Politics
3:15 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Romney stops at Ford Field to address the Detroit Economic Club

Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney received a warm reception from the Detroit Economic Club today.

Romney and his rivals vying for the Republican nomination have just a few days left to woo voters before the state’s Republican primary on Tuesday.

Romney spoke to the group on the 30 yard line of the vast, mostly empty Ford Field about his proposals to reduce individual and corporate income taxes, and end federal subsidies for Amtrak and funding for Planned Parenthood if he is elected president.

He reminded members of the Detroit Economic Club that he loves returning to the state where he grew up. And he used this unique phrase to describe his sentiment.

“It just feels good being back in Michigan. The trees are the right height – the streets are just right,” said Romney.

Romney also emphasized his love of cars – talking about his Ford Mustang and Chevy pick-up truck.

He did not, however, mention his disapproval of the auto bailout.

Romney focused mostly on his plans to reduce taxes and federal government subsidies for programs he doesn’t like. And he says he thinks he is the only Republican candidate who could beat President Obama in the general election – though, he says, the president would be tough to beat.

“I’m promising that every day will be on a track to make things better and better, and together we’ll make America stronger again. But to do that, I’ll need your help. Next Tuesday I’ll need your vote – that’s step one. And if you want to make this election about restoring America’s greatness, then I hope you’re join me,” said Romney. 

He says his experience in business and not in Washington makes him the ideal candidate.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) endorses Romney.

He likes Romney’s plans to reduce federal corporate income taxes if he’s elected president. Richardville says that business-minded approach plays well in Michigan.

“I think the thing he pointed out today more than anything else is how Michigan’s turnaround has been led by business practices, and what he wants to do – I believe – is have the same type of turnaround applied to the United States government. So when he talks about his business experience being more relevant than his Washington experience, I couldn’t agree more,” said Richardville.

Michigan’s Republican primary is Tuesday.

Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul also have campaign stops planned in Michigan this weekend. Newt Gingrich has not announced any plans to visit Michigan.