Much has been written in the past 48 hours regarding Rick Santorum's chance to score a major upset victory over Mitt Romney in Michigan, Romney's home state, where Santorum's manufacturing message and blue collar appeal are likely to resonate with voters ahead of the state's Feb. 28 primary.
On Tuesday, Romney responded with an unambiguous message: You're not the only one with roots in the Rust Belt.
In today's Detroit News, Romney used an op-ed -- written with the primary purpose of defending his opposition to the auto bailouts -- to reintroduce himself: "I am a son of Detroit. I was born in Harper Hospital and lived in the city until my family moved to Oakland County. I grew up drinking Vernors and watching ballgames at Michigan & Trumbull. Cars got in my bones early. And not just any cars, American cars."