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Mitt Romney to Detroit: Drop Dead

Mitt Romney - let Detroit go bankrupt.

Mitt Romney is still saying screw you to American automakers by 'promising' to dump the US government's stock in GM even if it means taking a loss

Mitt Romney plans to shed the government’s stake in General Motors if he wins the presidency, even if it means taking a loss,  the presumptive GOP nominee told the Detroit News.

“The president is delaying the sale of the shares to try and avoid the story that the taxpayer took another loss,” Mr. Romney said in the Detroit News interview, released Tuesday. “I would get the company independent from government and run for the interests of the consumer and the enterprise and its workers — not for the political considerations of government officials.”

Unemployment in Michigan has dropped from a high of over 14% in 2009, to about the same level as the national average, 8.5%, thanks in large part to President Obama saving the auto industry.

And what does polling say about Michigan's choice for President. In April, President Obama was leading Mitt Romney. In one month of heavy advertising, Mitt Romney's campaign has closed the gap.

An EPIC/MRA poll out today shows Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in a statistical tie in Michigan, with Romney edging the president 46-45 percent.

The numbers are a reversal from April when the same poll had Obama up 47-43 percent.

"EPIC co-founder John Cavanagh said the softening in support for Obama is likely related to a robust TV advertising campaign by pro-Romney PACs which have been critical of his handling of the economy," the Detroit Free Press writes.

Conservative outside groups have spent a combined total of $3.4 million so far in Michigan.

The Obama and Romney campaigns have spent nothing. All that's been spent there on the Democratic side is $10,000 from Priorities USA.

This state should be rock solid for President Obama. Romney's stock in trade is negative advertising against his opponent, and how he managed to crush his primary competition. Now he is undertaking the same tactics against President Obama. And his SuperPACs outraised Obama's last month. If there was any doubt that this will be a Citizens United Election, this should dispel it.
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  •  I don't doubt that negative advertising and Super (9+ / 0-)

    PAC money will affect the numbers but this poll only polled 600 likely voters and neither does MSNBC or the Detroit news paper doesn't give us a break down on party affiliation.  For all we know this sample could have a higher Republican sample than Democrats or Independents.  Of course this poll is brings up a good point and something we should keep our eye on but the fact that I can't see the questions and party affiliation break down makes this poll a little suspicious.

  •  Because Of Citizens United, Obama Can Take Nothing (7+ / 0-)

    for granted. Obama needs to go on offense right away - time to flood the airwaves with ads reminding Michiganders about Mitt "let Detroit go bankrupt" Romney, and about how Obama's bailout of the auto industry has helped EVERYONE in Michigan - not just the auto workers jobs, but industries that depend on auto workers (auto parts suppliers, auto dealerships, small businesses like restaurants that depend on auto workers patronizing them, etc.)

    •  Polls be Damned! (2+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, blueoasis

      Michiganite scoffers, sit back in your slovenly dereliction, and enjoy observing
      how unlimited millions of dollars worth of bought lies and propaganda easily deliver your state over to the New Order of Fascism!
       As it is being perpetrated state by state all over America by the Koch bros.,
      et al, mega corporations, the GOPigs and their superPACs...  rest assured
      your Democratic leaders will be standing there side by side with you,
      their fingers ALSO up their dirty cloacae!  

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 02:26:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well, I'd take that poll with a grain of a salt (16+ / 0-)

    The only poll that has ever had Romney leading in MI, going back to last year, has been EPIC-MRA.

  •  Perhaps - And It Could Be A Ploy By The Romney (4+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal, Supavash, eXtina, joe wobblie

    campaign to get Obama to spend money in a state where he was solidly in the lead just a few weeks ago. If I were the Obama campaign, I would do an internal poll to see what the real numbers are. However, I still would go on offense, even if the numbers from this poll are wrong. It can't hurt to offset Romney's money advantage, by reminding Michiganders how Obama has helped the state via the auto bailout.

  •  They had Santorum beating Romney too. (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, blueoldlady

    Must have a hot line to every teabagger in the state.

    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 12:45:09 PM PDT

  •  The MI Dem party is lacklustre at best. The (4+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, joe wobblie, JanL, rcnewton

    UAW has been working for Obama's re-election, but the MEA and the teachers are unhappy with the Obama Administration continuing the emphasis on testing rather than instructing.  There is a general demoralization here in MI where the wingers on the west side of the state and in Oakland County (one of the wealthiest in the nation) have been controlling things with the usual threats of gun confiscation by Obama, abridgement of religious freedom (The Catholic clergy like this one because it shifts the spotlight off the pedophile priests.) and those pesky gays who keep insisting on their rights when churches have the religious freedom to deny them those rights.  Once the effort to recall Rick Snyder were abandoned, I knew it was over.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 12:47:23 PM PDT

  •  dont get too scared (1+ / 0-)
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    Like another commenter said, when another reputable poll like PPP has it tied, than it could be time to sound the alarms.

  •  This is Not True (3+ / 0-)
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    buffie, eXtina, tapu dali

    This poll is BS.

  •  BUNK POLL ALERT! (3+ / 0-)
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    tapu dali, eXtina, blueoldlady

    EPIC-MRA, the outfit that took the poll you are citing, has a heavy Republican tilt to their polls.

    Were there any crosstabs on the poll that the author of this diary is citing?

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 01:51:51 PM PDT

  •  My God, that's an epochal shift! (1+ / 0-)
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    An EPIC/MRA poll out today shows Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in a statistical tie in Michigan, with Romney edging the president 46-45 percent.
    The numbers are a reversal from April when the same poll had Obama up 47-43 percent.

    Romney '12: Bully for America!

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 02:27:19 PM PDT

  •  apparently, there's a lot of denial (1+ / 0-)
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    going on in progressive land.

    While it's completely possible that secret corporate money will no longer have any great impact on future elections, based on all evidence since it was allowed...that doesn't appear likely.

    Ever since five the the most corrupt Supreme Court Injustices in American history decided to misuse their power and allow unlimited amounts of secret corporate money to be used for political purposes Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts & Kennedy, in their Citizens United ruling/abomination/in-kind contribution to the Republican Party), the facts show that: The Republicans and their tea party friends simply purchased themselves control of the House of Representatives; they purchased themselves a Democratic Congressional seat in New York City of all places and have purchased themselves two more years of a puppet Koch brothers governorship in Wisconsin.

    If you think you've seen it all regarding spending, my guess is that you haven't seen anything yet when it comes to what those Grand Old Prostitutes have up their sleeves this fall, when they can use two years of "practice" using unlimited amounts of secret corporate money to purchase political office to try to ...simply purchase themselves the White House. My guess is that you haven't seen anything yet. Hundreds of millions of dollars of secret, corporate cash can have a dramatic impact on 5-10 swing states when unleashed a few weeks before the election (that's when those the Grand Old Prostitution ring kicked into high gear in 2010--a couple of weeks before the election--to simply overwhelm the Democrats).

    Denying the threat of Citizens United will not help make it go away.

  •  While I have no doubt (1+ / 0-)
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    Super PAC money is going to have an effect. However, trotting out this one off poll that disagrees with every other poll of the state Does not make the case.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 03:04:15 PM PDT

  •  The poll is crap. EPIC has been one of the worst (1+ / 0-)
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    pollsters in that region.  As for Superpacs, I think they will have limited impact in contested races.  Their real impact will be to limit the Dems' ability to expand the map to contest more races.  Red regions will get redder.  Blue regions will get bluer.  

    If the results in the AZ congressional race hold up in line with polling, that will be evidence that despite being somewhat outspent we can win seats even in competitive districts.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 03:13:52 PM PDT

    •  I don't doubt that this poll sucks but I'm just (1+ / 0-)
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      curious, do you follow all the polls?  Are you in Michigan?  I trust you do follow polling.  Can you provide any other examples of how EPIC has been sucking at it's polling?  I'm just curious, I'd like to see how EPIC usually is when it comes to polling.

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