LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – With Michigan being a manufacturing state jobs are important to us.
With a major election looming the issues that matter to us here in Michigan might not matter to other Americans.
But will a Trump or Clinton presidency connect more with the voters in the Great Lakes State?
“They’re both trying to appeal to the people of Michigan,” says MSU economics professor Charles Ballard. “They both want our electoral votes, but they are appealing in different ways.”
Trump understands the auto industry is important to workers in Michigan.
He addressed that and another problem plaguing our state “it used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now, cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”
Trump is talking about Ford Motor Company’s recent decision to move some production south of the border, a big discussion in our automotive state.
“Donald trump, his campaign is, America has been ruined. I’m the guy, I’m the smart businessman, I can fix it.”
One state made up of two peninsulas with 16 electoral votes that both Clinton and Trump want to claim.
“In the last presidential election Michigan was not a toss up state, in this election it is,” comments MSU political theory professor Ross Emmett.
Clinton, on the other hand, is appealing to Michigan voters by switching her take on trade, a switch she claims was made after it was debated on in Washington.
“My message to every worker in Michigan and across America is this: I will stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages including the Trans Pacific Partnership,” said Clinton.
“Clinton has been a little bit on each side of this issue during the Obama administration,” says Matt Grossman, the director of Public Policy and Social Research at MSU. “She was seemingly in support of international trade agreements and now she’s come out against the latest one the Trans Pacific Partnership.”
Because Michigan is mostly about manufacturing both candidates attack each other on that topic and the topic of trade.
When both candidates were in the Detroit area earlier this summer the jabs came out to appeal to the Michigan voter.
Trump fired a jab with “Hillary Clinton has supported the trade deals stripping this city and this country of it’s jobs and it’s wealth.”
Clinton swung back with “let’s remember where Trump makes many of his own products because it sure is not America.”
Overall the experts agree that the Michigan voter needs to look at the issues that matter most to them.
“The future of our economic prosperity and our economic security lies in the continued innovation and entrepreneurship that over many years has characterized the state of Michigan. It requires an openness to change and an openness to the future that’s the real security that we would find economically for us as Michiganders.”
The latest polls show Michigan is leaning in favor of Clinton.
The Great Lakes State hasn’t voted for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan.
Trump is hoping his economic plan will impress the people here in Michigan to vote for him.