On Guard

The battle for the White House has been launched today on the shores of Lakes Michigan and Huron – literally. As John McCain and Mitt Romney duke it out to win the republican hearts of Michigan–the Great Lakes state–an op-ed has appeared in the Detroit Free Press that makes wishful Mitt Romney sound like the Great Lakes candidate of the century.

The only trouble is it is unclear that Romney has committed to a single thing mentioned in the opinion piece.

To date, only two candidates have signed a pledge to restore the Great Lakes being circulated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and those are both in the Democratic camp: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

So, the question is: Will either Romney or McCain seek to win more votes in Michigan by solidly backing the goals and agenda set forth by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy?

Although the question is straight forward the answer is not. Romney is featuring the Detroit Free Press op-ed on his homepage. However, he has yet to offer any comments to justify the piece: His campaign Web site fails to discuss any substanitve Great Lakes policy initiative, and for that matter, the site fails to even list the environment under the”Issues” section.

Romney can’t have it both ways – we want to hear it from the candidate himself. We are following up with his staff as well as McCain’s staff to get a clear picture of their intentions so Michigan voters are well armed when you vote at the primary.

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