DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's economic policies are a "recipe" for lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt — warning union members that he could "bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies."
The Democratic presidential candidate urged thousands of union workers gathered in Detroit Monday to ask: "How can anybody lose money running a casino, really?"
The presumptive Republican nominee's plan to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally also drew Clinton's ire.
She says Trump would send a "deportation force" to schools, workplaces and homes — "ripping apart families."
Clinton spoke at the Service Employees International Union's international convention. She says child care workers, home health aides and others in the union are "unsung heroes" and their fight for higher wages "are my fights."
In response to Clinton's visit to Detroit, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said no amount of rhetoric to a friendly audience in Michigan is going to change the fact that Michiganders don't want Clinton as president.
"Hillary Clinton's continued struggles during the primary campaign show that voters don't trust her to lead our country," McDaniel said, in a statement. "Her loss in the Michigan primary was a clear signal that voters want strong leadership, not a continuation of the status quo, which has weakened our national economy and made the world a more dangerous place."
Wayne State Political Science professor Susan Fino says the Democratic frontrunner does have a battle on her hands in the state where she lost the primary to Bernie Sanders.
"If he's out of the picture, I don't see the same people moving in the Trump direction; I see them sitting home," she told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "I think I'll be critical. I think she has some serious work she needs to do in the so-called Rustbelt states — particularly a bellwether state like Michigan that could go either way."
Fino believes Clinton's support of Free Trade is losing her the backing of working class white males — a demographic she believes the candidate needs to win the election.
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