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. carolinas

    Send her back to Alaska. We don't want to see that parade of holding baby for show...hypocritic act.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008.

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Becky CA

    We have a Joe Six Pack President already and that has not worked well for us. Why do people still want to vote for somebody like me? I am really puzzled by this attitude. We would not choose our kids teachers like this. Seriously, who would you want to teach our kids science, math and history: Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin? You would not choose a doctor because he/she is folksy. There is too much at stake to accept mediocrity.

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

    I my educated guess would be that McCain's campaign has come to the realization the election is lost so they are setting Palin up to run in 12 or 16. Maybe John's health has worsened there are obviously visible changes in his appearance that may indicate that.

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Popcorn

    'Fired a quick email'? No doubt from her hacked Yahoo account, to get around those pesky freedom of information laws...

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Peggy Lucas

    I don't think Michigan wants Palin and her husband to talk to the hurting people – why? because it was their party who crushed the economy not only in Michigan, but all across the United States! They had 8 years and a budget surplus going into 2001 – what happened?

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Ryan NC

    Wow, since when Todd Palin has been selected to be part of the ticket? Are the rumors that he is running her business true?
    Are we getting two VPs and one President ?
    She should clarify the role of her husband in her running for VP!

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Tyran

    This is more theatrics by the McCain campaign to make us believe that Sarah Palin is this great leader being held back by the Republican elite. "Oh, if they would just let the REAL Maverick free, she could win us the election." This is phony BS!!!! Come, the American people are not fools!!!

    Look GOP, you guys are gonna have to win this election the fair and hard way, YOU HAVE TO OUT ORGANIZE THE DEMS!!! TOO LATE!!! McCain and Palin chose to play the "culture war" game to try to scare people into voting for them. They have no real policies so that's all they can do.

    So look Sarah don't worry, you and you "hubby" will have plenty of alone time after November 4 when the GOP finally loses. What a great day that will be! It'll be like the end of Star Wars when they blew up the Death Star!!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. karen-phoenix

    As a 40 year republican I'm completely ashamed of Palin's performance last night and McCain's judgement abilities!!! McCain has made a mess of this country all the way back to his envolvment in the Keating 5 and now he picks this girl who can only parrot what is spoon feed her and twitch folksy little winks. She's NOT running for Miss America!!! I'm sending Obama/Biden money and pray to God they win!!! IN EVERY state!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Diane

    It is shocking that the country is even taking Palin at all seriously. The horrible thing about the Republican party is how it has encouraged and exploited ignorance. It's dangerous and it takes us backward as a country. Palin is one more step in this direction. It's beyond pathetic that McCain chose her.Those unconcerned about her shallow depth of knowledge on every issue are choosing another George Bush, or worse.

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Carefull there Sarah, Johnny boy doesn't like it if you disagree. He might not let you talk to the press anymore....lol

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Bridget

    No offense, but people in Michigan know that Republicans were trying (maybe still are trying) to disenfranchise Michigan voters who have foreclosed mortgages. See that story about the 90-year-old Akron, Ohio, woman who shot herself because people were trying to evict her from her home? Those are the people that Republicans don't want voting on November 4.

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Angie

    Palin is really freaking me out. I cant wait for saturday night live this weekend!!!! Thats the only positive thing her candidacy has generated-more laughs!!

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. bonna

    she needs to stop it, she has been the other reason why he's not going to win. republican; i tell you

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Ndalio

    She really knows how to fire e-mails.... hope u don't fire bombs that way!

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Tom

    Oh wait another thing....(and here comes some sarcasm)..Is she for real? Is this lady really someone we want next in line to the Presidency? Give me a break,

    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Michigan got more hammered by Bushco policies than almost every other state.

    But yes, send Sarah and Todd to Michigan to tell the people how giving tax breaks of $ 300,000,000,000.00 – (that's what three hundred billion looks like) to big business, taxing your employer-paid health care premiums to give to the insurance companies and continuing to dump billions into a bottomless Iraq is being a "maverick".

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. OMG

    What can be said about Gov. Palin...... really, I have given up trying to understand this simplistic personality.

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. C W

    With comments like this, no wonder people set the bar so low for her debate performance. And why is she considered a good politician – didn't anyone tell her about staying on message?

    Sheesh! Talk about reckless ... maybe she should have another heart-to-heart with Katie Couric to explain what she really meant ... oh, wait, she wants to be "unfiltered".

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Former Republican

    They could fund their campaign using the pork Alaska pulled in with the "earmark formerly known as the bridge to nowhere".

    ... Maybe that would give McCain and Palin the money they need to keep campaigning in Michigan.

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Mccain is a liar

    This isn't a game, this is more than her just wanting to win for the sake of winning, hell she didn't even know what a vp was and now she is all about winning. This is your future people, young and old, don't think Mccain won't hurt the older folks, look into his idea's for social security, he and his 7 mansions and 13 cars can ride out any economic trouble, he is extremely out of touch while Obama has warned about so many things ahead of time, America's prejudice will hurt them in the long run if Mccain wins, if you vote for Mccain/Palin you deserve all that will come to you!

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. john c

    this is so scripted

    October 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. notime

    What? Todd, what? I am speechless? McCain u have your hands full. Sarah and Todd want to go to Michigan because they want to get away from the heat of the campaign and far far away from pops. Todd, what's exactly his role in all of this?

    Obama/Biden closing in on the finish line!!

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. derrick

    Todd is looking forward to running as VP # 2...the office of Todd & Sarah Palin.

    After all he has executive experience as governor # 2 of Alaska

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. JP

    Gov. Palin is really out in the woods, and since when is Tod part of the ticket.
    What a sad show by McCain...

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. Gosh Darn It!!

    I'm sure her phony folksiness why fly well in Detroit. Lol.

    October 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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