MI Morning Update: The Campaign Goes On

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October 5, 2008


"John McCain is our candidate. We want him in Michigan. We want him to hear our issues. We want him to be here because we think he helps us across the board."
-Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop reacting the McCain campaign’s announcement.


SUNDAY TALK SHOW SCHEDULE BELOW…check who’s up on what show below under the Rest of the Story.

McCAIN CAMPAIGN IN MICHIGAN…it’s now official, there will be two full-time staffers here to help coordinate volunteer activities and State Director Al Riberio will continue to coordinate Michigan efforts, although he will be stationed in Wisconsin assisting their efforts as well.  Here is their contact info:

Al Riberio… [email protected]
Prudy Adams…[email protected]n08hq.com
Justine Ivanoff…[email protected]

VICTORY EFFORT…here is an update on where we are as of today. We have been working with the RNC to keep as many resources as we can here in Michigan.  All 30 of our current Victory Centers will remain open.  We are working with local county parties to staff and operate the majority of these Centers.  We are securing additional funding locally to supplement these efforts where needed and get cell phones into area that are not set up with VOIP phones.

We are re-assigning staff to maximize our efforts for Chief Justice Cliff Taylor and in the Knollenberg and Walberg congressional districts first.  The Democrats continue to see these seats as two of their top targets and with no air cover from the presidential campaign, we have make sure we increase our grassroots efforts to attempt to mitigate some of the negative impact.

GOTV, AV and EDO efforts are being reorganized.  We will have to prioritize our targets and figure out what kind of resources will be available for each.

There will be no additional McCain TV or radio commercials aired in Michigan unless the circumstances change.  Most McCain and Victory staff are being sent to other target states this weekend.

We’re on our own and will need to have a united effort to try and supplement what we can and target our efforts and resources where we can have the greatest impact.

Thanks again to everyone who has offered to help, the influx of online and individual contributions at almost every Victory Center is heartening.  Clearly, Michigan Republicans are pulling together…we have NOT given up…and we’re committed to do all we can to help our Republican ticket across the state.

OAKLAND COUNTY RALLIES ALL CANDIDATES…I’ll be joining L. Brooks Patterson, County Chairman Dennis Cowan and EVERY Oakland county candidate for office as we unite to elect Republicans to continue Oaklands success story.

Please join L. Brooks Patterson at a News Conference, Monday twelve o’clock noon, at the north entrance of the Oakland County Court House. 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac, Michigan

McCAIN ADS FOR MICHIGAN…here are two great ads on of our activists created and put them up on youtube. Please watch them and then send this link to all of your friends in Michigan and encourage them to share as well.

HOOGENDYK WITH BROOKS PATTERSON…Oakland County Executive L. Brook Patterson will be a special guest for the Hoogendyk for U.S. Senate campaign on Monday, October 6th.  For more information contact Sandra Baxter (248) 514-6884 or email her at [email protected].

MICHIGAN MATTERS…taped "Michigan Matters" with Carol Cain, which will air this weekend. "Michigan Matters" airs Sunday on CBS Detroit Channel 62 at 11 a.m.  This week Dem Chair Mark Brewer and I talk about Hoogendyk, Taylor, Knollenberg and Walberg.



Check…out…our…online Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………




ABC’s ‘This Week’ – Govs. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Sens. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Reps. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Heather Wilson, R-N.M.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Gwen Ifill, PBS journalist and moderator of the vice presidential debate.

CNN’s ‘Late Edition’ – Reps. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, author of a new book on Vice President Dick Cheney; Nancy Pfotenhauer, adviser to John McCain; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

‘Fox News Sunday’ – Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Brooks Jackson, director of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.


The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.



Palin: Send me to Michigan

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Sarah Palin wants another shot at Michigan. "I want to get back to Michigan and I want to try," the Republican vice presidential nominee told Fox News Channel on Friday. Palin told Fox reporter Carl Cameron that the John McCain campaign’s decision Thursday to pull out of Michigan was "not a surprise because … the polls are showing we are not doing as well there as evidently we would like to."

That didn’t mean she was happy, said Palin, who was campaigning in Texas the day after her vice presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden. "I read that this morning and I fired off a quick e-mail and said, ‘Oh, come on, you know, do we have to? Do we have to call it there?’ "


Knollenberg invites Palin to come back to Michigan

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has questioned for a second straight day the McCain campaign’s decision to abandon its Michigan operation.

By late Saturday afternoon, Congressman Joe Knollenberg’s office released a letter that he had sent to Palin. In a letter, dated Oct. 4, 2008, Knollenberg (R-MI) invites Palin to return to Michigan and campaign in Oakland County.

"My disappointment over Senator McCain’s decision to not campaign in Michigan was immediately overwhelmed by my excitement upon hearing of your desire to come back to our state," he wrote. "Consider this a formal invitation to join me on the trail in Oakland County. With hard work, you and John can win my pivotal county and then likely win Michigan as well."


Give businesses relief from 22% tax surcharge

Detroit News

For months, Michigan businesses have been chafing under the burden of a surcharge on the state’s business tax — precisely what job providers don’t need as they confront the wrenching effects of a fundamental restructuring of the auto industry. Now, the state Senate has promised some relief, and the House of Representatives should follow suit.

The Michigan Senate last week voted to accelerate the phase-out of the surcharge on the business tax, which currently could stretch until 2016. The Senate legislation would reduce the surcharge to 14.66 percent from 21.99 percent next year and to 7.33 percent in 2010. It would be eliminated for the 2011 tax year.

The surcharge was added to the Michigan Business Tax last year after an uproar over the effects of a sales tax on certain services caused it to be repealed. The Michigan Business Tax was also adopted last year to replace the state’s much-hated Single Business Tax.


Michigan pullout signals bigger trouble for McCain

October 5, 2008

Quick: Tell me how a John McCain presidency would revive Michigan’s economy, our beleaguered auto industry, or U.S. manufacturing in general. If you answered much more than "continue the Bush tax cuts," then you’ve said more than the McCain campaign has been able to articulate in the past few months.

And that, more than anything else, is the reason McCain packed up his Michigan operation last week. McCain pulled out because he never seemed to connect here, and failed to capitalize on what I think was a golden opportunity to turn this state from mildly blue to solidly red.

Why didn’t he clobber Democrat Barack Obama by linking him to Jennifer Granholm, our two-term Democratic governor? Why didn’t he do more to link the state’s serious economic doldrums to Granholm — whether that’s fair, or not — and suggest Obama would be like the governor but on a national scale?


Why I Opposed the Massive, $700 Billion Taxpayer Financed Bailout

By Tim Walberg, Section News
Posted on Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 05:29:44 PM EST

Through the thousands of calls, emails and letters sent to my office over the last week, I know that my constituents want Congress to take action to avert further economic distress. But south-central Michigan believes Congress must not take action just to take action. As many of you know, the House voted twice, first on Monday and then later on Friday, on legislation to bailout Wall Street. I opposed the massive, $700 billion taxpayer financed bailout both times, though it passed the second time around.

From the outset, I had deep reservations about this legislation. President Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and a frenzied media climate eliminated the possibility of further debate to work on a deal that would protect taxpayers. Instead, Secretary Paulson refused alternative plans, demanded unprecedented power for the Treasury Department and asked the American people for a blank check to cover speculative investments and mistakes made by investment bankers. President Bush refused to consider other options and thrust this legislation on the American people in a way that only created more uncertainty.


Sarah Palin says Barack Obama is ‘palling around’ with terrorists

by Jim Kuhnhenn | The Associated Pres
Saturday October 04, 2008, 10:37 PM

CARSON, Calif. – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of an association with a former ’60s radical, a harsh attack on his character that she repeated at three separate campaign events without substantiation.

Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members were blamed for several bombings, including a pipe bomb in San Francisco that killed a police officer and injured another. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, has denounced Ayers’ radical views and activities.


Obama gains in red states
Florida, Ohio, N.M. in play

Donald Lambro
Sunday, October 5, 2008

For months, Sen. Barack Obama has been leading in a handful of traditionally Republican "red" states, including New Mexico and Colorado, and now appears to have gained the edge in two more GOP-leaning battlegrounds – Florida and Ohio – since the first presidential debate.

With little more than four weeks remaining in the presidential campaign in a tough economic environment, the grim reality facing Sen. John McCain’s presidential candidacy is that there are a lot more competitive red states than competitive blue states. Indeed, Mr. Obama, Illinois Democrat, can boast that he is now ahead in at least half a dozen red states, while the Arizona Republican isn’t leading in any blue states.

"It is difficult to find a modern competitive presidential race that has swung so dramatically, so quickly and so sharply this late in the campaign," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Senator John McCain has his work cut out for him if he is to win the presidency, and there does not appear to be a role model for such a comeback in the last half century."


McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 4, 2008; Page A01

Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama’s character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat’s judgment, honesty and personal associations, several top Republicans said.

With just a month to go until Election Day, McCain’s team has decided that its emphasis on the senator’s biography as a war hero, experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick is insufficient to close a growing gap with Obama. The Arizonan’s campaign is also eager to move the conversation away from the economy, an issue that strongly favors Obama and has helped him to a lead in many recent polls.

"We’re going to get a little tougher," a senior Republican operative said, indicating that a fresh batch of television ads is coming. "We’ve got to question this guy’s associations. Very soon. There’s no question that we have to change the subject here," said the operative, who was not authorized to discuss strategy and spoke on the condition of anonymity.


The Spirit of ’76
What McCain can learn from Gerald Ford about closing a gap.

by Stephen F. Hayes
10/13/2008, Volume 014, Issue 05

John McCain had two good days late last week. It had been a while. On Thursday, Sarah Palin performed well enough in her debate with Joe Biden to quiet the critics. And, on Friday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the federal bailout, which the Senate had passed two days earlier. Palin wasn’t flawless and the bailout is imperfect. But three days into October, McCain finally had hope that he had stopped his September slide. But it may not be that easy. The economy will get worse–maybe significantly worse–before it gets better. Over the next month, a series of reports on the health of the economy will be released–and none of them will be good. By a two-to-one margin voters blame Republicans for these problems.

The bad economic news has resulted in bad political news. The Real Clear Politics average of national polls has McCain trailing Barack Obama by nearly 6 points. The state polls are even more worrisome. McCain is down in Florida, down in Pennsylvania, down in Ohio, even down in Virginia. He has largely pulled out of Michigan–once believed to be a winnable light blue state–and he is fighting hard in Indiana and North Carolina, two states that Republicans win without trying in most years. On September 10, the first Gallup daily tracking poll conducted entirely after the Republican convention gave McCain a 5-point national lead. On October 3, the first day of the rest of the campaign, the same tracking poll had him down 7 points.


Welcome To Camp Obama

Posted Friday, October 03, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: Voters coast-to-coast are receiving e-mails from the Obama campaign encouraging them to sign up to learn pre-election agitation tactics at "Camp Obama." Red kerchiefs, anyone?

When readers first alerted us to the camps, we thought it might be another hoax that migrated into inboxes. But it’s for real.The unsolicited pitch goes like this: "Camp Obama attendees will receive real world organizing experience that will have a direct impact on this election. Graduates of Camp Obama will go on to become Deputy Field Organizers who will lead this campaign to victory in crucial battleground states around the country."

The letter continues, "By participating in Camp Obama you’ll get the kind of experience that Barack got as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he learned that real change happens from the bottom up."