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MI Morning Update: MI Republicans Keep Fighting On

28 Days Until Election Day

October 7, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned.  It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that."
-Senator John McCain, Republican Nominee for President

MORNING UPDATE:

NEW POLL SHOWS OBAMA LEAD ONLY 5 IN MI … Senator John McCain trails Barack Obama by only 5 percentage points in Michigan, a trend that is consistent with previous presidential elections where the race tightened substantially during the month of October.

These poll numbers underscore the competitive nature of Michigan and why we need to keep fighting.  The presidential race in Michigan always gets close in October. We saw this in 2000 and 2004, and we are seeing it now.

In 2000, the race tightened so much that then-Vice President Al Gore had to abandon Florida in the final 72-hours to campaign in Michigan. And, in 2004, Senator John Kerry had to pull resources out of Ohio in the final nine days to battle President George W. Bush in a state most pundits had painted blue weeks before.

Michigan is a state that finishes late and it’s way too early to write it off.  Michigan always makes Democrats commit resources here late in the campaign and it has a way to upsetting Electoral Vote projections.

OAKLAND REPUBLICANS RALLY FOR VICTORY… Brooks Patterson led a rally yesterday at the Oakland Courthouse with almost all of our candidates in the county gathering together with their supporters to fire everyone up for the next four weeks.  We are going to fight everyday until the election and we are going to win!

I wrapped up the day at a fundraiser for Congressman Knollenberg.  He had a great event with a large number of supporters coming out to give him a push towards victory.  Michigan Republicans know we have to rally together to maintain our majority in our Congressional Delegation.

MICHIGAN YOUTH EFFORT GROWS…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JUMP IN …our Michigan Youth Counts effort, designed to stop the "brain drain" this weekend were in Battle Creek making phone calls, knocking on doors with local candidates for State Representative.  Next weekend they’re heading to Oakland County. For more information please contract Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected]

Please support Michigan House Republicans in their fight for UPCOMING HOUSE REPUBLICAN fundraising events:

GOPtoberfest with Special Guest Governor Mitt Romney
October 8,  4-6 PM at The Christman Building, 208 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933  $300 per ticket

West Michigan House Republican Reception
October 16, 6-8 PM at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546  $200 per ticket

For more information, to RSVP, or to make a contribution, please call the House Republican Campaign Committee at 517-679-2731.

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McCain’s Michigan pullout latest bad tactical move

Martin Sieff, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Monday, October 6, 2008

What profiteth Sen. John McCain if his running mate wins her debate but he gives up on Michigan? The McCain campaign’s decision to give up the fight in Michigan is one of the stupidest tactical decisions made in this presidential race. Only Al Gore’s refusal to let President Bill Clinton campaign for him in key states eight years ago even approaches it.

If Mr. McCain loses, it is likely to rank alongside his failure in the first presidential debate as one of the two turning points in the campaign. For Mr. McCain must have Michigan. With 17 Electoral College votes, it is one of the key prizes in the Midwest, and its influence extends into its neighboring states, too.

 

We’re not giving up, Oakland Republicans say

Catherine Jun / The Detroit News

PONTIAC — About 70 Republican officials and election candidates gathered outside the Oakland County courthouse at noon Monday to say that their party is not ceding victory in their own races or even in the U.S. presidential race, despite last week’s pullout of Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign from Michigan. "We are not giving up here in Michigan and we’re not giving up in Oakland County," said State Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis at the press conference.

In response to the pull-out, party representatives said their strategy would shift focus to a more grassroots-style campaign, recruiting more volunteers to knock on doors. The mood at the gathering was jovial, with several top Republican officials making optimistic rally cries to Republican voters. Many wore McCain/Palin stickers on their lapels.

 

Site Keeps Republican Issues In Mich. Alive
Members Want 100,000 Signatures To Motivate McCain Campaign

PONTIAC, Mich. — Michigan Republicans are rallying for support after Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s campaign said they were leaving the state.

"McCain may have given up on us, but we’re not giving up on our races," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "We’re not giving up on our voters and our constituents. We want them to know we’re in this race all the way through to November 4."

The campaign’s decision to shift resources to other states has local activists taking matters into their own hands with the creation of a Web site aimed at gathering signatures to help motivate the campaign to come back.

 

Last day of voter registration draws crowds

10/6/2008, 7:39 p.m. EDT
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Democrats throughout the state pushed hard Monday to register as many voters as possible as the midnight deadline neared.

Democrats hoped that signing up more first-time voters, such as students, would give Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama the edge he needs to win Michigan over Republican John McCain. They also hoped more voters and high turnout would help Democratic candidates down the ticket, such as congressional challengers Mark Schauer and Gary Peters.

"If you are already registered to vote, take the next step and get at least one of your family members and friends to register," the Michigan Democratic Party said in an e-mail sent Monday to supporters.

 

McCain, Obama go for jugular

By MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI
10/6/08 10:12 AM EDT  

John McCain and Barack Obama are suddenly going for the jugular, whacking each other for shady relationships in the past and mental stability today. At a rally in Florida this morning, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin brought up ties between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and a former member of a ’60s radical anti-war group, and said Obama has "a left-wing agenda."

"I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country," Palin said in Clearwater, according to CBS News. The Obama campaign meanwhile, has opened a new website and is posting a 13-minute documentary to resurrect his involvement in the Keating Five savings-and-loan scandal two decades ago.

 

Mich. justice has financial edge over opponent

10/6/2008, 6:34 p.m. EDT
By DAVID EGGERT 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford Taylor has a big financial advantage over his opponent heading into the November election.

Taylor, a Republican-nominated incumbent, has raised more than $1.5 million this year – 10 times as much as the challenger, Wayne County Circuit Judge Diane Marie Hathaway. Major donors to Taylor’s campaign include the Michigan Republican Party, real estate agents, restaurants and business groups.

Hathaway on Monday reported raising nearly $150,000 from Sept. 3 to Sept. 26. Trial lawyers and labor unions contributed heavily to the Democratic nominee for the high court.

 

Granholm signs Mich. energy package into law

10/6/2008, 6:03 p.m. EDT
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday signed into law a package that will require more electricity to come from renewable sources, raise residential rates, restrict competition among power companies and encourage energy efficiency.

Granholm held two energy bill-signing ceremonies, one in Detroit and one in Eaton Rapids southwest of Lansing. She said the new measures will create new renewable energy jobs.

Workers at Dowding Industries in Eaton Rapids looked on from the balcony of a new manufacturing plant as she signed the bills. Dowding President Jeff Metts said the factory is poised to build components for wind turbines once orders come in. He said he’s already heard from three companies in the two-and-a-half weeks since lawmakers passed the package.

 

Biden Played Less Than Key Role in Bosnia Legislation

By Glenn Kessler
Tuesday, October 7, 2008; A05

The moment when Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. looked Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in the eye and called him a "damned war criminal" has become the stuff of campaign legend. The Democratic vice presidential nominee brings up the 1993 confrontation on the campaign trial to whoops of delight from supporters. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) mentioned it when he announced he had chosen Biden as his running mate.

During last week’s debate with his counterpart on the Republican ticket, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Biden twice gave himself credit for shifting U.S. policy on Bosnia. The senator from Delaware declared that he "was the catalyst to change the circumstance in Bosnia led by President Clinton." At another point he noted: "My recommendations on Bosnia — I admit I was the first one to recommend it. They saved tens of thousands of lives." But, despite the bravado, Biden was not a key player in the legislation that ultimately forced Bill Clinton to lift an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations on Bosnian Muslims fighting the Serbs, according to congressional officials involved in the issue and a review of Biden’s speeches and voting record.

 

SEC sues Democrat fundraiser for alleged $60M scam

10/6/2008, 8:04 p.m. EDT
By PAUL ELIAS  

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal regulators on Monday sued political fundraiser Norman Hsu for allegedly operating a $60 million investment scam and using some proceeds to contribute to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and other prominent Democrats.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that accuses Hsu of using a company called Next Components to solicit investments that promised high rates of return by providing short-term loans to other companies.

Instead, Hsu used the investments to pay off early investors in a classic Ponzi scheme while using the rest to make political contributions and support a lavish lifestyle, the lawsuit states.

 

GOP files FEC complaint about Obama’s fundraising

10/6/2008, 8:31 p.m. EDT
By JIM KUHNHENN

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican National Committee filed a complaint Monday alleging that Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has received illegal contributions from foreigners and donations that exceed federal limits.

The complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission is based largely on media reports, including one from a conservative news Web site that suggests donors who listed their state as "IR" may have been from Iran. In FEC reports, the designation "IR" typically stands for "information requested" because the donor did not supply it.

In the complaint, the RNC asks the commission to audit Obama’s campaign fund to determine whether it has violated the law by accepting money from non-citizens and whether individual donors have exceeded contributions to the campaign.

 

Pope says world financial system ‘built on sand’

Richard Owen

Pope Benedict XVI today said that the global credit crisis shows that the world’s financial systems are "built on sand" and that only the works of God have "solid reality".

Opening a Synod of Bishops in the Vatican the Pope referred to a passage from St Matthew’s Gospel on false prophets, saying ”He who builds only on visible and tangible things like success, career and money builds the house of his life on sand”.

He added: ”We are now seeing, in the collapse of major banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing. All these things that appear to be real are in fact secondary. Only God’s words are a solid reality”.