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Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will outline her plans for helping working-class voters in a midday speech Thursday at an automotive and defense industry manufacturing facility in Warren.

The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday the former secretary of state will offer a “stark contrast” to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s economic policies, which he laid out in a speech Monday before the Detroit Economic Club.

Clinton’s speech is planned for 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Futuramic Tool & Engineering on Gibson in Warren. The company does manufacturing work for the aerospace, automotive and defense industries.

This marks Clinton’s first visit to Macomb County during this election cycle.

A Detroit News-WDIV poll last week found that the home of Reagan Democrats — working-class voters with conservative values in Michigan’s third largest county — was one of the few areas in Michigan where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was leading the former U.S. senator from New York.

Statewide, Clinton led Trump by nine percentage points — 41 percent to 32 percent — in the telephone operator survey of 600 likely voters.

In prior trips to Michigan, Clinton has visited Detroit and Flint, while doing a fundraiser in the Wayne County suburb of Grosse Pointe.

The former secretary of state’s trip comes as Clinton, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine are holding campaign rallies and meetings with donors. The Clinton campaign sent out a “Wake-Up Call” memo to top-level donors, according to Politico, after Trump raised $80 million in July compared with the Clinton campaign’s $90 million, an unexpected improvement for the New York real estate tycoon.

Clinton is scheduled to attend a fundraiser Wednesday evening at a Birmingham home.

It will be her first campaign stop since losing the March 8 Democratic primary to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s running mate, Virginia U.S. Sen. Kaine, campaigned in Grand Rapids on Friday.

Clinton will arrive in Michigan as her campaign is touting a “robust” get-out-the-vote operation in coordination with the state Democratic Party to aid down-ballot Democrats, particularly state House candidates seeking to break six years of GOP control in Lansing.

Walt Herzig, state director of Hillary for America, said Tuesday in a memo to supporters that the coordinated Democratic campaign “has opened or will soon open offices” in 12 locations across the state, in addition to a Detroit headquarters. Kaine helped open the first of 12 field offices Friday in Grand Rapids.

“We’re going to continue to work hard every day between now and Election Day,” Herzig wrote in the memo to the Clinton campaign’s Michigan leadership team. “Notwithstanding the many insulting things Donald Trump will inevitably say, and notwithstanding the fact that the polls will almost certainly go up and down, we will stay focused on growing our organization, recruiting more volunteers, registering more voters, and turning out the vote on November 8.”


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