President Barack Obama was in Detroit last night with one message, “When we vote, we win.”
Speaking to 6,010 supporters on the campus of Wayne State University, the crowd roared when Obama said, “It’s good to be back in Michigan.”
The event was a campaign rally for Michigan Democratic candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. Democrat Mark Schauer is challenging current Republican governor Rick Snyder, and Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is running to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Carl Levin.
If President Obama’s goal was to fire up Michigan Democrats, he was very successful. Twice someone in the crowd yelled “I love you.” The second time, Mr. Obama responded, “I love you too.”
Mr. Obama gave several examples of the Democratic incumbents and candidates’ commitment to Michigan’s families, the poor, the importance of education and the decision to rescue Michigan’s auto industry.
President Obama talked about Michigan’s Republican candidates now asking for votes when they refused to support the auto bailout. “They got a lot of nerve…. If they’re not there for you when you need them, I think you should vote for Mark and Gary instead.
Ultimately Mr. Obama’s remarks focused in on the importance of voting. He followed the same theme established by speakers earlier in the evening, like current U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who said, “Voting is the great equalizer.”
President Obama underscored that casting a vote chooses a vision for Michigan, saying “…not voting means you are giving away your power. Your precious right to determine the course of the nation.”
With a nod to the other side, President Obama told the crowd, “I want to be clear, Republicans are good people. They are patriots, they love their country.” The crowd started booing at this point. Mr. Obama responded, “Don’t boo, vote!” Everyone cheered.
When the room settled, President Obama continued, “They love this country, but they’ve got bad ideas. I’ve got members of my family who I love that have bad ideas. I still love them, I just won’t put them in charge…You can have them over for Thanksgiving, but you don’t want to put them in charge.”
Mr. Obama gave an example. “One Republican is running for national office, he said, and I’m quoting here…‘You could argue that money is more important to men.’ That’s a quote. Now I don’t know what woman he talked to…I know he didn’t talk to Michelle.”
Well, maybe that’s one Republican who won’t be invited to the White House for Thanksgiving.
To find out where to vote, go to League of Woman Voters of Michigan.
Detroit Nonpartisan Examiner