April 30th, 2010
03:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Saturday spotlight on Michigan

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and President Obama will both be in Michigan on Saturday.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and President Obama will both be in Michigan on Saturday.

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be just 50 miles apart on Saturday when both give speeches in Michigan.

The president is set to give the commencement address at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Around the same time, Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, will speak to conservatives pushing for limited government and lower taxes at a "Defending the American Dream Summit" hosted by Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Last fall, Palin visited Michigan to kick off the tour for her book "Going Rogue: An American Life."

During the presidential campaign, Palin took issue with running mate John McCain's decision to pull out of Michigan and move resources to other states. In her book, Palin says her opposition to the decision to abandon Michigan is when she first went "rogue." At the end of the book, on page 403, Palin says that Michigan can't be forgotten.

McCain ended up losing the state to Obama by 16 points in the presidential election in Michigan, but the state could be competitive in the next contest for the White House.

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn


Filed under: Michigan • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Jeff - Sarasota, FL

    It sounds about right... The POTUS is giving a speech at a University, and Palin is getting paid big buck by rich people who want lower taxes...

    She is still a Republican at heart... I mean considering the cheapest I heard to get into any of her talks was somewhere around $500-$750 a plate/seat, and that is the farthest away with no personal contact... from there it goes up who knows how high for the ones she actually shakes hands with and talks to up front and backstage... So considering all the "Average Joe's" I know couldn't afford the lowest priced ticket (and wouldn't spend that much on something like that if they had it in savings to boot), It stands to reason that 90% of the crowd is rich upper class America and they want more tax breaks for themselves...

    April 30, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
1 2 3 4