January 14th, 2008
08:44 AM ET
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GOP candidates try to ease fears, win votes in Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/14/michigan.primary/art.romney.2.mich.gi.jpg caption=" Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a Michigan native."](CNN) - The GOP presidential front-runners, locked in a tight race, are churning out ads and talking about the economy in a last-minute effort to win over Michigan voters before Tuesday's primary.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a narrow lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain, according to recent polls in Michigan.

Twenty-eight percent of people likely to vote in Tuesday's GOP primary said they supported Romney, compared with 26 percent for McCain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in a close third with 17 percent, followed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson with 5 percent each.

Related Video: CNN's Mary Snow runs down the Michigan primary race

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  1. I. Dern, Farifax, VA

    If the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, ran for president and lost (he did - look it up.) then why would a lowly Mormon bishop think he could win the presidency?

    Just because he's a multi-multi millionaire?

    C'mon Mitt drop out and give that money to charity or something useful.

    January 14, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Will - Miami, Fl

    I see that CNN hasn't posted my comments related to the NAACP leader that is speaking ON BEHALF OF/IN SUPPORT OF Ron Paul. Why am I not suprised...

    January 14, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. John, Detroit, MI

    I was between McCain and Romney, but after close consideration, I am convinced Romney is the economic genius, energetic leader and fresh face this country and Michigan need.

    McCain is likable at first, then you consider all his liberal positions on immigration, taxation, the environment, finance and gay marriage, and it makes you wonder why any true conservative would tolerate the direction he wants to take our country.

    Mitt Romney has earned our state's vote.

    January 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Mario

    Go Mitt! Hickupbee is a looney tune, insane McCain is lost in his own world.

    GO MITT!

    January 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Colin franken

    Rommy Dad is one greedy big bosses that ran AMC into ground my friend John Maine. What will his son do with this country

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Mrjimbo, TX

    Mitt is the leader that we need for Americas Future.

    Go MItt, and hopefully Thompson will join you!

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Chandra

    Sunday’s Debates: January 14, 2008

    Sen. H. R. Clinton called for resolve and the employment possibilities that would be forthcoming. The same thing Pres. Bush said in his State of the Union Address. Yet, these jobs were nor for the unemployed citizens/Middle Class America. It advanced non-citizens/unqualified into advances levels, without the process of “Stringent Guidelines”, which disqualify/ignored the unemployed/Middle Class Citizens because their skills are viewed as not having “current experiences” and not having the undisclosed guidelines to be employed at entry levels or any open job positions; a process to eliminate Middle Class Citizens.

    This is a pre-mediated habit forming and pattern to unburden the responsibilities and to have the excuse that the system is designed to be such. But, these are the same Political Officials who designed the system to have these habits forming problems; they change from Democrats to Republicans every four years. Not that they change to correct this habit. This is why there are the excuse that Americans are refusing these type of jobs and that Americans/Citizens should take any job to survive.

    This pattern repeated itself many times over so to push the unemployed, undocumented Citizens, poor person into Old Age, Hospitalization, and to have them medicated to be qualify for Welfare, Medicare and Social Security Disabilities. A process viewed as a solution which has been used for years in all of the Presidential Administrations. This need to be corrected not change from a man to a woman, a white to a minority, a Republican to a Democrat, a citizen to a non-citizen….etc.

    Sen. Clinton’s remark as to a woman is not an illegal is a very delusional thing to say. She had not been living in reality, now who is running a “fairy tale” campaign???

    Sen. Clinton is bullying her way to the top or paving the road for her daughter’s future. She went on Meet the Press with Mr. Tim Russet to let the people know that there is money for non-citizens, illegal aliens, immigration issues but citizens of American MUST WAIT FOR THE WAR TO END IN IRAQ to have relief from the pain, suffering, hardship, abuse, unemployment, homelessness…etc. Seriously, this kind of non-sense is what is insulting Citizens of this Country and having non-citizens, aliens, immigrants…etc. piss/curse/disrespect…(lack of a better word) upon the US Citizens. Shouldn’t all the money go to Citizens instead; poor or otherwise???

    How many new jobs were created??? How many unemployed was hired???? How many qualify unemployed was employed at min. wage, entry level…etc???? How many non-citizens got raises instead????? Why run a campaign for change and not run a campaign for CORRECTING THE ISSUES??????

    I would not be surprised if Financial Institutions (BANKS, Lenders…employers…etc) are the one to have the control. By pitting the issues with the CANDITIATE they feel will best fit their needs… Which financial institution is for what candidate???? Bank of America is probably the most vicious and damaging to the Middle Class Citizens from since they were FLEET….Ms. C. Jugmohan

    January 14, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Will - Miami, Fl

    Thats OK CNN – I've taken a screen shot of this page showing both of my previous comments "awaiting moderation" while other coments posted after mine have been approved. I'll post this on on of the Ron Paul sites now and let the fun begin...

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Will

    Google "Ron Paul NAACP" and you'll find something that CNN, FOX, the GOP, and many others don't want you to know – it's called truth!

    January 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. John S. Maine

    I would love to spar with Chuck the old pessimistic pass verse Mitt Romney the new and positive future for Michigan and all of America!

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. John S. Maine

    Go Mitt !! Your the man in 2008!

    Mitt Romney!

    January 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Bob - Michigan

    Mitt Romney has the least chance of swinging independent voters and winning the General Election. I am a Gulianni supporter and my wife is a Huckabee supporter, but we are both voting for John McCain in the Michigan primary to help get Romney out of the race.

    I know that voting for Gulianni or Huckabee are wasted votes in Michigan, so my wife and I are voting for McCain in Michigan to make a difference!

    Guliainni will make his stand in Florida against McCain, but hopefully without Romney's negative ads financed with Romney's personal $$$. George Bush stole the 2000 election with negative ads and look at the mess our country is in now because of him. We don't need another rich guy buying the election with negative ads! We don't need negative Romney ads in this campaign anymore. STOP ROMNEY!

    January 14, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Rob C Tn

    No mention of Ron Pauls ranking? Hmm coicidence? i think not. Vote Ron Paul is what I would suggest, but most of you are too spoon fed your candidates. Wake up before its too later people. Mccain is not the anwser.
    One of many Ron Paul supporters. PeacE

    January 14, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Samantha Klein

    I don't understand how anyone in Michigan can vote for Mitt Romney. Of course, they liked his dad George. I, for one, don't remember George as a conservative, certainly not as the "conservative's conservative" Mitt postures himself to be. Otherwise, Mitt represents everything Michigan doesn't need - namely, more of the same Republican economics – policies that gutted the middle class, weakened (if not destroyed) unions, promoted globalization and free trade policies that cost huge numbers of jobs, ignored the needs of the economically (and socially) disadvantaged – all to stuff the pockets of the rich and richer, Mitt Romney included.

    I think the voters in Michigan need to lose the nostagia and face up to the facts.

    January 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Schnarfe

    @ John S. from Maine:

    Mitt Romney tolerates all the faiths of America? What gives you such a rediculous notion? John, this is the same man who refuses to hire Muslims for a cabinet position. The hypocrite who wants to be accepted as a Mormon but does not tolerate Muslims. How can anyone consider Romney less of a bigot than Huckabee?

    I would not mind electing a Mormon president (even if America is neither ready or willing ) so long as HE KEEPS HIS RELIGION TO HIMSELF, something Mitt has no intention of doing. Mitt Romney continues to pander to theocratic Evangelicals. If John values religious tolerance, then Mitt Romney is not his guy. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is not an Islamophobe.

    January 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Jen, Cedar Falls, IA

    Mitt has the whole package and can actually DO the job, while uniting us again.
    McCain is too old.
    Huckabee is a hypocrite fake Christian, comic-wannabe that doesn't know what he's doing, just spinning his sermon to America each time he speaks.
    Ron Paul is unfortunately unelectable.
    Fred Thompson waited too long to join the campaign.
    Rudy is disillusioned that it's his to win.

    January 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. john

    Rev. Huckabee is no moralist after he pardons a rapist-murderer and
    thanks God that illegals are sneaking into this country. If anyone knows
    how to get Michigan on its feet again, Mitt because of his business
    skills and acumen can do it.

    January 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Daniel

    @ John S. from Maine:

    Mitt Romney tolerates all the faiths of America? What gives you such a rediculous notion? John, this is the same man who refuses to hire Muslims for a cabinet position. The hypocrite who wants to be accepted as a Mormon but does not tolerate Muslims. How can anyone consider Romney less of a bigot than Huckabee?

    I would not mind electing a Mormon president (even if America is neither ready or willing ) so long as HE KEEPS HIS RELIGION TO HIMSELF, something Mitt has no intention of doing. Mitt Romney continues to pander to theocratic Evangelicals. If John values religious tolerance, then Mitt Romney is not his guy. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is not an Islamophobe

    JOHN,

    You should go back and actually read that situation, not the article CNN reported and maybe you will understand why Romney said "he didn't need someone of muslim background in his cabinet". In the same way that we previously didn't have a japanese american in our cabinets around WWII for example. Just do your homework....your comment is ridiculous. Actually why don't you write the Romney campaign and I'm sure he can explain since I don't think you would make the effort.

    January 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. NewPatriot-Arizona

    GO RON PAUL!

    January 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Schnarfe January 14, 2008 3:10 pm ET

    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is not an Islamophobe.

    Ron Paul and his followers are realityphobes. They're living in their own little world. A world in which Ron Paul has a snowball's chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination...

    January 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Kenny

    Ron Paul is a blithering idiot.

    January 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Walt, TX

    Besides the fact that Romney's a hyprocrite, he's also a bigot. Neither Huckleberry nor the mormon is worthy of the Presidency. They lack a few values that I hold to be important, like love of Country, love of family, integrity, honesty, and last, but not least, good manners!

    Lord knows, neither one even had the balls to truly serve their country by serving in the military. They chose living off the largess of the taxpaying public – no guts, no commitment!

    January 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    Schnarfe,

    That was a fictional article that never occurred out side of the authors head. It was reported in the Christian Science Monitor... as a hit-piece against Romney and never corroborated.

    Don't be such a lemming!

    January 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. YS, Fullerton, CA

    I would love to see either one of these two combinations: Romney/McCain or McCain/Romney for 2008, while the Democrats lead the Congress for check and balance. I have a vision where the world will have more fear and respect to us like in Reagan/Bush Sr. era.

    May God continue to bless us all.

    January 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Sheldon

    I am a cross-over Dem for Mitt in Michigan! (and there are loads of us!)

    January 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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