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Mitt Romney big Ford Field speech, attracted small attendance

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GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney gave his version of a "big" Michigan speech to members of public and Detroit Economic Club (DEC) in a largely empty stadium on February 24th. 

Romney presentation, four days prior to Michigan Republican Primary, finds him holding a very slight 2% lead in the latest tracking poll against former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. 

Efforts to tighten the camera panning view by the DEC failed as national network television cameras showed rows of empty chairs as approximately 1200 vistors that heard Romney's speech, couldn't take away from emptiness in the 65,000 seat stadium.

During the event, candidate Romney recited talking points used in previous speeches. The candidate borrowed a line taken from his talking points memos seeking the GOP nomination, which have been the bunt for punch lines with late night comedians.

“This feels good, being back in Michigan,” he said. “The trees are the right height. The streets are just right.”
An attempt to tie cars his family own to Michigan Big Three manufacturers, read similar to a laundry list of vehicles for wealthy individuals, or the 1%. Romney tried lighten mood by making few jokes felt flat with the audience like his wife, Ann, drives "a couple of Cadillac's."
“I drive a Mustang and Chevy pickup truck,” he said. “Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. I used to have a Dodge truck, so I used to have all three (U.S. based automakers) covered.”
Replying to the lack of interested parties to fill up Ford Field, Romney campaign team they didn't bill the speech as a major rally, despite efforts to make the stadium appear full

Romney even joked about the amount of space available. 
“I want to thank Ford Field for making room for us,” he said.
Outside Ford Field, members of the United Auto Workers and organization President Bob King, held a rally to protest Romney's Detroit speech.

King expressed disappointment in Romney previous statements that U.S. auto manufacturers should have been forced to declare bankruptcy, possibly costing tens of thousands of American jobs, instead of loans gave by the government to Big Three car makers.

"We were especially angry with what Mr. Romney said, that we were given something," he said. 
"Our members gave up from $7,000 to $30,000 a year to keep jobs in America and revitalize and save the companies that we work for. Our members made the sacrifices," King stated from outside Romney's Ford Field event.
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