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GOP leaders say Obama's Mich. visit not helpful

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State and national Republican leaders say President Barack Obama's visit to a southwestern Michigan advanced battery-making plant shows he's more concerned about campaigning and speeches than solving economic problems.

Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak said Thursday in a conference call that the Obama administration has been "passing out government checks" with taxpayer's money, and that's "not the solution."

Johnson Controls Inc., the Holland-based energy company that owns the plant welcoming Obama on Thursday, has received a $3 million federal grant and expects to create 150 jobs in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Obama calls them "jobs of the future" and says the U.S. should lead the way in developing energy sources that pollute less.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Obama is working harder to keep his own job in 2012. will livestream Obama's visit -- beginning at 2:40 p.m.

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