Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returns to Michigan as he winds up a tour of six battleground states. He will make three campaign stops and attend two fundraisers.
Matt Frendaway of the Michigan Republican Party says the visit shows Romney will compete hard to win the state where he was born, and where his father once served as governor.
“Mitt Romney understands that people are struggling under the routinely failed policies under Obama," Frendaway says.
Democrats have tried to make an issue of Romney’s opposition to federal loans to GM and Chrysler. But two recent polls show the race for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes is tightening.
Rich Robinson tracks political spending for the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He says Romney appears to be benefiting from advertising by independent groups attacking the president’s job performance.
"They’re not explicitly saying, ‘Don’t vote for this guy,’ but the effect of what they’re doing is pretty obvious,” Robinson says.
The Republican presidential nominee last won Michigan in 1988.