Thursday, November 10, 2011
Mitt Romney talked about Michigan, family and his vision as he received a warm welcome Thursday in Troy at a campaign rally at the American Polish Cultural Center.
Campaign supporters for former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney gave a strong showing Thursday in Troy, where the presidential hopeful held a rally at the American Polish Cultural Center. Hundreds of Romney's backers packed the hall to listen to Romney speak for about 20 minutes before shaking hands and speaking with the audience. Michigan Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette rallied the audience before introducing Romney and his wife, Ann. "Too many people in Michigan are out of work, out of jobs and out of hope," Schuette said before introducing Romney and his wife, Ann. "Our president has no new jobs planned – well you know, I'm wrong – oops. Our president has got a plan. He's focused on his job, and wants to raise your taxes…
Here's what people will be talking about at the water cooler; read up, so you're in the know, too.
In case you slept through our coverage of the GOP national debate at Oakland University on Wednesday night, we're happy to help you catch up. Check out our complete coverage of the debate here. Or read this quick rundown of the five talkers to come out of the event. When asked whether corporations can be profitable and create jobs at the same time, candidate Newt Gingrich turned to history. "It's sad that the news media doesn't report accurately how the economy works," he said. Moderator Mario Bartiromo of CNBC took him to task. "What is the media reporting inaccurately about the economy?" she asked. "I love humor disguised as a question," he replied. "That's terrific." They changed the subject. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson…
Eight presidential candidates talk jobs, housing, health care, taxes — and character.
Eight Republican presidential hopefuls took turns offering their thoughts on all aspects of the economy — and faith and trust — on the stage of a transformed O'rena on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday night. In a nationally televised debate coordinated by the Michigan Republican Party, the university and CNBC, candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparred on issues related to money, jobs, housing and taxes. One of them, Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak, said at the start of the two-hour debate, could likely be the "next leader of the free world." Outside the O'rena, about a hundred protesters gathered – far fewer than the thousands of …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Eight candidates sparred at Oakland University on Wednesday. How do you think they did?
Did you watch the GOP presidential candidates debate Wednesday night or follow along on social media or our live blog at http://patch.com/A-n8hk? Who do you think came out on top? Please answer our poll and comment below. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate at Oakland University
Traffic picks up, 'Free Speech' zone fills up and audience for Republican presidential candidates face-off line up Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The wind picked up and large, dark clouds covered the sky over the Rochester area Wednesday afternoon as the eight Republican candidates blew into town Wednesday afternoon and evening for their debate at Oakland University. As audience members lined up for their tickets to tonight's debate, demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street/Detroit movement and others started to gather in the fenced off field designated as the "Free Speech" zone. Joe Michnuk and his daughter, Jacquie Pichet of Dearborn Heights, were among the first demonstrators to arrive. Pichet said she'd participated in the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Detroit demonstrations and wanted to have her voice heard at OU, too. "We came here to take a stand against these candidates," …
Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich will remain in Michigan Thursday.
Romney will host a rally in Troy Thursday afternoon at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Rd., according to The Detroit News. Romney's wife Ann plans to meet with voters Thursday in Lansing. Cain will make stops in Ypsilanti, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Traverse City Thursday, according to Fox 23 News. Gingrich will talk to potential voters from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Westin Hotel at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to MLive. Paul will head to New Hampshire for a forum on jobs and the economy at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to his website. There is a debate set for 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in Des Moines, IA. It will air on C-SPAN and Michele Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum have all …
Starting at 7 p.m., join the conversation before, during and after the GOP candidates for president square off on the OU campus.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
All eyes will be on Michigan – and Oakland University in Rochester in particular – today as eight candidates for the Republican party nomination for president of the United States talk about jobs, the economy and other issues. Outside, demonstrators will be having their say about the state of the country. Join the Michigan Patch team as we report from inside and outside OU's O'Rena, the site of the debate. Ask questions, talk about the issues, tell us what's going on where you are, share photos and video. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate
Republican debate today reinforces Michigan's pivotal role in coming election, experts say.
If there is one message Oakland University President Gary Russi would like to shout out this week to the residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills, and to Michigan in general, it is this: It's all about the economy. "We were chosen as the debate site because Michigan is at the epicenter for job loss," said Russi, who has been leader of the university for 15 years. "These topics — job loss, the economy — are things we've all lived through." Russi will be in the audience at the university's O'Rena on Wednesday night when eight candidates face off for "Your Money, Your Vote," the Republican National Debate. The event is sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party. For Russi, the debate is a chance for the university to shine: He'll …