GOP candidates don't get Michigan (and manufacturing)
February 25th, 2012
06:30 AM ET

GOP candidates don't get Michigan (and manufacturing)

Editor's Note: Bruce J. Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Follow him @bruce_katzJennifer Bradley is a fellow and co-director of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative at the Metropolitan Policy Program.

By Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley - Special to CNN

Politics and economic policy are intersecting right now in Michigan, with important lessons for the rest of the country. Against the backdrop of the federal government’s rescue of the auto industry, presidential candidates are campaigning in a state that took a huge hit in the recession but has since rallied to post one of the strongest recoveries of any place in the nation.

Michigan is ground zero for the ferment in U.S. manufacturing, the sector that has done so much to power the recovery and a surge in overseas demand for American products.  The resilience of the auto industry has played a significant role.  American vehicle sales rose to 12.8 million in 2011.  The Big Three claimed 47 percent of market share, their best showing since 2008. FULL POST