Tickets for the Michigan visit by First Lady Michelle Obama are being given out beginning today.  The free event at  the Detroit Music Hall is set for 12:15 p.m. Friday.  But in anticipation of the high-profile visit on the Democrat side, Republicans announced today visits to the state by another of their big names.

Michelle Obama here on Friday and Jeb Bush to visit October 13th

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is scheduled to come to the state on October 13th for a series of campaign stops to bolster support for Republicans at the top of the ticket, most notably Governor Rick Snyder and U. S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land.   Bush, who has been mentioned as a possible GOP Presidential candidate in 2016, will be making stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Troy.   The announcement today from the Michigan Republican Party.  No other details were provided.

The events come on the heels of other efforts by the Republicans, including visits from both Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie has been actively seeking support for a run for the White House in 2016 but Romney has described his role now as more a cheerleader, indicating he would not make another run for President.  Some within the Republican party have indicated they hope he changes his mind or can be convinced to again hold the "torch" for the GOP.

Michelle Obama could be the best shot for the Democrats.  Research by Politico shows that unlike her predecessors Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, her popularity has not fallen in concert with her husband.

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