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Obama delivers remarks at United Auto Workers conference

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Obama has been touting his support of American-made manufacturing and the auto company bailout on the campaign trail and in speeches.

Tuesday's speech comes on the morning of the Michigan primary, where the auto industry is essential to the economy and culture of the state.

The president plans to highlight the auto bailout Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said last week.

"He will discuss the steps we took to get our economy back on track, including saving the American auto industry, which has created approximately 200,000 new jobs since the spring of 2009,” Earnest said.

Meanwhile, GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are battling for the top spot in Michigan. A pair of Election Day polls show the contest between the Republican rivals closer than ever, with Santorum narrowly ahead. 

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