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Obama Pushes His Economic Record in Detroit

 In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned a "horrific attack" on a Pakistani school that killed more than 100 children, as U.S. officials offered assistance in responding to the terrorist shooting. Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School on Tuesday morning in the worst attack in Pakistan in years. Most of the victims were students in the first through 10th grades.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

 

WAYNE, Mich. (Politico) — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union sales pitch started early, and so did the intraparty fight over what’s expected to be in the speech.

Obama arrived here Wednesday to speak at a Ford plant — though first to take a seat in a shiny new red Mustang he noted had more style and flavor than his presidential limo — to use the resurgence of the auto industry, thanks to his bailout six years ago, as a metaphor for larger economic improvements he’s overseen.

His stop in the state is the start of a three-day tour touting his State of the Union priorities, which include a promise of new executive actions to build on the economic recovery such as an initiative to trim the cost of a new home for some Americans.

“The auto industry has proved that any comeback is possible,” Obama said, shelves of auto parts stacked high behind him at the plant and workers packed in to see him.

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