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. Kevin

    Yeah, what an idiot Palin is. Can't even think of ONE major court case. ENOUGH W/ this SHOW.

    October 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Adam

    She just doesn't understand anything. Maybe she should also campaign in Illinois, New York and California? Sounds like fun.

    October 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Matt

    It's gotten to the point where all I hear when she opens her mouth is something akin to the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show at his most angry, but female and with more nasal twang. Does it drive me crazy? You betcha.

    October 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Francheska Georgia

    Why is it that she can give a coherent interview with FOX? Why did she sound like the babbling village idiot with Charlie & Katie? Maybe because she has had to time to rehearse her lines a little better. Last night at the debate was the final straw for me. She winked and smiled and evaded questions all during the debate. She gave SNL plenty of raw material for this weeks show. But, wait a minute...its sexist to point out that out, huh? I can't wait until she heads back to Alaska for good. 😉

    October 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Christine, Michigan

    we don't want you here!

    October 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Griff

    So she should, if she thinks that way. "Freedom of Speach".

    October 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Doug

    Sara and Todd should spend time in Michigan. Together they can salvage the State. What a fantastic debate performance! We are all so proud of Sara...incisive, confident and knowledgeable.

    October 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    Already division in the camp. Why don't Palin boot McCain, her and her silent husband (HER COACH) have their own ticket to the white house. And give old man McCain the ax its obvious the world dosen't like him, they like dummb dummb Pailn.

    And the crzy thing is, Pail realy thinks she is doing good. Republicans please stop lieing to her.

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. idiotsrule

    an obvious attempt to send out the false impression that she has a mind of her own. and besides, even if this were true, sometimes we just have to tell our kids "no! it's time to go home"?

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Scott L

    McCain is going to crush this election. Everyone talking about McCain Palin and Biden. Noone talking about Obama this week.

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Brian

    None of mine are

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Tucson, AZ

    Watch out McCain...this woman is ambitious in the worst way. Her talk about expanding the VP duties is not just talk...so watch out America too. This woman is dangerous.

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Sandra

    How could they possibly think she could step in if something were to happen to Mc Cain should he win.She actually makes Bush look bright.Enough of these C students running or trying to run the country...Look where that has gotten us.
    Obama and Biden are smart and will surround themself with intellegent people..not yes men like Bush,Mc Cain anf Palin have done.

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. neo-cons at CNN are pulling all the stops

    DESTPERATELY plastering the whole site with images and titles favorable to palin-mccain campaign.

    but nothing you do will make much difference!


    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Remy

    Palin is still in dark about American states and McCain!

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Just Sayin...

    Im sorry, but I can't stand her anymore. She is beyond a lie....GOP should be ashamed of itself for nominating a person like this. THIS IS FOR VP AND PRESIDENT OF AMERICA. NOT HS...GROW UP GOP!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. chuks

    She is simply awful! She opens her mouth and one hears ignorance!

    October 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Frank from Peterborough

    There will be a large number of people not able to see through the cherade Palin has created but they will the dimmer witted onces and therefore a minority so it won't feed the bulldog for McCain.

    You betcha we's gonna get all dem hockey moms and soccer moms and get the world straightened out as it's God's will.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. GET REAL.

    I hope they aren't doing this to try to match/exceed the Biden comment that he is willing to take on Obama anytime. This better not be one big hoax to make McCain/Palin look good. I wouldn't put it past them, but I could just be paranoid from everything else they've tried to pull on us.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Senile Moose

    Shhhh... everyone quiet.... the senile moose is about to speak....

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Shirley-Ohio

    McCain knows that Palin does not matter to him anymore. He should never have kept her under raps for so long. Now that she did an okay job at the debate it does not even matter. First impressions do count for something and because her first impression when the McCain camp allowed her to speak, was not good and she don't get the job as VP and he does not get the job as President. You seen McCain we wanted to find out who Palin was on our time, not on yours.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. James

    I hope they pull out of Missouri, Indiana, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming, also. McCain can have the rest.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. rhoward

    Last night, Gov. Palin said she thought the power of the VP needed to be expanded. Today Gov. Palin knows more about how to run Sen. McCain's campaign than he and his staffers do. Sen. McCain had better watch out. Looks like the pit bull is fixing to bite her master.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Tom


    Stay home.

    Go Blue!

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Laurren

    She really shouldn't have said that on TV. She's basically saying that there is division in the camp. She and McCain are too unstable and they're not even in office!

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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