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Obama speaks highly of Clinton, but some voters show their disapproval

A photo of a Trump supporter's trailer-parade float called "The Unity Bridge" to showcase his support for Donald Trump, taken a few blocks from where Barack Obama was speaking.
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A photo of a Trump supporter's trailer-parade float called "The Unity Bridge" to showcase his support for Donald Trump, taken a few blocks from where Barack Obama was speaking.

Several protestors expressed their disapproval of Hillary Clinton while President Barack Obama did some last-minute campaigning for her in Ann Arbor today.

While thousands of people waited to see Obama speak, cars plastered with signs supporting Donald Trump and Mike Pence drove by. One such car played political ads against Clinton from large speakers.

Robert Cortis built a so-called "Unity Bridge" onto a trailer towed by his car to showcase his support for Trump.

“The Unity Bridge will unite Americans together to make America great again, uniting us as one nation under one flag and one country, with one message and one American people,” Cortis says.

The “Unity Bridge” features Trump’s name in big silver letters on top, along with U.S. flags and signs, including one that reads “Build the Wall,” referring to Trump’s plan to build a wall at the Mexican border.

“I’ve been unemployed for five years and can’t find a job,” he says. “So I'm a marketing guy, and this is my resume, The Unity Bridge. I'm driving it around so America can see it.”

Cortis, accompanied by his son, and two other cars with Trump-Pence signs drove by the line of Clinton supporters several times before Obama's speech.

Not everyone who showed their disapproval of Clinton is supporting Trump, however.

Rich Paul, an avid supporter of  Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, says he can't support Clinton because he's against the war in the Middle East.

“We had eight years of terrible war with [George W. Bush] in office, then we’ve had eight years of war with Obama in office,” Paul says. “So the question is when do we get peace, and I believe we get peace when we get a third party in.”

Despite Johnson’s low polling numbers nationally, Paul believes he is still the best candidate.

“I don’t trust the polls, I don’t much trust the media,” he says. “The polls have been rigged in a number of ways.”

Paul walked up and down the line of people outside the stadium for over an hour to discuss Johnson's campaign.

There was a lone Jill Stein campaign sign resting again a wall outside the stadium, but no one near it claimed it was theirs. 

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