Grass Roots McCain
Supporters of Sen. John McCain received a slew of emails this morning from big-name backers in key swing states. The messages encourage voters of all persuasions to join "Citizens for McCain," the new marketing strategy, er, "grass-roots effort" — though apparently organized by the campaign — announced yesterday by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
The messages were attributed to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who was the Bush administration’s first secretary of homeland security, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, McCain’s former rival for the nomination.
Of course, Massachusetts is not much of a swing state. However, Romney’s message was all about his home state of Michigan, where his father was governor — a battleground with 17 electoral votes.
I was humbled by the support I received from Michiganders on both sides of the aisle during my run for the Republican nomination. Through my father’s leadership as governor of the great state of Michigan and during my time spent in business, government and running the Olympics, I learned the important lesson of working with different stakeholders to accomplish great things. I know Michigan voters want a president who is willing to reach across the political aisle to accomplish the goals of protecting our country, growing our economy and reforming our government.
Crist and Ridge both have reputations as moderates with cross-party appeal. Each is popular in his respective home state. A Quinnipiac poll out this month places Crist’s job approval rating at 61 percent. Ridge is one of an ever-dwindling number of pro-choice Republican politicians, though he has supported some restrictions on abortion in Pennsylvania. All three men have been mentioned as possible candidates for vice president on the McCain ticket.