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MI Morning Update

53 Days until Election Day

September 12, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you, and that man is John McCain."  -Sarah Palin, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee

MORNING UPDATE:

PALIN ANSWERS QUESTIONS…in her first nationally televised interview, Sarah Palin held her own, answering directly and with confidence where she and John McCain stood on the issues.  The press looking for "major gaffes" seemed disappointed, only being able to say "she could have said" to different answers.  I think overall she did great and proved once again, she’s ready for prime time.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…we are opening up new Victory Centers daily and need more and more volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, and put up lawn signs.  The response has been overwhelming, but Michigan will be the key battleground state and we need EVERY person willing to help in anyway they can.  Thanks again for all you do!  For more info go to:

http://michigan.johnmccain.com/Michigan.htm

BIDEN AND I AGREE…AGAIN…first Joe Biden said Obama was NOT ready to be President of the United States and this week he said Hillary Clinton would have been a better pick for VP than he.  I agree on both points!

GLASS CEILING…Hillary Clinton had the experience over Barack Obama, but the Democrats destroyed her candidacy while she still got 18 million votes, but did not seriously consider her for the VP slot.  Now they’re attacking Sarah Palin with smears. Could it be that the glass ceiling really is the Democratic Party!   Vote McCain-Palin and help shatter the glass ceiling once and for all.

GRANHOLM TO PREP BIDEN FOR DEBATE…Governor Jennifer Granholm will soon put her acting lessons to good use, playing the role of a governor who has cut taxes, created jobs, and reformed government. It’s a role that is a far cry from the one she’s played for the last seven years.  Maybe she’ll learn something?

In the end, the Democrats are making Gov. Palin into the movie "Contender" while Gov. Granholm plays the "Pretender".  Obama and Granholm have so much in common…not just their Harvard, elitist, know it all attitude.

NEWT ON DETROIT…Newt Gingrich tries to start an "honest conversation" about the failure of the city of Detroit.  A powerful conversation about what is going wrong in Detroit…only like Newt can tell it.

MICHIGAN MATTERS…taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Saturday on CBS Detroit at 11 a.m. and is repeated on Sunday on CW 50 at 11:00 a.m.  Dem Chair Mark Brewer and I will be regular guests over the next few weeks. This week’s guest also include Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Chair Bill Crouchman tee it up and join Cain as they weigh in on the impact of outgoing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and incoming Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. on the region.

THE PALIN EFFECT….as national syndicated cartoonists take a shot at how America see’s the next Vice President.

PALIN PHOTOS…here’s a collection of some great photos of Governor Sarah Palin.

KALAMAZOO COUNTY GOP…I finished yesterday evening with a meeting with the Kalamazoo County Executive Committee.  We discussed our Victory Program, volunteer efforts and the great job the Kalamazoo GOP are doing in their efforts.  An overflow crowd of committed Republicans…every GOP meeting I stop at…you can feel the excitement!  Join our effort…we can always use more help!

 

 

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Michigan governor says Palin is nice but tough

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, AP Political Writer

Story Created: Sep 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM EDT

Story Updated: Sep 11, 2008 at 9:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has met Sarah Palin several times and says the Alaska governor seems like a very nice woman.

Michigan Republican Chairman Saul Anuzis said Granholm is a good debater, but called it "ironic" that the Michigan governor will be pretending to be Palin.

"Granholm will be playing the role of a governor who actually cut taxes, created jobs and reformed government," Anuzis said. "It’s a far cry from the role that she’s played over the last seven years."

Granholm to Turn Republican

Posted: 2:57 PM Sep 11, 2008
Last Updated: 7:47 PM Sep 11, 2008

Governor Granholm is willing to do anything she can to help the Democratic presidential ticket — even if that means donning a Republican hat.

"I think she’s more experienced in the debates and she’s obviously a very good actress," said Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis. "So it should be a big factor that will be helpful to Senator Biden."

But Anuzis says Granholm will need a performance worthy of an Oscar to play Palin.

"The Governor’s going to have to draw on all her acting skills to basically play a governor who cut taxes, reformed government and put people back to work. I think it’ll be a great challenge for her."

Michigan’s first couple join presidential fray

Michigan’s first couple has planted itself firmly in the midst of the presidential race this week.

Governor Jennifer Granholm has agreed to serve as a Sarah Palin surrogate in connection with the upcoming Vice Presidential debate, and first gentleman Dan Mulhern has changed to a more conciliatory tone toward the Alaska Governor, who continues to be the focus of presidential politics.

Granholm will help Democratic Veep hopeful Joe Biden in debate preparations by standing in as Palin.

In playing the role of Governor Palin, Granholm will be expected to challenge Senator Biden and offer up Palin’s strong points for Biden to overcome.

Fieger weighs Detroit mayor bid

Poll floats ideas to voters in city; attorney denies sponsoring survey, but won’t rule out entering field.

Leonard N. Fleming / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Geoffrey Fieger, the high-profile attorney and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, is considering a run for Detroit mayor.

Fieger’s name is being floated in a mayoral poll that asks Detroiters how they would feel about his candidacy, The Detroit News has learned.

Fieger’s popularity in mostly black Detroit helped him win the Democratic nomination in 1998 for governor. He gained notoriety in the 1990s for representing assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

 

Worthy withdraws plea offer to Beatty

Jail is hang-up as sides get until Monday to deal
BY JOE SWICKARD and JIM SCHAEFER • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS • September 12, 2008

Prosecution and defense attorneys have until Monday to bridge the chasm separating Christine Beatty from a plea deal to end the text message scandal that toppled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s administration.

Although both sides agreed in court Thursday with Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner that there was "a good chance" of reaching a deal, there are significant differences on key points, and Prosecutor Kym Worthy took her last offer off the table.

McCain and Obama commemorate 9/11 anniversary

Sep 11 01:46 PM US/Eastern
By JENNIFER LOVEN
Associated Press Writer

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Recalling the nation’s unity in a time of peril seven years ago, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama placed their partisan contest on hold Thursday and spoke as one in honoring of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Obama and McCain were making ground zero in New York their common ground, joining in homage to the dead from the fallen Twin Towers and the hijacked planes flown into them.

Beforehand, McCain spoke briefly at a simple ceremony in remote, rural western Pennsylvania, held on a large hilly field close to where United Airlines Flight 93, the third of four airliners commandeered by terrorists, crashed. Investigators believe some of the 40 passengers and crew rushed the cockpit and thwarted terrorists’ plans to use that plane as a weapon like the ones that hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon. All aboard all planes died.

Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin

Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson in Exclusive Interview
Sept. 11, 2008

GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say "I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?"

PALIN: I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I’m ready.

 

Palin Interview: She Didn’t Blink When Asked to Run

By Katharine Q. Seelye

In Gov. Sarah Palin’s much-anticipated interview with ABC News, she said she "didn’t blink" when Senator John McCain asked her to be his running mate.

Charles Gibson, the interviewer, asked her if she didn’t hesitate and question whether she was experienced enough.

"I didn’t hesitate, no," she said.

He asked if that didn’t that take some hubris.

 

Biden living up to his gaffe-prone reputation

By John M. Broder Published: September 11, 2008

Senator Joseph Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is an experienced, serious and smart man. But he does say some curious things. A day on the campaign trail without some cringe-inducing gaffe is a rare blessing. He has not been too blessed lately.

Just this week, he mused that Senator Barack Obama might have been better off with Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate.

"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America," Biden said Wednesday in Nashua, New Hampshire. "Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me."

Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JEFF ZELENY

Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket and increasing nervousness in the Democratic ranks.

Mr. McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate and the resulting jolt of energy among Republican voters appear to have caught Mr. Obama and his advisers by surprise and added to concern among some Democrats that the Obama campaign was not pushing back hard enough against Republican attacks in a critical phase of the race.

Some Democrats said Mr. Obama needed to move to seize control of the campaign and to block Mr. McCain from snatching away from him the message that he was the best hope to bring change to Washington.