April 18th, 2012
12:37 AM ET

Obama to raise campaign cash in Michigan, once Romney's home turf

(CNN) – President Obama returns to the fundraising circuit Wednesday after a weeklong hiatus to raise campaign cash in Michigan – the birth place of his all but certain GOP rival, Mitt Romney.

The president is expected to attend two events in the Detroit area Wednesday evening, according to an Obama campaign official. The first will be held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where 600 people, who have each paid at least $250, will be on hand, the official said.

The Ford Museum has played host to national politicians in the past. Most notably, it was where Romney announced his first bid for president in 2008. The former Massachusetts governor was born and raised in Michigan and his father served as governor there.

A more intimate reception will follow at a private residence in Bingham Farms, Michigan, where 47 people – each of whom paid $10,000 – are expected to attend, according to the Obama official. All told, the president is likely to rake in close to $1 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

A swing state in recent presidential elections, Michigan appears to be leaning toward the president, buoyed by his support of the $80 billion government bailout of the auto industry three years ago. Still, a recent analysis by the Detroit Free Press showed Romney edging the president in fundraising from Michigan donors thus far, a signal that the Romney campaign is well-organized to contend there. A recent poll showed Obama with a 4 point lead in a head-to-head matchup with Romney. Others have placed the president's lead there in the high single digits.

Meanwhile, the White House has long counted the president’s support of the auto industry 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 the final nail in the coffin for Detroit’s reeling economy.

Romney opposed the bailout, saying a structured bankruptcy could have achieved the same result without the massive cost to the U.S. government. Moreover, he has argued the Obama administration made too many concessions to auto unions as part of the bailout.

Now Obama is hoping Romney’s opposition to the bailout sews up not only Michigan, but neighboring rust-belt states Ohio and Pennsylvania where many manufacturing jobs rise and fall on the health of the big three auto makers.

It’s a point Obama will no doubt make to his supporters come Wednesday night as he is conveniently surrounded by some of the auto industry’s most historic museum artifacts.

“Change is the decision to rescue the American auto industry from collapse,” he told auto workers in Washington earlier this year. “You remember there were a lot of people who didn’t believe in that.”

Wednesday’s fundraisers come on the heels of the Obama campaign’s announcement that it raised $53 million last month, $8 million more than it took in February.

Topics: 2012 Election

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Willard

    Willard mittens is a rat. A lying corporate huckster who PROMISES that if you elect him he will lower your standard of living. Unless you are rich.

    The ONLY consistant thing about willard mittens is his pathological lying. Thank God President Obama is gong to wipe the floor with him this November, but he can't do it if you drink the fox kool aid – if you want to be informed, don;t ever bother watching fox....if you want to get a glimse at how amazingly out of touch with reality fox is – read the news, then watch fox. They operate in a parallele universe of republicon propoaganda. STay informed, donate to the President and the Democratic candidate in your area, and make sure that you remember – freinds don't let friends dirve drunk, or vote republicon. The latter is more dangerous than the former. Both are potentially deadly for you and the people you love.

    April 18, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • Howard

      AMERICA ... her 236 year history ... her hundreds of thousands of brave citizens, who gave their lives, to defend her constitution and freedoms ... her exceptional 'rags to riches' success ... are ALL much, much more important than the liar and thief, Barack Obama !!! That's why, in order to save America, and preserve America, for future generations ... we must kick Obama out of the White House ASAP !!!

      April 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • C-Lo

      That is AWESOME! You tell us Mitt PROMISES us a lower standard of living if he is elected and that he's a "pathological liar"

      So if we put 1 and 1 together from your comment, he is lying about bringing down our standard of living, therefore our standard of living will actually RISE if he's elected. It's no wonder people like you are so confused, you cannot even make a sensible, logical argument as to why you dislike him.

      April 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  2. Sponge-Bob

    Obama generously gave a lot of our money to Chrysler and GM so there's no doubt he will get a lot of it back during this trip.

    April 18, 2012 at 5:47 am |
  3. acdcguy

    Willard.... you forget to take your meds again? Come out of the basement, some sunshine might do you some good.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Lionel

    Way to go Obama.

    How come Mitt Romney has not spoken about Ted's comment. What a doulble standard.

    I hope Obama crushes the Republicans in 2012 – Senate and House Majorities.

    Go Latinos for Obama 2012

    April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • jimcolyer

      Mitt Romney 2012 and 2016

      April 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  5. acdcguy

    Lionel.........What double standard are you referring to? Only thing the Nuge said was the Dems have to be defeated to save our great country?? If you are referring to your beloved DNC chair, you should happy that all he called her......... I swear, where do you people come from, absolutely amazes me........

    April 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. jerry

    that right Michigan is a good state to be from... if I were Mitt I would be FROM there too....that is obama country now.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  7. jimcolyer

    Obama is a horrible president. Vote him out in November.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
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