Michelle Obama to campaign in Detroit

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — First lady Michelle Obama will be in Detroit next month to campaign for U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for Senate and Mark Schauer for governor.

Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, is running against former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land of Byron Center to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit. Former Congressman Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat, is running against first-term Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michelle Obama

Obama will appear at a campaign rally in Detroit, but details are still being worked out, according to the Michigan Democratic Party. She last visited Detroit in 2010 to speak to students.

"We are honored to have the first lady come to Michigan and highlight how the future of our middle class is at stake here this November," Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson said in a statement. "Mark and Gary have proven track records of fighting for good jobs — from standing up to save the auto rescue to calling for a higher minimum wage — and they are the only candidates Michigan middle class families can trust. The first lady has been a tremendous advocate for our middle-class families and veterans, and we look forward to having her in Michigan."

On Oct. 2, Detroit native and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney — who lost Michigan by 8 percentage points in 2012 to President Barack Obama — will campaign for Land, Snyder and others at an event in Livonia.

The high-profile visits come as polling shows both races close, but with Snyder and Peters holding leads in most polls.

President Obama has been rumored to be considering a Michigan visit before Nov. 4 Election Day and last visited Michigan in April to tout a higher federal minimum wage in Ann Arbor with Peters. In February, he signed the federal farm bill at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Vice President Joe Biden has visited Detroit several times since the city's record-setting July 2013 bankruptcy filing, but the president last visited Detroit in 2011.