October 4th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
6 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. ShirleyY - Seattle

    MCCAIN MUST DO WHAT PALIN SAY OR BE DISCIPLINED. MCCAIN IF YOU SURRENDER TO A WOMAN, YOU WILL SHOW WEAKNESS.

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. mom

    sara go home and do something cook to much talk enogh.

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

    Maybe she thinks her Gomer Pyle approach will work in Michigan. Come on Sarah listen to Grandpa McCain, he knows best about every subject in the world and he does not lie(Of course he was lying when he said that) I think she thinks her personality and charm will help the people in Michigan, maybe that will help lower gas prices and food costs, thanks Sarah!!!NOT!!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Darrel from Denver

    Put her to work. Get her up there. Keep her busy. Lost cause, but if it keeps her busy there while Obama attacks the Republican toss ups where he is also turning the polls, and the McCain campaign believes that will be best, do it.

    Of course, they would be fools, as they have been this entire campaign. Then again, Palin can identify with a lost cause, can't she?

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Obama's projected budget according to a study conducted by CNN a month ago was $360 Billion and McCains $415 – $460 Billion dollars.

    CNN fact check misleading. While Obamas statements are given a True or False grade most of McCains are give True or Misleading grade leaving the idea placed there by the McCains campaign disproven allowing the uneducated voter still uninformed.

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

    why waste time and resources where economy is the issue and mcCain dont understand economics let him move to where people are not hurting economically

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Dean

    She is an absolute joke! She had weeks and weeks to prepare for this debate and STILL you could tell she was reading grandpa Mcsames lines! Her little one liners and planned winks are a bunch of BULL!

    The Katie Curic interview was the REAL Palin not the REHEARSED Palin for the debate.

    WE must not allow this nut case to get in the Whitehouse!

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Impressed with the VP debate. Definitely more levelled than the Presidential debate. I think McCains personal touch by sending an addressed and signed photograph shows McCain's effort for a good relationship witih the people at large to all who support him and his candidacy together with his 'maverick ' VPchoice Sarah Palin. That in itself is a clear picture of how McCain is able to go the distance to understand and make a difference at a personal level. He will win!

    October 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Tom

    McCains decision to withdraw his effort to in Michigan is indeed his bowing to the inevitability of the lose there. On a more subtle note on Governor Palin not be aware of the decision only points out the McCain did not choose her as based on her qualifications or as a partner in the campaign rather his decision to choose her was cynical and calculating. Yet another indication that Senator McCain will and has "sold his soul to the devil" to win this election. Ironically, his going to these measures have only lessened his appeal to the independents that liked the Maverick. As long as the Republicans cater to the social conservatives who have hijacked the party this will contiune to happen.

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Enough

    Todd and I? What has he got to do with it?

    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

    Huh? Guess she didn't have cue cards for this one

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Shane from LB

    So clueless-they'll be lucky if they hold onto Missouri and Indiana by 11/4.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Sarah Bell

    Translation- "I want to see if my bullcrap Hockey Mom routine will work in Michigan." Get over it. You sunk McCain's ship even deeper into the abyss. WASP!!! WomenAgainstSarahPalin

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    So, it really is a "Palin-McCain" ticket in her mind, huh? Or maybe it's the "Todd and Sarah Show"? Get this Sarah – it's financial....he's running low on cash, has to prioritize – focus on somewhere he thinks he has a chance in hell of taking a victory from Obama – Michigan apparently isn't it....

    Shouldn't your kids be in school??? Why do I see them EVERYWHERE on the campaign trail with you?? Is the family photo-op more important?

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Sarah Bell

    SarahPalinIsNoHillaryClinton;WomenAgainstSarahPalin/WASP!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Translation: McCain is losing, isn't including her in any decisions, Sarah knows it and after thinking that she can now 'debate' is positioning herself for 2012. Wheels are comin' off the bus and Sarah is ready for her close up. Her comment at the debate regarding expanding the VP's influence over the Senate should give everyone pause.

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. sick and tired

    Is this part of her thinking that the VP should have more power. I listened to her last night and I thought "boy she really is devious." Do she realize that she is a 44 year old women and not a 20 year old pageant girl. The winking the eyes and voice going up and down (oh that awful voice) just made me ill. What makes me even sicker is that you have people falling for her crap. McCain you better watch out because you just might end up in her way. There is no telling what she is capable of. People try to say that Obama is the anti-christ but you need to look at Palin. She has all of the characteristics of one of satan's imps if I've ever seen one. All in the name of Jesus, huh Palin.

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. claudia dick

    dont worry about todd if they win mcCain will have to sit back and watch palin finish destroying america.she like to have her own way thats who she is and palin will take the presidency right from under mcSTUPID,so just keep watching how this play out.

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. C W

    With comments like these, no wonder the bar was set so low for her at the debate ... And why do people keep saying she's a good politician? Didn't anybody talk to her about staying on message?

    Sheesh – talk about reckless! Maybe she should have another heart-to-heart with Katie to clear things up ... Oh, I forgot, she wants to be "unfiltered".

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Arkay, MI

    As a Michigan voter, I say "Thanks but no thanks. Don't come here" :-)

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. Lara

    Palin is back. she rocked last night and we know she made a huge impact (the liberal bloggers are going crazy trying to discredit her). Good luck guys, she's only going to become more popular the more she campaigns

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. reggie

    Michigan, with the worst economy in the nation, cannot seem to realize the damage the dems have done. They reelected a pathetic Democratic Governor and both US Senators are dems. You'd think they would learn their lesson.

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Haas

    Wait a minute!! I thought Todd was being subpoenaed! Since when does he have time to campaign?! Oh, that's right...he doesn't have to comply. The Palins would really look good in Cheney's office laughing at how they got away with it again.

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Joe S

    I can hear the hissy fits of "Radical Left" just depressed and of course in a hostile mood, that Palin didn't give them the 'Gaffes" they were so desperately and so giggly counting on...Too Bad, so I guess you all have to go back to personal attacks.

    Take a que from the Bimbos on "The View". Like the Dingbat "Joy" who says Palin "is dumb". Joy...Please, you calling someone "dumb" is like Rosie calling someone else "Calorically challenged ".

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. NickH

    The mere fact you're trying to bring your husband along is telling enough!

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Ba"Rock" the Vote!

    If you were on an interviewing committee, and she came in for the interview, and spoke to you like she did last night....
    would you hire her?

    Mrs. Palin, what makes you a good hire?

    Gee Whiz, I am just a joe six pack, hockey mom. (wink)

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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