to start defying mccain and running her own campaign, showing up where and when she wants to.

    that would be hillarious. she is giving tina fey more fodder here.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. Tom from AZ

    What would she and the Todd do there? Give everyone a "shoutout" and tell them about how they remember "back in the day"? We need smarter people than this to lead the country.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Jazz

    Awww, shucks, isn't she cute.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    its fitting given that Michigan has been invisible to the republicans for the last 8 years. and that is how McPhony will treat you for 4 years if he gets elected.

    October 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Tony Adams

    Sarah Palin is just a joke.



    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Peachy Keen

    Oh, poor Johnny, he got his feelings hurt when he walked thru the auto plant and they started chanting Obama, Obama! Ha. So he's gonna cut and run.

    And now Palin, because her husband really runs the Alaska government, thinks that he can do the same thing here. These two are so clueless, just as she was in the debate. Couldn't answer the questions asked, so just went to her cheat sheet and read whatever they had told her to say.

    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Yuan

    Yeah Oh come on, Go home Palin and have a Physician cure your Blepharospasm disease!

    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. DEM

    She didn't drool on herself last night, so now she thinks what she says makes a difference to anyone. The hard working or out of work people of Michigan need a real change. Not soundbites and slogans.

    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Tom

    Guess what? she campainged in Texas today, alone! Wow. What a move. Enjoy the republican base now, untill Nov 4th. After that, mentioning Palin is crime.
    Right now, McCain is the criminal for bringing the bigest joke to presidential race.
    She thinks she can campaign alone?? The second she gets loose from McCain, some smart kids would ask some detailed questions, and McCain would have to spend the next day fixing it. He got it. Attack dog can't get loose - too dangerous. Dog doesn't like it. Wuf Wuf...

    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Devon Spencer

    He isn't going to win Wisconsin or Minnesota either, so he pull out there.

    October 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Joe Bloise

    I believe that Sarah should go to Michigan and talk to voters.She is well liked by people and comes across as one of us. I hate to tell you liberals but Sarah is a good person. Just because she has not used crack like Barry Hussein Obama does not make her bad. I still wonder how many whites will be stupid enough to vote for Obama.

    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. SDunn

    This woman is obsessed with POWER just like Cheney. She's scarier because she's Cheney reborn but dressed up in a more attractive package. She's fooling a lot of voters who are the same clueless voters who voted for Bush twice and are now complaining about the economy. It's the same republican playbook, but dressed up differently. Some people will fall for it yet again which is pathetic.

    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Jeffer65

    I'm not voting for McCain/Palin, but I have to give her some credit for having an opinion on this. The weakness with the Republican ticket isn't Palin, its McCain. He runs a negative canpaign, whines how life is not fair, and was grandstanding last week. He's grumpy old man with something to prove. Palin will be sorry she jumped on his bandwagon.

    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |


    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Vsesh

    Hats off, It needs a lot of guts on the part of running mate to disagree with the Presidential candidate . A real maverick only can do this at such juncture.God save GOP

    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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