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Mitt Romney Takes GOP Friendly Fire In Michigan


McCotter, home for recess, scheduled his own Detroit-area rally Wednesday to coincide with Romney's Michigan visit. The event was announced by his congressional staff as a "harsh welcome" for Romney. The title of the gathering is "Discussion Economy, Jobs and the Mitt Romney-Obama Ticket."

"Motor City Hospitality dictates a Michigan message to Mitt," McCotter said in a statement. "Our struggling families, entrepreneurs and workers think Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama are not rivals, they're running mates."

As the Democrats have done, McCotter appears to be attacking Romney over his 2008 New York Times op-ed entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

The four-term Congressman has been smacking the GOP presidential field around for a while, even threatening to jump into the mix himself last month. McCotter says there needs to be more focus on restricting the growth of China and "whether moral relativism erodes a nation built on self-evident truth," he told Politico.

Team Romney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.