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McCain Courts Michigan

Michigan voters show enthusiasm over McCain's VP choice

By Kayla M. Gough | null null , null
Scholastic Kid Reporter Kayla M. Gough with Republican Presidential candidate John McCain at a "Road to Victory" rally in Sterling, Michigan, September 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Kayla M. Gough)
Scholastic Kid Reporter Kayla M. Gough with Republican Presidential candidate John McCain at a "Road to Victory" rally in Sterling, Michigan, September 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Kayla M. Gough)

Parking spots were almost impossible to find at a post-convention rally for Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain and his vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The Road to Victory Rally was held in an outdoor amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Friday night, September 5—the day after the final day of the Republican Convention.

We parked about a mile away from the amphitheatre and joined the crowds of people walking to the event. From about half a mile away, we could hear chants of, "Sa-rah, Sa-rah" and "U-S-A, U-S-A." McCain's hope to win Michigan voters in the upcoming presidential election seems to have been helped with his selection of Governor Palin as his running mate. Here in Michigan, this campaign event had a whole different feel than past town hall McCain eventsI have attended, where only a few hundred people showed up.

I've been to four town hall meetings here in Michigan for Senator McCain, and this is the first time I've seen so many people turn out or heard such excitement from the crowd. Also, this is the first time that I've seen families with small children come to cheer. More than 7,000 people of all ages crammed into the amphitheater. Many veterans and soldiers came in uniform.

Sarah Palin
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin greets supporters at a rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, September 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Kayla M. Gough)
Governor Palin spoke first, praising McCain and his candidacy.

"He's the only great man in this race, and he's the only man in this election ready to serve as our 44th President," she said. "And I am honored to introduce to you, my running mate, my friend, the next President of the United States, Senator John McCain."

McCain responded with enthusiasm. "I am more than happy to be introduced by Governor Palin, and I can't wait, I can't wait, to introduce her to Washington, D.C. Let there be no doubt, my friends, that if we're going to win this election, I need to win the state of Michigan."

A win here in Michigan in November would be a big step toward clinching the presidency. Michigan is a swing state, which means that it is neither Republican nor Democratic. In other words, voters could go either way on November 4.

Kid Reporter Kayla Gough with a McCain supporter's vehicle and sign
Kid Reporter Kayla Gough with a McCain supporter's vehicle and campaign sign outside a rally in Steriling Heights, Michigan, September 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Kayla M. Gough)

If either party wins Michigan, it would be a huge gain for that party's candidate. If McCain wins Michigan voters, then Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would have to work extra hard to reel in as many voters as possible—even from Republican states—to make up for the loss.

Senator Obama has not visited the state as often as Senator McCain has. The state of Michigan moved up its primary date in violation of the Democratic National Committee rules, and its votes were not counted toward the Democratic nominee. As a result, Senator Obama did not start campaigning here until weeks after the primary, as his name was not even on the primary ballot. Many Michigan Democratic voters supported former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the only Democratic name on the ballot.

Senator McCain's choice in vice-presidential candidate took many people by surprise. Governor Sarah Palin is from Alaska and has five kids between the ages of 19 years old and 5 months. This has brought a lot more families to Republican presidential campaign events. If a McCain-Palin ticket wins here in Michigan, it will be not only Republicans voting for them but independents and Democrats too. As one rally poster that I passed read, "Michigan Democrats for McCain."

Senator Hillary Clinton is hoping to convince all her supporters to back Obama. She is campaigning in Florida on Monday, September 8, for the Democratic nominee.

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