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On the Trail / MICHIGAN? IT'S IN PLAY

Palin says don't concede

October 04, 2008|Cathleen Decker

Vice presidents, by definition, exist to serve presidents. And vice presidential candidates are expected to defer to their running mates.

But Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not do that Friday, when Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron asked about John McCain's decision to cede Michigan to Barack Obama -- at least for now. Palin, quite bluntly, said she disagreed.

"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?' "

Part of her pique may have been that she was not consulted, nor apparently informed, of the decision.

"Todd and I, we'd be happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants of the car manufacturers," she said. "We'd be so happy to get to speak to the people in Michigan who are hurting because the economy is hurting. . . . I want to try."

-- Cathleen Decker

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