Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Today is primary day in Michigan, when voters mark their ballots with their choice for who should run for president of the United States in November. Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum headed into Tuesday's primary race neck and neck, trailed by several other candidates on the GOP ticket. President Barack Obama is the sole candidate on the Democrats' ballot. The Dems will caucus for their candidate May 5. There are some local issues on the ballots, too, such as a school bond proposal in Ferndale and a millage request in Clawson. We want to know how you voted and why and what's going on at the polls, campaign headquarters and at results-watching parties. Give us your thoughts, talk amongst yourselves, share some photos in …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Obama spots add to TV blitz; Troy primary night party set; candidate's Brighton tale stars 'frugal dad.'
Patch presents a Michigan presidential campaign roundup. Mitt Romney earns a point for openness, but risks losing it for over-sharing. "I like the fact that most of the cars I see (locally) are Detroit-made automobiles," he told Detroit Economic Club members on Friday. "I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually." He was referring to his wife's 2007 and 2010 SRX models at their Massachusetts and California homes, aides explained. (Speech excerpt video embedded at right.) The off-script remark created a bull's-eye too inviting to ignore. "That's rich, literally," ex-Detroiter Charles Blow writes in his New York Times column. That was one poke among plenty, a headline sampling shows: Slate blogger …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Romney gets lackluster endorsement from Free Press while Detroit News calls foul on editing of editorial by Romney staff; Paul reaches out with commercials and college campus visits.
Patch presents Michigan presidential campaign roundups before the Republican primary Tuesday. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of the Detroit Free Press, but it's a reluctant one. The headline: "Mitt Romney is best – but we urge him to recapture collaborative spirit." After citing all the things about Romney it doesn't like, the Free Press says: "Romney, unlike the zealous Rick Santorum, the impulsive Newt Gingrich and the backward-thinking Ron Paul, is preferable to the rest of the field." A trio of statewide surveys gives cliché-cherishing writers a chance to reuse "razor-thin," "down to the wire" or "dead heat." We'll go with tight: "Michigan is neck-and-neck," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Leading Republican primary candidates are spending big money ahead of state primary Tuesday.
Patch presents Michigan presidential campaign roundups before the Republican primary Feb. 28. A new NBC News/Marist poll shows Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum locked in a statistical tie. In Michigan – which has turned into a make-or-break contest for Romney – the former Massachusetts governor gets the support of 37 percent of likely GOP primary voters, including those who are leaning toward a particular candidate, the poll shows. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, has 35 percent support, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 13 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent. “Michigan is neck and neck,” said pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion…
Michigan native Mitt Romney hosts town hall forum Tuesday at Shelby Township-based defense spending firm.
As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Shelby Township on Tuesday, he told a crowd of about 500 people at Eagle Manufacturing that his main goal if elected president of the United States would be to “cut the spending.” “We need to balance our budget and do more things to reduce our spending,” he started off by saying. Romney, who appeared relaxed in jeans, said he plans on achieving that goal by keeping taxes flat, or lower, cut government spending and end entitlements. The Michigan native said he chose to hold the town hall forum at the Eagle Manufacturing, a Shelby Township-based defense manufacturing plant, to drive home the notion that the private sector in America will be the key to job creation, not …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Republicans praise GOP star-studded Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi.
Michigan Republicans who attended Thursday's Lincoln Day Dinner at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi lauded the star-studded lineup, which included surging GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Santorum spoke before 1,400 party supporters, and was joined by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Ann Romney — wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney — and other party leaders and political organizers.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Coverage excerpts show how the Romney-Santorum drama is being interpreted.
Michigan is the main stage of presidential politics now and today's headline events star Mitt Romney and Rick Snyder in Farmington Hills and Rick Santorum in Detroit. Here's a sampling of fresh national and local observations:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Catch up on a news-filled week as the presidential race focuses on our state.
Patch will present Michigan presidential campaign roundups before the Republican primary Feb. 28. Gov. Rick Snyder will endorse Mitt Romney as their party's presidential nominee Thursday in remarks to the and in a Detroit News op-ed commentary, the newspaper reports. "Our next president must understand how markets work and know how to get our nation back on track. Mitt Romney is the man for the job," the first-term governor writes in the The News, which posted an article about his endorsement at 8:42 p.m. Wednesday. Rick Santorum punches back. A feisty new commercial for the former Pennsylania senator shows a Mitt Romney look-alike using a machine gun to spray mud at a moving cutout of Santorum. "Mitt Romney’s negative attack machine is …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will attend a rally at the Palazzo Grande Friday morning.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will make a campaign appearance in Macomb County Friday. Santorum, a senator from Pennsylvania, will attend a rally at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township Feb. 17. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for the complimentary event at the Palazzo Grande on Friday. The rally will begin at 11:15 a.m., and Santorum will answer questions from the audience. The Palazzo Grande is located at 54660 Van Dyke Ave. Santorum is contending with Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for the GOP nomination. He has gained momentum after winning Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, and he has surged ahead of Romney in Michigan, according to recent polls. Santorum made several appearances in Michigan this week, …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Feb. 28 primary gains importance in fluid race; Santorum has Oakland event Feb. 16.
Next up on the calendar for the newly altered Republican campaign are Michigan and Arizona, sites of Feb. 28 presidential primaries. That means more political ads, more local media coverage and Metro Detroit candidate appearances. Rick Santorum, freshly energized by three wins Tuesday, flies in next week for a Novi fund-raising dinner. Mitt Romney speaks at Ford Field in Detroit on Feb. 24 and surely will attend other events in the state where he grew up. "We're hoping to do something with Romney here in Oakland," said county party chairman Jim Thienel, a Royal Oak business owner. "We would be thrilled to do a fund-raising dinner." He suggested that last week to David Fischer, a state campaign finance co-chairman, Thienel told Patch on …