Granholm Shifts Focus to Michigan and Auto Industry with DNC Speech

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Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm brought the focus back to the state she governed for three terms in aspeech she delivered at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening. During her speech, the former governor heaped enthusiastic praise upon President Barack Obama's decision to bail out General Motors and Chrysler in 2009.

Granholm's address took place before television coverage had commenced for the evening. Nonetheless, various media recordings of the speech quickly went viral, adding fuel to the debate over whether or not the auto industry bailouts were a positive move on the part of the president.

Here is some of the key information regarding Gov. Granholm's speech to the DNC on Thursday.

* Granholm, although she did talk about the impact that the bailout of the auto industry had on other states, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado, kept the bulk of her remarks centered on Michigan and specifically, Detroit.

* According to a transcript of her speech provided by the Detroit Free Press, she began her remarks by talking about the Ford plant in Wixom, Mich., that was closed towards the end of her third term in office, and her meeting with a plant employee shortly thereafter, who reportedly asked her if it was "over for us," and "Is the American auto industry dead?"

* Granholm claimed that "the entire auto industry, and the lives of over one million hard-working Americans, teetered on the edge of collapse," as quoted by the Detroit Free Press, and she gave credit to Obama for having "organized a rescue" and "saved the American auto industry."

* Granholm also stated that the auto industry bailout had preserved more than 211,000 jobs in Michigan.

* She also made reference to Mitt Romney's op-ed piece for the New York Times, titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

* That op-ed, in which Romney advocated for a "managed bankruptcy" rather than a government bailout for General Motors and Chrysler, has remained a prominent issue among Michigan voters.

* CBS News reported back in February of this year, before the Republican primary had taken place in Michigan, that polling suggested that the state's voters did not necessarily favor his take on the issue.

* CBS News reported that at that time, Rick Santorum was trending to win the state's Republican primary. Romney instead experienced a late rally of support and went on to win the primary by a margin of 41.1 percent to Santorum's 37.9 percent.

Vanessa Evans is a musician and freelance writer based in Michigan, with a lifelong interest in politics and public issues.

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