Needing Win, Romney Attacks McCain in Mich.

Home state victory crucial for hopeful after Iowa, NH finishes
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 6:45 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to the microphone to speak to reporters in front of a General Motors plant in Ypsilanti, Mich. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After huge cash infusions won him second place in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is seizing on hopes for economic—and campaign—rejuvenation in his home state of Michigan, the Chicago Tribune reports. In a GM plant where 200 workers were just laid off, Romney attacked policies today that have let jobs disappear "again and again and again"—part of his strategy in a state where 7.4% are out of work.

Romney and John McCain are clashing over the economy while running in Michigan this week, Reuters reports. Romney, who says manufacturing can be revitalized, has blasted McCain for saying jobs are "not coming back." State polls show the two in a dead heat, with Huckabee close behind. Dems are not stumping for Michigan; the party decided to punish the state for pushing its primary date to this Tuesday.