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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  1. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Who has all 5 children if both parents are running for the VP seat. Sara is taking Todd with her because he is the real smart on and she needs him to help her understand since it took her 7 school before she graduated.

    Palin home!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. julie

    i was undecided but feel sarah is a breath of fresh air from politics as usual....as a 66 yr old widow still working full time i wonder why i can't think about retiring as my stock accts have taken such a rediculous hit in just the last couple of weeks....why didn't we have more warning on this disaster? come to michigan sarah and give us some hope. i live in a small town in northern mich. and work in a real estate office...talk about a depressing. go sarah go...it is not politics as usual with you i am sure. send some of your energy johns way...he needs some of your spunk...

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

    Sarah's her own person and not afraid to be honest when she disagrees with someone, even when that person is John McCain. A candidate that DOESN'T walk lock step with her party or the person she's running with: AMAZING! I don't doubt it scares the heck out of the people in D.C.

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Enough of the Insanity

    I'm really tired of the idea that a Presidential Candidate who happens to be a Harvard graduate is bad for the country because " Joe Six Pack " can't or won't tolerate a candidate who is smarter than he is. McCain/Palin ticket would bring more disaster to this already hurting economy. Please tell me " Joe Six Pack " will this cutesy, folksy, easy way of speaking going to create new jobs using the same disasterous deregulation and trade policies ( he voted for Gramm-Leach-Bliley act ) deregulation bill, strengthen Social Security, medicare, unemployment insurance, and other social programs ( which are much needed in times like these )? Make no mistake " Joe Six Pack " , a conservative is a conservative and doesn't like the programs that help the unemployed, Seniors, the poor, and given the chance, would either scrap them or slash them to nothing. This economic disaster and bailout has been in the works for a few years and they wern't counting on you not noticing. Now adding almost another trillion dollars to the debt, the wealthy can keep their money for using bad judgement, while you "Joe Six Pack" get to pay for it while watching the programs that help you "Joe Six Pack" when you have lost a job due to outsourcing, get sick and can't work, or hope to retire with a little dignity. I don't know about you, but I'm not " Joe Six Pack " and am tired of Republcians like McCain and Palin who think we are just too folksy to understand the fleecing their party has given the American people and think we should give them another 4-8 yrs. Good luck..

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Dadedi

    This is an insult to women. McCain has made me so ashamed of being a woman. What does the rest of the world think about American women now? Is this the best we could come up with? Pathetic!

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. republicans hate america

    dude Todd? that dumb inbreed redneck that stands behind her everywhere she goes? give me a break already what is this nonsense?!!

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Michael O'Brien

    Senator John McCain is being 'realistic' about the State of Michigan. Sarah Palin sometimes lives in a 'fantasy world'. When 'reality' sets in, today, tomorrow or a week from now.., with Thursday nights 'debate' and previous 'interviews'.., Sarah Palin is "not" ready to be Vice-President or President. Sarah Palin is way over her head and 'out of her league'. The best thing for the Democratic Party is Sarah Palin.

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. carole

    Same questions that mk and Karen ask:

    What's Todd got to do with it? Who's minding the kids?

    Is this the "maverick" who won't follow McCain?

    So proud of Obama/Biden!

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. apostlek

    Hmm, there is a reason military units stop sounding "the retreat" like during the American Revolution with trumpets or drums.

    It just FUELS your enemies.

    I'm surprised that McCain, with is military experience, is unaware of this. The U.S military have retreated from many fronts in our recent war in Iraq and Afghanistan but mainly on the down low (secretly). Now, if I were the other party, I will take NO prisoners, and finish off the battle. If, Deo Volenteā€¦.

    October 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Todd can whip up anti-American sentiment and organize a seccession movement in Michigan so that it can break away and become an independant, if somewhat impovershed, nation-state.

    It could base it's economy on moose-dung energy generation and the sales of big blocks of ice (winter) and the medicinal use of blood-sucking insects (July).

    October 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. tumrel

    governer palin please connect to meand relate to me and make promises that u cant keep to me.... thats exactly what i need fom my government right now.

    October 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. becladwhenitsover

    Question: Why is that you never see Todd "Firstdude" with Sara "soccer-mom"?

    October 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Doesn't she understand the strategy of why McCain is moving his resources elsewhere at this late date? Duh. Another example of pushy and clueless.

    October 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Teresa, Georgia

    Palin...did you make a deal with Todd that he would be VP if something should happen to McCain (if your ticket wins in November)?

    October 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. KJL

    She speaks gutter English and doesn't know anything about domestic or foreign policy, but you can't say she isn't confident. Overly confident. That's a good quality for a gambler, but not a potential vice president or president. It's our lives and livelihoods they would be gambling with.

    October 3, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Non-voting socialist felon

    McCain ceded the election the second he chose Palin. He's just now beginning to realize it, and they don't have the heart to tell her yet. I can't wait till the day O'bama is sworn in and we can get this country on the right track.

    October 3, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |

    Awwwwwww poor lil hockey mom.. Take your hockey puck and go back to Alaska and play..

    October 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Jerry Ohio

    I know McCain got to be mad with Palin this will hurt McCain because she is going against him,,,,,,,,,,,McCain know Obama going to win this election and Palin is no help to his party,,,,watch how republican going to switch over to Obama side because of this mess

    October 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Lissa in Montreal

    Typo in the story:

    " take a stab at wining the state"...maybe that's how she plans to win it...'cause there's no OTHER way!

    October 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Rob

    She has an opinion ? wow . who wrote that for her . Mc Cain should keep this woman , she'll keep dragging him down .

    October 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Peggy T.

    John McCain is part of the problem with Washington, not part of the solution. Keating & the Keating Five, of which John McCain was one of . Keating was the ring leader in the Savings & Loan Failure back in the late 80's to early 90's. Research it, if you find this hard to believe.
    John McCain & Cindy took many trips on Keatings plane to the Bahamas on vacations. Cindy & her dad invested in Keatings strip mall. John McCain repaid (?) the gifts once he realized that he was about to be caught. He was not arrested, but Capital Hill found he was guilty of BAD JUDGEMENT. He's remained in Washington all these years, now – here's another financial failure that America is facing with Wall Street. John McCain part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    October 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Palin was a breath of fresh air, while Biden looked old and tired from his 35 years in the Senate.

    October 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Jean, Indiana

    OK, sorry off topic, but what is buried in her hairpiece?

    On topic: Did she forget which candidate she's running with? Or, does she just really think McCain's judgement's bad?

    October 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Moe, NY

    Keep trying in Michigan Palin, I doubt it will do you or McCain much good, but by all means give it another try. Why Michigan people would vote for your ticket is beyond me....The Republicans are the main reason Michigan, and for that matter, America, is in the dire economic situation it currently finds itself. By the way, you did not win the VP debate, you were scripted and came across as a robot. Who do you think you are to refuse to answer debate questions just because the questions were not in you script. You have no substance, nor do you have any answers to real questions.

    October 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Jermaine Ladd (Atlanta, GA)

    What a joke this ticket is? Palin needs to go back to Alaska and Mcinsane back to the nursing home.

    October 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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