President Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a new initiative on Monday that is set to focus on Michigan's economic recovery during his time in office, according to The Oakland Press. U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced the initiative during a press call Monday afternoon.
While the tour is expected to focus on Obama's role in the auto company bailouts specifically, Levin also said that the campaign would put a spotlight on other businesses in Michigan that benefited from the restructuring of Detroit's Big Three automakers. Levin also took the opportunity during the press call to reiterate the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opposed the bailouts.
Here are some of the details surrounding the Obama campaign's renewed focus in Michigan.
* Levin claimed during the conference call with the press on Monday that Obama's decision to bail out General Motors and Chrysler saved an estimated one million jobs in Michigan alone, according to the Detroit Free Press.
* Edward Montgomery, who also participated in the press call and who is part of the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute as well as Obama's auto industry task force, reiterated Levin's assertion that the president's policies saved one million Michigan jobs when it was his turn to speak.
* Levin also referenced Romney's now-infamous 2008 op-ed piece in the New York Times. Romney's essay, titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," detailed his opposition to the idea of bailing out the auto companies. He maintained that it would be better to allow them to go completely bankrupt and be forced to restructure that way.
* President Obama is not actually expected to be making any campaign stops in the state as part of the "Michigan Road to Recovery Tour." Instead, local Democratic leaders and officials will make campaign appearances in order to place an emphasis on what they see as the economic successes of the Obama administration, according to MLive.
* Romney plans on making some personal appearances in Michigan at the beginning of next week as part of his own campaign tour of some of the nation's battleground states, according to the Oakland Press report.
* Romney's and Obama's plans were announced less than a week after an EPIC/MRA poll conducted in Michigan showed that the two men were a statistically insignificant 1 percent apart in regards to voter support in the state, according to an NBC/MSNBC report.
* That poll found that Romney is currently garnering 46 percent of the vote in a hypothetical matchup between the two candidates, while Obama is garnering 45 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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