Obama looking to Michigan on GOP primary day
February 28th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Obama looking to Michigan on GOP primary day

(CNN) – Michigan is a two hour plane ride from Washington, but President Obama on Tuesday will only have to travel a couple miles north of the White House to campaign there.

Close to 2,000 auto workers meeting in the nation’s capital this week constitute a key bloc of support for the president’s reelection campaign as it looks to put Michigan in the win column next November.

The White House maintains Obama’s appearance at the annual United Auto Workers Conference isn’t a political event. But the overtones of the president’s impending reelection fight are anything but subtle as he will implicitly contrast his record of supporting a bailout of the auto industry three years ago with that of leading presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

The political calculus is obvious: according to the Obama campaign, close to 22 percent of Michigan’s workforce is supported by the auto industry. That amounts to a significant swath of voters in a key swing state who the president is hoping are receptive to his argument that his actions saved hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Meanwhile, the Republican White House hopefuls have had to awkwardly navigate their positions that the $80 billion government bailout of the industry was a mistake - a stance that polls show even half of Michigan Republicans disagree with, including the state’s GOP governor.

Obama campaign officials are predicting the real damage in Michigan to the eventual Republican nominee will come next fall, when they expect independents and conservative-leaning Democrats, who otherwise might be open to supporting the Republican candidate, will instead flee from somebody that opposed a bailout widely credited with saving the state’s biggest industry.

The White House has long regarded the president’s support of the auto industry bailout as among his signature domestic achievements, arguing the alternative would have led to more than a million job losses, the evaporation of iconic American companies, and potentially proven to be the final nail in the coffin for Detroit’s reeling economy. Romney, Santorum and other opponents of the bailout have said a structured bankruptcy could have achieved the same result without the massive cost to the U.S. government. Moreover, these Republicans argue, no government help would have forced unions like the UAW to make more concessions.

But the president’s position is buoyed by General Motor’s resurgence as the largest automaker in world and the fact that all three big automakers are posting profits for the first time in seven years. Meanwhile, the industry has said it expects to add at least 150,000 more jobs by the end of 2015. In addition, nearly all of the $80 billion in bailout funds has been recouped by the government.

It all amounts to a record the President is convinced will be a winning one - not only in Michigan but in several rust belt states where the health of the American auto industry is key to the broader health of the economy.

“Change is the decision to rescue the American auto industry from collapse,” Obama said at a fundraiser last week, before adding a not-so veiled dig at his potential GOP opponents:

“You remember there were a lot of people who didn’t believe in that.”


Topics: President Obama • The News

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Bill in Florida

    Anybody who thinks that Michigan can swing to the GOP this coming November has been drinking way too much Faux News kool-aid. Michigan is a safely Democrat as is California and Delaware.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Howard

      Obama continues to tell Americans that 2 + 2 = 5 ... and, there's always a bunch of stupid people out there (and posting here), who believe him ... and, are ready to tell the rest of us that he is absolutely right ... and, insult us if we disagree.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • ritmocojo

        You got it all backwards. It's the rethugs that tell us 2+2=5, because in reality, they've lied for soo long they are now believing their own lies.

        February 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • marinedad05

        The best thing for Republicans to do is to withdraw from college, get their kids out of education, and essentially remain blissfully ignorant.

        That way, the cost of college education for the rest of will go down.

        Everybody wins – the Republicans get what they always wanted – no college education, and the Liberals get less expensive education.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • B4Cons

        Typical Wing Nut .... you start by calling everyone who agrees with the President "Stupid" ..... then in the next sentence complain that people who disagree with you, stoop to insults.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        The Republicans tell us they can cut taxes and send everyone a rebate check, borrow the difference to fight two wars, and still not explode the deficit. Now try to restate that lie you habitually keep posting on each site. Wasn't it Dick Cheney who said deficits don't matter...well look where that lead.

        So I would say 2+2 = 0.... is the GOP math in functioning reality.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • speedyss

        @marinedad05 Actually if you study economics if all the Republicans were to drop out of college the cost for going to school would go up per student because there would be less people imputing into the college system, but the colleges would still have their fixed expenses.

        Also your statement shows how bias and blind you are. You may be surprised to learn that most republicans want to go to college. There actually are more high school drop outs and people who just have a high school degree that vote democrat than republican. So it appears your statement is not logically or factually sound.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • talshar

        Obama continues to tell Americans that 2 + 2 = 5 ..

        ^ That's exactly what Romney does.

        Let Detroit go bankrupt – only I don't really mean let Detroit go bankrupt.

        What I really meant was.....[insert long, stupid, completely dishonest explanation here]

        February 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        another republican parrot, who doesn't even know what he is posting

        February 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • Ivan

        People believe Obama because his publicist is really good.
        He is telling the people what they want to hear.
        He is nothing more than a puppet.
        George Saros is the one who bought Obama the White House.
        Face it Obama has no Economic recovery Plan except borrow more from China.
        The Obamaites will tell you anything to he is the answer.
        But Obama is clue less. He is just doing what he is told.
        Nothing more.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • Nicholas

        Why does everyone think one party is better than the other? They're both here to f*ck us all. There is only one man that can save this country, Ron Paul.

        February 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
      • latinpride2010

        Obama, you take pride in what you did for the auto industry. We have billions in taxpayer money that will not be paid back, Chrysler isn't even american anymore, and Ford didn't take any money. So basically, you helped one american company to make profits over the others...Wow, I thought this was a democracy. So I have to help GM, what have they done for me??? Will they help me when I need it??? haha... didn't think so

        February 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
      • Steve

        Most ignorant comment of the day award goes too...

        February 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • Wisman Dart

        i do noe even think you know what is 2+2 = to

        February 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • macbil

        For the last 30 years we've been hearing from Republicans that 2+2=5. Here are some of the falsehoods that people are finally realizing don't work: Cut taxes for the rich and everyone wins. FALSE. Cut taxes and move expensive things like wars off the books and everything will come out OK. FALSE. Cut wasteful spending, ie welfare, food stamps, etc. I've got news for you Republicans, 8 of the top 10 states that depend on government checks are solidly red states (Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, etc). FALSE that you really want to do this.

        February 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Aces Full

        Obama pushes his far left wing divisive class warfare rhetoric as he becomes a multi-millionaire while in office and takes more campaign cash from the evil capitalist fat cats on Wall Street than anyone else – and the Liberals love him for it.

        February 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Don

        Stupid? Look in the mirror Howard, it is unbeleivable that in 2012 people still flock to the ignorant and backward republican party. They are anti-science, anti-environment, anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-gay, anti-women in general unless of course they don't speak so tell us again who is stupid. Your party has more in common with the Iranian Ayatollahs then a Western society so keep on living in the past sir.

        February 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • Michael Johnson

        Whose stupid? Who believed Obama would take guns? Who believed GM would fail? Who believed that Obama was born in Kenya and he followed Islam. Who was so stupid they could be conned in to believing stopping 396,000 entries from Mexico was "doing nothing? Who did Fox News con into believing Obama raised taxes when he cut taxes. Whose believe TARP would cost 800 billion dollars? Who is so stupid that they call someone who has made millions in the free market selling books a socialist? Who were the morons who believed Bush's lies that got us into Iraq.

        If you want to see stupid just look in the mirror. I'm here. I will make a man out of you by forcing you to start taking some personal accountability.

        February 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • Deanne

        @Ivan, I am as "liberal" as they come but have NEVER heard of George Saros. Whoever told you that is who liberals emulate doesn’t know what they are talking about. You stated, "Face it Obama has no Economic recovery Plan except borrow more from China", I am so sick of this lie! Yes, China does own some US debt but it is about 9%. I know this might be a SHOCKER but America owns America's debt, at about 68%.

        February 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • 40acres

        Gosh Howard, I've seen this same post from you before. Can't you come up with something new......maybe something that actually resembles reality?

        February 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • Tanya

        Obama speaks the truth...You are just to blind sighted to see that what he is telling you is the truth...I will never forget what he did for Michigan and how he helped the auto industry and so much more. All you want to do is put down a man that is really trying to help the middle hardworking class! You put another Republican in office and see what you all get. If you think you have problems now...just wait to see what you get... How is someone like Romney who claims to be a Chrisitian going to judge a good man. Chrisitians are not to do that...they are to be a witness and help save souls..What has he said to help this economy. And, remember, Obama can only do so much to get us out of the mess the Republicans put us in the first place. Rome wasn't built in a day. It took centuries and it will take a couple more years of patience to see a difference to dig us out of the hole the Bush administration put us in. We must never forget that. Everytime he tries to bring a change, the Republicans won't give him the vote he needs. If he vetoes everything, they will can him a dictator! They want to hold him back and be able to say..."See there..Obama doesn't keep his promises." How much longer you people going to believe a smoke screen? Wake up America. Support the one who is really behind you and understands what must be done. All Romney does is try to play with God. If he reallly new salvation, he would go some where and repent for all the lies he is telling you. What does that mean...check Romney out. Ask him to quote scriptures! Ha...and become a preacher...not a politician.

        February 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • mikle

        100% agree.

        February 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • truindep

        I agree , and too think others have the same math challenges

        February 29, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Don

      And you idiot are goping to be under the Obozo bus in November!

      February 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
      • Michael Johnson

        This conservative can't even spell Obama. Shouldn't he be guarding his guns to keep Obama from taking them? What kind of person like looking illiterate. Lets see the difference. Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

        February 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • John B

        Thank you for showing the intelligence level of a typical Republican.

        February 28, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • 40acres

      Right Aces, his class warfare.....good pickup from Rush. I'll bet you are one of those frontline class soldiers that blame the teachers, cops, firefighters, janitors, etc.(you know them, they're your neighbors), for our fiscal problems aren't you? Talk about class warfare. The Republicans want you to fight amongst yourselves so you don't bother to look towards who's providing the ammunition. I would feel sorry for you if except for the fact that you are the ones they put on the frontlines to fight their battles and you do so with such gusto.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Tanya

      All I can say is...Rome wasn't built in a day. We must never go back to the Bush Administration. The Republicans made a mess...they wont help Obama to get laws passed. and want it to be said He doesn't keep his word...Does Obama have to veto everything? Then the Republicans will call him a dictator. Also, I know Obama deserves a second term...I would rather have someone fighting for the working class with a strong heart after the needy then someone who is greedy and wants to pretend he is a preacher in order to deceive us to become president. Romney doesn't know about being a Christian....or he would be trying to save souls instead of deceiving them. Ask him to quote you a scripture..I bet he has it all on teleprompter or on paper. Christians pray for people...they do not openly ridicule them. He could never lead me..not even my pet fish. I say no to Romney and Yes...to Obama...a truly good man, who wants to change laws that are being smacked down every time by the Republicans so they can call him a liar and one who doesn't keep his word. We all know that is a lie!

      February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Tanya

      I agree Michigan is for us ...the working class. You go Democrats...we are tired of the smoke screen.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • SUNNY

      My message to Obama is to start packing and don't take anything from the Whitehouse that doesn't belong to you. Do take with you Reid, Pelosi, Hillary, Holder, Napolitano, Schumer, Durbin, Watters, Rangle, Schultz, Bernake, Geitner, Jarrett, et al.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • scared for future

        He'll be gone by 2017, don't you worry!

        February 29, 2012 at 12:46 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        You couldn't be using the pen name Sunny spewing such a nasty, blizzardous comment against the President! He won't be leaving until 2017 and by then I'm sure he won't want a thing out of there that could vaguely remind him of what he has had to fight against for 8 years!! Mindsets like yours will certainly be one of them!! By the way...the REAL crooks and theives left the Whitehouse in 2009! Did you search them???

        March 13, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Sonnie2

      It used to be, but all bets are off after the hope and change turned to hype and corruption

      February 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • East Coast Stompin'

      That's right Billy boy – Any ideas why Cal and MI have the highest unemployment, ( just about ) the highest taxes and highest % of business leaving the state? I do. BTW Cal & MI have the highest budget defecit in the nation....go Dems!

      The sickest thing I've EVER heard in American politics is "african-Americans for Barack Obama". We have been sent back 40 years in race relations due to this. MLK is flipping in his grave.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Al Green

      Auto workers and Unions in Michigan are not Michigan.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  2. Jerry

    Performer wannabe (Mr. Obama), while you are there, don't forget to ask your cronies/flunkies to vote for presidential candidate Santorum. After all, he will be easier to defeat than presidential candidate Romney.

    Mr. President, you and your lapdogs are the most hypocritical/lyingest politicians to ever walk the halls of congress. What an embarrassment!!!

    Even some brave Blacks and other "boludos" Democrats are calling you on the carpet.

    I AM ONE OF THEM!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • sunpacific

      Hypocritical? The president said the auto industry should be saved – and he did precisely that. It's the GOPers that say we should save American industry but then, in the next breath, say, "Let them go bankrupt." That, my dear, is being hypocritical.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • SUNNY

        I as a taxpayer resent giving money to the auto companies. I agree with Romney that they should have filed bankruptcy, cleaned up, and rebuilt.

        February 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
      • Sonnie2

        No body is to big to fail
        And we should not poor good tax dollars for their failure.
        When some go down, Others rise up and are stronger and smarter and a little less corrupt

        February 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • ritmocojo

      "What an embarrassment!!!"

      You were looking in the mirror when you made that statement weren't you?

      February 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • filthburger

      LOL.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • irene

      Jerry: You are neither Black nor a Democrat – just another GOP shill. It was Romney who boasted about crossing party lines to vote for the underdog in primaries. Why don't you call him out on it instead of blaming Obama for something he didn't do? You are the epitome of what is wrong with the GOP.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jilli

      Hey Jerry – it's an OPEN primary. All Michiganders are eligible to vote, you have a problem with that? You want to restrict the right to vote? It's legal and there's nothing wrong with anyone/everyone in the state voting in an open primary, regardless of party. Nice ruse though, claiming you're a democrat, I'm sure a few believed you – like Howard here.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Howard

      Isn't It Ironic? ...

      The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever ...

      Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • 40acres

        Right on Howard. Good catch. The park service also thins the herds when they don't have enough to eat. Do you think we should start using sharpshooters on the poor to save them from starvation?

        February 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
      • Sonnie2

        I believe you just got a bingo

        February 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Michael Johnson

      You parrot everything you conservative masters tell you and you use lap dog. Start barking.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • njbj

      Mitt Romney bragged during an interview with George Stephanopoulos about how he voted for the worse democrat he could find when we lived in Massachusetts.
      In an ABC News interview in 2007: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2007/02/romney_explains/
      Romney stated:
      “In Massachusetts, if you register as an independent, you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary,” said Romney, who until he made an unsuccessful run for Senate in 1994 had spent his adult life as a registered independent. “When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I’d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.”

      What's that phrase? "Turnabout is fair play."

      February 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • merino

      "boludos" que sos, argentino?

      February 29, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  3. Glenn

    Michigan hasn't voted republican since 1998! It went for Gore by a 5% margin, it went for KERRY – the worst candidate that the democrats have run in my lifetime – by 3%, and it went for Obama in 2008 by a whopping 16%!!!

    What idiot still thinks of this state as a "swing" state?

    February 28, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Don

      Well I'm a life long Michiganander, and we know that we can't fix stupid. I know from 1st had experience My wife is a coprorate Person and hates unions. but vote straight Dummycratis ticket. and she's not even blonde either!

      February 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • macbil

        She clearly didn't marry you for your spelling skills.

        February 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • Michael Johnson

        Unions represent American workers. Why do conservatives hate American, values, American workers and the American middle class. We will reward you by reelecting Obama, I can't wait to hear the crying. It will be sweet music to my ears.

        February 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • 40acres

        I'll bet if you actually listened to your wife she might be able to fix stupid (or at least make it less broken) . But I doubt you will do that because, as you say, you can't fix stupid.

        February 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
      • John B

        What those 2 said. Holy cow that was painful to read.

        February 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  4. patNY

    should've let it all go bankrupt so that the foreign car makers with factories in the south can flurish

    February 28, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • filthburger

      Those states will go Dem as well, when you have the moronothon that the Republicans have started.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • talshar

        Romney is the worst GOP candidate in history for Michigan.

        Romney supporters I DARE YOU TO EXPLAIN ROMNEY'S POSITION on bailouts.

        -> He supported the Wall Street bailouts -> WHY?

        -> He opposed the auto-bailouts, but only *AFTER* Obama won the election, WHY?

        Common hypocritical triffling-@$$ republicans.

        Explain Romney's hypocrisy!

        Could it be that he only opposed the auto bailout because he wanted the economy to fail, so President Obama would take the blame – and he could say "I told you so?", to America.

        Romney is a coward, and a traitor.

        He hid in France during the VietNam War and this showed his true nature.

        Common GOP lackeys – I dare you step up and defend "Willard the Rat" Romney!

        February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  5. GreedyOldPeople

    Let the GOp think Michigan is swing state while AZ will go for Obama 2012.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  6. Be Real

    of course Michigan will go to the Dems....funny watching the GOP candidates tripping over themselves to explain why they were for the bailout before they were against the bailout....

    February 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • 40acres

      They must have fallen back on that training when that Libya thing came up.

      February 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  7. gothaze

    The Auto Industry is an American Insitution and anyone who would sign on to its future to fail, in my opinon is Un-American. Im not in the business in no way shape or form. But I bought my 1st Ford in 2007. Althought Ford didnt take US assistants, they did realize that they had to build a better product to compete. There stock had dropped to an all time low in 2008. Ths stock now is considered a blue chip. Mind you Ford was not as big as GM. But allowing this company to take in a government re

    February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Jilli

    I watched the speech – Obama nailed it. No gloom, no doom, no religiosity, no apocalyptic screeds – optimism, pure and simple. He had a winning message.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • dew

      you didn't learn nothing from j lo.put the pipe down.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • 40acres

        Have you learned anything from anything?

        February 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  9. jvh707

    I bet if his plan would have failed the republicans would have used it against him.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • 40acres

      No doubt, since his plan succeeded and they are still trying to use it against him.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  10. Lefty

    Where's my money back from this bailout? At least give me a free car or say "Thanks". This was OUR money not Obama's so WE should get the credit NOT him.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • filthburger

      that's a very simplistic view and part of the problem. everyone wants to know what they get out of it. what do you get out of it? well, you probably get to keep your job because of all the others that have kept theirs, therefore, having the money to spend in other areas. this is kind of the problem with Republicans that the thinking of the 1%. if you want to stimulate the economy, give money to the common man who will spend it on clothes, food, gasoline, etc. the rich will invest it in an offshore account or will buy a boat or something. certainly won't "create jobs". understand that i'm generalizing.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • miamidade

      Ohh lefty, pleeeeaaase!!!!! "You're" money is secured, the auto industry is paying interests and why would anyone thank you as it appears by judging your comments that you opposed? Hypocrisy is another charm of the GOP for what I can see

      February 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      when the government sell it shares we will get our money back and then some

      February 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • gale g

      readd the article please. the auro industry has paid back their stinulas money of 80 billion dollars. it is only afew lardge banks wh have not paid theirs, back. they are being fined for the delays

      February 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • 40acres

      I wonder lefty, are you asking where your payback is for the Bush bank bailout.....do you want a free bank?

      February 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Whose money sponsored those Bush wars? Have you gotten any of that back? Furthermore...you loons can't have it both ways now; if he can't take the credit for any good thing that happens under his 'watch', don't blame him for anything bad that happens under his watch!!

      March 13, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  11. Facepalm28

    CNN, could you PLEASE stop pretending Michigan is a swing state in any sense? Michigan has never gone red since the Reagan days, the auto bailout (which every GOP candidate opposes) has the state's economy improving again, and the polls have consistently shown Obama well in the lead against every GOP candidate going back months. Color Michigan blue on the election maps and stop wasting time pretending the GOP can win it this year.

    Oh, and while you're at it, color Wisconsin in blue also. Pretty much all the same arguments apply, except they have the Walker backlash instead of auto bailouts.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Tin Man

    Pay no attention to that man in the White House. I voting Republican. They know what they are talking about! If I only had a "#@&%"

    February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Romulan

      You voting Republican? Which one? Are you sure you know who you're voting for?

      February 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • 40acres

      Don't worry tin man, if you are voting Republican you have four "#@&%" to choose from.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  13. Romulan

    Does it really matter who wins Michigan when a dozen Romulan warbirds are flying over White House?

    February 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  14. wilard bullock

    I'm belived that obama are loved play game word his mouth for 3 year also I mocked out of presdient obama what about fraud check scam from afracian amercian

    February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Charles

      If you are going to insult the POTUS at least use proper grammar.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • B4Cons

      you sure said a mouthfull.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • miamidade

      This is so sad. Some uneducated , unamerican ndividual trying to trash our President.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Romulan

      Dude, you spelled your name wrong too.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • 40acres

        Good one.

        February 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  15. Urbanll

    Obumbler failed to mention that Ford is doing better than GM and they owe the government "0" in bailout. Additonally, the bond holders to a bath in losses because this Bell Curve president is too clueless to understand how business really works. Did he mention about all the GM dealerships that had to be shut down, what happened to those families, Oh, the union losers got their money. Vote Romney this November and put an end to the affirmitive action presidential experiment.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • 40acres

      Ford's doing OK (according to Ford, if GM had gone down they would have also since they use some of the same parts suppliers....but that doesn't mean anything does it), but it's hard to believe they're doing better when GM is listed as #1 in the world. When you say the "affirmative action experiment" what do you mean? Is that an indication that you are a serious racist or what?

      February 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  16. OBAMA2012

    WILLARD BULLOCK.....here's a news flash for you....Get an education. you sound like an idiot. Who in the hell can understand what your broken english a** is trying to say. You should be thankful you can even vote considering you cant spell.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Romulan

      I think what he's trying to say is "I'm relieved that Obama is loved". But I can't make out what he's trying to say next with playing game and check scam. Spelling isn't really the issue as we can tell he tried very hard to spell African American. It's the way he put together a bunch of nouns. But I think he's going for Santorum.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      he doesn't want to be a snob

      February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • 40acres

        And it shows.

        February 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Howard

      Eric Holder is the ultimate example of the fox guarding the chicken coup. This Attorney General, the highest law enforcement officer in the land ... who has sworn to uphold our laws ... who is one of the top recipients of the public's trust ... has betrayed the American people, and violated the principles of his office to the max. Holder and Obama, both should at the very least be prosecuted as accomplices to MASS MURDER, for their Fast and Furious debacle ... which resulted in the slaughter of over 200 innocent Mexicans ... and, that's in addition to all the other acts of malfeasance which they have engaged in. Like corrupt dictators, who are hung by their feet, once their power is finally taken, these two scoundrels deserve the worst punish possible !!!

      February 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
      • Sonnie2

        I agree BIG time. Good Post

        February 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  17. bird

    " In addition, nearly all of the $80 billion in bailout funds has been recouped by the government." Blatant LIES!!!!!! just last week CNN ran an article saying GM still owes over 26 BILLION dollars. Lying liberals can't even keep your lies straight.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Romulan

      Most of the bailout funds were repaid with interests. Gov actually made quite a bit of killing from Wall St bailout, for example. So both statement could be true. With the interest payment gov may actually come close to break even, while some companies/industry still owe gov money.

      But if you want to make an argument that tax payer isn't rewarded with interest payment, I have no problem with that.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  18. tstorm

    Obama understands the middle class. He "gets" that this is about jobs and a good quality of life, not how Catholic you are or how your Mormon religion is misunderstood. Obama 2012.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  19. vivalakelsey

    Either the republicans are looking more and more ridiculous, or President Obama is looking pretty darn good. I'm going with both.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Romulan

      Soon Santorum and Romney will be competing with each other to be more radical conservative. My guess is that one of them will start by introducing intelligent design into science curiculum, and the other will follow to be the first to ban the teaching of science and evolution and substitute them with bible study in order to win more conservative votes.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  20. William

    obama wasn't interested in saving the car industry, he was taking care of his union buddies with that bailout. He has also taken care of his Wall Street buddies that fund his campaigns.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • girish

      you are ridiculous.If auto industry was not bailled out ,recession would have linger on with loss of tens thousands of jobs in addition.Republican party has no good candidate,as they are going to extreme and becoming religeous fanatics-can lead country in to 18 th century

      February 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Sonnie2

      That sure was a good shot, You hit the bulls eye with that post

      February 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  21. dew

    obama and the dems. are giving drugs to there followers, why else would anyone follow them.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      The republican candidates talk to you like children, think that you can't go to college and are nothing but uneducated bible toting trailer trash

      February 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        they offer you and children nothing but poverty and yet you still follow them/make them rich. now who is on drugs?

        February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  22. Gregory T

    It's really stupid people like JERRY (who we all know is a Racist Republican sitting in a trailer park while his 8 year old grandson typed for him) that turns people off to the Republican Party. Wake up and accept it, Jerry. This is America. There is a black man in the white house sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office. His wife (our 1st lady) is black. And guess what else? He is not a socialist, commie Muslim hellbent on destroying America. And how is this, Jerry? He is going to win reelection!!!!! OBAMA 2012!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • latinpride2010

      Calling people racist....how original from a liberal. Hey libs, what have you done for blacks or the Lation community? haha...silly little lib, go away now.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Mike Garcia

        Your name is Latinpride and you dont even know how to spell Latino...interesting...

        February 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Txjack

      Gregory T are you sure you’re not living in the same trailer park?
      The only reason that Obama is sitting in the White House is:
      George Saros bought the election and put Obama in the White House.

      How else do you explain a Jr Senator who had to claim Child care credit on his tax returns.
      And now that he is in the White House is claiming Foreign Tax Credit in excess of 1 million.

      http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns

      The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.
      So explain that …

      February 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • Txjack

        @ Gregory T

        What no response..

        I did not think so.

        February 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Sonnie2

      You would lose your shorts if you bet on onbama. did you not learn that 2010 was a turning point in the entitlements that are going on and it is time to give our grandchildren some relief and hope by balanceing the budget??

      February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  23. Gregory T

    wilard bullock
    Do you realize how totally stupid you sound? I mean, come on! Buy a clue!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  24. john

    potus when will gm pay back the 28 billion it owe us tax payer ? will non union companies be bailed out . How many votes can potus buy?

    February 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Nodack

      Saving an entire state from going under buys a lot of votes especially when the theme is create jobs in America. Republicans campaigned go creating jobs in the last election and bought a lot of votes with it. Then they got elected and totally blew off their promise and started demonizing and firing people like teachers, police, all union members, all public employees and went after health care. They lied AGAIN and people will remember next election.

      February 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  25. Romulan

    Rep's love for Bible and Intelligent Design will give Romulan enormous technological edge over the humans.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  26. Jammie

    If you voted for Barry Obama in 2008 to prove you were not a racist, vote for someone else in 2012 (anyone) to prove you are not an idiot!

    February 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  27. Jammie

    If you voted for Barry Obama in 2008 to prove you were not a racist, vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you are not an idiot! This man is wayyyyy over his head

    February 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  28. Txjack

    So if Obama helped bail out the Auto Industry.
    Why does he not do something to help the Airline Industry?
    Is it because he has vested interests in seeing them fail?

    Or is it because his handler George Saros is telling him what to do.
    Saros bought the White House for Obama

    February 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  29. Txjack

    Ga ahead Obama prove me wrong.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • AJ

      Go back to the first grade to learn how to spell, and then talk politics.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  30. Txjack

    Grow a pair of your own.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  31. wilard bullock

    Who recived fraud check scam from afrcian amercian. Then people like cheat support vote for obama from dangerous fraud check scam with afrcian amercian

    February 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Romulan

      Here is the thing you have to remember about checks. If you know a check is going to bounce, don't cash it unless you want to be hit with a fine from the bank. I hope this advice helps.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
      • Joey

        How could you even tell what he was saying?

        February 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • thelighter1

        I believe Sarah Palin loving Bible wearing morons invented another language they use and we don't get.

        February 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Romulan

      If cashing too many fraudulant checks can turn a man retarded, I'd love to know the technique. I have some enemies. I surely don't mind writing them fraudulant checks if it means that they will become retarded as Willard Bullock.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  32. Christopher Davis

    If GM is doing so "awesome", explain how they can afford to give "record Bonuses", yet they can"t afford to pay back their loan to all of our tax dollars. Chrysler sucks, should have let that sucky carmaker go under, even Mercedes gave up on them just after a few years, FORD would have bought out their plants and replaced it with a company that doesn't need another handout like Chrysler needed, one of the reasons I bought a Ford is due to them making much products and didn't take any bailout money. These suckers took our money all for a small donation fee to Obama's campaign that they will never pay back and you act like Obama is some kind of hero. I didn't get any "handout" and I still managed to get a College education and Nuclear Medicine Technologist degree, I guess I must be one of those stupid conservatives that don't get an education??? You liberals suck...I care more about what a candidate has done to this Nation, in other words, I won't be voting for Obama, America's worse president, that makes even Carter look like an angel.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • AJ

      i dont understand why people are always just hating on the President. this isn't a dictatorship where he can do everything. at one point congress had an approval rating in the single digits. the house shoots down anything that Obama proposes just for the fact that Obama said to do it. the supercommittee didn't work because republicans and democratic congressman weren't able to compromise. lets stop talking about the damn president and talk about our congress.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Castlegreyskull

        You bring up the Supercommittee? Why? That had nothing, zero, to do with the auto bailouts. The auto bailout begun under the final days of the Bush administration, and were finalized under Obama. The Supercommittee failures, are going to be realized very soon. They were assigned to reduce the deficit in absence of a budget that was never submitted by the outgoing democratic congress, and current Harry Reid run Senate. Later in 2012, we were run into the same exact scenario that brought on that budget crisis last year, which reduced our credit rating. I really advise you to know what your talking about when you defend Obama. Supercommittee failure was a definate foregone conclusion and never had anything to do with the auto bailouts, it was almost three years later after the Big Three contacted the Congress for a possible loan.

        February 29, 2012 at 6:29 am |
  33. NauticalMan

    Let me see if I have this right. The GOP candidates were against the help given to the American auto industry. The reason being that if they had been forced to go through bankruptcy they could have beaten the unions into oblivion?
    The Radical Right has already made Liberal, Progressive, Unions, a profanity, taken away pensions etc. What more do they want? Remember what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his second inaugural address,

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" Does the !% need everything? I know greed is good, as a famous capitalist once said, but have you no shame? Do unto others....

    February 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  34. Jerry

    I stand by my comments! Don't like it?! Tough sh__!!! Does that make a racist? Then, I am a racist!!! I love it when the Obamasperms can't take comments that don't agree with their views or the president's. If anyone speaks his or her mind, immediately he/she is branded a non-Democrat and a racist. By the way, on this issue, the Black community is starting to remove their blinders and that is a GOOD/INTELLIGENT move.

    Bring it ON Obamamites!!! No matter what you opine, this life-long Democrat (believe IT or NOT) will NOT be supporting the current president, and guess what, I will continue to espouse my opinion. as Michelle Obama might say; it's good to live in America, after all!

    February 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Steveo

      Slow down a bit Jerry! Don't let folks get to you like that! Press on! support what you support! That is what I am going to do! The funny part of all this is they call themselves TOLERANT!

      February 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  35. St Xavier

    Foke's, whey are you still trying to figure out why they hate Obama an want him out of office, it's simple It's the color of BLACK it's a fall back feeling from the south.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  36. Nodack

    Republicans should just give up on Michigan. Obama saved them and even Republicans are thankful for the bailout there.

    Republicans trying to convince them that Obama saving their jobs was a bad idea is going to be a hard sell.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  37. TakersBeWare

    Takers, You can only take for so long and then it's gone. What part of Fifteen Trillion dollar deficit do you not get?
    Givers, You can only give so much until you lose you incentive to bother. How much can you give?

    February 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  38. KarinCP

    Too bad the Auto bailout produced more inferior cars – it really is unbelievable that Korean Cars are ranked #1 by some, and Japanese by others – - GM makes TOO MANY BIG cars – - and the battery operated ones are a real liability – I owned one for 3 days before the battery caught fire – - No More of that – - WHERE are the NATURAL GAS powered cars that could save USA ? ?

    February 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  39. Don

    Hey RePubes, before you start talking Look in the mirror first. You guys are bitter, old and out of date. It is unbeleivable that in 2012 people still flock to the ignorant and backward republican party. They are anti-science, anti-environment, anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-gay, anti-women in general unless of course they don't speak so tell us again who is stupid. Your party has more in common with the Iranian Ayatollahs then a Western society so keep on living in the past sir.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  40. McLeod

    And the choices are? I am in my 60's and have been voting for a long time. Unfortunately in the last years, it has been trying to choose from the least of the idiots. The corruption has become an issue with me and who is buying who. None of them deserve any position to represent the average American. Politics have always been dirty, but now even more so. I wonder why I even go to the polls, as they are all out for themselves and could really care less about us. This trickles down to even our local politics. I am sickened.
    The promises that are made while campaigning are not always something the canidate can even deliver because there are alot of other people involve. I have to go to fact checking sites to find what is really going on, and have to go to several an make a decision for myself.
    As I watch the GOP this year, I find it to be a big comedy and laughable...it is entertainment. I keep saying to myself that these guys really can not be running for president!!!! O had inherited alot of problems and I did feel bad for him. But... when the do nothing party kept blocking any legislation last summer and saying they wanted nothing but Obama out, I was appalled they did not have respect or care about the American people.
    I really am debating voting and I am sure alot of other Americans feel the same why. What difference will it make? We need something new; is a 3rd or 4th party the answer?
    Years ago I recieved a jpg. and it was of a group of men standing on a beach. It was a back view and all of them were bent over and had their pants down by their ankles. I immediately recoginized them as politicians.
    I am disappointed and sickened.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  41. george of the jungle

    jerk off jerry is at it again as is horny howard, Go Obama . Everyone complains about Unions untill the place they work screws them . Then they wish they had a union working for them Go Michigan lets vote all repos out.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  42. george of the jungle

    jammie if you vote for anyone besides Obama you are an idiot. What a field of clowns the repo party has put forth. All you repos should be so proud. Most comments here are against president but no one is talking up the repos. Guess why??? Jerks everyone

    February 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Steveo

      Ridiculous, pure and simple! So anybody who votes in a manner different from you is an idiot?

      George there are some on the right who feel that same way you do! So as I am a moderate, please tell me who is right! you or them? I have a great idea. How about we just let people vote the way they please and just respect that? How about that?

      February 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  43. .

    Michigan's message to Obama: NOPE.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  44. Tailgator

    What about the 21,000 salaried automobile workers who got hosed by Obama. They lost their Life, Health insurance, and pensions. He only bailed out the UAW.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  45. TJC

    Nothing more than using the public's money to buy votes and campaign contributions. Shameful.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  46. Dave the Diligent

    He's saved us from a financial catastrophe ( A DEPRESSION ), he assassinated Osama Bin Laden through the use of Navy Seals (justice served), he made BP (Oil) take responsibility for their damaging our coastline from Florida through Texas (and they, the republicans, want a transcontinental pipeline to create one thousand jobs), he dealt with actual pirates off our coast, he attempted to cover women and children with healthcare (something he had to fight for when his own mother was dying from cancer), he raised the image of the United States in the eyes of the world, he saved the auto industry (allowing for GM to take back 1st Place in the world's auto industry: taking that title away from Toyota and making the most profits they have ever made in their history), the list goes on. What is the republican response? "He's an Arab"..."He not really a Christian"..."He's an elitist he wants to send all of our children to college". All one can conclude from this is that Republicans are quite simply insane.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  47. jerry

    obama is running scared ...going to the PACs, going to black churches, and even forming 'African Americans for obama'... he is finished and he knows it....wait until the GOP takes him apart...since the press has not, it will be real interesting when he has to explain himself for a change...I remember past presidents being ask real hard questions at press conferences...hasnt happened with obama and when it does it will be real uncomfortable...hard to lie and shift blame when your face to face with facts and honest questions.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Dave the Diligent

      There are medications for your problem.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • John B

      *points* *laughs*

      That was AT you...not with you. You're nuts.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
      • Dave the Diligent

        Obama saved us from a financial catastrophe ( A DEPRESSION ), he assassinated Osama Bin Laden through the use of Navy Seals (justice served), he made BP (Oil) take responsibility for their damaging our coastline from Florida through Texas (and they, the republicans, want a transcontinental pipeline to create one thousand jobs), he dealt with actual pirates off our coast, he attempted to cover women and children with healthcare (something he had to fight for when his own mother was dying from cancer), he raised the image of the United States in the eyes of the world, he saved the auto industry (allowing for GM to take back 1st Place in the world's auto industry: taking that title away from Toyota and making the most profits they have ever made in their history), the list goes on. What is the republican response? "He's an Arab"..."He not really a Christian"..."He's an elitist he wants to send all of our children to college". All one can conclude from this is that Republicans are quite simply insane.

        February 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • NY Giants Wins

      Are you willing to bet your house that GOP will defeat Obama?

      February 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  48. Karen

    What Romney said was the auto industry should go through bankruptcy, that is the process in which is required by law. After the bankruptcy is court approved, the Gov can bail them out. I must credit Romney for respecting the law, unlike others who don't have a valid social number, corrupted the legal system, and has devided this country, destroyed hea;th care, created massive debt bubble, and has no business sense on how to balance a budget. Though he does spin the facts pretty well.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  49. David

    Gooogle "obama eligibilty" to learn more in regards to his uphill battle.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  50. So Against Everything

    The Republican Party has literally No Plan For America! They are ANTI whatever America needs for survival, like Social Security! They are also ANTI Human Rights, ANTI Environment, ANTI Education, ANTI Commerce, ANTI helping the Middle-Class, ANTI Poor, ANTI Minorities, ANTI anything unless it serves to benefit the very Rich! Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that the country will suffer greatly under a Republican administration just as it has in past years due to their failed policies! If you think things may be bad now, which they're not, Just Wait and cheerfully lose every last dime you've got under the CONservatives!!

    February 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  51. Jim970

    The White House says Obama's trips are not campaign trips, so the people pay for them. But the messages he is presenting are clearly campaign messages, so the people get had.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  52. IanA1

    So, looking at the numbers, less than 10% of Michigan's population bothered to vote in the republican primary...and that includes all of the hundreds of thousands of so-called "Democrat plants".
    Sorry, not looking too good for republicans.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  53. logicnothuff

    Democrats are evil. Barack Obama administration is evil. Our foe is Barry Soetero, Imam-In-Chief, and his mobster obfuscator, Eric "America Stinks" Holder. Barry is nothing but a wrecker. Barry's passport records were wiped clean. The reporter investigating it was found in his car in DC with a bullet in his head. Barry obviously is a total fibber where his jaw moves up and down and words flow out that are a flowing creek of lies. He has simply NO regard for the Constitution; when he was swearing in, in his tiny little brain, he was laughing at America saying to himself "You fools, I am going to steal you blind!!". Barry is simply a lever lifter and switch turner for the Euro Communists who are whispering in his ear. The media is so worried about their cocktail party friends and of being called a rascist that they report NOTHING.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  54. Bart

    BO, the egotistical habitual liar is at it again. BO knows nothing and does nothing except talk and this results in a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth

    February 29, 2012 at 4:54 am |
  55. Rey S

    FYI, ie.GM has already paid it's debt of if you're looking for your tax payers money and other auto industries as well. Arguing that Obama shouldn't have bailed out the auto industries and should've let it go bankrupted will be a political suicide the unemployment would've gone skyrocket. It wouldn't only be the Car manufacturers but it's part suppliers etch... How can you republicans not think it through?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:59 am |
  56. SPQR

    The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
    -Winston Churchill

    Too bad for Romney and Santorum that there is something called fact check, and right after they open their mouths and before the flies are attracted by their smell of their breaths, the truth proves their lies.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:19 am |
  57. Wyatt

    "Meanwhile, the Republican White House hopefuls have had to awkwardly navigate their positions that the $80 billion government bailout of the industry was a mistake – a stance that polls show even half of Michigan Republicans disagree with, including the state’s GOP governor."

    If that's not buying/having bought votes, I don't know what it.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:58 am |