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Title: In Michigan, environment is a hot political topic -
environment is a hot political topic
Bush, Kerry learn
their policies matter in a green-minded state
BY HUGH McDIARMID JR.
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Presidential candidates learn the hard way not to mess around with
Case in point: Both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry once
suggested Great Lakes water diversion was worthy of discussion -- Bush
in 2001 and Kerry in February.
"There was a very quick public outcry condemning those
statements," recalls James Clift, policy advisor to the Michigan
Environmental Council. "They got caught blurting out general
statements that could have been taken wrong."
Both candidates backtracked furiously and have consistently preached
an "under no circumstances" diversion policy since then.
message and others are tailored to Michigan and other key Great Lakes
swing states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio. It is a small
anomaly in a national political landscape where clean air and water
consistently rank below war, the economy and health care among voter
concerns. The environment was virtually invisible in the presidential