President Obama makes stop in Detroit to support key races

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-02 00:53:18-04

DETROIT, Mich. -- President Obama made a  visit to Detroit, just days before election day.

A crowd of 6,000 people cheered for the president at Wayne State University where senate candidate Gary Peters went to school.

The event also supported candidate for governor, Mark Schauer. The president said that the democratic party is the only side of the aisle that has Michigan's best interests in mind.

"We got to let them know their vote matters. Their vote could decide whether 28 million American workers get the raise they deserve," said Obama.

The president said that it's because of democratic leaders that Michigan's auto industry is still alive, at a time when the state's largest industry was on the brink of bankruptcy.

"Over the past six months, our economy has grown at the fastest pace in more than 10 years. I don't have to tell you the auto industry that was on the brink of collapse is back on its feet, making better cars than ever, right here in Michigan," said Obama.

President Obama also reached out to women, who have been heavily courted by parties saying female workers are key to strengthening the economy,  and should be paid the same wage for the same work performed by men.

"Cynicism is a choice and hope is a better choice. Hopes. Hope is what defeated fascism. Hope is what gave young people the strength to march for civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigrant rights and women's rights," said Obama.

The president said voting for democrats means investing in leaders who will stand up for the middle class by putting more funding into education and health care.

"Hope that there are better days ahead. Hope that we can rebuild our middle class and pass on to our kids something better. That's what built America. That's what the Motor City is all about. That's what built Michigan. Our best days are still ahead," said Obama.

President Obama then called supporters to action by saying their support isn't enough, and asked those in attendance to knock on doors and encourage friends and family to get out to the poles on Tuesday.

"Some of you know I started as community organizer and when I talked to people in the community the first thing say was why do you give up your power? They'd say what do you mean? And I'd say if you don't bother vote, you sit around and complain. But complaining and not voting is just giving up your power," said Obama.

Meantime, The Michigan Republican Party took its candidates across the state this weekend, calling it the "Comeback State" bus tour.

The event hit the road on Saturday morning in Lansing, making its way west and stopping in Portage, Holland and Grand Rapids, among several other cities.

U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land joined the tour, along with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

"We're having a great turnout effort. You heard the numbers, four million contacts, far beyond prior years. It shows how excited republicans are to get out and vote," said Governor Snyder.

Polling aggregator Real Clear Politics shows the race between Snyder and Schauer is within three points.

In the race for U.S. Senate, democratic congressman Gary Peters leads Terri Lynn Land by an average of about 12 points.