Obama to campaign in Michigan for 3rd time in a month
- Obama to campaign in Michigan for 3rd time in a month
6/9/2008, 6:42 p.m. EDT
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hopes
to tap into support in one of his most favorable parts of Michigan during a
campaign stop and fundraiser in Detroit next Monday.
The stop is part of Obama's two-week tour focusing on the economy. Speaking
Monday in Raleigh, N.C., Obama highlighted his differences with Republican
rival John McCain on taxes, spending priorities and how best to help
Americans struggling with $4-a-gallon gasoline and a spike in job losses.
It's a theme the Illinois senator has touched on repeatedly during earlier
stops in Michigan. During a trip to Troy High School last week and May 14
visits to an automaking plant in Sterling Heights, a community college in
Warren and a Grand Rapids rally, Obama talked about the economic distress
many Michigan families are feeling and how he would address those issues.
He's concentrating on key battleground states now that he is the party's
presumptive nominee. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton threw her support to him
Saturday, but he has a lot of ground to make up in Michigan because he
didn't campaign here after the state broke national party rules by moving up
its presidential primary election to January. He wasn't even on the
Democratic ballot, so his supporters couldn't vote for him.
A recent poll shows Obama has lots of support in Detroit, a city he last
appeared in when he spoke at an NAACP event last July. But he has
concentrated on the Detroit suburbs in his earlier visits, making no public
appearances in the state's largest city, which is trying to deal with the
infighting surrounding a mayor facing eight felony charges in a
Obama could use the support of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who can be
counted on to get out the vote in this city of 900,000 where blacks make up
more than 80 percent of the city's residents and nearly always vote
Yet Obama has to fear angering thousands of voters who may see McCain as a
better presidential choice than someone who cozies up to an elected official
charged with lying under oath about an affair and his role in the firing of
a top police official.
It's unclear if Kilpatrick will attend either the Obama fundraiser or the
public event. He spoke Friday at the huge downtown celebration of the
Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup win, but was widely booed.
Details of the fundraiser and public event are still being set, according to
an Obama campaign spokeswoman.
The fundraiser will feature tickets at $1,000, $2,300 and $4,600.
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