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Perry woos Michigan GOP at Mackinac Island conference

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses Michigan Republicans.
Chelsea Hagger
Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses Michigan Republicans.

Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry addressed Michigan Republicans Saturday on Mackinac Island. Perry used the opportunity to try to win over a crowd that has some affection for Michigan native Mitt Romney.

Perry made sure the audience knew right away that he knows his way around Michigan, telling a brief story about his father buying a truck in Fenton. He also told Michigan Republican Party faithful that he is proud of the state’s voters for electing a Republican-led Legislature and a Republican governor.

Perry says if he is elected president, he wants to make sure states like Michigan are allowed to compete with other states to create more jobs.

Perry also made a couple thinly veiled jabs at Mitt Romney. Romney will have a chance to voice his opinion at a speech Saturday evening.

Kyle Norris is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. He lives in Seattle and works as a substitute host and producer at KNKX.
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