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MI Republicans talk shop on Mackinac Island

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network



Two prominent Republican presidential hopefuls will be on Mackinac Island this weekend to speak at a Michigan GOP conference held every two years. More from Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber.

Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are scheduled to speak at different events this weekend. Romney - a native of Michigan - walks into the GOP conference having carried Michigan in the last presidential primary in 2008. He already has the support of many Republican state officials. But not everyone on Mackinac Island this weekend favors Romney.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Glenn says he is not ready to endorse either presidential candidate.
"Oh, goodness no," he says. "But you know, you can't help but look at Governor Perry's record in Texas. In the last 10 years, Texas has led the nation in the creation of new manufacturing jobs."

Glenn is on the island to bolster his name recognition and, he hopes, gather more support from the Republican Party faithful. He says coming to Mackinac Island for the conference is a necessity for any and all Republicans running for statewide office in Michigan.

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