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Trump visits Michigan autoworkers a day after Biden, ramping up 2024 race

Former United States President Donald Trump has travelled to Michigan to court striking auto-workers, just one day after President Joe Biden walked the picket line in Detroit to show support for their labour union.

The back-to-back visits underscore the significance of so-called Rust Belt battleground states in the 2024 presidential election, which is shaping up to be a second showdown between Biden and Trump.

Ahead of his visit on Wednesday, Trump expressed a desire to “save” autoworkers in the Rust Belt, a historic hub for American manufacturing that stretches from the midwest to the northeast.

“Heading to Michigan now. I LOVE, & WILL SAVE THE AUTOWORKERS. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.

His prime-time address at a Detroit auto-parts supplier is roughly set to coincide with the second Republican presidential debate, scheduled for 9pm Eastern Time (01:00 GMT Thursday) in California.

It will be the second time Trump has chosen to skip a televised primary debate in the 2024 race, a decision he attributes to his already commanding lead among Republican voters.

Voters in Michigan and other Rust Belt states are seen as the key to victory for both Biden and Trump, if he indeed becomes the Republican party nominee in the November 2024 election.

In 2016, Trump’s surprise sweep of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all considered part of the Rust Belt — delivered him the presidency over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

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