Obama starts whirlwind tour for Clinton in Michigan

President Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 2016 presidential election in Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus. (Nov. 7, 2016)
President Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 2016 presidential election in Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus. (Nov. 7, 2016)


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — President Barack Obama made an explicit pitch to Michigan’s auto workers Monday during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Ann Arbor — saying that Donald Trump doesn’t care about their future.

During the rally, which was held at the University of Michigan’s Ray L. Fisher Stadium, Obama said he and Democrats have “earned some credibility here” after saving the auto industry through federal bailouts early in Obama’s presidency.

Obama said in contrast, Trump said Washington could have let the auto companies go bankrupt. He said if even two of the major auto companies had gone bankrupt, it could have cost a million U.S. jobs and killed Michigan’s auto industry.

The president also added that auto workers shouldn’t be “bamboozled” by the Republican business mogul.

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Following his Michigan stop, Obama will travel to Durham, New Hampshire, for another Clinton rally. He then heads to Philadelphia to end the campaign with a bang, where he and Michelle Obama will appear together, alongside Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

The final-day focus on states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire that Clinton has been expecting to win shows how Democrats are playing defense in the final days. The race has tightened and some Republican-leaning states that Democrats were hoping to flip now seem likely to stay Republican.

Both Clinton and Donald Trump are also focusing on West Michigan Monday, with Clinton rallying at Grand Valley State University in Allendale and Trump stumping at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Both events will be livestreamed on woodtv.com.

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