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MI Morning Update 10-23-08

12 Days until Election Day

October 23, 2008

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason."

 -Benjamin Franklin

MORNING UPDATE:

BARACK OBAMA…would be perhaps the least-prepared, least-qualified person ever to hold the White House. He is four years removed from the Illinois State Senate and his 129 present votes. He served two years in the minority in the Senate before he abandoned that job to run for president. He chairs the important Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs but hasn’t held a single substantive policy hearing.  And now he claims he’s ready to be Commander and Chief…Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden don’t agree…and hopefully  most of America won’t either.

SARAH PALIN KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK…again.  Here is Governor Sarah Palin at a recent rally laying out the arguments against Obama…almost as well as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have.

TAYLOR ADS…Cliff Taylor’s campaign rolled out a new TV commercial statewide and the Chamber of Commerce has an ad encouraging voters to support Taylor’s tough stand with criminals. See both ads here…and please send them to your friends!

MARK SCHAUER SAYS HE HAS NO REGRETS FOR TAX HIKE VOTE…Unbelievable!  After casting the deciding vote in the State Senate for the largest tax hike in Michigan’s history that has cost our state thousands of jobs, Schauer still doesn’t get it.  It seems he has no problem on the campaign trail masquerading as a "moderate" and falsely attacking Congressman Walberg for…you guessed it, wanting to hike taxes…but when you get to the core of it, Schauer is just another typical tax and spend liberal that Michigan can’t afford.

WILL GARY PETERS RAISE OUR TAXES…YES OR NO?…It would seem Peters is pretending to not know the answer as he has repeatedly refused to answer "yes or no" on whether he would vote to raise taxes on Michigan citizens.  But while Peters pretends not to know, all of us do.  Peters has a long history of supporting tax increases while in the Michigan Senate and it would be crazy for any of us to believe he’s changed his ways.  Michigan shouldn’t gamble on Gary Peters.  Any candidate that won’t promise to not raise taxes, definitely will if they’re elected.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN BUS TOUR…RALLIES FOR McCAIN/PALIN CAMPAIGN IN MICHIGAN THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY…join the fight to defeat the Obama/Biden ticket here in Michigan.  I want to let you know the "Our Country Deserves Better Committee’s" tour to "Save Michigan" is coming through the state. They are conducting 10 rallies across the Upper and Lower peninsulas this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Check you email box for more info.

NOTICE…Neither John McCain or Sarah Palin will be at these rallies…they are independently organized…neither the campaign or the party is part of them…but I think it’s great to encourage any and all activities on behalf of our candidates.

SAVE FAILING AUTOS…What will it take to turn Michigan around? One possible

answer is to make Michigan a Right-to-Work (RTW) state. In March 2007, State

Rep, and now U.S. Senate candidate, Jack Hoogendyk introduced legislation to make Michigan an RTW state. Instead of bailing out Wall Street, RTW, along with a suspension of corporate tax cuts for the autos, practically guarantees job growth and a more competitive American auto industry…Want to learn more about RTW?…Read more here.

DON’T BE FOOLED…IT’S CLOSER THAN THE PRESS IS PITCHING…GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…as we reorganize Victory Centers and Call Centers around the state, volunteers continue to make calls, knock on doors, and make contributions to fight for Republican candidates up and down the ticket.  Please check this link for a Victory Center near you.  We need you now, more than ever.

MICHIGAN YOUTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE!…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JOIN "TEAM BRAIN DRAIN"…our Michigan Youth Counts! effort, designed to stop Michigan’s "brain drain" was in Macomb County this weekend helping several key state and local candidates. "Team Brain Drain" made over 2000 calls, knocked over 1,600 doors, and worked 110+ man hours this weekend for our Republican candidates. Next week, "Team Brain Drain" will be in Battle Creek and St. Joe.  For more information please contact Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected].

 

 

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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McCain best choice for uncertain times

The Detroit News

The 21st century is not even a decade old and yet already the hope for an era of peace and prosperity that greeted its dawning has been squandered. It is a challenge and opportunity for the man who succeeds President Bush.

Financial markets that rose to incredible heights without an ethical foundation have brought the economy to the brink of collapse. Tyrants emboldened by the often heavy-handed and inept foreign policy of the Bush administration have established rogue regimes in every corner of the world to threaten U.S. interests and security.

During these perilous times, the nation needs an experienced, proven leader in the White House. Sen. John McCain is best equipped for the job.

Poll swings can’t rule out McCain comeback

It may seem hardly worthwhile going to the polls to vote this election year, since most public opinion polls show Sen. Barack Obama ahead. His lead is not usually by decisive margins, and sometimes by a difference within the margin of error.

There has been a history of polls projecting bigger votes for the Democrats’ presidential candidate in October than that candidate gets in November.

Some of these polls seem like they are not trying to report facts but to create an impression. One poll has been reported as using a sample consisting of 280 Republicans and 420 Democrats. No wonder Obama leads.

Pollsters have to protect their reputations but they can do that by playing it straight on their last poll before election day. There is another factor at work in this year’s election that makes polls and predictions more unreliable than usual. That factor is race.

Dems run negative ad against Michigan GOP justice

by David Eggert | The Associated Press
Wednesday October 22, 2008, 11:49 AM

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court race was jolted out of a peaceful slumber when Democrats rolled out a TV ad that accuses Chief Justice Clifford Taylor of nodding off during oral arguments.

The ad being aired statewide two weeks before the Nov. 4 election says the veteran Republican justice "needs a wake-up call."

Taylor’s campaign and Republicans on Tuesday denounced the allegation as untrue and asked stations to stop running the ad.

Huckabee boosts Hoogendyk in Mich.

Steve Pardo / The Detroit News

FARMINGTON HILLS — John McCain’s camp may have decided to stop actively campaigning in Michigan, but that hasn’t stopped former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee from lending a hand to a fellow Republican here.

Huckabee, who lost to McCain in the Republican presidential primaries, was in Farmington Hills on Wednesday for a luncheon fundraiser supporting state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, who has a decidedly uphill battle against five-term Democratic incumbent Carl Levin in a U.S. Senate race.

Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007, came in second to McCain for the Republican nomination and is one of the front-runners for a 2012 bid.

 

Michigan lawmakers want federal help on car loans

10/22/2008, 6:45 p.m. EDT
By KEN THOMAS
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michigan lawmakers intend to urge Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to use their regulatory powers to loosen up credit to help finance car loans.

The members of Congress said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that the disappearance of liquidity in credit markets "threatens to cripple these industries and the communities in which they operate."

"In this current economic environment it is imperative that the government ensures that liquidity is restored so that the U.S. auto industry is able to function until normalcy is restored to credit markets," said the lawmakers in a draft letter circulated among the Michigan delegation.

Chrysler exec downplays talk company for sale

10/22/2008, 11:02 p.m. EDT
By TOM KRISHER
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Reports that Chrysler LLC is being shopped for sale by its owners are just speculation, a top Chrysler executive said Wednesday night.

Vice Chairman and President Jim Press said Chrysler would "be here," saying he had confidence in the company.

"There’s not a lot of reason to talk about mergers and things like that because it’s all speculation. We’ve been doing fine," he told reporters after speaking to a Society of Automotive Engineers’ conference on vehicle electronics.

Owner said to weigh selling Chrysler in pieces

10/22/2008, 11:00 p.m. EDT
By TOM KRISHER and DAN STRUMPF
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Chrysler LLC could be sold in pieces to other companies as its majority shareholder Cerberus Capital Management LP seeks to exit the auto business, according to a person briefed on the discussions.

Cerberus, the New York-based private equity firm, has been shopping the beleaguered automaker to General Motors Corp., the combined Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA and other companies.

Many combinations are being discussed, said the person who has been briefed on the talks. The person asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

A glimmer of hope for GOP?

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 10/22/08 5:29 PM EDT

It’s not that the tide of the race is turning. But for Republicans anxiously scanning the headlines for any sign of promising news, a few encouraging tidbits turned up Wednesday – signs that recent rumors of the McCain campaign’s demise have been premature.

Most heartening for conservatives will likely be a new Associated Press poll, conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, which showed the presidential race as a one-point contest. According to this survey, Obama leads McCain among likely voters nationwide by just 44 percent to 43 percent.

Media Analysis: Coverage of McCain Twice as Negative as Obama

Posted by TOM BEVAN

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism preformed a comprehensive analysis of this year’s campaign coverage, reviewing "more than 2,000 stories from 43 news outlets from print, online, TV and radio, during six critical weeks of the general election phase from the end of the conventions through the final presidential debate."

Their findings? John McCain received nearly twice as much negative press coverage as did Barack Obama. According to the report, 57% of the stories about John McCain during the period between September 8 and October 16 were "clearly negative in tone," compared to 29% for Obama. Conversely, stories that were "clearly positive in tone" favored Obama over McCain by a factor of more than two to one, 36% for Obama to just 14% for McCain.

Police prepare for unrest

By Alexander Bolton 
Posted: 10/21/08 07:58 PM [ET] 

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.

Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.