Obama seeks to upstage GOP in Mich.
Ads aim to hurt Romney, test election issues
This state may be the focal point for the Republican primary candidates over the next five days, but there are more stealth factors at play: President Obama and his supporters are already laying the groundwork for the general election. Obama’s campaign will start airing an ad today touting the success of the auto bailout - and disparaging Romney for opposing the plan. A Super PAC supporting Obama, called Priorities USA, this week started running a negative ad criticizing Romney on the bailout, as well as his background as a venture capitalist. Democrats see an opportunity to frame the debate around the auto bailout - which all four Republican presidential candidates opposed - as well as play a role in taking Romney down a notch in a crucial and close primary. The state Democratic Party is encouraging members of their party to vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday, with hopes of preventing Romney from winning.