Big name politicians are campaigning in Michigan, but are they effective?
As Election Day draws near, big name national politicians are coming to Michigan to campaign for local candidates.
Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to stump for votes for Michigan Democrats Friday evening. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to do the same for Republicans next week. Other big name Republicans and Democrats have visited Michigan in recent days.
Arnold Weinfeld is the interim director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. He says these events are all about pumping up each’s party’s political base.
“It’s not a method by which to change hearts and minds,” says Weinfeld.
There’s also another benefit for state and local politicians tired of the long campaign trail: basking in the generally positive light of a national figure.
Matt Grossman is another MSU political scientist.
He says bringing in a national figure helps elevate state candidates in the eyes of voters.