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Obama Will Be in Detroit on Monday

Dec 6, 2012

Todd Spangler


President Barack Obama never made it to Detroit during the last presidential campaign.

But now that he has been re-elected, Michigan is back on the itinerary.

Little more than a month after winning Michigan en route to securing a second term in office, Obama will visit southeastern Michigan on Monday to speak on the economy and middle-class families.

It is his second road trip -- last week, he was in the Philadelphia suburbs -- to drum up support for a plan to keep the nation from going off the fiscal cliff at year's end.

To avoid that automatic series of massive across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases that would hit most working Americans, Obama and the Democrats have proposed a mixture of more modest spending cuts and increased tax rates for households making more than $250,000 a year.

Republicans -- who control the U.S. House -- have objected to raising any tax rates, preferring, they say, to get rid of deductions and exemptions to raise any needed revenue.

Speaking Wednesday to the Business Roundtable, an association of leading CEOs led by former Michigan Gov. John Engler, Obama said it's simply "not possible for us to raise the amount of revenue that's required" by closing loopholes, without getting rid of important deductions, like the one for charitable contributions, which he can't support.

The White House did not release any details about Monday's event.

Obama last visited metro Detroit for a pair of fundraisers in April. He carried Michigan by 9 percentage points over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills.

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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