Now that Mitt Romney has won Michigan, it’s worth noting what I said after a reporting trip to the state 15 months ago. “Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts, grew up in Michigan and is the son of a former governor and auto executive, George Romney. The bulk of Mr. Romney’s experience prior to serving as governor was as a venture capitalist with Bain Capital, where he gained a reputation as a turnaround artist. His name for president is on the lips of Democrats and Republicans at the Cider Mill. ‘He’s impressed me,’ says Mr. Halley, who supported George Romney in the 1960s. The Strategic Vision poll puts Senator McCain (39%), Mayor Giuliani (25%), and Governor Romney (15%) atop the Republican field and Mrs. Clinton (30%) and Vice President Gore (22%) atop the Democratic one. Whatever the polls say now, an opening exists for the candidate who can address the economic disquiet in the industrial Midwest.”
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