Stronger Mich. Economy Could Hurt Romney's Chances

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Michigan is high, the population is shrinking and scores of manufacturing plants have closed. But President Barack Obama's hopes for another electoral victory in Michigan could depend on voters remembering a time when things were worse.
The industrial state has endured a decade of economic hardship. With native son Mitt Romney as the likely Republican nominee, the president's re-election prospects in Michigan once appeared grim.
While the Michigan economy has a long way to go to regain the 857,000 jobs it has lost since mid-2000, voters are telling pollsters they're starting to notice a subtle upswing -- and that could be good news for Obama.
But not all voters in Michigan are convinced the improvement has much to do with Obama's policies.

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  • by don Location: Michigan on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    Can't agree with more Laurie, Ask any small business owner in Michigan if they are better off than they were 4 years ago. There is your number one problem with Michigan's economy. No one is better off than they were 4 years ago and it's only getting worse!
  • by Katy Location: Michigan on Apr 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    Amen Laurie!!! Are you "better off" than you were 4 years ago?, that would be a big NO!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Romney's just another Snyder
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Things did not improve until after we had snyder in office.
  • by Laurie Location: Lansing on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    I think the unemployment figures now look better because so many people have left Michigan or have stopped looking for work. Ask yourself if you are better off than you were 4 years ago, and I bet most people say no.
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      by RT on Apr 19, 2012 at 06:49 AM in reply to Laurie I read this story, I was going to post an almost identical thought (you beat me to it--HA!). You hit the nail right on the head with your posting--well said!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Laurie
      Things have improved. Slight increase in population and college grads and companies are starting to stay in michigan. The only group of college grads that can not find jobs here are teachers.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
    Way to go AP! Just dump perfume on the stink hole and report to everyone, it smells sweet!!! You couldn't report onething BO has done to turn stench off?!?!?!?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 04:56 AM in reply to
      This type of reporting is meant to hurt Romney's chances. Look at pictures, one of a smiling Obama in the light and then the "Dark Vilan" Romney. Shame on AP/WILX!
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