John McCain said it today while campaigning there. MSNBC cited a poll that seems to confirm it. Michigan could be one of the key states in the presidential election.
One might ask, "Why Michigan?" Both John Kerry and Al Gore carried the state
But Barack Obama is under performing in Michigan. Yes, Michigan is suffering mightily through this economic downturn, and one might guess that would reflect poorly on any Republican candidate. But Michigan's governor is a Democrat, and the Democrats control the state legislature. Many voters there blame Lansing, not Washington, for their economic woes.
McCain might not be doing himself much good there, though, going to a Warren, Michigan auto plants to call for an electric vehicle tax credit. But the Republican presidential hopeful prides himself on straight talk. We need more politicians who are true to their positions and who are not just making pronouncements out of political expediency.
Obama used to be like this. At least with McCain, we know where he stands on the issues.