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. marylou miller

    Really! The nerve! Who does she think she is? Is she the one running for president or is it McCain. Isn't he in charge of where and when he should go or stay.. Maybe the ticket should be Saarah/Todd. Of all the gall! Now I've heard everything. (or maybe not yet, let;'s see what nonsense she comes up with next.) Paraphrasing TinY Tim, "God help us, one and all" Marylou from Brick, N.J.

    October 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. JimS.

    Let her go. No Problem.
    Let her waste their time and money in a state they'll never win. After all, wasting money is one of her specialties.

    It doesn't really matter anyway, they're going down.

    October 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Palin / Bush with Lipstick

    Maybe she doesn't "get it" on how much campaigning costs..she seems to think she is running for prom queen or school president.."geeze" you better take "Todd first dude" home to look after your special needs baby.. who is looking after the kids anyway? Just another George Bush with Lipstick.. failed government, failed war, failed economy.. GEEZE gal that is alot of failures.. darn right!
    At this rate Palin will cause McCain to keel over.. she thinks she's playing Candlyland or something!

    October 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Bob

    Way to go, John. Picked yourself a real winner there. Good thing you don't resemble a moose or you might be hanging on her wall. Oh, wait, that still might happen.

    What a farce. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're a bunch of idiots. Thanks to the Republican party for continuing to destroy what little respect the world still has for us.

    October 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Jude Ezeigwe

    Wire – Sarah did very well but Biden was much better. I love Serah but will not vote Republican this time because of what they have done to our economy. A vote for the Republican party this November will surely lead to the demise of this great nation. I love America and will never gamble with it!

    October 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Jaimito

    who the hell is todd? don't tell me he calls the shots...one unqualified led by another, this nation is doomed if they pull this stunt off. Americans wake up!

    October 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Quincy

    Sarah Palin is a sheep in wolves clothing! She doesn't have a clue. It's painfully obvious that she enjoys the spot light. Why else would she be in a beauty contest. She isn't what America needs right now. We need somene who is smart enough to know what news papers they read and something about the Constitution.

    Sarah go back home and take care of your kids and your soon to be grandchild.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Independent Woman

    McCain and Palin are made for each other. He feeds her lies and she upholds them. McCain and Palin are Karl Rove's puppets with noses extending so long that birds can build their nests.

    The VP debate is the sickest thing I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. Palin was so pathetic. I have never witnessed a Presidential or VP candidate change the questioning format during a debate to serve their scripted answers. This woman is an insult to us as women.

    Palin received a degree in what again? My seventh grader (straight A student) could have done a better job than her especially with the use of correct grammar.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Obama For President

    Palin is proving once again how misinformed she really is. She is the one who is reckless for accepting a job she obviously has no experience. She made a statement last night that people should live within their means, well, she should take her own advice and recognize her own limitations.

    In reference to her statement about Couric; what did she expect the questions should be: energy policy things she feels comfortable answering. Katie Couric is a professional and focused on questions to give the public an idea where Palin stands. It is not annoyance Palin conveyed but ignorance and limited knowledge outside her insulated life in Alaska.

    In my opinion Palin is reckless for accepting a position she has little knowledge and now want to insult the public's intelligence with her 3rd grade answers. McCain judgment is very poor.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Mark

    I really can't stand the act she puts on – it drives me bonkers!!

    I think this Michigan thing is a sign of things to come for McPalin in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida and so and so on –


    October 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. adam

    no, no, let sarah go. let her spend time, money and valuable resources. please. that 80 million needs to get spent fast, why not waste it a forelorn hope. let sarah go. please, i like when the maverickness of the marvericky maverick goes against the maverick who mavericked too much that hes retreating like a maverick with 5 weeks to go.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Juan Grain

    Scenario A. McCain/Palin. Republican President McCain while respected for his many years in the senate and love of country would be in gridlock with a democratic majority Congress. They will never give him the permanent tax cuts that his campaign is founded on and he would start as somewhat of a lame duck. Palin would be President of the Congress. The majority would not respect her intellect and knowledge, or rather and to no fault of her own, her lack of legislative knowledge. This coupled with her hair raising comments of executive expansion over Congress is a 4 inch thick titanium wall that has slammed shut her prospects of bipartisanship work in the nations capitol. Simply put it would be more of the same. And at the end of the day, if the legislative branch is locked down with the executive branch, we the people loose.

    Scenario B. Obama/Biden. Democratic President Obama would be welcomed by the democratic majority congress with his exemplary constitutional law knowledge and legislative knowledge and experience. And actually some centrist Republicans would welcome him because of his ability to understand and respect opposing opinions. Vice President Biden is loved by the majority of Congress and respected by ALL of Congress. His constitutional law knowledge and legislative accomplishments and experience commands respect. So as President of the Congress and a clear understanding of this congressional president's reach, Vice President Biden will be warmly welcomed by the Congress. In addition Senator McCain would return to the senate as the loyal opposition that can reach to his base and his conservative Republicans in the Capitol when attempting to make continuity with the executives of the White house.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. East Memphis

    McCain says: We must move our campaign out of Michigan, all is lost.

    Palin: But Senator McCain, all is not loss, there are several hundred thousand more jobs , thousand of homes, millions in pensions and savings that can be lost in Michigan if we do press on and possibly win.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Maggie

    Oh really Ms. Palin I lived in Michigan and now live in Ohio. I have seen these manufacturing plants close in Michigan and now in Ohio. I have a good idea for ya why don't you go to MORAINE, Ohio where there plant will be shut down Dec 23 and tell them how to feed their families. You are standing by a man that has given George Bush a stamp of approval on moving this plants overseas. You are standing by a man that said nothing about what his plan is to bring these jobs back to the United States, and Ms. Palin you want to go talk to these workers Oh please do! Are you going to tell them that John McCain will give them money to go back to school to find a different job in different field. Thats going to go over well for someone that might be in their 40s. GET A GRIP COME DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF THE AVERAGE WORKER.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. independent

    Is this the way their gonna run this country? The president takes a decision, his VP contradict? Don't you consult each other before releasing a decision to the public?
    What a desperate campaign?- Thank God Americans are not stupid to vote for such a ticket.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Linear

    "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." – S. Palin

    Her speech is just poor for a Presidential candidate. I wonder just how much longer we will allow her to degrade Americans by thinking that second grade speech is acceptable.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. yielee


    October 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Leo Ft. Lauderdale

    If I lived in Alaska these days I think that I would just fall on an AX!

    October 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. BVS Maine

    I really think that the next best thing for Palin to do is go on Meet the Press.

    October 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. averge

    I can't believe how Palin can call her family an "AVERAGE" income family. I bet she's not making 30K-40K a year. Also, what is it that makes her think men do not care the same way about their children as women do? Voters should vote based on who they think will do good for Americans based on their economic roadmaps, their homeland security etc..

    October 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Nation of Whiners

    No one in Michigan is stupid enough to want the repackaged Bush policies that McSame offers for the economy.

    McCain is being smart by trying to sell his LIES elsewhere. Too many jobs have been lost in Michigan.

    October 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. David

    she looks as though she's been reprimanded by McCain in the picture above. Now she's telling HIM what states they are going to stay in. I get the feeling she wishes he were running for VP and she for Prez with "Todd". Isn't that sweet???

    October 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Bryan from OH

    I have never heard of a candidate throwing in the towel with just weeks before an election. Wouldn't this hurt more by disenfranchising voters in Michigan? Obama's 7 point lead may become much higher if swing voters feel abandoned by the McCain camp. Does the popular vote matter anymore?

    October 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. John.C

    you know, why pull out of a state I hope Obama wins just to show him
    it was the wrong thing to do

    October 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Marilynn, Wilmington, NC

    Someone please tell Todd, he is NOT in Alaska anymore... He is not running for any office. Tell the First Dude, he will have to keep his title there in Alaska a little longer. There are no side cars next to the Oval Office.

    October 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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