By the The Macomb Daily
---- — Did you know that if Mitt Romney is elected president, he would be the first of the nation's chief executives born in Michigan?
Yes, Gerald Ford was president and his home state was Michigan. But Ford was born in Nebraska.
Romney was born in Detroit but reared right here in Oakland County.
It may not be enough of a reason for Michiganians to vote for him, but they should take pride in him.
His is certainly the story of the local boy who made good.
Ann Romney was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills. The Romneys met while attending school at Cranbrook.
It is true that Romney's major achievements, put on full display at last week's Republican convention, came after he left the state. But we all know where his virtues were instilled, don't we?
This week, the Democrats gather. And what is good for Michigan — normally a deep blue state that votes reliably Democratic in presidential elections — is that it might actually be competitive in terms of the contest between Romney and President Obama. Why would this be good? It would put us in the national spotlight and the candidates would pour millions of dollars in advertising and staff work into the state to try to carry its 18 electoral votes, and that will mean at least temporary jobs and income for some state residents.
Obama clearly holds a special spot in the heart of most people in Michigan for his efforts in 2009 on behalf of the then-distressed auto industry. It would be foolish to say that the state's political leanings did not play a role in the so-called auto bailout, as well as in locating a General Motors' Assembly Plant in Orion Township, where the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano are produced.
Plus, the president's much-maligned economic stimulus program brought numerous auto research grants to the region, also producing jobs.
The next two months should be interesting, with lots at stake. At least voters have a clear choice.
The Macomb Daily