Gore said he, above any one else perhaps, knows the importance of every single vote. His narrow loss in key states like Florida in 2000 is the reason he is on the campaign trail this year.
His speech was marked by self-deprecating humor, joking about getting through airline security like a regular guy, and about "losing his job," a job he jokes is the first of many jobs to be lost during the Bush administration.
Michigan Republican spokesman Chris Paolino called Gore's visit an example of Kerry's "liberal" base. He noted Gore's stance on partial-birth abortion and gay marriage, calling him "out of touch" with American and Michiganian values.