Republicans Debating in Jobs-starved Michigan

By: Kasie Hunt, Associated Press
By: Kasie Hunt, Associated Press

Rochester, MI (AP) - Together for the first time in three weeks, Republican presidential candidates assembled in ailing Michigan for a debate on how they would fix the economy. Also sure to come up Wednesday night: the past week's allegations of sexual impropriety that have rocked Herman Cain's campaign.

Since the candidates last met, the GOP nomination fight has been
marked first by businessman Cain's rise in national polls and then
the firestorm over accusations that he sexually harassed women
during his time leading the National Restaurant Association in the
1990s.

With less than two months until voting begins in Iowa, Cain and
Romney will be on stage at Oakland University with six rivals:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of
Georgia, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

But Cain's troubles threaten to overshadow a discussion, hosted
by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party, that's supposed to
center on fixing a struggling economy. In Michigan, 11.1 percent
are unemployed and the once-thriving American auto industry had all
but collapsed before the federal government stepped in.

But lately, it's been all about Cain. He's repeatedly tried to put the controversy to rest, doing interview after interview and finally holding a news conference Tuesday insisting that he would continue to stand alongside his rivals despite the accusations.

Cain's rivals have approached his troubles cautiously. In an interview with ABC News, however, Romney said the allegations were "particularly disturbing" and "serious."

"They're going to have to be addressed," Romney said.

Huntsman has said Cain should provide a full accounting of what
happened and his situation is distracting attention from substantive issues.

Cain's insistence on staying in the race leaves his rivals answering such questions -- about him -- while trying to campaign as usual and focus on beating President Barack Obama.

The Democratic president stood outside a factory not far away
last month and called government bailouts of General Motors and
Chrysler a success that saved thousands of American jobs.

With Detroit -- the Motor City whose fortunes have fallen with the decline of the auto industry -- just a few miles from the debate
site, GOP candidates also will have little choice but to explain their opposition to a government bailout that saved Chrysler and
General Motors and the tens of thousands of jobs they provide.

All eight Republicans participating in the debate say they wouldn't have offered government loans to save the two auto giants.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    The only thing the Repubs wanna see created is a Society like Mexico. The top 10 percent living in vast Haciendas with Gates. Us other 90 percent working 20 hours a day for Peanuts , and in direct competition with the CHEAPEST labor in the World , lucky to afford a loaf of bread. Im not in favor of Everything for free ( especially for Illegal aliens) but EVERYONE should have a shot at the ladder to success. Not just the Corporate crowd.
  • by RPisdaman on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Does Rick Perry have Early-Onset Reaganism? Bwahahaha. I crack me up -- y'all read it here 1st...
  • by Rick Scott on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    I created 10,000 jobs in MI during the debate. Yee Haw!
  • by RICKY BOBBY on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    THE ONLY THING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IN COMMON IS WHAT COMPANY CAN LINE MY POCKETS FIRST. THE FACT IS THAT REGARDLESS OF WHAT SIDE OF THE ISLE ONE FINDS THEMSELVES IF THEY AREN'T HAVING ANY CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION... THEN WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE HELD HOSTAGE TO THE RHETORIC AND POLITICS THAT HAS NO PLACE IN THE GOVERNING IN THE COUNTRYS BUSINESS...BUT FOR SURE THE REPUBLICANS TEAPARTY CARPETBAGGERS HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS STATE OR COUNTRYS LEADERSHIP
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to RICKY BOBBY
      Keep drinking the Koolaid Jack Wagon.
      • reply
        by conservative democrat on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:06 AM in reply to
        Anonymous, stop drinking the tea and wake up !!
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to conservative democrat
          Liberal troll!!
    • reply
      by God Bless America on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to RICKY BOBBY
      If there were no corporations or companies..where would you be working?..if you are working?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:38 PM in reply to RICKY BOBBY
      Health insurance companies, hospitals, overseas companies contributed to BHO's campaign for the presidency. Are you really naive enough to believe that any of these people are altruistic? Tea Party participants come from all walks of life and different political parties "Ricky." What they share in common is frustration with the way things are being done at the taxpayer's expense. Good for them for speaking up this is what the puppet politicians are afraid of seeing happen-the people asserting themselves as they should be not acting like sheep Ricky.
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