October 4th, 2008
01:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin disagrees with McCain's Michigan decision

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(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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  1. Texas Witch Twister

    Give Palin a shot at Michigan voters. Michigan voters are way to smart to be fooled by th antics of OBAMA and his crowd of lying snow ballers. Come on show them Michigan you like Florida voters will be heard and counted. The DNC Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Kerry led Democrats can't dis-enffranchise you now. McCAIN/PALIN 08

    October 3, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Sumi, CA

    This is the first time I will be taking part in any election in the United States because THIS time I care; I honestly feel I can make a difference more than ever in my life. I am overwhelmed with disbelief how many American's are actually taking the McCain/Palin ticket seriously! I have to vote for the sake of my pension and for the sake of my 18 year old son!

    By the way.... Winning a debate becasue someone "didn't fumble words" is amazing to me. If we as American's care anything about our precious nation, we MUST have higher standards than that! The Vice President position is nothing to joke around with. Palin was so unprofessional in her presentation; I was ashamed to be American at that moment as the entire WORLD saw that debate!

    American's, ask your self this... Would drive your family around in a car that was built by someone who is likeable? Or someone who knows the difference between brakes and an engine? Enough said.... I am so disgusted over this whole thing and all of the bloggers supporting that mess!

    October 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. hissy fit

    ooooh oooh our first hissy fit. Face the facts Falin yoooozzz a failin

    October 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. sueb

    Sarah Palin makes George W Bush look like a genius!

    October 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. G from MA

    "Todd and I" – the snowmobile champion and the beauty pageant runner-up, with a high-school diploma and a journalism BA between them, running the most powerful nation on this planet, promising not to blink when making the most complex decisions ever asked of Man.

    Is that really what you want?

    October 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. linty

    "Todd and I" Sorry John, but we are the team.........

    Todd was at all the "big" office meetings in Alaska and received all the important emails of the Gov's office....... was that Toddy in the debate. Shuuuucks, the Repubs are TOAST.

    Gee, I wonder why the Repubs issued the net worth of this "ordinary" AFTER the debate, Duh?

    October 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    palin,, save your time, stay where u r at,,,, michgans not yours,,in fact gohome ok??? you or mccain cant win!!!!! obama/biden 08 and beyond

    October 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. welches, oregon

    why does she always have to bring "Todd' into things – she's the one running. A preview of what could be to come? Todd, who hates the United STates and wants Alaska to suceed from the union. Amazing!

    Vote Democrat and get these thugs out of office

    October 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. MrPragmatic

    Can't we just vote for Tina Fey? I think she's prettier, and there's no doubt she's much smarter than Palin.

    October 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Terry

    This is really sad! Palin actually thinks that she and Todd are running the McCain Campaign now? Who is caring for this poor disabled baby of theirs while she and Todd are running all over the country trying to win states that obviously will not be red on November 4th.
    Sarah, pack your bags and go back to Alaska and take care of your family!

    Obama-Biden 08!

    October 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. rick

    the bailout didnt help anyone except wallstreet and I see that the Democrates added 110 billion in earmarks which are additional taxes for the american people..........dont you just love our elected individuals and the ones who want to guide us all into the poor house...........all i can say is thank you and may you have your house foreclosed on......

    October 3, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Kim

    How sweet her hubby is her co-partner in campaigning. Last time I checked, he would not be the First Husband and we don't have an office for First Dude. I'm curious, though......What is Todd Palin running for? If McCain wins, will Caribou Barbie be copying Todd in on all her VP official emails? Isn't anyone investigating this inappropriate behavior of her? SHEESH.

    October 3, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Claudia

    Wow! Lousy strategy to announce it! Can't he just slow down the spending without saying he's giving up in Michigan. Could be that the voters may appreciate the lack of ads. What happened to that "fight" routine that he laid out in the convention less than a month ago....great rhetoric, but hard to deliver. This appears to be the beginning of the end for McCain.....no one "gives up" on a state and makes it public. Especially when he's campaigning on his "fighting" abilities.

    If he's willing to stay in Iraq forever...I guess he can stay in Michigan for a month for A LOT LESS MONEY!

    October 3, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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