(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee "welcomed" Mitt Romney to Michigan Thursday with a new video, ahead of a trip to his birth state.
The minute-long web spot features video of the Republican presidential candidate calling for General Motors and Chrysler to file for bankruptcy at the height of the auto crisis. In the national hub of the industry, Democrats have sought to tie Romney to the comments and a similar op-ed he wrote in 2008.
The former Massachusetts governor, who won the state's presidential primary in 2008 as a candidate for the GOP nomination, was raised in Michigan where his father served as the state's governor and head of American Motors.
On Thursday Romney will meet with voters in Livonia, Michigan. He will later tour and hold a business roundtable at Bizdom U, a program that trains entrepreneurs in Detroit, Michigan.
GM and Chrysler eventually filed for bankruptcy as part of a process orchestrated by the Obama administration through which the government took on an ownership stake in the companies.
In the 2008 op-ed, Romney advocated for a "managed bankruptcy" where the government would guarantee post-bankruptcy financing to "assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk."
"A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs," Romney wrote. "It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs."
The Romney campaign released a statement Thursday criticizing President Obama's record in the Great Lakes State, pointing to the unemployment rate and job loss it has suffered in the last two years.
"President Obama has failed the Michigan economy," the release stated.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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