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MI Morning Update: McCain-Palin coming back to MI, Obama to mimic Granholm's failed econ policies on the Nation

52 Days Until Election Day

September 14, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

GRAND RAPIDS…McCAIN & PALIN…join us Wednesday, September 17 at Grand Rapids Community College at 4:30 for a “Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting”.  For more information and to reserve tickets click here:

PALIN CONTINUES TO IMPRESS…her next interviews were great.  She answered them directly, you can tell she became more comfortable and confident interview after interview…. not only is she ready for prime time…look out Washington!

MICHIGAN’S ECONOMY…. If you like what Jennifer Granholm has done for Michigan, you’re going to love what Barack Obama is going to do to America…so who’s picking up on the message…see the Wall Street Journal for just that point!

TALK SHOW UPDATE BELOW…. Sunday’s schedule of the various show below.

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 will 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.

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:

LEVIN REFUSES TO DEBATE HOOGENDYK…the Levin campaign has promised nothing more than to “negotiate” a schedule and terms of a debate.  What is he afraid of…Jack?  It’s a shame and a disgrace that Carl Levin is not willing to face an opponent and debate the issues…it appears both Obama and Levin fear or are embarrassed by their positions and don’t want to fact Michigan’s voters???? 

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SUNDAY’S TALK SHOW LINEUP:

ABC’s ‘This Week’ – Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Carly Fiorina, adviser to John McCain; former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – Gov. Janet Napolitano, D-Ariz.; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; former acting Gov. Jane Swift, R-Mass.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y.; Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Bob Woodward, associate editor for The Washington Post and author of a new book on the Bush administration.

CNN’s ‘Late Edition’ – R. David Paulison, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Govs. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., and Bill Richardson, D-N.M.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Linda Douglass, adviser to Barack Obama; Nancy Pfotenhauer, adviser to McCain. ?’Fox News Sunday’ – Former Gov. Tony Knowles, D-Alaska; Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, R-Alaska; Jim Laychak, president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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If You Like Michigan’s Economy, You’ll Love Obama’s

By PHIL GRAMM and MIKE SOLON
September 13, 2008; Page A13

Despite the federal government’s growing economic dominance, individual states still exercise substantial freedom in pursuing their own economic fortune — or misfortune. As a result, the states provide a laboratory for testing various policies.

In this election year, the experience of the states gives us some ability to look at the economic policies of the two presidential candidates in action. If a program is not playing in Peoria, it probably won’t work elsewhere. Americans have voted with their feet by moving to states with greater opportunities, but federal adoption of failed state programs would take away our ability to walk away from bad government.

GOP ticket to campaign in Grand Rapids this week

9/13/2008, 3:51 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press   

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – The Republican presidential ticket is returning to Michigan for the second time this month.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will appear Wednesday at a “Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting” at Grand Rapids Community College.

The campaign has told supporters in an e-mail that the doors at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be required.

Cindy McCain says her husband would bring jobs to Michigan

Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

PONTIAC — Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, said her husband would be the right man for the White House and the right person to help Michigan’s troubled economy.

“He is not a man for all times but a man for these times,” said McCain Saturday evening during a 15-minute speech at the 119th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner. “He is someone we need right now.”

McCain spoke during the dinner, which was held at the Centerpoint Marriott.

5 reasons why McCain has pulled ahead

By DAVID PAUL KUHN | 9/14/08 7:24 AM EST 

John McCain’s surge in the polls comes even as Barack Obama has inherited the most favorable Democratic environment since the Watergate era-an unpopular Republican president, an unpopular war and a flagging economy.

Suddenly, though, Democrats have found themselves in a world turned upside down, where Republicans have the momentum from running on change-and the latest wunderkind of presidential politics.

Below are five trends showing up in polling that help explain the change.

Obama and McCain v. Ivy League

September 13, 2008; Page A12

On their 9/11 day of campaign truce, Barack Obama and John McCain went to Columbia University and talked earnestly about public service. The Presidential candidates managed to perform a service as well, by calling out their host to welcome the Reserve Office Training Corps back on the Morningside Heights campus.

The suggestion was met with boos from the audience when offered by the Republican hopeful and retired Naval officer, and silence when crowd favorite Mr. Obama (Columbia ’83) called the ban “a mistake.” The contempt for military service, alas, runs deep at our so-called elite academic institutions.

Sen. says Palin sank ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

Stephen Dinan
Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sen. Tom Coburn, the chief foe of the “Bridge to Nowhere,” said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin deserves credit for killing the project, which became the symbol of Washington pork-barrel spending.

“The bridge didn’t get built because Sarah Palin had the guts to say it wasn’t going to get built,” said Mr. Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, who was the fiercest critic of the bridge and tried but failed to have Congress strike it. He said he sees an ally in Mrs. Palin.

Charlie Gibson’s Gaffe

By Charles Krauthammer
Saturday, September 13, 2008; A17

The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong. There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration — and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different.

He asked Palin, “Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?” She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, “In what respect, Charlie?” Sensing his “gotcha” moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine “is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.”

Wrong.

I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term. In the cover essay of the June 4, 2001, issue of the Weekly Standard entitled, “The Bush Doctrine: ABM, Kyoto, and the New American Unilateralism,” I suggested that the Bush administration policies of unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty and rejecting the Kyoto protocol, together with others, amounted to a radical change in foreign policy that should be called the Bush doctrine.

Going After Charlie Rangel
Trying times for the chairman of Ways and Means

Sunday, September 14, 2008; Page B06

THESE HAVE not been pleasant times for Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.). For the third time in as many months on Wednesday, the dean of the New York congressional delegation had to face the media to answer questions about questionable practices.

In July the New York Times revealed that a New York City developer let Mr. Rangel lease four apartments in a Harlem building at below-market rents. One of the apartments was used as a campaign office. That’s a no-no under New York State law, which requires rent-stabilized apartments to be used for primary residences only. Mr. Rangel dumped the campaign office. Then came the revelation in The Post that Mr. Rangel was using his congressional stationery to request meetings with deep-pocketed New York powerbrokers to discuss a school of public service named after him in his district. House rules prohibit using stationery for solicitations. No, he didn’t make outright requests for cash in those letters. But when a note arrives from the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it’s bound to get extra attention.

Quit Doling Out That Bad-Economy Line

By Donald Luskin
Sunday, September 14, 2008; Page B01

“It was the worst of times, and it was the worst of times.”

I imagine that’s what Charles Dickens would conclude about the current condition of the U.S. economy, based on the relentless drumbeat of pessimism in the media and on the campaign trail. In the past two months, this newspaper alone has written no fewer than nine times, in news stories, columns and op-eds, that key elements of the economy are the worst they’ve been “since the Great Depression.” That diagnosis has been applied twice to the housing “slump” and once to the housing “crisis,” to the “severe” decline in home prices, to the “spike” in mortgage foreclosures, to the “change” in the mortgage market and the “turmoil” in debt markets, and to the “crisis” or “meltdown” in financial markets.