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. Democrats are scared....it shows on this site


    It shows in your vicious attacks on Palin......no matter what she says or what she does.

    Todd supports her........at least it's not like the Clinton's and Edward's!!!!


    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Lefty

    So you're going to relate to the Joe Six-Packs? What are you going to do for them, lower taxes on rich people? That's just what they need.

    October 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Get used to it Failin' Palin! You will dislike many decisions from McSame before you back home to kill things.

    Hope he didn't promise you anything while you were here, hope the deposit on your new mansion is refundable.

    McSame needs to focus on the 2 or 3 states he can actually win. CYA!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Stacy- Houston

    She is a joke!!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Thanh

    Wow, a lot of people really have blinders on. I think it's good that Palin calls out McCain on decisions like this. Remember, no one person is always right and last thing you need are staff and supporters that blindly follow like lemmings.

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Stupid is as stupid does

    Wow she never seems to fail me in her performances...she is something special. Proximity to Russia is my favorite one, nothing touches that one. This one is good though. "Awe, COME ON JOHN!" lol

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. mark

    Mcsam is too old.. and he is now, probably already, overworked ....


    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Amy in CT

    Um, is Todd Palin running for office, too? I seem to have missed that news item...methinks that Caribou Barbie needs a handler to keep her in check...

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Alexis

    Sarah, I guess you are truly an unimportant, "pretty" appendage in your running mate's eyes. You are not viewed as strategic or having an opinion that matters in your own campaign. Methinks this is a foretaste, if, God forbid, you end up winning.

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. James- Michigan

    Please leave us alone in Michigan! We've been inundated with ads from both sides, and I'm glad they're looking to take a break. And I have no idea how Palin thinks she knows more about Michigan voters than McCain. Disclosure: I'm an Obama fan, and am a student not affected by Michigan's auto economy (at the moment).

    Off topic: Why does my Firefox spell check recognize McCain and not Obama?

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Joe 6-pack

    Wow...amazing what a little confidence can do. She still failed miserably in the debate, but I digress...

    So now Todd is in the picture? What the heck does he have to do with anything? Is he some kind of shadow governor or something? That arrangement would make me really nervous...the spouse advising the vice president. If I was a Republican, I'd be pretty upset about this. And the subordination as well.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Moe

    I can't wait till this hag is long gone.... i have lost all respect for the GOP and this trashy lady...

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Manuel

    I never seen a VP candidate that shows weakness especially when she change the subject on the debate & wants to talk about energy.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Nisey01

    Palin disagrees with McCain's Michigan decision

    Palin and McCain just doesn't get it. They are two of the most out of touch people that appears lost in a maze in this entire beloved country, yet confesses so immensely that they are a duo of concerned mavericks for the people. I am sick and tired of this day after day after day circus that these two candidates are warranting America. They need to step aside and let the real mccoy Obama/Biden continue to address the American people's real interests and concerns. We are looking forward to Obama/Biden to restore our country's democracy and the American dream. Happy hour is over, we are ready to roll. Hola Obama/Biden. Hasta manana McCain/Palin...or should I say bon voyage you two.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. this should be on all the blogs

    McCain is a moron
    Palin is pathetic
    put them together you get a pathetic moron
    or something moronically pathetic.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    She wants to get known in Mich. because she wants to run next time.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. mark

    MCSame is too old, he is already overworked..

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |

    mccain cant even control his pitbull! is sarah the new shot caller?
    maybe she needs a shock collar! repubs better get thier acts together or the slip in the poles is going to turn into a crash.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. mitch

    it's john's campaign! mind ur own bizness sarah!

    October 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Stacey

    Since when is Todd running for office?

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Joel

    Why aren't the children in school?

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Jeff

    From how she has treated her family onstage, she must truly be "country first." (snicker) When she actually touches her four month old child, awake at 10:30 PM, bouncing around onstage, amidst the chaos and confusion, she starts giving it CPR, banging the poor thing on the back! The poor thing didn't just eat, or maybe from one of her lactating children, too rough!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. McCain invented the sesame seed bun

    she had the questions before the debate. or a secret ear piece on lol.

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Mike F, Vancouver Canada

    Internal Republican mix-up? Didn't consult with the potential VP?
    Could it be, they just don't feel she is qualified? Joe-six-pack, hockey mom, not worthy to be consulted? I'm shocked!
    How will Senator McCain handle his out-of-control charge?
    Stay tuned!

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. misfit (not sheeple)

    Why does not giving up on a whole state make Palin "power-hungry"?

    And just because the DNC gave Obama some stolen votes during the primaries doesn't mean he's got the state locked up. A difference of 9 points is pretty pathetic when the current Republican administration is so disliked...shouldn't Obama/Biden be ahead by like 30-40 points?!!

    Clinton wasn't a quitter...and it seems that neither is Palin...

    October 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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