Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was in Oakland County today to address a hometown crowd not far from where he grew up in metro Detroit - and to pick up the endorsement of Governor Rick Snyder.
Like Romney, Snyder is a businessman-turned-politician. The governor says Romney's experience as a venture capitalist and governor of Massachusetts have prepared him for the presidency.
Snyder dismissed as inconsequential his differences with Romney on issues such as right to work laws - which Romney favors - and embryonic stem research - which Romney opposes.
"I'm the relentless positive action guy, so I try to find common ground and there's a lot of common ground," Snyder says. "If you go and look at his jobs and economic growth plan, there's a lot of good elements there that are very similar to what we've done in Michigan, and we have a very similar background, so I'm very happy to support him."
Another deciding factor in his decision to endorse Romney: Snyder says, if elected, Romney would be the first U.S. president born in Michigan.
Romney spoke almost entirely about economics and free enterprise today, referring often to his background as a venture capitalist. He clearly hoped his brand of fiscal conservatism would appeal to the crowd.
"You see, in the private sector that you all live in, you're either fiscally conservative or you're out of business," he says. "You can't borrow money year after year after year, spending more than you take in or you'd go bankrupt."
Rommey defended his record on the auto industry. He opposed the use of taxpayer dollars in the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. He says the companies would be even stronger today if they had gone directly into managed bankruptcy.
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