Bush moves to middle with affordable housing push

April 18, 2000
George W. Bush was talking affordable housing today while focusing on a key battleground state where he suffered an earlier campaign loss. 
     "I'm here to start laying the groundwork for next fall," the likely Republican presidential nominee said Monday night. "Is it too early to start in Michigan? Not at all." 
     To underscore his commitment to affordable housing, Bush was visiting a private home in Battle Creek that was renovated through a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment program. He also planned a forum at a senior citizens center in Dearborn to tout housing initiatives for the elderly. 
     The events, followed by a fund-raiser in Troy, are part of what Bush says will be a sustained effort in a big industrial state that could help determine the outcome in November.