Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver an address at Lansing Community College.
Romney spoke just a short distance from the state Capitol, where his father served as governor in the 1960s.
Romney spoke to a crowd of about 500 people. He went on the attack against President Obama’s handling of the economy. Michigan is outpacing the nation in new hiring, but Romney says the recovery is anemic, and the President mishandled the rescue of the domestic auto industry. He says the President’s rhetoric has not matched his results.
“As much as we’d like to believe him, we know that America is going in the wrong direction," he said. "Not forward, but sideways, or worse.”
The Obama campaign says the resurgence of the auto industry and hiring in the manufacturing sector are proof the president’s policies are working.
The Obama and Romney campaigns say they intend to wage a battle for Michigan, which has voted with the Democratic nominee for president in the last five elections.