HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney wrapped up a six-state campaign swing with a visit to Michigan and a rally at Holland State Park.
The former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native held a small business roundtable and rally Tuesday morning at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth followed by an early-afternoon stop in DeWitt at the Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe.
He then held a rally at Holland State Park in Holland.
Romney first praised the beauty of the lakes and the people of his home state.
Then he jumped into his consistent focus on the economy.
"We've gone through some tough times over the last three and a half years, and that's about to end," Romney said.
As he has at many events, he talked about getting rid of Pres. Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation, creating jobs and improving the economy.
"We've got to get rid of Obamacare if we're going to create jobs," he said, earning a cheer from the crowd.
24 Hour News 8 asked conservative leaders if Romney was conservative enough for the area.
"I think so," said Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville). "Not only is he conservative enough, but if you compare the Democratic side and the Republican side, I think there's no comparison."
"There's no alternative," added Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland). "He's conservative enough. He's the right man for the job."
But some Democratic leaders were unimpressed with the hometown crowd.
"I found the crowd here to be very subdued and rather small frankly," said Mark Brewer, chair of Michigan Democratic Party.
Brewer challenged Romney on just about every point.
"Refused to address his opposition to rescuing the domestic auto industry," said Brewer. "Won't talk about his terrible job creation record in Massachusetts or all the jobs he destroyed at Bane Capital."
But Romney left the audience with lasting words.
"Michigan, if you vote for me -- if Michigan gives me the win -- I'll be the next president of the United States!"
The visits were part of Romney's "Every Town Counts" bus tour -- aimed at swaying undecided voters living outside America's big cities. He was also in Wisconsin and Ohio on his bus tour.
This probably won't be the last time you will see Romney in the Michigan between now and the election in November. The race to the White House is going to come down to some key states, and experts say Michigan is currently a toss-up.
A poll of 1,700 likely voters put President Barack Obama just one point in front of Romney.
This tally is similar to a 24 Hour News 8 EPIC-MRA poll that had Romney in front by one point two weeks ago.
24 Hour News 8's Marc Thompson contributed to this report.
11 fire departments from several counties were called out to a fire at an adult entertainment club Wednesday afternoon.
Holland police were searching for 28-year-old Mark Steven Randall Harris, who was considered armed and dangerous, but arrested him late Wednesday night.
Those receiving the 2013 White House holiday card will see a design made by a Grand Rapids artist.