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MI Morning Update: McCain wins debate, Romney back in MI

27 Days Until Election Day

October 8, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"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."

Me…Saul Anuzis – about our commitment to move forward!

MORNING UPDATE:

DEBATE…Obama was great at not answering the questions and making his pitch. McCain won by clearly laying out a plan to help Americans stay in their homes and get our economy back on track by creating jobs.  John McCain clearly talked about what he would do to help middle-class Americans – securing their mortgages, achieving energy independence and helping them keep their jobs. From Barack Obama, we heard more contradictions between what he says and what he has done.

McCain closed strong…connecting with the Navy petty officer… and then McCain said, "we can’t afford somebody who needs on the job training".  That’s the message.

MITT ROMNEY IN MICHIGAN…Governor Mitt Romney is in Michigan today and tomorrow helping us raise money for the House Republican Campaign Committee, Congressman Tim Walberg and the Michigan Republican Party.  At a time we really need some help, Mitt Romney is coming through…thanks!

VICTORY EFFORTS…we have moved staff around, found new volunteers willing to help with various tasks and are up and running statewide.  All 29 Victory Centers are still up and running, and yes, we need volunteers every day.  We have now delivered all the McCain-Palin lawnsigns statewide.  Every Victory Center has call sheets and we are bringing in cell phone to those centers where we didn’t get a chance to hook up VOIP phones.  We are in the process of delivering all the remaining literature, bumper stickers and other collateral we have.  By the end of this week, 100% of everything we have for the McCain campaign will be in the various Victory Centers and county headquarters in the field.

GROUND GAME…between our Victory Centers and various county offices, we will have an effective ground game statewide to turn out as many Republican votes as we can for John McCain and our other candidates down the ticket.  This is going to be a completely volunteer driven effort and we need everyone to pitch in and help.

GRASSROOTS EFFORTS PICKING UP…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 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: amarkwort@migop.org

SNL SKIT ON FINANCIAL BAILOUTS…. the Democrats are NOT going to like this one.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY GOP PIG & TURKEY ROAST…Join State Senator Jason Allen, State RepresentativeKevin Elsenheimer, U.S. Senate candidate Jack Hoogendyk, and U.S. House candidate Tom Casperson atthe Cheboygan County GOP pig and turkey roast on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Mullett Township Park, 1541 Straits Hwy, in Topinabee. A contribution of $25 per person/$40 per couple/$50 per family includes dinner, sides and drinks. To RSVP, call Jack Zlotowat (231) 420-2883 or e-mail cheboyganrepublicans@gmail.com.

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McCain, Obama trade barbs in town hall debate

10/8/2008, 7:08 a.m. EDT
By PHILIP ELLIOTT   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – John McCain dismissively called rival Barack Obama "that one," Obama mocked McCain’s "Straight Talk Express," and both left the debate stage to return to the campaign trail Wednesday.

It took just eight minutes into Tuesday’s presidential debate for Republican candidate McCain to land the first blow, blaming Obama and Democrats for the collapse of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

"They’re the ones that, with the encouragement of Senator Obama and his cronies and his friends in Washington, that went out and made all these risky loans, gave them to people that could never afford to pay back," McCain said.

 

Palin speaks with group of reporters

10/7/2008, 9:53 p.m. EDT
By BETH FOUHY   

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – After weeks of limited contact with the news media, Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin ventured to the back of her campaign plane Tuesday and answered several questions from reporters.

The Alaska governor discussed why she and the McCain campaign have made an issue of Democrat Barack Obama’s relationship with 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers amid a market meltdown that has many voters fearing for their investments. Palin repeatedly has claimed during the past two days that Obama had launched his political career with help from Ayers, a founder of the violent Weather Underground group responsible for bombings during the Vietnam War era.

Obama campaign aides said the Illinois senator did not know of Ayers’ past when they first met in Chicago. Palin told reporters the lack of clarity about their relationship was precisely why it was relevant to raise it on the campaign trail.

 

The ACORN/Obama Voter Registration "Thug Thizzle"

By Michelle Malkin

Systemic corruption of our election process continues. Barack Obama and his old friends at ACORN and Project Vote are leading the way. This radical revolution is taking place in your backyard. And as I’ve reported before, this voter-fraud racket is on your dime.

On Monday, the two liberal groups announced the wrap-up of a 21-state voter registration drive targeting low-income people and minorities in battleground states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Wisconsin.

What’s wrong with that? For starters, these two groups are militant partisan outfits purporting to engage in nonpartisan civic activity. And their campaign comes amid an avalanche of fresh voter-fraud allegations involving ACORN in many of those same key states.

 

Obama money from abroad could total $3.3 million

10/7/2008, 9:13 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press   

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has raised about $3.3 million from contributors who did not list a home state or who designated their state with an abbreviation that did not match one of the 50 states or U.S. territories, according to records provided by the Federal Election Commission.

Most of those contributors did identify themselves as living abroad in foreign cities. Under federal law, foreign citizens cannot make political contributions, but U.S. citizens living abroad can.

The Republican National Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday asking for an investigation of Obama’s foreign contributions, among other things.

 

Budget deficit hits record $438 billion, CBO says

10/7/2008, 10:27 p.m. EDT
By ANDREW TAYLOR  

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal budget deficit hit a new record in the just-completed 2008 budget year under the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

The record $438 billion shortfall for the budget year that ended last week is up from $162 billion posted last year. The previous record of $413 billion was posted in 2004.

CBO said Tuesday that with the economy in a slump, revenues dropped by almost 2 percent. Corporate income receipts dropped by $65 billion, or nearly 18 percent. At the same time, individual income tax revenues declined by 1.6 percent.

 

Cox presses for more openness in state government

Mike Wilkinson / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Attorney General Mike Cox wants Michigan residents to be a click away from learning how state government spends every tax dollar and is pushing for a Web site to make that possible.

Cox and three state representatives touted more "transparent" government during a brief press conference today in Detroit. With the state fiscal year starting this week, Cox said residents should be able to see how Michigan will spend an estimated $42 billion.

"Taxpayers ought to be able to say ‘show us the money,’ " Cox said. Several bills have been submitted in the Legislature calling for transparency. None is on the verge of passage. A number of states have created Web sites that allow users to see how much each state employee makes, which companies have state contracts and who has gotten a tax credit. Cox has information about his own budget online, including pay for contract employees.

 

UAW ad blitz targets Michigan despite McCain pullout

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

DETROIT — Count United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger among those Michigan Democrats unconvinced John McCain’s campaign is totally gone from Michigan.

"Why would we believe that?" Gettelfinger asked reporters Tuesday as he announced a $3 million ad campaign in Michigan and three other battleground states, calling the Republican’s strategy "a campaign of deception" to distract voters from economic issues.

"I would think he would have a hard time coming back, but credibility doesn’t mean a whole lot to those folks, it appears to us." Still, Gettelfinger said the two TV ads that began airing Tuesday would appear only on cable TV in Michigan, but also on more expensive broadcast stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

 

GM may mortgage Detroit headquarters to raise cash

10/7/2008, 6:28 p.m. EDT
By TOM KRISHER

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Corp. says it is looking to take out a mortgage on its towering headquarters complex as it continues efforts to raise cash to operate in an era of tight credit.

The automaker’s top real estate executive said Tuesday that GM will make a presentation on Thursday to the Detroit police and fire pension board to see if it might be interested in investing in the Renaissance Center. The company also will talk with the general employees’ pension board.

John Blanchard, executive director of GM worldwide real estate, said in an interview that it is common for companies to borrow on large assets, and it’s something GM did in 1996 when it bought the seven-tower complex on the Detroit River.

 

NADA chair says 700 dealers to likely close

10/7/2008, 4:57 p.m. EDT
By TOM KRISHER   

DETROIT (AP) – The chairwoman of the National Automobile Dealers Association says the credit crunch and economic problems are likely to cause 700 auto dealers to go under this year.

Speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, Annette Sykora on Tuesday urged fast government action on putting a $700 billion financial industry rescue plan in place. The Lubbock, Texas-area auto dealer says quick action will thaw frozen credit, restore consumer confidence and help the auto industry.

 

Walberg, Schauer spar on taxes, health care during first debate

Posted by Holly Klaft
Staff Report October 07, 2008 23:38PM

The first official debate in the 7th District Congressional race tonight produced occasional fiery exchanges on health care and Social Security between Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and Democratic state Sen. Mark Schauer. The candidates also discussed their plans for reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and improving the economy during the hour-long forum at Siena Heights University’s Francoeur Theatre in Adrian.

"Our state is hurting and our nation’s economy is in crisis," Schauer, D-Battle Creek, said. "There’s a clear choice in this election between the same tried and failed approach that has gotten us into this mess and the hands on getting-results work ethic that I offer." Walberg said Schauer’s vote to increase income and business taxes in 2007 was driving businesses away from the state.

 

Michigan’s Walberg on Feedback for Opposing Bailout

by  John Gizzi
10/07/2008

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) was always well-liked by conservatives in and outside Michigan.  But last week he earned a special place in their hearts, as the freshman lawmaker voted twice against the $700 financial bailout package passed by the House and signed by President Bush last week.  Although 25 Republicans and 33 Democrats who had initially voted to kill the package switched to "aye," Walberg remained "no."

Walberg’s re-election situation in the 7th District (Battle Creek) is pretty tough.  Two years after unseating a moderate Republican in the primary (and one who has yet to endorse him), Walberg faces the fight of his life from State Senate Democratic leader Mark Schauer.  In addition, conservative stalwart Walberg is running at a time when John McCain’s presidential campaign has pulled out of the Water Wonderland in a nationally-publicized exit.  As Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson put it, "McCain threw the Republican Party here under the bus."

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