Trump, Rubio bring their fight to Macomb County

The Detroit News

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump and GOP rival U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will be bringing their political fireworks this week to Michigan as they both visit Macomb County.

Rubio, the Floridian who relentlessly criticized bombastic billionaire Trump during last Thursday’s Houston debate, is scheduled to address a Wednesday afternoon rally in Shelby Township. The 4:30 p.m. event is scheduled at the Palazzo Grande.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich already announced he would hold three events Wednesday in Michigan: a morning event in Ann Arbor, a town hall in Genesee County and a 6 p.m. rally at the Ukrainian cultural Center in Warren.

Trump is expected in the state along with the other candidates for Thursday’s debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The real estate developer has scheduled two events Friday in Michigan -- a 9 a.m. rally in Warren at Macomb Community College and a 1 p.m. rally in Cadillac at the Wexford Civic Center.

Rubio doesn’t appear to be staying in Michigan on Friday, planning campaign events in Lexington, Kentucky; Wichita, Kansas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas campaigned Monday in his home state that he hopes to win during the 12 Super Tuesday contests. His campaign has not yet announced any Michigan campaign events.

Detroit native and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson hasn’t scheduled any campaign stops past Tuesday’s election night party in Baltimore. Carson worked at Johns Hopkins University and lived for a long time in Maryland, which isn’t scheduled for a primary election until April 26.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has a campaign rally scheduled for Wednesday night at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton has yet to schedule any Michigan events this week prior to Sunday’s debate in Flint hosted by CNN.