Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday in Michigan

Michigan native, state Republican presidential primary winner speaks at Lansing Community College

LANSING, Mich. - Hundreds of Mitt Romney supporters greeted the Republican presidential candidate as he made his first Michigan campaign appearance since winning the Feb. 28 primary election.

Romney made a policy address Tuesday afternoon at Lansing Community College's Dart Auditorium.

In what has become a standard stump speech, Romney says the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama "takes its orders from union bosses."

"As much as we want to believe him, we know America is going in the wrong direction," said Romney. "Not forward. Sideways or worse."

He adds that he would promote manufacturing with changes in tax and labor policies.

Romney said more middle class Americans are falling into poverty. He accuses the President of using liberal policies that don't work in the 21st century. 

"He promised change and hope and said we could do anything we wanted together, but rhetoric met reality, and reality won," said Romney. 

He said the right leadership and policies will lead to a resurgence in American manufacturing. However, demonstrators across the street held a large sign reminding voters of Romney's criticism of the government's role in rescuing General Motors and Chrysler. 

"He has to be held accountable," said Gretchen Whitmer, who is the Democratic Leader of the Michigan Senate.  "He can drink all the Vernors he wants and drive all the Cadillacs he wants, but the people of Michigan are not fools."

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Romney grew up in southeast Michigan, the son of former auto executive and Gov. George Romney.

Though Mitt Romney's roots are in Michigan, he faces a difficult challenge winning the state. No Republican Presidential candidate has won here since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

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