Praising Autoworkers, McCain Reaches Out to "Swing State" of Michigan
By Robert Barnes
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Sen. John McCain resumed his tour of the contested Midwest today with fundraisers and a tour of a defense contractor outside Detroit. At a fundraiser in West Bloomfield, McCain told the crowd he had come to a "a swing county in a swing state, so let's have no doubt that this will be a battleground state."
"I know and you know that Michigan has been badly and hard-hit by this economic situation that we are in today," McCain said. "We'll have to be on the bus, all around this state and convince people we have a plan of action to restore the economy."
McCain said he believed promotion of more fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel automobiles could lead the way, and he personalized his usual campaign remarks about the productivity of the American worker.
"I have confidence that Detroit is very capable, is very capable, of developing this kind of new technology in automobiles and I believe the most innovative and productive worker in the world is in the state of Michigan," he said.
This afternoon, he is scheduled to tour Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., which produces parts for the aerospace and defense industries. He has another fundraiser scheduled for tonight.
Posted at 3:27 PM ET on Aug 13, 2008
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