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Rust Belt Democrats Trying to Manufacture a Win

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President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while on a trip to several battleground states during which he promoted his State of the Union policy proposals.

But both parties have been reluctant to put their vulnerable Members on the hook for tough votes, and it's unclear how much either party will want to set up votes that may be designed to fail. And then the main question will be how forcefully Obama uses the bully pulpit for his manufacturing plan and whether his work on the trail will be enough to bring other Democrats with him.

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