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Published: Monday, 8/4/2008

Obama to speak about energy Monday in Michigan; McCain to visit state Tuesday


LANSING, Mich. Barack Obama is returning to Michigan to talk about energy and the economy.

About 1,000 people are expected to hear the Democratic presidential candidate Monday morning at the Lansing Center. It s the Illinois senator s first 2008 campaign visit to Michigan s capital.

Obama says he wants to tax oil companies windfall profits and use some of the money to help motorists pay for more expensive gasoline.

He says he also wants to use $50 billion to help jump-start job creation and help local communities struggling in the economic downturn.

Obama s visit comes a day before Republican rival John McCain holds an event at DTE Energy Co. s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Monroe County.

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. Republican presidential candidate John McCain is coming to Michigan Tuesday to visit a nuclear power plant.

State GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis says McCain will visit DTE Energy Co. s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. It s in Monroe County s Frenchtown Township, near Monroe and about 30 miles south-southwest of Detroit.

The Arizona senator has been promoting nuclear power to help lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

DTE tells The Monroe Evening News it plans to apply for federal approval by Sept. 18 to build a second, 1,560-megawatt nuclear plant at the site.

McCain s visit will follow Democrat Barack Obama s Monday s campaign stop in Lansing. The rivals have made numerous campaign stops in Michigan this summer.

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