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MI Morning Update 9-2-2008

63 Days Until Election Day

September 2, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

MICHIGAN CONVENTION UPDATE:

MICHIGAN RALLY…Please join John McCain, Cindy McCain and the Vice Presidential Nominee, Governor Sarah Palin at a Road to Victory Rally on September 5th in Sterling Heights, MI. The doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the program begins at 5:00 p.m. As the Senator, Mrs. McCain and the VP Nominee continue the momentum traveling across the country after next week’s National Convention, they would be delighted to have you join them at this rally.

Please pick up a free ticket to join us. You can reserve a ticket to pick up at one of our ticket distribution centers by following this link or email us at [email protected].

CONVENTION ACTIVITIES…BREAKFAST…Attorney General Mike Cox, ATR President and author Grover Norquist and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop addressed our delegation. US Senate candidate Jack Hoogendyk teamed up with State Senator (Dr.) Tom George to sign up folks for the blood drive on Tuesday.

MICHIGAN LUNCHEON…was absolutely wonderful. We had a great meal and heard from pollster Frank Luntz who laid out the 5 reasons Americans will/should voter for McCain and how to articulate them. We were happy to have Congressman Hoekstra in the crowd who agreed to say a few words.

MIKE & MIKE RECEPTION…RED CROSS FUNDRAISER…a great nights as Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Sheriff Mike Bouchard hosted our delegation in downtown Minneapolis. Special guest Commerce Secretary Guiteirrez came by and greeted him fellow Michigan Republicans! AT&T provided several phone stations for folks to make contributions to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE…today, the Michigan delegation will be hosting a blood drive in our hotel for the Red Cross. Republicans from neighboring state delegations have said they will be coming by to give blood to help the Hurricane Relief effort in the Gulf. Following Senator McCain’s lead, we are putting America first! Thanks to all who participated in this effort.

EYE ON MICHIGAN POLITICS…On Eye on Michigan Politics Tuesday at www.WWJ.com,   the group will be talking with WWJ’s Vickie Thomas who is in Minneapolis for the Republican National Convention at 10am; AFL-CIO boss Mark Gaffney is scheduled for 10:15 and Nick DeLeeuw from Right Michigan is set for 10:30 a.m. They will also be discussing the latest with Detroit’s mayor and the VP choice of Sarah Palin.

MACOMB RALLY WITH HOOGENDYK….TO JOIN MCCAIN-PALIN RALLY…Hoogendyk supporter will rally in front of Carl Levin’s office in the morning and head over to the McCain-Palin rally in the afternoon. Join folks here for a great day of politics.
For more info and tickets to the rally email: [email protected]

TWITTER…you can follow the action “live” as I “twitter” away during the various workings and happenings at the convention. It’s short, sweet and sometimes maybe hard to follow…but you’ll get a good feel of the stuff I’m going through and involved in. To follow my Twitter…go to: http://twitter.com/sanuzis

 

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Don’t try to make Bristol Palin the Jeremiah Wright for John McCain

BY ROCHELLE RILEY • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

Enough.

Enough with trying to make Bristol Palin the Jeremiah Wright of the McCain-Palin ticket.

When the worthiness of a presidential or vice presidential candidate gets decided by the conduct of a candidate’s daughter or minister, then we have lost all sight of what America needs to fight growing terrorism, conduct two wars, create a health care system, save Social Security and try to straighten out an economy that is spiraling out of control.

What liberals are doing now with the 17-year-old, pregnant, unmarried daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is exactly what conservatives tried to do with with the fiery former minister of Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama condemns Palin rumors

by Charles Babington | The Associated Press

MONROE, Mich. — Barack Obama is condemning campaign rumors involving the children of candidates, including Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin. He says he will fire any campaign worker that violates his rule.

Obama, speaking Monday to reporters in Michigan, said he thinks "people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits."

Palin, the Alaska governor, announced that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant. McCain’s campaign said the announcement was made in order to knock down rumors that Bristol was actually the mother of Palin’s fifth child, who was born in April.

Obama adamantly denied anonymous claims that his campaign helped spread the rumors.

Ignore the Chauvinists.Palin Has Real Experience.

By NANCY PFOTENHAUER

In Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain has found a fellow maverick to be his running mate — one who can help bring the right kind of reform to Washington. Ms. Palin, like Mr. McCain, has a strong record of battling the status quo, restoring accountability and effectiveness to government, and working to secure energy independence, root out corruption and curb wasteful spending.

As the chief executive of the nation’s largest state, Ms. Palin oversees some of the country’s largest energy reserves. She came into office at a critical time in Alaska politics, facing a system plagued by corruption. Her response was to immediately begin cleaning it up. The results of her leadership today speak for themselves: Ms. Palin’s approval ratings top 80% — more than 60% higher than that of the Democratic Congress.

Ms. Palin has a tangible, impressive record of achievement and executive experience. She is head of the Alaska National Guard and the chairman of two multistate agencies that make energy decisions that affect all Americans. While Barack Obama spent almost all of the past two years running for president, Ms. Palin has been running a state.

GOP Opens Convention With An Eye On Gustav

By Ben Pershing
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Hurricane Gustav battered the Gulf Coast, Republicans today completed an enthusiastic but abbreviated first session of their national convention with headlining appearances by the current First Lady and – Republicans hope – her successor.

With the cancellation of planned speeches by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and several governors and members of Congress, the proceedings on the floor of the Xcel Energy Center were cut to roughly two hours and were largely confined to official convention business.

Minutes before the end of the session, First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, wife of presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, appeared and encouraged delegates to contribute to hurricane relief efforts.

Why McCain Still Has a ChanceTo Win

By PETER ROBINSON

With Barack Obama already established as a skillful rhetorician, people keep asking me, a former White House speechwriter, about John McCain. Can he say anything — anything at all — that might place him in the company of Ronald Reagan, the president for whom I used to work?

The answer, I believe, is yes. Before I explain, I need to note one way Sen. McCain has already placed himself alongside President Reagan: by being wildly underestimated.

As recently as July 4, even the most loyal Republicans privately expected the summer to go badly for their candidate. Sen. Obama had already opened a lead over Mr. McCain. He would proceed to raise far more money than his opponent and then spend heavily on advertising, increasing his lead. Reaching Denver ahead by five or 10 points, Mr. Obama would leave with a lead well into double digits. Republicans would then find themselves preparing to undergo the exquisite agony in St. Paul of putting up a brave front while the mainstream media looked on and chortled.

GOP Running Mates Rework Message, Put Accent on ‘Change’

By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 — After three days of campaigning together, there are two words that have still not been uttered publicly by the newly minted Republican ticket of Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Barack Obama.

Heading through battleground states and into an event that generally marks the height of partisanship — a party’s national convention — McCain and his surprise running mate have spent the last few days steering clear of attacks on their rivals, even refraining from making comparisons between the tickets. Instead, they have emphasized reform, tried to present themselves as mavericks and sought to lay claim to a message more often associated with Obama.

"I promise you, if you’re sick and tired of the way Washington operates, you only need to be patient for a couple of more months," McCain shouted to an animated crowd in Missouri on Sunday night. "Change is coming! Change is coming! Change is coming! Change is coming!"

State GOP delegation has prime convention spot

Their hotel may be out in the Minneapolis exurb of Brooklyn Park, but the Michigan delegation to the Republican National Convention has prime real estate on the convention floor in St. Paul.

Along with others from the battleground states of Ohio and Florida, the Michigan members are right in front of the stage, with a front-row view of the speakers on the podium.

Their slot enabled them to cheer on Theresa Mungioli, a delegate from Rochester Hills, when she offered a motion Monday to the entire convention to approve the temporary officers as permanent.

Some turn violent in march to GOP convention

By AMY FORLITI

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Protesters smashed windows, punctured car tires and threw bottles Monday during an anti-war march to the site of the Republican National Convention. Police used pepper spray in confrontations with demonstrators and arrested five.

Instead of the single coherent march that organizers had hoped for, fringe groups of anarchists and others wrought havoc along the streets between the state Capitol and the Xcel Energy Center where the convention was taking place.

Police estimates of the crowd shifted during the event before settling on 8,000 to 10,000. The crowd was clearly in the thousands, many of them marching peacefully.

Obama’s bounce smaller than others’

By DAVID PAUL KUHN

Barack Obama’s post-Democratic National Convention bounce in the polls appears to be slightly smaller than the norm of past conventions, and it’s gradually depreciating.

The Gallup daily tracking poll has found that since the conclusion of the convention, Obama has risen 4 percentage points in the polls, to lead McCain 49 percent to 43 percent today. That’s a slightly smaller uptick in the polls than the 5- to 6-point bounce earned by a typical party nominee, by Gallup’s measure, since 1964. Obama and McCain were evenly split at 45 percentage points apiece prior to the Democratic convention, according to Gallup.

That outcome comes despite Obama’s speech before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field in Denver on Thursday night, a political event that was also seen by about 40 million television viewers. It also comes as the Republican convention quietly got under way in St. Paul, and the national media gaze focuses southward to Hurricane Gustav.

Hearings loom as plea talks stumble

David Josar / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Prosecutors and attorneys for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick didn’t negotiate over the holiday weekend, leaving plea talks at an impasse on the eve of a crucial week in the mayor’s tenure, according to a source close to the talks.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski is set to rule at 10 a.m. today on Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s efforts to halt hearings set for Wednesday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on the City Council’s request that she remove him from office for public misconduct.

No matter Ziolkowski’s decision, legal experts predict an immediate appeal, which could buy the mayor time to cut a deal before the hearings.