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Ear to the Ground

Team McCain Pulls Out of Michigan

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Posted on Oct 2, 2008
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Mac and the Michiganders: John McCain has traveled a bumpy road in the Great Lake State. This photo was taken last Jan. 15, the day he conceded victory in the Michigan primary to Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Looks like John McCain and his camp have decided to cut bait in Michigan after their efforts to win over voters in the Midwestern state didn’t quite pan out as they’d hoped. Instead, as Politico reports, McCain’s team is focusing on other important states like Florida and Ohio.


Politico:

McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.

McCain’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Republicans had been bullish on Michigan, hopeful that McCain’s past success in the state in the 2000 primary combined with voter dissatisfaction with Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and skepticism among blue-collar voters about Barack Obama could make it competitive.

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By wolfwoman, October 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment
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McCain just can’t seem to stop shooting himself in the Foot. Why can’t he just empty his gun and go home

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By purplewolf, October 3, 2008 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

Alex: You obviously have forgotten the 12 year reign of deception, raises for those in government, job losses, tax breaks for companies that hold us hostage with the threat of leaving the state unless they have their taxes cut, only to leave with those jobs anyway, underfunded schools, the war on the poor and the total financial mess the John Engler left the state of Michigan in after his third term as governor. This is the way of the Republicans. Create a financial mess and leave it for someone else to clean up, or try to, all the time blaming them for your mess. Republicans talk of tax cuts while all the time spending us into debt and then have the gall to point the finger saying that Dems will raise your taxes. You cannot continue to give the rich more tax breaks and spend out of control and expect things to stay in balance, even though this is the mindset of the Repubs, it is in fact a fantasy and for those who continue to fall for it and believe it to be true, take a good look at the last 7 3/4 years of this on a nation wide scale what Republican rule does. It does not work. Wake up sheeple. They lies to you and it is time to realize that.
And since you say you are from Michigan, you no doubt thought Dick DeVos would have been good for Michigan also. Remember, he moved Amway out of Michigan and to China, now how is that hiring Michigan workers, aside from being sellers of a product? But wait, you have to have an income in which to purchase his products with and if you lost your job, he wants to cut whatever benefits you may receive even more. Less jobs=less money in which to buy things with. GM should understand this also, but as with these greedy companies, they are a little slow to understand this.

I attended some of the senate hearings in Lansing and it is the Republicans who don’t give a rat’s ass about the working people, middle class and poor. As long as you are working and pay their salaries, they tolerate you. The minute you have lost your job due to outsourcing which they have promoted, these same politicians, behind closed doors that the majority of Michigan people never see themselves, talk of those same people who are no longer able to find work to leave the state, but preferably the country. Now I call that treason toward the people they were elected to supposedly represent. Unless you see and hear this yourself, it is easy to deny that these elected people really look out for the “little guy”.

Good riddance to John, let us flush you along with the talking moose pile, this shows their “true colors” as to what they really think of us in Michigan.

Purple Girl: As Michael Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9/11 showed parts of Flint, Michigan that were in much worse shape that Iraq and that was before the 2004 election, it has been down hill faster than ever, yet we spend over 4 billion dollars a week rebuilding Iraq instead. No wonder John booked out of the state, he could not handle the reality of what people here have to live with everyday yet he still talks of being in Iraq from 100 yrs to 10,000 yrs.
Also, when John was talking to a reporter a few days ago, he stated,“When I am elected Dictator of America,”.....that says it all:

WELCOME TO AMERICA, THE NEWEST DICTATORSHIP IN THE WORLD”.

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By hippy pam, October 3, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

YEAH….LEAVE….and take yer little dog with ya…..

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By Purple Girl, October 3, 2008 at 6:51 am Link to this comment

What a PUSSY! Cut and Run Johnny Boy?
Between your 26 yrs of undermining the Economy in our country -Keating 5, Phil & Wendy Gramm, and the Other Banking Wallstreet Lobbists You call Staff & Advisors…We call Puppetmasters.
And
Your Blatant lies which paved the way for an Unjust, Unnecessary Invasion on Iraq..Your chickens are roosting on your 7 doorsteps and your Goose is Cooked.
Michiganders Take very Seriously the adage ‘For the People & By the People’ See WE are the Birth Place of Labor Unions.Thus any appearance of Corp appeasemnt is looked down upon harshly. Our ancestors did not just build the Unions, they built the damn companies and the ‘caste System’ Fatality called ‘The Middle Class’.so when you Talk - Drill Baby Drill, We remember the ‘70’s Oil Crisis, we remember our factories tanking because of the short supply and High prices, we remember getting our Asses Kicked by the japanese Because the Big 3 refused to down size the vehicles and innovate for efficieny and alternative fuel sources. We remember how Unions were Forced to give up concessions and Yet Fat Corp Cats Leaped off with their Golden parachutes. Here Around the Flint Area, we can Not escape the adverse Relationship between Oil intersts and Citizens interest..We have empty factories that are literally decaying into the Ground throughout the area,foreclosures on Every Street, and neighborhoods that look Like ghost towns,with ghosts included- the color has literally drained from our faces due to the constant and urelenting fear from past beatings. Had the Big 3 Honored those Who had given them their International status beginning about a Century ago..We would have been producing Electric Cars in the ‘80’s! Alternative Energy Sources would have been Researched(at one of Our top ranked Universities),implemented and thus making Our factories Hum to this Day!
Our Govonor Has Tried to bring in new industry, Except she has been blocked by the same Co conspirators as have always plagued this State..those who now control the Legislative branch…The Republicans.the Ones Who Let the Big 3 walk all over the Citizens of this state and reinforced every possible Union busting technique they could think of since the moment Unions began to form. Michigan is a ‘Will to Work State’!?!? That Alone should tell you how much Our country has lost when it comes to Citizen and Workers Rights.If Michigans Unions can be undermined, no other States Union and NonUnion Labor force is Safe!
so If you are a natural Born Michigander- regardless of race or culture-And You Honor the struggles and Sacrifics by those who came before US, and those who still attempt to hold down the Labor Rights Fort, Then Which Party You Support is a No Brainer..the Ones who have proven to Support US! “Labor and Constitutional Rights” regardless of ‘Class’ Destinction, Not Just a Michigan Value, A Dem Value- but a National Value!
Don’t come Back to Michigan Mac- you have screwed Us for far too long and in Too many WAYS!

OBAMA/BIDEN ‘08

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By alex, October 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Being from Michigan I just want to say how great our Gov is….oh wait ...it’s a she…I just want to say how terrible she is…VOTE McCain/Palin

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By wildflower, October 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

Hmmmm . . . somebody rear his head and move into McCain’s airspace?

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By cyrena, October 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Well, we know that Ohio and Florida are guaranteed thefts for the repiglicans, at least those are the states they’ve literally been able to STEAL the past 2 elections. So, I guess McSame will follow the playbook and try to garner as many votes as he can through voter suppression and intimidation, which will then make the thefts slightly less obvious.

But, we know the deal, even if some ARE slow learners.

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