Mitt's Must-Win

6:05 PM, Feb 24, 2012   |    comments
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Desperate to win in his home state, Mitt Romney came to Detroit Friday promising to cut income taxes.

"20 percent down across the board," Romney said.

He also reminded Michiganders he opposed the auto bailout.

"We should get government out of General Motors so that its future is determined by the demands of the marketplace, not the preferences of bureaucrats in Washington," he explained.

Ford Stadium, where his speech took place, looked almost empty.

It's a setup candidates usually avoid.

Claiming hometown loyalty, Romney, again, just sounded rich.

"I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs actually," he quipped.

Mrs. Romney's '07 and 2010 Caddy SRXs together would cost about $57,000 at Carmax.

Meanwhile autoworkers protested Romney saying "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt".

That's the kind of anger that Rick Santorum hopes to whip up among Republicans with his new ad.

Santorum's surge changed has Romney's plan, forcing him to attack, and changed Romney's image as well.

He's no longer the inevitable nominee, even though he's fought back to even in the latest polls

"I think Michigan is a toss up on Tuesday night, but if Mitt Romney loses Michigan I think it's going to have major repercussions across the nation in this race," says pollster Richard Czuba.

No one knows it more than the native son, and even if Romney wins Michigan analysts say the struggle might make him look weaker.

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