Battle for swing states: Michigan
16 electoral votes at stake
- Duration 3:23
- Date Sep 26, 2012
16 electoral votes at stake
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Welcome back to myself level we are your election headquarters in with just over a -- to the big day we're taking a look at the battleground states that could decide the race.
For the White House today Michigan the state where governor Romney was born in his father served as governor.
Little background now the Wolverine state carry sixteen electoral votes.
The unemployment rate is nine point 4% more than a full point higher than the national average.
President Obama has visited the state once since April he won the state handily in 2008.
Governor Romney has been there three times according to -- -- real clear politics average of state polls.
President Obama is up by more than eight points in the state of Michigan.
Bill Balladur is the editor of inside Michigan politics could see you -- Great to be here still -- governor Romney swing Michigan his way and what does he need to do to make that happen.
He probably needs to spend some more time here I think he needs to spend some money here that hasn't been spent so far or the super pacs do.
On his behalf.
I see well eat you know of course it's always good -- to get him out there and of course is you are very well aware of many of the backers in Romney supporters say yeah we -- cleaning you out on the campaign trail more.
Sticking there in Michigan particularly.
-- that Romney it's Romney's birth state.
The birth state of the auto industry could say is that although it but now the governor is saying that it's essentially what he was calling for.
But President Obama rescued -- be allowed to in -- it was his bailout of the auto industry.
That -- win over so well they're so how does that fare for the governor.
Well I think the governor has had trouble answering that criticism that he would've thrown Michigan under the boss he said let.
The auto industry go bankrupt four years ago in an editorial in the New York Times and President Obama came and I'll with a rescue package and now the auto industry is up and running and so the Democrats and President Obama have been beating.
Romney about the years.
Will that accusation.
But I think Romney has a lot of pride in the fact that he was born and brought up in Michigan.
And he's trying to give President Obama the impression.
That he's gonna have to fight to win Michigan is John Kerry had to fight to win it back in 2004.
By only three and a half points and John Kerry was actually campaigning in Michigan on the Sunday before the election because he was worried.
He might lose Michigan George W.
Bush would never admit that he was going to lose Michigan and I don't think.
Mitt Romney ever will either so Mitt Romney's challenge -- if he can't win Michigan and I think he still thinks he might be able to.
He wants to come close he wants us to be like 2004.
We're John McCain pull out of the state a month before the election and end up getting blown away by seventeen points and taking down the rest of the -- Paul.
We can ticket -- Well sister Ballinger listen I know you're watching this -- closely and will we we appreciate your time for.
-- giving us your analysis they're sixteen electoral votes up for grabs there mr.
Ballinger I'm sure you keep an eye on it forests and we will to thank you very much there.
Thank you -- drive.